American Ski Classic returns |

American Ski Classic returns

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” The Korbel California Champagne American Ski Classic celebrates its 27th anniversary March 19-21.

“The Korbel California Champagne American Ski Classic is America’s original pro/am celebrity ski event,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “It combines fast-paced enjoyable racing action with a wonderful social schedule, all for a very worthy cause. The Ski Classic celebrates the fact that fun and camaraderie are truly the essence of the sport of skiing.”

The 2009 edition of the Ski Classic will kick off on Thursday at Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak with the Volvo Legends Giant Slalom, a head-to-head competition, featuring some of the greatest names in ski racing history.

The Bud Light Street Beat free performance, with bluesman Taj Mahal, will be moved for the evening from Vail Village to the Korbel California Champagne American Ski Classic Finish Stadium at Golden Peak.

The legends will move into the role of team captains for the final two days of the Ski Classic as the Ford Cup celebrity team competition takes center stage at Golden Peak on Friday and Saturday. The five-member teams will attempt to work their way through a maze of head-to-head competition over the course of the two day.

Rounding out the American Ski Classic Saturday evening, one of America’s most prolific ski racers will be honored as Vail’s own Cindy Nelson is inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.

The 1976 Olympic downhill bronze medalist in Innsbruck, Austria, Nelson also captured a silver World Championships downhill medal in 1982. In all, Nelson collected a total of six World Cup victories and seven U.S. national titles during her 14-year career on the U.S. SKI Team.

The American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit

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