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2003 American Ski Classic in full swing

Staff Reports

The snow and the stars are descending on Vail this weekend. March 21-23, for the Vail Valley Foundation’s 21st annual Harrisdirect American Ski Classic.Allison Janney, Mary Louise Parker, and Richard Schiff, stars of the celebrated NBC drama The West Wing, highlight a list of celebs that includes stars from popular movies and television shows such as Friends, The Bachelorette, Gods and Generals, Days of our Lives, Arli$$, Young and the Restless, and Lizzie McGuire.The spirit of friendly competition and charity underscore the oldest and largest skiing competition and festival of its kind in North America.The event culminates with the “Hope in Motion” gala dinner and auction to benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, hosted by Academy Award nominee and four-time Emmy award winner John Lithgow.The festivities got off to a soulful start with the sounds of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame performing a free concert at Check Point Charlie in Vail on Wednesday, March 19. The free Street Beat concert featured Vail’s own firefighting phenom Ryan Sutter of the Bachelorette and guest ski legends as emcees for the evening.The racing action began with Olympian and World Champion skiers competing in the Legends Downhill at Golden Peak in Vail on Thursday, March 20, including such past racing greats as Debbie Armstrong, Laurie Graham-Flynn, Franz Klammer, Steve Mahre, Pam Fletcher, Patrick Ortlieb, Cindy Nelson, Ken Read, and many more.Fans can catch all the exciting action from the Golden Peak stadium, complete with bleachers and “Big Mo”, a large-screen television featuring top-to-bottom coverage of the competition. The race is free for spectators, family-friendly and rich with opportunities for autographs and up-close encounters with the Legends.The racing competition continues on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, with the Celebrity Ford Cup, a series of dual-format races, which are free for spectators and start at 9 a.m. both days.Tickets are available for Hope In Motion charity dinner for $250 and can be purchased by calling the Vail Valley Foundation at (970) 9491999. Also call that number for more information or visit http://www.vvf.org. q– Vail Trail staff report

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