Revival brings tele-skiers to the slopes

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Don't be surprised if you see some 720s or a few helicopters thrown Saturday at Howelsen Hill.


Not by your average freestyle skiers, but by some of Steamboat's best telemark skiers. Pushing limits has always been a part of the annual telemark revival, organizer Ken Recker said. He expects to see even more cutting-edge tricks this weekend when the Winter Carnival event takes center stage on the face of Howelsen.

The revival includes a giant slalom race and a mogul competition. The events begin at noon and run until about 3 p.m. Saturday. Recker said the revival generally draws an enthusiastic crowd that fills the bleachers at the bottom of the hill and lines both sides of the course.

Recker isn't sure exactly how long tele-skiers have been coming out for this particular event, but he thinks it's close to 10 years. He has organized the revival for the past four and hosted almost 40 competitors last year.

The number was down slightly from the year before, but Recker, who also acts as a coach for the newly formed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club program, is hoping for a few more skiers this year.

Kelly Landers took top honors at last year's event. She had the top overall combined score for the giant slalom and mogul event. Recker won the men's overall title, and Cliff Field took home the youth title.

Former U.S. Ski Team member Scott Wither won the men's giant slalom, and Charlie Abernathy topped the women's giant slalom.

Recker won the men's moguls, and Hattie Shelton topped the women's mogul event.

This year, skiers can compete in men's and women's divisions. There also will be a youth division for boys and girls.

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