Movie to tell Jim Temple's life story

Film about Steamboat Ski Area founder will show Tuesday


Sports club to be honored

The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will recognize the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club with the Top of the Mountain award Oct. 18 in Denver.

The award recognizes institutions or entities that have contributed to the development of skiing in Colorado.

The event will be part of the Hall of Fame's 32nd annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Denver Marriott City Center.

Colorado Ski Museum curator Justin Henderson said the club is being recognized for its long, rich tradition and contributions to the skiing and snowboarding industry.

The award ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $175.

To attend the Hall of Fame Induction Gala, or for more information about the Colorado Ski Museum Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, call 970-476-1876 or visit

— A film celebrating the life of Jim Temple will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Chief Plaza Theater in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Temple founded the Storm Mountain Ski Area, which later became the Steamboat Ski Area, and was instrumental in the development of the base area.

The film, called "Stormy," was put together by Temple's son, Jeff, and Jay Kinghorn.

Jeff Temple said his father started putting together the film more than 20 years ago.

"He always wanted to finish it," Jeff Temple said. "He definitely wanted to show the movie to anybody who is interested. It gives him some recognition. We showed it to a limited number of ski patrollers about a month ago, and they all said it was amazing."

The film features vintage footage captured by Jim Temple and others. Jeff Temple said it tells the story of his father's early life at Focus Ranch, about 50 miles north of Steamboat. It also details his time on the ski patrol at Sun Valley in Idaho and the development of the Storm Mountain Ski Area.

The film also has interviews with Jim Temple, Andy Wirth and Billy Kidd, among others.

"It was really fun," Jeff Temple said. "Because of the amount of film, it was a lot of work. There's hours and hours of footage from Sun Valley, the ranch and Storm Mountain."

Before the movie is shown, the city of Steamboat will issue a proclamation to Jim Temple at Centennial Hall.

The film runs about 20 minutes, Jeff Temple said. The screening is open to the public, and there will be an additional showing at 6:30 p.m. if necessary.

The film will be part of a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Jeff Temple said they'll ask for donations at the showing of the film.

A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Olympian Hall.

Jim Temple founded Storm Mountain Ski Corp. in 1958. The ski area opened in the winter of 1960 with a lift on the headwall portion of the mountain. The first lift tickets cost $2.

"It was really fun," Jeff Temple said about putting the film together. "We wanted to get the story out to the town."


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