Summer on the Slopes

August 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

When Tyler Smith was a child, he’d head to his family’s condominium in Winter Park, Colo. and watch the Epworth Cup glacier race. Held each July on the Sunday after Independence Day, the race gives skiers in Colorado the chance to hit the slopes during the summer—Mount Epworth’s peak is more than 12,000 feet above sea level, and there’s still snow on the ground during the warmer months.

Fast forward to this year, and Smith ’14 finally got the chance to participate in the race alongside a group of fellow Penn Staters—Devin Dymeck ’15, Heather Derr ’15, and Tomasz Dobrzanski ’15—all of whom participated on the ski team while in college. The quartet ended up winning the whole thing.

“We talked about it last year but we didn’t have all of them out here yet,” Smith says. “[This year] we were all just out here at the same time and it worked out.”

The race requires skiing down a pair of courses on the mountain. Each team member goes down both courses once, all their times are added together, and the team with the fastest total time wins. Smith says this year’s race—the 52nd year—was significant, acting as a “passing of the torch” between those who started the event and a younger group of skiers.

Along with a trophy that the group gets to keep, their names will be engraved on the actual Epworth Cup. Additionally, Smith, Dymeck, Derr, and Powell earned the right to set the course for next year.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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