Photo: The Prater Cup invites youth ski racers from Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico to compete. The event runs through Sunday. Courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
In October of 1979, Dan Prater, a one-time Wichita Kansas native turned Crested Butian a decade earlier, died tragically and suddenly. Prater had been a booster of the local youth ski racing club, and the next winter friends of his held the inaugural Dan Prater Memorial Cup, a youth ski racing festival hosted by Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Starting Friday, Feb. 21, the Prater Cup celebrates its 40th Anniversary. It’s become a major event in the USASA circuit, and a memorable one at that. KBUT spoke with Stephanie Prater, Dan’s daughter who helps to organize the event each year, about what makes the Prater Cup a special event.