I went to school at the University of Kansas – Rock Chalk Jayhawk! – and my first year working at Lodge at Lionshead was very excited when I sold reservations to a group of residents and doctors from KU Medical Center who wanted to go skiing over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend in Vail. That was 1997. This group has returned every year since and has grown the ski trip into a full-fledged conference.
The 2010 meeting was this past weekend and a big success. We’ve enjoyed seeing the familiar faces of the alumni and staff back at Lodge at Lionshead and getting to know the new faces of the residents in the program. The group leaves today and we are sad to see them go – especially their fearless group leader and planner extraordinaire, Ben Studebaker. I spend the months preceding MLK, Jr. weekend working with Ben on selecting the condos, putting rooming lists together and then moving everyone around multiple times as plans change. I will miss his hilarious emails and boisterous phone calls! He’s great to work with and the KU group is one of our perennial favorites. We look forward to seeing them again in 2011.