Hey, Spike! writes of changes, memories, love | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! writes of changes, memories, love

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily

Soon to be moving farther west are Jeff and Suzanne Lifgren, who will be calling Park City, Utah, their new home. Jeff, with Vail Resorts since 1998, is leaving his position as general manager of the adult Ski and Ride School for Breckenridge Ski Resort to become director of the Ski and Snowboard School at Canyons Resort in Park City.

“Canyons Resort is one of three alpine ski resorts located in Park City, Utah,” Wikipedia says. “With 19 chairlifts, 4,000 acres of skiable terrain and an average of 355 inches of snow each winter, Canyons is the largest ski and snowboard resort in Utah.”

Suzanne will be leaving a similarly public position, that as the town of Frisco’s director of marketing and communication.

“I have worked for the town of Frisco since 2005 in the events manager position to my current position,” she explains. “I do not have a job in Utah at this time, but you could call me the ‘general contractor’ of our family’s move.

“My 1995 one-season stay in Summit County is coming to a close and I am off to start a new adventure in Utah,” she says. “I will miss all my friends and acquaintances that have helped me experience so much over the years.

“My one piece of advice to all those working three jobs and wondering why you work so hard to live here: It’s worth it — and it pays off.”

Those efforts earned this praise:

“Suzanne has done an outstanding job for the town of Frisco. Not only has she been a great employee, she and her family have been a great part of our community,” says town manager Bill Efting. “Suzanne will be dearly missed and we all wish her the best of luck.”


In other skiing news, some locals steeped in real history will get together for a reunion Saturday at Copper Mountain’s Double Diamond Grill to honor coaches once involved with the Climax Ski Team up on Fremont Pass.

Coaches recognized will be Bert Snyder, Don Larsh and Dick Malmgren.

Past skiers will be a big part of this — Rudd Knutzen (formerly Pyles), Scott Pyles, Paul Rodarte, Dave Gorsuch, Tom Malmgren, CJ Julin, Terry Bartell, Jack and John Walton, Brad and Marka Wellington, Randi (Fields) Hamilton and Pete Fields, Henry Veeder, Tom Gates, Dee (Petty) Williams, Mike Morris, Bud Monk, Jim Gregory, Walt Walker, Joel Zdechlik, Kristy Quinlan and Bill Gorsuch, along with supporters Marie Zdechlik and Mary Jo Copper.

“Ahhhh, it seems like only 60 years ago we were skiing together, jumping bumps, catching rabbits, zipping through the trees and bailing over the cornice,” says organizer Scott Pyles from his home in Holly, Mich.

If you remember the slap of bamboo on your side in a race course, or the red, yellow and blue flags decorating the course, then you’ll recall the old red lodge with the smell of fresh burning pine, wet wool and leather, Coors and Camels. Skiing at Climax was also the sound of pianos, guitars, harmonicas, yodels and songs.

“Thank you for attending this special time for all of us who grew up and learned to race in Climax, to honor the coaches and thank the parents who were so involved in our growth as ski racers, and more importantly, how we grew as individuals and teams,” Scott adds. “Climax in the ’40s, ’50s and some of the ’60s is where it all started for each of us.” A reception at David Luthi’s Foxpine establishment overlooking the SuperBee six-pack chairlift in the East Village starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, then the official recognitions. Call (970) 968-6854 for more info.


Congrats to Bob and Becky Foote, who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday with a party at Foote’s Rest, the longtime family homestead on Old Main Street Frisco. Attending were relatives and close friends Linda and John Polhemus, Jim Snyder and Meredith Farnum, Mark Emore and Lindsey, Bob and Deb Helton, Pat Foote, Kelly and Kerri Foote and daughters Lyla and Olivia; Jim and Roselee Carney, Dan and Moni Sederstrom with daughter Shannon and son Connor; Bob and Marcia Bowers, Butch Elich, Marie Zdechlik, John Davis, Jeannie and Greg Todd, Danny Eilts, Lauren Stott, Danielle, Michael and Linda Obermaier; Ben Shirley, Charles Stott, Shara Adams, Phyllis LaBarr, Reuben and Donna Graff, Jon and Claudia Kreamelmeyer, Ryan Owen, Dean McHenry and friend Karen of Olathe, Scott and Hazel Connor, also of Olathe, and Spike! and Mary, who have been Foote’s Rest neighbors since 1988.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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