Steamboat Springs Skiing with one of the biggest names in music has its benefits.
Like getting the band Big Head Todd and The Monsters to play a benefit concert March 21 for Dave Genchi, a Steamboat Powdercats photographer and videographer who sustained a serious spinal injury while snowboarding in December.
Though Big Head Todd and The Monsters are playing a free concert March 22 as part of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Bud Light Rocks the 'Boat concert series, the band gladly agreed to play the concert to raise money for Genchi's recovery.
Kent Vertrees, a Steamboat Powdercats manager, said the band - part-time Yampa Valley residents and Colorado favorites - came to know the Steamboat Powdercats crew through backcountry skiing trips.
"They have ties to us," he said. "We have connections."
Genchi, 32, sustained a serious spinal injury after landing on his head and shoulder after doing a surf-turn off a rock Dec. 21 on Buffalo Pass. Genchi was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, which cracked, and likely prevented more severe head injuries.
After the accident, Genchi was flown from Yampa Valley Medical Center to St. Mary's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction where he stayed until being flown to Craig Hospital in Denver on Jan. 9. Genchi is still recovering at Craig Hospital.
"(Dave's) doing good," Vertees said. "The attitude's there, but he knows he's got a long road ahead of him."
Tickets for the benefit concert, which will feature two sets of music that won't be played the following night, go on sale March 16 at All That Jazz, Christie Sport's Central Park Plaza location, the Gondola Square Sport Stalker and at the door March 21. Tickets also may be purchased through Steamboat Central Reservations at 800-922-2722 or online at www.steamboat.com. Each ticket includes one raffle ticket for prizes such as products from Steamboat Powdercats, Salomon, BAP, Backcountry Access, Crocs and Smartwool. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $5 each of five tickets for $20.