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Skiing Heritage Week comes to Aspen

Aspen Times Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” Former Aspen Skiing Co. CEO Pat O’Donnell and Olympian Andrea Mead Lawrence are among the honorees of Skiing Heritage Week, which will take place in Aspen from March 30 to April 4.

Sponsored by the International Skiing History Association, the public event will celebrate the sport with an agenda of skiing by day and lectures, presentations and entertainment by night. The Hotel Jerome will serve as host hotel.

The off-snow activities begin Sunday, March 30, with “Movers and Shakers,” a forum of well-known skiers including Lawrence. Doug Pfeiffer, former editor of Skiing Magazine and father of the freestyle movement in the U.S., will emcee.



Monday evening features dinner and a lecture at the Sky Hotel by John Allen, author of “The Culture and Sport of Skiing from Antiquity to World War II.” The title of the lecture is “Leni Riefenstahl and Her Skiing World.”

Tuesday, April 1, begins with guided skiing at Buttermilk followed by an apres-ski party at 3 p.m. at Bumps restaurant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Interski. In 1968, Interski demonstration teams from around the world came to Aspen to perform and compete. Aspen was the only resort in the U.S. to hold an Interski event and several members of the team will be on hand to speak about it.

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At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the new release “Steep” will be shown at Belly Up. Bill Kerig, co-producer of the movie, will be in attendance to introduce the film.

On Wednesday, April 2, five new books and the work of three filmmakers will be honored, including Greg Stump, who will receive a lifetime achievement award. This event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Mountain Club.

Thursday, April 3, will include First Tracks at Aspen Mountain honoring the members of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, including O’Donnell. There will be a light breakfast and short presentation at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge, however, donations to the Hall of Fame will be accepted.



O’Donnell also will be honored April 3 at the International Skiing History Association’s annual Skiing Heritage Gala at the Hotel Jerome. He will be recognized for his lifetime contribution to the sport of skiing. Recently retired from the Aspen Skiing Co., O’Donnell had been in the resort and hospitality business for more than 30 years.

Skiing Heritage Week Gala tickets are $150 and are available by calling the Aspen Historical Society at 925-3721, ext. 109. The gala begins at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction at the Hotel Jerome.

Reservations for First Tracks can be made by calling the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame at (970) 476-1876. Lift tickets are necessary and can be purchased Wednesday, April 2. Participants should be at the gondola at 8 a.m.

For more information, call (406) 471-8807, or Stay Aspen Snowmass at (800) 675-1298.


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