By David Schissler
(November 2013) I love the ski show. In two days I meet dozens of people, see dozens of resorts, check out equipment, take in the latest data, and get some cool “stuff”. The parties are fun, too. Many thanks to our hosts, Ski New Hampshire, the Snowsports Industries of America, and BEWI, the show’s promoter, for their hospitality.
I ran into one of my heroes at the Expo this year. Tommy Moe. In the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, Norway, Tommy became the first American male skier to win 2 medals in a single Winter Games. He earned a gold in the downhill and silver in the super-G. In 2003 he was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame.
At the BEWI Annual Award luncheon Bill Stengler of Jay Peak, VT was honored for his longevity, innovation, and dedication to community. As lunch began I randomly chose a place for myself. As I sat down I introduced myself I was greeted with a modest “Hi, I’m Donna” and a handshake from the lady one seat way from me. It took a second or two before I realized it was Donna Weinbrecht, Olympic mogul gold medalist, Ski Hall of Famer, and one of the most dominant athletes ever on the U.S. team.
The liveliest demonstration at the Expo was the live performances featuring the Spectacular Flying Aces, lead by Fuzz Feddersen. Fuzz is among the US Ski Team’s most winning aerialists. He also coached the US Aerial Team for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan that brought home two golds. Fuzz is a newly minted Ski & Snowboard Hall of Famer. Ryan St. Onge is the star of the Flying Aces aerial show spectacular. He’s the 2009 World Aerials Champion, two time Olympian, and is considered by many to be the most technically perfect aerial skier.
There’s still more in the pipeline from the show. I’m working on some “merch” for you from several manufacturers, the latest demographic data on you, and a few tips to pass along.