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Werner’s Schuss Ribbon Cutting

0 Comments 21 January 2009

There truly is no real way for me to capture the spirit and history of today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Werner’s Schuss trail.  This fall, Alpine Meadows held a trail renaming contest for three trails; and among them was Blue Trail.  Melanie Jackson won her suggestion to rename Blue Trail to Werner’s Schuss.

Tenured Tahoe residents realize the significance of the new name:  Originally from Immenstacht, Bavaria, Werner Schuster was invited to teach at Alpine Meadows by Luggi Foeger in the 1960′s.  In 1963, Werner started at this 3-year old mountain as the Assistant Ski School Director.  In 1964, he was the new Ski School Director at the mountain.  Understand, though, this was a time when Alpine Meadows was literally world-renowned for its ski school; and skiing was on the cusp of being one of the largest, fastest-growing sports in the United States.  Teaching at Alpine Meadows in the 1960′s was like teaching  world socioeconomics at Radcliffe.  It was a big deal, and the school was Werner’s passion.  His students loved him; and still do.  Many were at Alpine Meadows to honor him today.

Werner, his wife Hanni, and his granddaughter, Genevieve, were at the mountain today.  He had ‘first tracks’ down Werner’s Schuss, and he was joined by many of his former instructors.  Here are some great photos from today’s festivities:

Werner Schuster with Babette Haueisen (former instructor):
Werner and Babette

Werner with Alpine Meadows General Manager, Jim Kercher (former instructor):
Werner and Kerch

Three great friends: Osvaldo Ancinas, Robert Frohlich, and Troy Caldwell:

Three MORE great friends: Ed Lahr, Nancy Collins, and Sue Caldwell:

Great friend and General Manager of Homewood, Kent Hoopingarner:

Werner back in the day of 215 Blizzards:
Vintage Photo 2

Undoubtedly, Werner is advising this very cute student on proper ski technique:
Vintage Photo

Three generations of world-class instruction directors – Greg Felsch, Doug Pierini, and Werner Schuster:
Ski School Directors

Fern Elufson and Melanie Jackson celebrate as Werner officially opens “Werner’s Schuss”:
Ribbon Cutting

Everyone had a great time at the Werner’s Schuss celebration:
Group Photo



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