Celebrity White Carpet

I’m getting psyched up for ski season. Passes are being picked up, equipment is getting sorted and tuned. Simply put, I’m counting down the minutes until opening weekend—and Celebrity Ski Fest, which is my favorite “White Carpet” event. Each year, celebrities gather at the top of this course, on Birdseye ski run, and race each other as part of a gala weekend in support of the Waterkeepers Alliance.

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Last year, I got to hang out in the sunshine with some of my favorite peeps, after crushing a bunch of runs with my family.

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For one, I caught up with Summer Sanders—we met and worked together in New York City, before either of us called Park City home. Even though we share a small hometown now, with our crazy schedules even five minutes carved out of a cool event has to count as hanging out.

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I may or may not have challenged her to a race. (For this year. Gulp.)

Next, I caught up with Phil and Steve Mahre. If you had told me as a kid that I’d be hanging with these two legends every year, I’d have told you that you were nuts. What can I say? I’m wrong, sometimes.

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Then, I bumped into Camryn Mannheim, who was sporting a helmet, specially blinged out—dare I say, besparkled—by Swarovski. She couldn’t say enough about how much she loves coming to Deer Valley every year to support the Waterkeepers Alliance.

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And for as much action that happens on the racecourse, there is even more fun to be had inside. I got to catch up with Heidi Voelker and pose with Camryn Mannheim and JB Smoove, before we all dove into the amazing buffet lunch (think: Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili, plus a giant, gorgeous salad, a carving station, and yes, plenty of those amazing Deer Valley chocolate chip cookies.

Truly, though, the highlight of my Skifest is the same, every year: catching up with Rob Morrow, Debbon Ayer and their daughter, Tu. It was Tu who first busted me for shopping in the children’s department when we showed up to SkiFest several years ago, wearing identical brown plaid ski pants. She’s grown up from a little kid cheering at the bottom of the course, into a competitor in the race—and you can’t help but be charmed by a child who says she’s less concerned with winning than with getting out there and having fun.

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Eric HandMore impressed by the steady camera work of whoever was following him

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Matthew LivingstonShredd!! You're the best. Same run I fractured my tibial plateau on last year. Glad to see you're back. Hope I can do the same next year.

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Lori Mencarelli WalshWELCOME BACK!!! I'm 15 months post op discectomy/laminectomy and last week was my first time on skis since :)) It felt GREAT!!! Best wishes to you and your recovery'!!! Pain free is the BEST!!!

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Mitch MannWe wore the same color jacket and skied DV today as well, but our skiing form was a tad different.

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Bill PidwellAnd he even slowed down for the slow signs bottom Wasatch -- what a stud!

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Rod WoodGreat vid... Almost felt like I was on skiis just bebind him. Luv the speed Luv the feeling

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Priscilla GrahamSitting in Florida in 85 degree weather...you have no idea how good this looks!!

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Justin IrishDidn't get to see you at nationals in Colorado but I'm glad your back man !!!

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John TredentTrue carve turn, Ted is one of the best in the world.

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Tess TeurlingsTyler Teurlings they finally got around to posting this video of me from spring break

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Larry WeiderThat's what I look like in my head when I ski. It's better I never know what I actually look like.

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Kelly DetweilerLooks good to me ☺

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Ron ReillySmooth

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Justin BrownThat guy knows his way around an edge! Awesome!! Steve Levitas Lauren Stone

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Max ScottPaul Stu Herlan you guys just missed ripping some runs with Ted

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Jeff PetersonHe recovered well! He listened to and followed the instructions of his surgery team!

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Wendy Lynne Castle SimkinsLooking good! ⛷Glad to see you are back on skis!

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Dennis BressGreat run and great camera work. :-) Kerry Rutherford

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Octavio BarreraEmilio Fernandez our next level of skiing for next winter 💪🏽

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Scott DillmanGo Ted. I am sure it feels really good to be carving some turns. Enjoy your regained freedom.

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Karen-Cecil ThompsonBeautiful to watch.

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Andrew NolandMichael Riley] ... I think he makes a few more turns than us... 😂

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Deer Valley Resort has recieved over 400 inches of snow this season and still has a 101" base. You can only #SkiTheDifference for three more weeks. | Skier: Jillian Vogtli Video: Chris Morgan / Two Sherpas LLC on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
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Rose JutrasGo Jillian!! What an Ambassador!!

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Adi DeOltManon Mbd she has the same color equipment like me. And I skied there. Could it be me? 😂😂😂

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Claine CowdrickWhy end the season if there is still enough snow to ski on? Extend the season maximize profits

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Sue Mcjamesgo girl!

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Steve ZebrowskiSure didn't look anywhere near 101 inch base Saturday

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Marcela MrugalaIt was a fantastic day of skiing yesterday!

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Ken RuanoMaybe I should come up?

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Brandon BenallyCute but can she ski MOGULS as fast?

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Lori Mencarelli WalshI look just like that skiing!!! ( in my head ; )

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Lou KaltensteinWatched her cut her teeth at Holiday Valley! Go girl!

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Indy BaileyVery cool!!

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Nic ReneeAwesome skiing this year

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Sheila RoseBobby Quinn and friends!! We are still getting snow!

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Tia Allison Mittelstadt"Received"

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Elaine Lawrencer u having a good time

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Larry TallmanWhat a year and still coming.

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Kathy Meindel PalmerBeautiful. Have fun

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