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A dynamite downhill

Dear Editor:The 25th running of the John Meyer Memorial Aspen Town Downhill was an enormous success, with the largest turnout in a decade, fantastic news coverage and unprecedented community support. I would like to take a moment to thank those who made the event possible. First and foremost, thanks and praise goes out to the racers; you can’t have a party without guests. Most especially I praise those who had never before raced a downhill. It is scary to try something new, especially when it involves high speeds. I would also like to thank our sponsors, who put up prizes for the victors in the race: Aspen Filmfest, Aspen Music Festival, Bonnie’s Restaurant, Cache Cache, Gorsuch Sports, Il Poggio, La Cocina, Of Grape & Grain, Poppie’s Bistro, Rossignol, Skier’s Chalet, Takah Sushi and The Steak Pit. Winning medals is fine, but prizes are so much better! Thanks also to Buttermilk, Bump’s Restaurant and the Aspen Skiing Company for hosting the event. The ski industry has turned its attention from downhill races to terrain parks in recent years, and we are lucky to still have our race. Finally, I want to thank our local media, particularly The Aspen Times, Channel 16, KSPN and KSNO. Many people found their way into the race through the news coverage leading up to the event, and many more stayed connected through your race coverage.The next race is March 19-20 on the ultra-long giant slalom from the top of Golden Horn to the bottom of Thunderbowl at Aspen Highlands. Due to its length, terrain and pitch changes, this hill is rated the best giant slalom course in the world by five-time World Cup Champion Marc Girardelli … kind of like the Gigantisimo of years gone by, but better. Our goal is 100 racers; hoping you will come join us for that one. More info at AspenSnowmass.com/racing. Gary GleasonAspen

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