Top of the Hill

More than 25 inches of fresh snow fell Saturday, welcoming the 2004 Dave Spencer Ski Classic to Durango Mountain Resort. Twenty-nine teams competed in the annual Adaptive Sports Association fund-raiser, earning $45,000 for the program. Mother Nature provided pristine ski conditions and teams of lavishly costumed racers created the celebratory atmosphere. A multitude of awards were presented at the postrace ceremony Saturday night, including the “Wild Wheelie,” which went to Cole Martens for the hottest mono/bi-skier; and the “Body Beater,” which went to Sandra Renfro for best wipe-out.

Joe Zaizar smiles as he sports a celebratory Mohawk.
Shirena Long, of Team Valle Vaqueros, braves the course on
pins during her first run.



Clay Long waits for his signal behind the
starting gate.
The Saint Dolly Girls, from left, Margy Dudley, Kristin Hilliard, Candice VanSant and Tanya Slubowski, get rowdy at the top of the race course before winning the “Best Overall Team Costume” award later that night.
Chuck Martens helps navigate his son Cole, 10, through the top section of the course as the snow continued to fall.






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