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"Simon's Way" at Brighton Ski Resort


KSL5 Eyewitness News
As of 4/22/06, this link goes to a download of the TV news story (click on the link under "Video"). It's a nice report.

ABC4 News at 5:00 pm on April 14, 2006
(we saw it--about 45 seconds and factually pretty off!)

Deseret Morning News on April 21, 2006
Ski marker honors cancer victim by Tammy Walquist

Did anyone see anything else? Let us know:

Image proof for the new ski run sign.


Images for Download

Brighton Resort
Bill Novak
12601 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon
Brighton, Utah 84121
Tel. (801) 532-4731 ext. 234

Mary Craig (Simon Vodosek's mother)
1463 Roosevelt Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Tel. (801) 583-3420

Brighton Names Ski Run After Childhood Cancer Victim
Salt Lake City, April 10, 2006

Brighton Ski Resort will name a ski run in memory of Simon Craig Vodosek, who died in 2004 at the age of seven of neuroblastoma. The run will be named "Simon's Way." On January 17, 2004 Simon skied on the same run under the Explorer Lift that will be named after him. It was his first time on skis. Although he had to work his way through an initial bout of frustration and tears, he found new energy while taking a break for lunch at Brighton's Alpine Rose restaurant. After that, he had a marvelous time the rest of that day.

On April 14, 2006 at 2 pm, Simon's family and friends will gather at the bottom of the Explorer Lift for the unveiling of the new run name. The sign for "Simon's Way" has been donated by Tom Pfaff of the downtown Sign-A-Rama in Salt Lake City.

Special all-day ski passes for April 14th are available through Simon's family at a cost of $34 for adults and $30 for youth (11-15, kids 10 and under ski free). Brighton has generously offered to discount the passes, and Simon's family will be able to donate $12 of each adult ticket and $8 of each youth ticket to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. CNCF supports research into neuroblastoma and educates the public, pediatricians, and families about this vicious form of cancer. The Foundation provided invaluable support to Simon's family throughout his 33-month struggle with the disease and continues to offer support in their bereavement. The special passes are available from Simon's parents, Mary Craig and Markus Vodosek ( It is also possible to attend the dedication without actually putting on skis or purchasing a pass because the site of the dedication is accessible on foot.

Naming something after Simon--in a place where he actually spent time and found joy during his life--offers Simon's family and friends the chance to remember his vibrant spirit. Simon never let his cancer slow him down. Just days before he ventured onto the slopes for the first time in his life, his family had learned that he was facing a resurgence of disease that would require further intensive treatment.

Although Simon was unable to beat back the new wave of cancer, he tried skiing several more times that winter. He lived another seven months and died at home on August 6, 2004. To learn more about Simon, visit

For additional information go to:

Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

Brighton Resort

Simon's Place

Sign-A-Rama, Downtown
Tom Pfaff
654 S West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 355-4700

Images of Simon on skies at Brighton:

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Simon at Brighton in March 2004 with cousins Rowan, Steve, and Annette Williams

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