Park City Ski Team honors alumni
The Park City Ski Club was formed in 1972 and, in the early days, it was nothing like it is now.
Now, it churns out Olympians and world-class skiers at a rate that rivals any other club in the country. As with any top organization, though, getting to where it is now took a lot of work.
On Saturday, April 2, the Park City Ski Team, which has been a nonprofit organization since 1980, will host an alumni reunion and Hall of Fame induction. From 6 to 9 p.m., PCST members past and present will gather at the Park City Marriott (1895 Sidewinder Dr.) for dinner and a social prior to the Hall of Fame induction.
Bob Marsh, the director of the team from 1975 to 1996, said he’s looking forward to seeing familiar faces again.
"Each year, the number one thing is to try to get all the members past and present — parents, coaches and athletes — together," he said. "I think that, like with most reunions, it’s fun to see your old teammates. The last few years, it’s brought people back together and they go skiing together. It rekindles old friendships and brings back good memories."
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are former coach Patti Formichelli, former athletes Shannon and Jeremy Nobis and community supporters Phil Thompson and Jana and Gary Cole. Marsh said the team is happy to honor a diverse group of candidates.
"We try to get community supporters, people who have made major contributions either through coaching or athletics and people who really pitched in to make the organization what it is today," he said.
Current PCST Director Jesse Hunt said the Coles (owners of Cole Sport) and Thompson were critical to the team’s early success.
"The Cole family and Phil Thompson were involved in starting the Fourth of July 5K fun run which has carried on and is a great fundraiser for the team," he said. "We’re glad we’re finally getting an opportunity to honor them."
"They continue to be incredibly supportive of skiing in general and have done a lot for the Park City Ski Team," Marsh added.
The Nobis siblings represent some of the first athletes to go on to bigger and better things after their time in Park City, Hunt said.
"Both Shannon and Jeremy were athletes here in the early days and went on to the Olympic level," he said. "Patti was part of their development, so there was a nice tie-in there."
Marsh said Formichelli has been one of the most impactful coaches in PCST history.
"She’s actually been a coach for almost 35 years and is really well known for coaching many of the athletes that came out of the alpine ski racing program in Park City," he said. "She’s well known nationally as one of the finest female ski coaches from the ’80s and ’90s until now, even."
Hunt is looking forward to Saturday’s event, which he hopes will draw a crowd of alumni and current members.
"It’s exciting for me to look at our history and our legacy and get people involved that really got things going in the early days," he said. "We’ve had a number of events and every time it’s so fun to get everyone back involved. It gives everyone currently involved a great sense of the history of the organization and it’s just a great way for people to learn about how it all started."
Registration costs $50 per person and there will be a cash bar (no credit cards accepted). The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 29. To register for the alumni reunion and Hall of Fame induction, visit http://www.parkcityskiteam.org or call Gail at 435-649-8749.
The lift, called Over and Out, will pick up guests near the base of the Tombstone Express lift and drop them off near the top of Sunrise lift, allowing skiers to more easily descend into Canyons Village.