“There were more cross-country tourers than alpine skiers on Fanny Hill at Snowmass last Sunday” claimed the Dec. 9, 1971, Aspen Times. “But the ski tourers were gone shortly after 10 a.m. when Aspen’s first citizen’s ski race, the Silver Boom, began. A total of 169 men, women and children — including a baby on her mother’s back — participated. Men and women on the U.S. Olympic Nordic and Biathlon teams were also entered and took the top prizes. In fact, officials who started the 6-mile grind at Snowmass barely got to Buttermilk Mountain base area in time to clock the first finisher, U.S. Team star Mike Elliot who ran the course in just over 29 minutes.” The 6-mile course traversed terrain from flats to a scenic overlook that went ‘straight downhill,’ according to well-known eastern racer George Madsen.” Final results including Elliot’s time were: Top four men’s Mike Elliot, 29:44; teammate Pete Davis, 31:21; Chris Haines, 31:31; Aspenite Raoul Wille, 32:22. Top women were Trina Hosmer, 36:14; Martha Rockwell, 36:41; Mary Lee Atkins, 37:09. The Times had a few fun awards, as well. “Going to the Flyer ‘Hot Type’ Triple Crown Awards were Bob Massucco, the hottest skier; Annie Oakley, the hottest looking girl; and Liz Heymans, the hottest-blooded skier wearing the fewest clothes. Winner of the Aspen Today We Try Harder Award was Joyce Bent, who skied with the Bent baby on her back. Tom Taylor, recently the victim of a broken arm, won the Fastest One-Armed Skier.”
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