Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Janss Ski Classic shows its musical soul

32 bands make their runs for snow sports

Express Staff Writer

The paparazzi (Nate Galpin, right) was in town, as the winning-costume team Oops We?re Britney from Koth Sports Physical Therapy regroups. From left to right are Karoline Droege, John Koth, Rebecca Rusch and Pete Smith. Photo by Willy Cook

Glenn Janss was dressed as Joan Jett, but costumes were always welcome in the household of former Sun Valley owner Bill Janss, she said during Saturday's festive awards dinner in the Limelight Room.

Halloween bloomed in late winter as 160 skiers and partygoers dressed up as members of musical tribute bands over the course of three days last week.

They gathered around the jukebox and along Baldy's ski trails during the 11th annual Janss Pro-Am Classic at Sun Valley Resort. The extremely popular dress-up theme in 2008 was "Bands on the Run."

Ever since Olympic silver medalist Christin Cooper and her husband, Mark Tache, dreamed up the idea 11 years ago, the Janss Pro-Am celebration of snow sports has been the most important benefit for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

The 41-year-old organization supports over 500 student/athletes in its programs. SVSEF executive director Don Wiseman said, "The SVSEF is the soul of the community."

SVSEF fundraising coordinator Kate Berman said, "The racers and supporters had a fabulous time. Enthusiasm was the best ever. It was the nicest group of people and the event itself was very successful."

Top team was Beatles/Rolls Royce of Beverly Hills, featuring pro Maggie Acker, Chris Mazzola, Michel Rudigoz, Ed O'Gara and Aaron Blaser.

In second place was The Community School Marching Band with John Braafladt, Jen King, Stacey Straley, Laura Kennedy and pro Peter Kakes. Third place went to Kitzbuehel Quintet/Roosevelt Grille with pro Erika Whittaker, Cameron Leady, Keri Desler, Amy Martin and Warwick Phillips.

Fourth place went to pro Mark Stiegemeier's Twisted Sister. Other award winners:

Speed Cup kings for the fifth straight year were pro Zach Crist and his speedsters, Carl Rixon Jr., John Campbell, Wes Powell and Kipp Nelson of Motley Crue/48 Straight;

Fastest female—Erika Hogan of Dixie Chicks. Fastest male—Carl Rixon Jr. of Motley Crue/48 Straight.

Birthday Girl—Snowboard champion Sondra Van Ert.

Most Enthusiastic—Alex Kuczinski of ABBA and Rufus Brown, who was Dean Martin of Legends Live On.

Best Crash, female—Mary Beth Riordan of Twisted Sister, honorable mention to Lisa Caputo of Sons of the Pioneers.

Best crash, male—Averell Fisk of Eddy Duchin "Friends of Janss," honorable mention to Rick Hickman of Red Hot Chili Peppers/Sun Valley Co. and Nate Galpin of Oops We're Britney/Koth Sports Physical Therapy.

Drum roll, Best Costumes:

1—Oops We're Britney/Koth Sports Physical Therapy with K Fed (John Koth), Trashy Britney (Rebecca Rusch), Nasty Britney (Karoline Droege), Dr. Phil McGraw (Pete Smith) and pro Drew Peacock (Nate Galpin).

2—Jackson 5/Sue Engelmann of Sotheby's International Realty with pro Viki Fleckenstein, Helen Whiting, Justine Kaiser, Kelly Bird and Sue Engelmann.

3—Legends Live On with Dean Martin (Rufus Brown), Patsy Cline (Liz Brown), Janis Joplin (Janet Appleton), Johnny Cash (Glenn Thomas) and pro Jimi Hendrix (Will Hovey).

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