SOLITUDE WELCOMES SLALOM COMPETITORS TO EVENT BILLED AS OLDEST IN THE COUNTRY

TEAMS OF JIMMIE HEUGA EXPRESS SKIERS TAKE TO SLOPES OF SNOWBIRD FRIDAYThe oldest ski race in the country will get one year older this weekend when Solitude welcomes western skiers in for the 49th annual Snow Cup.

The Saturday/Sunday event, sponsored by First Security Bank, will feature two giant slalom races. Names of the overall winners in the men's and women's races will be engraved in the base of the Snow Cup along with some of the greatest names in skiing.

Among them are: Gretchen Fraser, an Olympic gold medal winner, who won the first race back in 1940; Phil Mahre back on 1980; Tamara McKinney also in 1980; Christin Cooper in 1975; and on a local level such notables as Jim Gaddis (3 years in a row), Jack Reddish (3 years in a row), Marv Melville, Ray Miller, Margo Walters McDonald, Susie Harris Rytting, Kathy Hoffman, Scott Hoffman and Steve Bounous.

Races will begin at 10 a.m. each day. The course will be east of the Inspiration Lift.