I would like to publicly thank Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown for their Herculean effort in pulling off one of the most exciting and important ski-oriented events that has ever taken place in the Wood River Valley. The Honda Ski Tour featured world-class athletes, a seemingly ubiquitous array of musical talent and inspired a ski culture vibe that I have not seen approximated in my short 14 years of living in this valley.
This weekend harkened back to the spirit of the 1970s and 1980s when the sport of skiing was in its prime and the ski bum was alive and well in Ketchum and across the intermountain West. It reminds one of when real estate was still affordable to the average Joe and when ski towns really were one-season ski towns rather than the four season resort/retirement communities that they have too often become.
To many of us living here, the lifestyle that accompanies skiing is as important as the sport itself. The feeling of zooming down Lookout Bowl on a powder morning after the ropes have been dropped is only slightly more exhilarating than talking about that rush at Grumpy's later that evening or as it was sharing the experience over a cocktail at the Creekside.
I encourage whole-heartedly both of these men along with all of the volunteers, employees and sponsors involved in The Honda Ski Tour to make it an annual event. Perhaps it can be viewed as a modern-day rite of passage for those new to mountain towns and the experience that is "living the dream."