TELLURIDE SKI RESORT DEDICATES SKI RUN TO CAPTAIN JACK CAREY
TELLURIDE, CO. (Sept. 4, 2009) - The Telluride Ski Resort announced Sept. 25 as the date set aside for Captain Jack’s ski run dedication. The run will be named and dedicated to legendary skier and athlete Captain Jack Carey, a long-time Telluride local who prematurely passed away in a bike accident July 17, 2009.
Often referred to as the ‘The Ambassador of Skiing’, Jack was an avid athlete and skier, showing up hours before the lifts opened on powder days, chasing face shots with those much younger than his 64 years. Captain Jack was a beloved resident and friend in Telluride for more than 30 years. This Sept.11, 2009, Carey would celebrate his 65th birthday.
“This is a wonderful gift from the Telluride Ski Resort to Jack, his family, and to our extended family of friends and skiers,” said Monica Carey. “While there are many areas on the mountain that will always hold memories for skiers and pilots alike, this glade is a particularly thoughtful choice as a tribute. It is an intimate and spiritual place where I know I will feel his love for life, for sport, and for the mountain.”
The dedication of Captain Jack’s, informally known as Locals, will take place on Sept. 25, and all are invited to help clear the run of trees, debris and foliage. All participants will be picked up by Telluride Ski Resort vehicles at 9:00 a.m. at the top of gondola St. Sophia Station, and then transferred to the top of Locals. Crews will be split up in groups of up to six, and guided by an employee to the areas in need of glading. A noon lunch will be provided by the ski resort, with an hour break in the woods. Work will resume until 3:30 p.m., when vehicles then transport all back to the top of the gondola. A BBQ and free beer reception at the Hop Garden will follow for participants. Participants should bring tools such as tree saws, loppers, and/or chain saws (if individuals are properly trained and equipped with the proper safety glasses, boots and gloves). Water will be provided from start to finish of the day. A one-day lift ticket voucher will be given to all participants.
“The invitation to physically participate in the preparation of the glade is a sincere recognition of what else was important to Jack,” continued Carey. “Jack played hard, but he also relished hard work, outside and in the trees. This unique opportunity will enable some of us to honor that work ethic in a spirit of collaboration with the ski area.”
Captain Jack grew up in New Hampshire and appeared in Bike, Couloir, Freeze, Ski, Powder, in and on the cover of Skiing, on ESPN, Fox Sports, and many others. Carey is survived by his wife, Monica, and his daughter, Jill Curtis of Salt Lake City, and his siblings Chip Carey, Tom Carey and Suzie Boswell.
Pre-registration is required to participate. Please R.S.V.P. to Lori Golzar at 970-728-6900.