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Singer and songwriter Bryon Friedman plays a show. The former U.S. Ski Team member will play Park City Mountain Resort Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Bryon Friedman)
When Park City Mountain Resort throws its homecoming party for ski champion Ted Ligety on April 6, there will be parades, special guests and live music.

Ligety's former U.S. Ski Teammate Bryon Friedman will play a concert beginning at 3 p.m.

Friedman was contacted by Mountain Town Music executive director Brian Richards a couple of weeks ago for the gig.

"Brian keeps me in the loop when it comes to gigs in Park City, and he thought it would make sense for me to perform," Friedman told The Park Record. "I grew up ski racing and was on the U.S. Ski Team and competed for the World Cup with Ted, and it is going to be pretty cool to play a homecoming for him. I mean, what an amazing season he's had."

Friedman, who has released three CDs since 2007, began writing songs in 2005 after he was injured while skiing.

"Skiing was who I was from the time I was three years old and has always been second nature to me," he said. "Music came along after I nearly lost my leg during a run."

Friedman crashed and fractured his leg, and the leg developed compartment syndrome, a condition that leads to nerve damage because of the lack of blood supply, Friedman said.

"Nine surgeries later I was skiing again, but it took a long time to be able to do that and the injury ultimately led to my retirement," he said. "At that time, I was just getting into music and tapping into a different energy that appealed to my creative side.


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It was a breath of fresh air to me and kind of helped me through those dark times."

The songs eventually comprised his debut album, "Road Sodas."

"I did a lot of writing," Friedman said. "I mean, what do you do when you can't walk, can't ski and are depressed, you know? It was like I was on an island all by myself. So I moved to Santa Barbara and started writing.

"I was just compelled to write and there were times when I would wake up in the middle of the night and write a song," he said.

Music turned into another passion and since "Road Sodas," Friedman released "Matchstick Memories" and his latest, "A River's End."

"This CD was different from 'Matchstick Memories,' because it was a collaborative effort between me and my producer/keyboardist Trevor Nealon," Friedman said. "He came out and we did a lot of song sharing, and it was nice to get another creative force into it, without it all just being my own writing."

The past year, however, Friedman hasn't played live very often because he started a business, called Soul Poles, which sells his homemade bamboo ski poles.

However, he is looking forward to the Ligety show.

"I've got a set list put together and since I've released three albums so far and most of the songs will be from those albums," he said. "Then I'll sneak a new song in every few songs. I've been writing a lot recently and got the bug back again."

Friedman is even thinking about his next CD.

"I would like to record the next album in Alaska," he laughed. "I know that's kind of random, but I just got back from an awesome ski trip from there. It's so beautiful and felt so good. The skiing is amazing and it all felt very free.

"That's the kind of feeling I want in the studio," he said. "I would love to go out for a day of skiing and come back to think about the day and record."

He also wants the project to be another collaboration with other musicians.

"I've learned, especially with starting my own business, that I need to collaborate more, because there are people who know a lot more than I do," he said. "My views of teamwork and camaraderie are different now. I would like to work with people and have them take some ownership of the music we write."

Park City Mountain Resort will host a homecoming for world champion skier Ted Ligety on Saturday, April 6. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a parade of flags at lower PayDay. Ligety will participate in a question-and-answer session at the PayDay stage at 1:15 p.m. and will meet with guests at the PayDay plaza from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Wrapping the event will be a live concert by Bryon Friedman at 3 p.m. at the PayDay deck. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/blog/authors/park-city-mountain-resort/help-us-welcome-home-world-champion .