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Powder 8 Championships better as local’s event

With so many important issues being debated (and some quite intelligently) in the SDN Letters to the Editor section, I hate to use up space in the paper to debate powder skiing.

But when Franz Fuchsberger thinks it is necessary to spout his nonsense, I do not hesitate to point out his ridiculous hypothesis. Kimberly Nicoletti writes (SDN March 20) “Fuchsberger reminded me that speed creates more dynamic turns.”

In defining “dynamic,” the dictionary talks of “objects in motion” and “characterized by continuous change, activity or progress.”

If skier “A” is making three times more turns than skier “B,” it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that the turning, churning skier “A” is in fact MORE dynamic than skier “B.”

Speed does not make skiing more dynamic. I would never think that any of my straight line runs of well over 100 mph were more dynamic, or more exciting, than the runs of the Rawles brothers on March 1.

About 10 years ago Franz tried to come over to Breckenridge and make the organizers and judges of the Powder 8 Championships do things the way Franz thought they should be done. He was rude (to put it mildly) to the judges.

Things changed for awhile (for the worse). Now things are back the way they should be. A bunch of great friends and great skiers up above timberline enjoying a special day, a day we owe to the late Jim Hamilton.

The one thing Franz says that is true is that the event is more low key. He implies that low key is bad. I bet most of the skiers on Peak 7 today will agree – low key is better, and a lot more fun.

C.J. Mueller


Editor’s note: The Breckenridge Powder 8 Championships take place today on Peak 7.

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