Latest News – February 6
Leadville Ski Joring Baton Passed From Copper to Dahl!
When it comes to Leadville Ski Joring, capturing those rings with your baton as you fly down the course, is one of the most challenging skills to hone for most skiers. It takes precision and steely nerves, mixed in with a little bit of “just go for it!”Paul Copper (r) passes the Leadville Ski Joring baton to Jason Dahl (c) who will take on more responsibilities with this year’s event with a “little help” from Jody Manly (l) – the guy who’s been setting the course since the beginning! Not pictured: Dee Dee Copper. Photo: Leadville Today.
These are qualities Jason Dahl is familiar with as a ski joring competitor. But perhaps he will find them even more valuable as he takes on more responsibilities with this year’s Leadville Ski Joring event to be held in downtown Leadville on March 2 & 3.
Last month longtime organizers Paul and Dee Dee Copper announced they are stepping down from their roles in the event.
“Dee and I are resigning our positions, but just like I’ve said before,” explained Paul Copper whose been a key Leadville Ski Joring organizer for years (and years!). “Before you can quit a position you have to have someone trained, ready and in place to fill your spot first.”
So, why Jason Dahl? What makes him ready to sit tall in that saddle?
“Number One,” says Copper, “Jason’s a competitor; has been since he was a kid, so he loves the sport. Number Two, he understands the sport. He understands what it takes to put it on. He’s an organizer and everybody in the community knows Jason and loves him.”
So it looks like this annual event that always seems to “magically come together,” is ON for another year! The insurance has been secured, the snow is (slowly) showing up and the baton has been passed!
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