Bob Beattie

Bob Beattie, pictured with Mike Hundert and Alice Pendleton, during the heyday of World Pro Skiing. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has in recent years embraced the head-to-head pro-style race format that Beattie thought was more spectator-friendly than racing against the clock.

Bob Beattie loved ski racing, so it’s fitting that the “Celebration of Bob Beattie,” which is being organized by Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club for Dec. 8, includes a dual giant slalom.

Beattie, who died April 1 at the age of 85, was a co-founder of the World Cup, the longtime commissioner behind NASTAR citizen racing and a proponent of the head-to-head ski racing that he would use during his World Pro Skiing Tour races and which ski racing’s governing body has only recently embraced.

Beattie’s contribution to AVSC was equally significant, including helping found the Aspen Support Kids program (formerly Base Camp). His vision was that no child in the valley should be kept from skiing or riding because of finances. This year, close to 1,800 youths will be served by this program.

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Bob Beattie

Bob Beattie loved participating in AVSC’s equipment night and seeing kids get excited about learning how to ski and snowboard. A celebration in Beattie’s honor is Saturday at Highlands.

Saturday’s event runs from 1-3:30 p.m. and is headquartered at the Highlands Alehouse at the base of Aspen Highlands.

The Bob Beattie Memorial Ski Race, a dual giant slalom, features ski legends and AVSC alpine athletes, according to an announcement from the club. It will be run during the afternoon.

There will also be a rail jam that features freestyle and snowboard athletes.

Free appetizers, sliders and drinks will be served. For more information, go toteamavsc.org or call 970-205-5107.