Aspen History: Highlands Skibob |

Aspen History: Highlands Skibob

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“Highlands hosts skibob races Sun.,” declared the Aspen Times on February 8, 1968. “The first annual Aspen Skibob championships will be held Sunday, February 11 on the Thunderbowl slope at the Aspen Highlands. There will be men’s and women’s divisions. The course will be a giant slalom with racers competing against the clock. Erich Brenter, 1967 world skibob champion, will be here from Austria to promote and demonstrate the popular European sport. Brenter will forerun the course and answer questions concerning skibob technique. Aspen residents have been invited to enter the race. Racers will be evenly matched for the event, sponsors said. Little or no training has been done in preparation for the race, according to Chuck Cole, Aspen’s skibob representative. Those who enter the race will be given a skibob to use free on Thunderbowl before and during the race. The bulk of the racers are expected to come from the Denver area. In a downhill event in Europe last year, the average speed was 46 mph, Cole said.” This image shows Erich Brenter on his skibob.

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