American Ski Classic returns to Vail
VAIL – America’s original celebrity pro-am ski event returns to Vail March 23-27 as the Korbel American Ski Classic celebrates its 29th anniversary with ski-racing action, coupled with off hill-festivities.”The Korbel American Ski Classic is the premier event of the ski season,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “We look forward to another great year of the competition and camaraderie that has long been the foundation of this event.”The 2011 on-hill competitions will include the second installment of the Conway Cup Community Team Race; the Volvo Legends Giant Slalom; Ford Cup celebrity team racing and the Future Legends Race.Off the race course, there will be the weekly Bud Light Street Beat free concert, featuring Robert Randolph & the Family Band; the Hold ‘Em for Hope benefit dinner and auction and the Legends of Skiing Banquet.The Conway Cup is named and run in memory of Dan Conway, a great friend to ski racing at all levels throughout the Vail Valley, and will feature 45 four-member teams of local racers, competing in a dual-race format, with one team earning the right to advance to a spot in the Ford Cup celebrity team competition. Up next on the race schedule will be the Volvo Legends giant slalom, a head-to-head competition, featuring some of the greatest names in ski racing history. Past Olympians and world champions will rekindle old rivalries as five generations of skiing legends collide for the right to once again stand on the top step of the podium.The legends will need to rein in their party instincts to a certain extent, however, as they move into the role of team captains for the final two days of the American Ski Classic as the Ford Cup celebrity team competition takes center stage at Golden Peak. Five-member teams will attempt to work their way through a maze of head-to-head competition over the course of the two days, emerging with not only the team title, but a year’s worth of bragging rights to boot. A special ceremony will round out the American Ski Classic evening as the greatest ski racing family duo the U.S. has ever produced is honored as Phil and Steve Mahre are inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.Over the course of their nine-year careers on the White Circus, Phil and Steve accounted for a total of 36 career World Cup victories, 27 for Phil and nine for Steve. In addition, Phil earned a trio of consecutive overall World Cup titles, while the duo shared three Olympic medals and a pair of World Championships medals.The 2011 Korbel American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Ski Classic or the Foundation, contact 970-949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.
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