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A crazy circle brings him back

Former longtime Purgatory employee now an adaptive skier
Dave Spencer Ski Classic

The 15th annual Dave Spencer Ski Classic is set for Thursday through Sunday at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. The event is the main fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Association, which teaches people with physical and mental disabilities to participate in skiing and other outdoors activities.

Events begin at 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening with a reception and registration at the Lost Dog Bar & Lounge, 1150 Main Ave.

The highlight is Saturday’s race at the Paradise Race Arena. Those who still want to register a team for Saturday’s race can still do so for $750 per five-person team. Awards are given for skiing, costumes and more. Adaptive Sports can link individuals who wish to participate with a team.

Events continue Sunday with a mountain rally and conclude with an awards party Sunday evening at the DoubleTree Hotel.

For more information, contact the Adaptive Sports Association at 259-0374 or visit www.asadurango.com/events/dave_spencer.html.

A crazy circle brings him back

Bryan East worked and skied at Purgatory in the 1970s and ’80s. He helped clear trees for the trails that now, as an adaptive skier, he uses to relearn how to ski with two prosthetic legs.
Carving wider turns was one of the lessons that Bryan East, right, was taught by Adaptive Sports Association volunteer instructor Dave Trautmann.
Adapting prosthetic legs to ski boots was one of the challenges Bryan East faced, with the help of his instructors, when relearning how to ski.
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