1/30/17 — Friday seems so far away

30 January 2017 — Ski Bum Kudos Award to Cascade Mountain Wisconsin for naming and dedicating a new trail Saturday as “Sara’s Smile,” in honor of local athlete and advocate Sara Holm, killed in a car accident last year at age 23. Holm learned to ski at Cascade as a 6-year-old, and was disabled ten years later as a result of spinal cord surgery. Many in the crowd fought back tears as a memorial bench was unveiled at the top of the trail. Cascade owner Rob Walz sez the name came to him as they were cutting the trail “…we realized it was a crescent shape — like a smile” Special thanks to the Walz family for honoring Holm so nicely…Ski Bum Razz award goes to Wild Mountain Minnesota, first to announce some sort of “Spring Special Season Pass Sale” this morning. Hold your horses, it’s still January! Seriously though, we love Wild Mountain. I suppose if you live anywhere near Duluth, thoughts of spring come early…Holy smokes, big goings-on in the womens division of World Cup, Lara Gut grabbed top spot in the downhill on Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, putting her within 30 points of Mikaela Shiffrin for the overall. Then yesterday on the Super G course, Gut DNF’d after smashing through a gate, while Shiffrin put the entire ski world on notice with a fourth-place finish! The Super G was won by Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec, her first Super G podium topper. Stuhec was followed by Sofia Goggia of Italy, and a terrific third place finish for Austria’s Anna Veith (nee Fenninger) who looked like the Anna of old — I will not be surprised to see her atop the podium before the season is over. She looked nothing like two weeks ago as she tracked tentatively in her first comeback appearance. Back to Gut v. Shiffrin, the Super G result gave Mikaela an 80 point cushion heading into the Stockholm city event, where presumably she has an advantage. But that’s exactly what we said about Gut and the Super G yesterday morning, so who knows. Back to the downhill Saturday, Goggia and Stuhec followed Gut onto the podium; Lindsey Vonn DNFd. I’ll take a look at the men’s wild and wooly weekend in Garmisch on Wednesday…sorry to report 21-year-old Ryan Wasson of Albrightsville, PA died Thursday night after a snowboarding accident at Camelback Mountain Ski Resort. Local newspaper sez Wasson was not wearing a helmet when he was fatally injured on “The Hump,” a black diamond trail, about 7 p.m. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family…So we ended Friday’s report with a shout out to Bromley Resort in Southern Vermont doing their 11th annual Wounded Military Heroes Weekend, raising a “Pabst Blue Ribbon” in their honor. I posed the question, and so if you don’t know the backstory, Bromley was built many years ago by Fred Pabst, scion of the Pabst Brewery family. Young Fred was all about beer and physical fitness (he would feel right at home in this era) and he thought skiing was a great way to get people off the couch in the winter months. Named one of Bromley’s best trails “Blue Ribbon.” The trail is still called that, and Fred is still correct. That’s a photo of Bromley above, taken just before the recent thaw. The slopes you see in the distance are at Intrawest’s Stratton Mountain…today’s lyric headline “Friday seems so far away” is courtesy the Statler Brothers Monday Morning Secretary…back tomorrow with more news…yes the lower midwest resorts have recovered from the warm up, Paoli Peaks, Alpine, Boston Mills etc. all reopened and skiing nicely.