Ski Classic starts in a week |

Ski Classic starts in a week

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Italy’s Marco Tonazzi will return to defend his Volvo Legends of Skiing Giant Slalom title from a year ago. Photo: Jim Heath.

VAIL – America’s original celebrity pro-am ski event takes Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak, beginning Wednesday as the Korbel American Ski Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary with four days of fast and furious ski racing action, coupled with off-hill festivities and celebrations.”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 celebrating 30 years of Korbel American Ski Classic memories with a great week of competition and camaraderie that has always been the foundation of this tremendous event.”The 2012 on-hill competitions will officially get underway Wednesday with the third installment of the Conway Cup community team race. Racing action will also include the Volvo Legends giant slalom on Thursday; Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team racing on Friday and Saturday; and the Future Legends Race on Friday afternoon, March 23.The 30th anniversary festivities include a special Ski Classic Bud Light Street Beat free concert, featuring G. Love & Special Sauce on Thursday ; the Gorsuch Tea Dance and Hold ‘Em for Hope benefit dinner and auction on Friday; and the Legends of Skiing Banquet Saturday.In the Conway Cup community team race, the winning team will earn the right to advance to a spot in the Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team competition. The Volvo Legends Giant Slalom on Thursday evening, March 22, a head-to-head competition, features some of the greatest names in ski racing history. Past Olympians and world champions will rekindle old rivalries on the race course as five generations of skiing legends collide for the right to once again stand on the top step of the podium, including rookie legends such as Sarah Schleper and Marco Buechel.The legends move into the role of team captains and coaches for the final two days of the Korbel American Ski Classic as the Ford Cup celebrity team competition takes center stage at Golden Peak on Friday and Saturday. 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.Participants and guests will once again have the opportunity to showcase their casino prowess Friday evening as the fifth annual “Hold ‘Em For Hope” benefit dinner and auction headlines the night’s social festivities. at the Sebastian Vail. Ticket and auction proceeds from the evening will benefit the of the Vail Valley Foundation.Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli willbe inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.During the course of his 17-year career on the World Cup circuit, Girardelli accounted for a total of 46 individual victories and a record five Overall World Cup titles in addition to a pair of Olympic silver medals and 11 World Championships medals, four of them gold.For additional information on the Ski Classic, call (970) 949-1999 or visit

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