History: Between the gates
Winternational of 1981 was considered one of the most exciting series of events to hit Aspen/Snowmass in the 1980s. According to Jerry Blann, vice president of the Aspen Skiing Corp., in an article from the March 1981 Snowmass Affairs, “we are the only North American stop for the World Cup this year and we are looking for a five-year commitment to hold the races here.” The last such race was held in 1978, and it is a long political process to have a race approved. That year a week of events and celebrations over March 3-8 were planned to highlight the race. Snowmass hosted the Stetson Hat Races where World Cup racers were paired with children from the Aspen Camp School for the Deaf as a benefit for the camp, an event that continued as a highlight in the World Cup races for many years.
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