VAIL — Saturday will be your chance to bid fare well and good luck to local Olympians who are headed for Sochi,Russia.
In a celebratory send-off timed to coincide with Vail’s “Countdown 2-15” one-year-to-the-world-championships event, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will honor the 11 athletes — current and former — from the Club who are expected to compete in the Olympics. The event will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Solaris Plaza and will feature current Ski & Snowboard Club Vail member Aaron Blunck and former member Chris Del Bosco, who are both expected to have a shot at the podium in Sochi, Russia, based on their World Cup performances leading into the Olympics.
Blunck, a halfpipe skier and Crested Butte native, said the event will be an opportunity for him to show his gratitude to the Vail Valley community that has made him feel so welcome here.
“It is an honor to be a part of such a supportive community,” said Blunck. “And I’m really happy to have this chance to thank everyone who has helped support me.”
Del Bosco, an Eagle-Vail native and skicross racer, said he’s looking forward to the event.
“I’m so lucky to have the support of my friends and family in the Vail Valley,” Del Bosco said. “I wouldn’t be where I am now without them.”
TRY THE CLUB DAY
Saturday’s Olympic send-off will cap off a day packed full of activities.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s annual “Try the Club Day,” where those interested in the Club’s programs can try out a day for free, begins at 12:30 p.m. and will run until 4 p.m. that day. Following Try the Club Day, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will host an open house at Manor Vail to answer questions about the Club and its academic partners.
Meanwhile, in Beaver Creek, the new Raptor women’s downhill racecourse will play host to an event beginning at 10:15 a.m. which will showcase the course and allow skiers and snowboarders a chance to ski and ride the new course, which celebrated its debut this past November during the World Cup. The first 215 people to arrive will receive a 2015 bib and will have the opportunity to have their photo taken at the Raptor start.
Once the group makes its way to the new Talons Restaurant at the base of the course, the festivities will continue, with free hot chocolate and cookies, additional podium photo opportunities and a presentation with 2015 dignitaries.
For non-skiers or boarders, the Beaver Creek Nordic Center will conduct a snowshoe hike up Trail 2015 to the Talons portion of the event, arriving in time for the festivities. Snowshoers are requested to arrive at the Nordic Center by 8:30 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. departure. The hike is free for those with their own snowshoes, while rentals are available from the Nordic Center at a special $20.15 price.