Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! finds ski team loving springtime |

Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! finds ski team loving springtime

Currently here — again — on The Summit for late-spring dry-land and on-snow training are members of the US Ski Team National Training Group and Development Team, based in Park City, Utah. They were here last fall.

Spike! spotted them out in a downtown Frisco alleyway for another workout after a morning’s ski at A-Basin.

Most likely these youngsters were among the few enjoying our ongoing winter, which is keeping spring at bay.

The team will be leaving today after a 10-day stay.

Who are they?

In the photo, you see, front row, left to right, Steph Lebby, 16, Big Bear, Calif., with the US Ski Team Development Team; and Galena Wardle, 15, Aspen; Clara Hathorne, 15, Winter Park; and Patricia Mangan, 16, Buffalo, N.Y., all of whom are with the US Ski Team National Training Group.

Back row, left to right: Storm Klomhaus, 15, Winter Park; Megan McGrew, 16, Frisco/Vail; Rachael DesRochers, 17, Vail; and Nina O’Brien, 16, Squaw Valley, Calif., with the US Ski Team National Training Group; Breezy Johnson, 18, Jackson Hole, Wyo., with the US Ski Team Development Team; and Dave Quammen, Zumbrota, Minn., head athletic trainer and strength coach at the US Ski Academy.

These athletes ski slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill, according to their athletic trainer.

“We enjoy the early- and late-season training opportunities available in Summit County,” says Quammen during a break in the action. “Everyone here has always been helpful and accommodating with anything we need.”

Quammen assists well-known local Frank Kelble of Silverthorne, the head women’s coach for the US Ski Team National Training Group; Kris Shampeny, Bozeman, Mont., the assistant women’s coach; and Thomas Erhard, Park City, the head coach.

**** ran a list recently, ranking the top 12 cities in Colorado.

If you can believe it, not one community in Summit County made the list. Huh?

Gunnison garnered first place in the article, with Steamboat Springs taking second, Crested Butte third, Ouray in fourth, Durango fifth and Aspen sixth.

The bottom half saw it this way: 7. Telluride; 8. Glenwood Springs; 9. Silverton; 10. Lake City; 11. Hotchkiss; and Creede brought up the rear at 12.

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

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