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High Altitude Society column: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail celebrates winter

World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympian Lindsey Vonn attended SSCV’s Celebration of Winter event and auction at The Lodge at Vail on Saturday where she visited with fans and peers and gave a welcome speech.
Special to the Daily | Betty Ann Woodland |

As guests arrived on Saturday evening at The Lodge at Vail to support Ski & Snowboard Club Vail at the Celebration of Winter Cocktail Party and Auction, they were encouraged by co-chairs, Euginnia Manseau and Julie Heaydon to use their cell phones freely to take part in the silent auction through Handbid, their electronic bidding supplier.

“This is one party where we want you checking your phones,” Manseau said.

Director of Admissions and Communications for SSCV, Sharon Schmidt, has the busy task of overseeing internal and external communications for the Club, and acts as a liaison with community organizations and members. She was pleased with the turnout of about 300 people and, though not a bad problem to have, noticed a lengthy line at check-in.

“We remedied that with the waitstaff offering Korbel champagne and wine to the guests in line,” Schmidt said.

So, with glasses in one hand and cell phones in the other, guests went about bidding on auction items and supporting one of the Vail Valley’s oldest non-profits.

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The Celebration of Winter event is designed to kick-off the beginning of the season, bring old and new friends together and support the Club through the silent auction proceeds. Of course, a highlight was just being in the presence of such greatness as is found in the world-class winter sport athletes. One such competitor is Vail local Katharine Irwin who who has been celebrating being named a member of the U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team. Teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, a favorite with fans and sports news writers across the globe gave a warm welcome address. Also, there to represent was cross-country skier Sylvan Ellefson, who is a U.S. Olympic hopeful for the nordic team headed to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Looking chic in a long black dress coat and boots was American World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn who has fully recovered from reconstructive surgery on her right knee. Vonn plans to race all three events in Beaver Creek; downhill, super-G and giant slalom in that order from November 29-31. Training on Beaver Creek’s new Raptor downhill course built specifically for the women’s tour begins November 26. With all the star power around, one admires the accomplishments of these inspiring, high achievers.

SSCV Executive Director Aldo Radamus congratulated the Club by saying, “We owe much to the trustees, parents, volunteers, financial supporters and visionaries who led the Club. They have all given so much of themselves to support our athletes aspirations.”

It is for certain that the Ski & Snowboard ClubVail has played a big part in many of the lives of these athletes. Since being founded in 1962, it has been SSCV’s mission to provide training and competition programs for aspiring young racers. For more information on their vision, programs and events contact http://www.skiclubvail.org or call 970-476-5119.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events, fundraisers and soirees for non-profits. She can be reached at highaltitudesociety@vaildaily.com.

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