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A great race for Wilder

Dear Editor:

More than 20 years ago, on Dec. 7, 1986, my son, Wilder, skied into eternity. It has been my family’s privilege to have established the Wilder Dwight Ski Classic. It was held on Racer’s Edge at Tiehack this year, and I return to Aspen on or about the third week in January to touch base with his remembrance.

The people who give time and effort to running this race are the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, volunteers and many local people who perhaps knew Wilder and loved him. This race is executed like a world championship for class III and IV racers as a Junior Olympic qualifier. This year there were 159 girls and boys who participated on a super G course that was so much more challenging than they expected. My hat goes off to any racer who went through the starting gate.



So many Aspen local racers did so well, and I was sure that Wilder’s soul was with each one of them, urging them on.

My pilgrimage to Aspen was made possible by a few people I would like to thank.




My hosts, Annie Dupont and Jerry Hoosier, for treating me like Cinderella; Pat Callahan and Mark Cole and everyone at AVSC; racers and families; and the Nakagawa family, who are part of my own. Congratulations to Bobby Moyer and Devon Cardamone, the winners.

The week was a taste of the Aspen I have known and loved for more than 47 years. I thank all of you who have kept Wilder’s beautiful flame alive.

Sheri Dwight

Seattle


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