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Past Olympians, world champions team with celebs for Vail's Korbel American Ski Classic March 17-21

March 8, 2010 — Although the Olympic cauldron has been extinguished in Vancouver, ski racing remains in the forefront of the Vail Valley as the annual Korbel American Ski Classic rolls into Vail’s Golden Peak March 17-21 with four days of fun and festivities.

“The Korbel 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 creation of former President Gerald R. Ford, the 2010 edition of the Korbel American Ski Classic will kick off on Wednesday, March 17, with a brand new community component, the Conway Cup, presented by Korbel.

Named in honor of the late Dan Conway, Vail’s Director of Racing, the Conway Cup, presented by Korbel, will feature local teams of four racers, the day’s fastest team advancing on to the weekend’s Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team competition. All proceeds from the Conway Cup will benefit the Conway Family Fund.

The action will continue on Thursday, March 18, with 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 on the racecourse as five generations of skiing legends collide for the right to once again stand on the top step of the podium.

If the fast-paced action on-course isn’t enough to whet the appetite, the Bud Light Street Beat free performance, featuring the “take no prisoners” New Orleans rock and roll of Cowboy Mouth, will be moved for the evening from Vail Village to the Korbel American Ski Classic Finish Stadium at Golden Peak, with the band providing a rocking finale for the racing action.

The Legends will move into the role of team captains for the final two days of the Korbel American Ski Classic as the Korbel Ford Cup celebrity team competition takes center stage at Golden Peak on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20.

The 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 Korbel Ford Cup team title, but a year’s worth of bragging rights to boot.

The stakes will be both big and important Friday evening as the third annual Hold ‘Em For Hope benefit dinner and auction will raise money to support the Vail Valley Foundation’s numerous community-wide initiatives. The evening includes a Las Vegas style dinner, live and silent auctions and an array of casino games.

A very special ceremony will round out the 2010 Korbel American Ski Classic social festivities Saturday evening as the original “wild and crazy guys of winter” will be honored as Canada’s legendary Crazy Canucks are inducted into the International Ski Hall of Fame at the Legends Banquet.

Comprised of Ken Read, Steve Podborski, Dave Murray and Dave Irwin, and coached by Scott Henderson, they earned their nickname for their fast and seemingly reckless approach to Downhill ski racing in the 1970’s and 80’s, an approach that earned them a total of 19 World Cup victories and one Olympic medal.

“The Crazy Canucks not only knocked on the door of traditional European ski racing dominance,” concluded Imhof, “they kicked it in, leveling the playing field and serving notice that North America was going to be a force to be reckoned with in the international skiing community. It is a great honor for us to be able to honor these four pioneers, especially on the heels of the Vancouver Games.”

The 2010 Korbel American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the Korbel American Ski Classic or the Vail Valley Foundation, visit



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