phenomenon Pirmin Zurbriggen
made history in Aspen in 1987,
winning both the men’s downhill and the
giant slalom. His run on the downhill was aggressive
and fast, despite sloppy conditions on a warm,
sunny spring day. He was followed in second and
third places by Swiss teammates Daniel
Mahrer and Karl Alpiger.
Already the overall winner for the World Cup series,
Zurbriggen cinched the downhill title in Aspen
the GS, Zurbriggen showed he was at the top of
his game, winning the race by almost a one-second
margin ahead of Italy’s Richard
Pramatton. Zurbriggen’s teammate,
Alpiger, called him the “best skier in the
world” after his coup in Aspen. Responded
Zurbriggen, “I’d like to be remembered
as one of the great racers of all time.”
spectator turnout on Aspen Mountain was a record-breaker.
Fans crowded the course in unprecedented numbers
to watch the downhill and bask in spring sunshine.
Estimates by Aspen Skiing Company put the gallery
at more than 4,300.