Glitter, Gates & Rails all about ski racers
VAIL – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail held their eighth “Glitter, Gates & Rails” recently at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail. The annual event benefits clubs members by keeping enrollment fees and competition costs down. Without this event, many of the athletes – which now number over 300 – wouldn’t be able to participate in the program.
The club was founded in 1962 as a nonprofit educational organization, with the main focus being ski-racing instruction, including training, conditioning and development of young athletes of all ability levels. Thirty of its alums and members have raced for the U.S. Ski Team, and even more have gone on to ski for college teams. The Vail Valley Academy meets the academic needs of those athletes aspiring to achieve an elite level of competition.
This year, the event was coordinated by an extensive committee, including Brad and Karen Ghent, Diane Boyer, Lisa Connolley, Mary Graebel, Bobbi-Ann Houtsma, Alison Hoversten, Barb and Kathy Treat, Candy Kullas, Renee Wettlaufer, Sarah Will and Alice Ruth.The event brought together longtime supporters as well as the newest member of the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club team – baby Erik Johan Jaeryn, who was watched over carefully by his beloved grandmother, Kathy Borgen.
The auction held some glamorous items, including a trip to the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in San Diego, the Chef’s Table at Larkspur, skiing with Chris Anthony, and a trip to Las Vegas in a private chartered jet, which sold for $25,000. The club’s executive director also threw in a package of his own – a breakfast for 12 and then skiing for a half day with him. Not a bad package, considering Aldo was also a coach of the USA Ski team and USSA Domestic Coach of the year. That set someone back $4,100. And who says Vail ski instructors are pricey?
Dan and Julie Leever, Sandy and Kathy Treat along with Vail and Beaver Creek stepped in as diamond sponsors. Two local ski-stars joined the celebration – Toby Dawson and Lindsay Kildow – and were honored by master of ceremonies Bill Jensen, chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. For more information on Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, call 970-476-5119.
Heard at high altitude
A group of Girl Scout parents decided a camping trip with their daughters was in order in August. They headed to Colorado Springs, and then realized that none of them had a clue on how to camp. Oops. Holding true to the Girl Scout law – being courageous and strong – the parents retreated to the Hyatt. Not sure what they used to make s’mores, but I’m sure they were creative!