Snowfall totals sound like winning lottery numbers
The numbers read like a winning lottery number.
8 new snow past 24 hours;
11 new snow past 48 hours;
16 new snow past 72 hours;
21 new snow past … seven days!
Sunlight couldn’t have ordered a better post-President’s Day present for the resorts’ loyalists … the faithful riders, skiers and telemarkers who celebrate Sunlight powder like fine wine.
The gift of consecutive storms included extended and substantial snowfall.
Or, as one articulate observer said Thursday morning, looking down at his envisioned tracks on a trackless Blue Tango:
The week’s stretch run of powder conditions pushed Sunlight’s midway base up to 44 inches as of Thursday’s morning bright sunshine.
The resounding boom of early patrol work on the East Ridge ensured the day’s standing among the powder faithful, who promptly took advantage when the steep terrain of Sunlight Extreme was opened.
Additional steep terrain, like the steep and gladed Deception, also was opened, at least for a time, under Thursday’s powder conditions.
Neighboring resorts in the Aspen area also reported 9-10 new on Thursday morning. Vail and Beaver Creek reported 6 and 5 new, respectively.
The Zebulon Memorial Ski and Snowboard races will be held Saturday at Snowmass, in the Spider Sabich race area.
The racing will run from 10 a.m.. to 1:30 p.m.
Cost of the race is $25, which covers racing, a T-shirt and lunch for all race participants. The awards ceremony is set for 2:30 p.m.
The event is a family event, geared for all ages.
Six and a half years ago, Zeb Piffer was killed in a drinking and driving accident during homecoming weekend of his senior year.
His friends established a memorial ski race to honor Piffer, an avid skiing enthusiast.
The event is not only to remember Zeb, according to organizers, but it also is designed to get out ht message that adulsta and teens should not drink and drive.
The event is a popular reunion for many Roaring Fork graduates, who return for the special skiing and snowboarding event.
Students also are welcome from throughout the region.
All race participants and eventual scholarship recipients are asked to sign a contract for life between themselves and their parents with both parties agreeing not to drink and drive.
The money raised goes to scholarships. And the recipients must be Zeb-like in their love of the outdoors and they must be in the middle third of their graduating class.
For more on the Zebulon Memorial, call Diane Corbett at Roaring Fork High School 384-5758 or teacher Sue Hontz at 963-9789.
The event also has blossomed in recent years with crossover categories and participants competing in skiing and snowboarding.
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Amid hundreds of cleat-footed little leaguers casually gathered along the first baseline, the glare of parents’ sunglasses deflecting the early morning sun, coach Troy Phillips began a trip down memory lane.