Viewer’s Guide to Ski Racing

From TV Sports, January 1989

“If you are new to the glamour and passionate competition of international ski racing, this is the year, and this is the event to discover it. For the first time in four decades the U.S. will host the World Alpine Championships…”

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Skier Stars In TV Documentary

From Regional Mobility

“The first week of this new year Winter Park’s Martha Hill, a member of the US. Handicap Ski Team and one of the best female handicapped athletes in the county, was concerned about something she never had to care about before. Taking off her goggles on the chairlift and holding her face up to the sun at every available opportunity, Martha was trying to prevent the ski racer’s racoon eye tan.

Hill’s face protection wasn’t for vanity, but for visual consistency on film. In January Martha was on a month-long break from the movie set in the Carribean where cameras would look for her tan lines to be those of a scuba diver and swimmer rather than skier…”

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Racer Chaser

From Winter Park Manifest, February 13, 1981

“Roger Neiley has this recurring nightmare. He is stretched out on a beach, basking in the sun on the warm sand, relaxed and falling into a deep sleep. In the haze of the sun, he makes out a speck. The speck gets closer and closer and is followed by an endless line of specks. As they draw nearer, Neiley recognizes the specks as racers…”

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Tyrol Takes Over Aspen Earwaves

From Winter Park Manifest, March 13, 1981

“The Subaru World Cup race in Aspen last weekend was for many people a rare chance to see our American ski heroes in person, and in action. Phil Mahre’s fast, agressive second run in the giant slalom Saturday flipped the crowd’s collective wig after he picked up enough in the bottom of the steep Roch Cup course to come from behind Stenmark’s faster midway time to win the World Cup race…”

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Colorado Arlberg Club Lives on At Ski Area

From Alpenglow Magazine

“Nestled into a comforter of snow, five little ginger bread houses sleep peacefully in the lap of the booming metropolitan ski area of Winter Park. These five Swiss-style chalets, built over the last 50 years around the first orginal Alpine ski clubhouse in Colorado, are the home of the Colorado Arlberg Club.

The Colorado Arlberg Ski Club was formed in Denver in 1929 by a group of eight avid skiers. They named it after the then popular ski style developed in Arlberg, Switzerland, and chose as their insignia an A crossed with a ski. They started out skiing the foothills of Denver, and then migrated to Winter Park– then called West Portal–on the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad. The sight opened up to them at the end of the Moffat Tunnel would warm the cockles of their ski-pickin’ hearts.”

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Winter Park’s Blueprint for the Future

From Alpenglow Magazine

“In the late 70’s, the Winter Park Ski Area, which had alway depended on its Denver day-skier market, got its first big plug by the national ski magazines. Said one ski writer, ‘‘If Winter Park were a restaurant, it’d be called ‘Joe’s Eats,’” and when the article went on to describe friendly downhome atmosphere and good skiing, the ski area was on its way to becoming the destination resort area it was aiming for with the development of the Mary Jane.

The Town of Winter Park, which had just been incorporated from the village of Hideaway Park, did not earn the same regard, however, by the national media. Described in the same article as ‘‘a fairly uninspired strip along Highway 40,’’ Winter Park has been working ever since on turning the haphazard strip-city development, which might have occurred in response to the ski area’s rapid gvowth into an inspired and controlled growth, which would interface with the ski area expansion and avoid some of the pitfalls experienced by other mountain resort communities.

Now, eight years later…”

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Weber Karma

From Powder Magazine

“The difference between the two top speed skiers in the world is one of style. While Steve McKinney “falls” into the course, Franz Weber takes two powerful skating strides and lunges for the bottom. Weber explains how he uses his physical strength to advantage, while demonstrating that mental preparation is as much a part of a speed skier’s equipment as his “paint job,” or speed suit. But Weber believes that at Silverton he had one more thing on his side: karma…”

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The Foghorn Sounds Again

From Alpenglow Magazine

“‘I don’t care what your mother told you–spread your legs!’

Dave Bertoni, one of Winter Parks Ski School’s ski instructors, recalls fecetiously that you might be in Loveland and hear this demand echo across the mountains from Winter Park where Maury “Foghorn” Flannagan would be practicing his unique style of teaching skiing…”

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