Posted for Nancy Yearout
RE/MAX Properties of the Summit, Breckenridge, Colorado
Short or non-existent lift lines, wide ski runs and natural snow. What seems
like a dream for today's skiers is one of the attractions of the “Applause
Alpine Extravaganza,” a benefit event for the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF)
slated for Tuesday at Ski Cooper.
The area is one of the few local
resorts that keeps skiing the way it used to be before it became a popular
winter activity. It is also full of history, as it was chosen in 1942 as a
ski-training site by the 10th Mountain Division for World War II because of its
high elevation at 11,700 feet and annual average snowfall of 250
On Tuesday morning, guests ski the resort's 400 acres of
lift-serviced runs and then warm up in the lodge, where lunch will be served.
The benefit concludes with a video presentation of “The Last Ridge,” which tells
the story of the 10th Mountain Division and its role in the United States' war
effort in Europe during World War II. The showing will be followed by a
question-and-answer session with members of the division, Paul Stubbe and John
Gordon. Gordon has been a ski instructor at Ski Cooper for many
“The tie-in with the 10th Mountain Division is perfect for us
because many of those guys maintained ties to Summit County through the years.
They are part of our heritage, and so many of them returned here to ski no
matter where they ended up,” said Marcia Kaufmann, executive director of the
The event is open to all levels of skiers. It is one of several in
a winter series hosted by Applause, the special events fundraising committee for
BMF, to support the nonprofit. This is the first time the group goes to Ski
“Skiing at Ski Cooper is most unique, as it takes one back to
the days of skiing in the past, with no lift lines, no manmade snow, an old but
comfortable lodge and no glitz,” said Applause spokeswoman Sherrie Calderini.
“The runs are long and wide, and the terrain is mostly blue cruisers.”
“Ski Cooper is one of the few places around here you can get that
old-time, old-fashioned ski experience, the way skiing started out,” Kaufmann
agreed. “It is the way you skied if you were hip to skiing in the '50s and '60s,
before everyone else in this country had discovered it.”
“The folks who
attend these events send me emails saying what a great time they had, and how
much they enjoyed the company. You meet great people, and this event is the
perfect combination of outdoor enjoyment, interesting information and good
company,” Kaufmann said.
Tickets are $55 for Applause members and $60 for
non-members and include the lift pass. Participants meet in the parking lot at
Ski Cooper at 9 a.m.
For more information, call (970) 453-8446 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (970) 453-0506 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
Courtesy of the Summit Daily News