The Mahres, Phil and Steve, will return to Utah for an encore next week. The two skiing greats, who began their pro careers two years ago in Park City's America's Opening, will return to ski in it again.
The pro skiing event will begin next Friday on the slopes of Clementine Run off the lower Three Kings lift at the Park City resort. Racing will include the men's slalom and giant slalom, and the women's GS.Phil and Steve Mahre, of course, will have the most name recognition among those racing. The remaining field will be comprised of top national and international skiing names.
Qualifying will be held on Friday. Saturday, the women's GS will be at 10 a.m., the men's GS at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the men's slalom will be at 11 a.m.
Other activities include a free street dance on Friday evening on Park City's Main Street with the band America, special halftime entertainment, and a skating exhibition on Sunday by Olympic skaters Peter and Kitty Carruthers, along with Utah's Holly Cook, currently ranked third in the world.
VIP tickets, which include bleacher seating and gourmet lunch, are $30 and are available at the Park City Sports Desk at the resort. General admission tickets are $5 and are available at Gart Brothers Sports Castle, Gart Brothers in the ZCMI Center and at the Sports Desk.
This year's event is being dedicated to the memory of the late Craig Badami, who was killed in a helicopter accident shortly after last year's World Cup America's Opening.
SKI MOVIE - The first hint of winter always signals the coming of the ski movies. The first, Warren Miller's "Extreme Winter," will be Monday and Tuesday at Highland High School.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $6.50 for students and children. Movie time is 8 p.m.
According to Gary Nate, director/photographer, 14 cameramen traveled more than 584,000 miles to 24 locations on four continents, and shot 24 miles of film for the movie.
Filming locations included Grand Targhee, Sun Valley and Park City, along with Blackcomb and Blue River in British Columbia, Val Thorens in France and Dombai in Gudauri.
Miller has been making ski movies for 41 years.
SKIING GOOD - Skiing is "as good as it gets - in places."
That's the report from Utah's two open areas - Brighton and Park City.
Park City has 3 lifts - PayDay, Three Kings and First Time - and 31/2 runs open. Skiing on the PayDay lift is from the mid-loading station down.
According to Mark Menlove, communications director, the base is holding up and with the coming of colder temperatures "we'll be making more snow to freshen things up. Right now, skiing is still pretty good."
The area has pushed about 15 million gallons of water through its system so far this year, which translates into a foot of snow over 115 acres.
An adult-day pass at Park City is $16.
Majestic and Mary's lifts are open at Brighton. Best skiing says Randy Doyle, area manger, is on the main Majestic run "where we've been making snow. In paces we've got up to eight feet. In some places there's less. If it turns colder, we'll start making more snow for the weekend."
An adult-day pass at Brighton is $16.