GeoLand Ski Snow Day

Title: Geolandski Snow Day

Publication: The Outcrop, May 2002, p. 12-13

A great time was had by all who participated in this year’s Geoland Ski Day. Two buses were loaded at Heritage Square with a hardy group of geologists and landmen that made their way through one of this winter’s largest snowstorms.

The morning of Friday, March 1, was cold and snowy along the Front Range, which were perfect conditions to let someone else do the driving. Colorado Charter Lines comfortably carried our group of 90 eager skiers to several inches of new snow at Copper Mountain Resort.

The buses pulled into Copper’s new East Village Lodge and emptied out in a hurry with groups ready to hit the fresh powder on the slopes. Skiing conditions were great, and the lift lines were non-existent. Everyone got in plenty of turns throughout the day and were more than ready for our annual après ski reception at 3:00 p.m. in the village lodge. As usual, Copper Mountain catering did a wonderful job of providing great food and beverages with gracious hospitality for the participants.

Awards were given to the two fastest racers on the Nastar course this year. In the men’s group, Steve Cumella finished first with a time of 17.30. Bret Siepman and Carl Kennedy tied for second at 17.38 seconds. However, the woman’s group put in the fastest time of the day at 16.18 seconds by Kori Norberg. Better luck next year, guys! Robin Benko took second place in the woman’s division with a time of 19.35 seconds. Several lucky participants won door prizes through a raffle, including our traditional crazy sunglasses and other handy ski gear. Chris Greneaux won a grand prize gift of two courtside tickets to a Denver Nuggets basketball game, which were donated by Southwestern Production Company.

The ride back to Denver was smooth and comfortable with all the Geolandskiers pleased to find that metro Denver was, indeed, a good place to avoid that cold and snowy day.

Special thanks was given to the sponsors and organizers who made this wonderful event possible. Chris Gough, chairman for the RMAG and Robert Bram and Jim Peay, chairmen for the DAPL organized this year’s ski day.