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History: Opening Day

Forty-five years ago in 1970, Snowmass’ opening day was on Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. Jim Snobble wrote on his calendar that with the opening of the fourth season, it “snowed during the previous nite & all day to put us in business in the nick of time. Good crowd.” That same weekend Miss Dubonnet — the Ski Queen of Orange Coast College, Jan Cook — came to help with the festivities and the Dubonnet Downhill race, an open classification race conducted by the recreation division of the West Village Association under the direction of Steve Mara. Stein Eriksen made a presence as the forerunner for the event and Miss Cook served as the hostess for the awards ceremony at the Timbers in Snowmass. Photo taken circa 1970 by Joan Lane.