The residents of Vail thought they’d been doing snow dances all winter. But then came Nancy Davis. The chairwomann of the third-annual Chrysler pro-celebrity Race to Erase MS brought the biggest snowstorm — and dance — in years. Celebrity skiers Natalie Cole, Patrick Dempsey, Daphne Zuniga, Marlee Matlin, Dayle Haddon and Esai Morales flew in from the West to participate in the charity ski race and party. Hitching a ride in Tommy Hilfiger’s plane from the East Coast were models Ann Turkel, Stacey Williams, Beverly Johnson and Yasmeen Ghauri.
Avalanches and a collapsing hospitality tent couldn’t spoil the fun for the indefatigable Davis, who made sure guest rooms were stocked with chocolate and Hilfiger ski jackets. “When you’re going to do something like this, you’ve got to have your whatevers,” she said.
A ski team called the Chrysler Phenomeneons, led by David Faustino, won the big race and the whole event raised nearly $2 million. At the Saturday night party, snowed-in guests finally shed their down jackets and boots for evening clothes. Davis wore a Tyrolean number by Nolan Miller and her mother, Barbara, wore a black Vera Wang.
Next morning, New Yorkers bolted town during an early break in the storm. But trapped Californians didn’t get out until Monday morning.
“It sounds like ‘Wuthering Heights,”‘ someone said, listening to the swirling sounds of the snow.