Remembering Zeb Piffer |

Remembering Zeb Piffer

Zebulon Piffer would have graduated from Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale in May 1996. At the time of Zeb’s death, he was preparing for his job as a Snowmass ski patrolman.

Instead, he was killed in a car accident on homecoming night in the fall of 1995. Alcohol was involved.

Friends and classmates established a race in his memory. The ninth annual Zebulon Ski and Snowboard races are scheduled for Saturday at the Spider Sabbich race area at Snowmass Ski Area.

The primary purpose of the race is to raise awareness among high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving. All racers are asked to sign a contract for life to not drink and drive.

Race proceeds are given as scholarships to graduating seniors at Basalt and Roaring Fork high schools, and the event has raised more than $25,000 since it began in 1996. Last year’s event included 125 racers, and organizers are hoping for especially strong participation from all area high schools this year.

Race registration takes place at the Cirque Cafe from 8:45-10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 with a ski pass and $35 without a pass. The cost includes racing and skiing at Snowmass, lunch and a T-shirt.

For more information or to donate to the scholarship fund, contact Diane Corbett at Roaring Fork High School at 384-5758.