SNOWMASS VILLAGE - "'Snowmass was the first resort to host the NASTAR National Championship when the format of the event changed in 1998 to a large-scale public event,' said Bill Madsen, director of NASTAR operations. 'We are excited to bring the championships back to Snowmass and the Spider Sabich race area, allowing our participants to enjoy the amazing skiing and amenities that Aspen/Snowmass provides,'" according to the NASTAR website.
The race area was named after Vladimir Sabich, nicknamed "Spider," who was a member of the U.S. Ski Team and skied on the World Cup circuit in the 1960s. He competed in the 1968 Winter Olympics and became the pro ski champion in both 1971 and 1972. In 1976, Sabich was shot in the bathroom of his home in Aspen by longtime girlfriend Claudine Longet.
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