Janss Classic does
the Fifties right
And raises $100,000 for
Sun Valley ski teams
"Back to the 50s," was the theme of the
three-day, sixth annual Janss Pro-Am Classic that attracted 22 six-member teams
and 132 enthusiastic ski racers last weekend at Sun Valley.
It’s always good to see Christin Cooper racing through the gates on
Baldy, like she did in the Janss Classic. Express photo by Willy Cook.
That meant poodle dresses, muscle t-shirts
and slicked-down hair, horn-rimmed glasses and bowling shirts. But the spirit
was that of a Sun Valley fund-raiser. That was "giving back."
The Janss Pro-Am, honoring the memory of
1964-77 Sun Valley owner Bill Janss, is the largest fundraiser supporting the
SVSEF alpine, snowboard, freestyle and cross-country ski teams for nearly 400
children in the Wood River Valley.
SVSEF executive director Don Wiseman said
Monday, "It looks like we’re going to be right around the $100,000 we raised at
last year’s Janss Classic. Given this is a slow economy, we’re very pleased."
Jennifer Galpin-Mikesh, dressed fiftyish during Saturday’s awards dinner
at Sun Valley Skating Center. Express photo by Willy Cook
Last year’s team winner was Surefoot
headed by former pro racer and Ketchum resident Billy Shaw. Wiseman said, "Billy
Shaw established a precedent last year when he donated all the winnings to the
new Bill Janss Scholarship Fund."
Similarly, this year’s team winners and
finalists continued the new tradition by donating back their winnings, nearly
$23,000 in all, to the ski foundation and its Janss Scholarship Fund.
Tying for first place and electing to stay
tied instead of invoking the handicap rule was Occasionally Plaid captained by
John Buxman and The Hoola-Coops led by Christin Cooper.
On Occasionally Plaid were Buxman, Frank
and Judy Jellinek, Robert Hall, J.V. and Toni Brown. On Hoola-Coops were ex-U.S.
Ski Team star Christin Cooper, Goose Garrett, Benjy Walker, Cameron Cooper,
Colleen Coyne and Margie Cooper.
The spoils of winning: $7,110.
In third place was Sh-Boom-Boom with pro
Nick Maricich, Dave Butterfield, Maureen Baker, Kent Lyons, Diane Morris and
George Lyons Jr.
Taking fourth place were the Wells Flying
Fargos with pro Heather Flood Daves, Alma Mills, Neil Siegel, David Logsdon,
Eric Rizza and John Sofro.
Janss teams had colorful names including
Atomic Bombs, The Cruisers, Edie and the Pussycats, Millennium Falcons and
The Edie and the Pussycats team, from left, Happy Hawn, Heather Black,
Amanda Black, Edith Thys Morgan, Regan Wilson and Michelle Ferris. Check next
week’s Local Life section for more Janss Classic photos. Express photo by
The pros were a who’s who of terrific ski
racers like Scott Hoffman, Edith Thys Morgan, Tyler Palmer, Mark Stiegemeier,
Mike Frost, Mark Tache, Skip Merrick, Terry Palmer, Billy Shaw and Hansi
Winning the Janss Speed Cup for a fourth
straight year was "Team R" with Hank Minor, Pat Savaria, Karoline Droege, Adele
Savaria, Tyler Ferris and pro Pat Bauman.
Ferris was a great addition to "Team R"
since he captured the prize for "Fastest Amateur." The fastest amateur woman was
Adele Savaria. Here were the fastest times for each of Saturday’s two qualifying
Pro men, first run: 1—Skip Merrick
21.44. 2—Nick Maricich 21.77. 3—John Buxman 21.97. 4—Hansi Standteiner 22.19.
5—Mark Tache 22.55. Second run: 1—Merrick 21.52. 2—Maricich 22.21. 3—Standteiner
22.27. 4—Buxman 22.60. 5—Terry Ahola 22.69.
Pro women, first run: 1—Edith Thys
Morgan 23.12. 2—Heather Flood Daves 23.83. 3—Christin Cooper 24.47. 4—Erika
Whittaker 26.08. 5—Sondra Van Ert 27.86. Second run: 1—Thys Morgan 23.26.
2—Flood Daves 24.06. 3—Cooper 24.47. 4—Whittaker 25.12. 5—Van Ert 27.99.
Amateur men, first run: 1—Pat
Savaria and Tyler Ferris 21.86. 3—Eric Carlson 22.19. 4—Hank Minor 22.29. 5—Kipp
Nelson 22.96. Second run: 1—Ferris 21.52. 2—Savaria 21.96. 3—Carlson
22.11. 4—Minor 22.30. 5—Eric McCormack 22.93.
Amateur women, first run: 1—Adele
Savaria 23.12. 2—Karoline Droege 23.15. 3—Stephanie Nelson 24.08. 4—Heather
Black 24.42. 5—Melissa Harrison 24.74. Second run: 1—Adele Savaria 23.04.
2—Droege 23.22. 3—Regan Wilson 24.84. 4—Nelson 25.14. 5—Heather Black 25.38.
Among special prizes: "Best Crash," to D.J.
Hart; "Slowest Run," to Margie Cooper; and "Most Inspirational," to George Lyons
Jr., 85 years young.
One of the main live auction items
Saturday was a restored 1950 Chevy Bel Air hard-top coupe donated anonymously.
It sold for $8,000—the same sale price as a lamb asado dinner for 30 people
prepared by Ruben Macaya in your own backyard.
Live auction items included two Mt.
Rainier summit climbs donated by Peter and Erika Whittaker ($1,200); a pair of
Rossignol skis autographed by U.S. Ski Team star Bode Miller ($1,000); a gourmet
dinner with wine for eight people prepared by Scott Mason of Ketchum Grill
($1,200); and three nights at a luxury spa near San Diego ($1,600).
Saturday’s awards party featured the
drawing for a season-long SVSEF raffle of a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT with an
exchange value of over $30,000, sponsored by Sawtooth Auto Sales. The winner was
Nan Stone of Ketchum. Selling the most tickets, 60 at $100 apiece, was Riley
Title sponsors were Sun Valley Company,
Smith Sport Optics, Atomic, Mountain West Bank, Atkinsons’, Surefoot, Tully’s
Coffee and Zenergy at Thunder Spring.
Check next week’s Local Life section in
the printed editon of the Idaho Mountain Express for more Janss Classic photos.