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Ski Diva Weekend is fun, fun, fun for Houstonians in Sundance tradition

Ski Diva Weekend is lots of fun for Houstonians in Sundance tradition

Laura Davenport, Cyndi Baily, Rosemary Schatzman, Pamela Walker, Mary Whalley Marlene Jessurun, Vanessa Sendukas at Sundance house party
From left, Laura Davenport, Cyndi Baily, Rosemary Schatzman, Pamela Walker, Mary Whalley, Marlene Jessurum, and Vanessa Sendukas. Photo by Jane Howze
Peggy Burck and Vanessa Sendukas at Schatzman Sundance house party
Peggy Burck, Vanessa Sendukas. Photo by Jane Howze
Rosemary Schatman, Kristy Bradshaw and Laura Davenport
Rosemary Schatzman, Kristy Bradshaw, Laura Davenport at the Montage Deer Valley Veuve Cliquot lounge. Courtesy photo
Valerie Burman and Jennifer Beckham at Rosemary Schatzman party
Valerie Burman, Jennifer Beckham. Photo by Jane Howze
Laura Davenport celebrating birthday with a tailgate theme at Schatzman Sundance house party
Laura Davenport celebrates her birthday at tailgate-themed party. Photo by Jane Howze
Laura Davenport, Cyndi Baily, Rosemary Schatzman, Pamela Walker, Mary Whalley Marlene Jessurun, Vanessa Sendukas at Sundance house party
Peggy Burck and Vanessa Sendukas at Schatzman Sundance house party
Rosemary Schatman, Kristy Bradshaw and Laura Davenport
Valerie Burman and Jennifer Beckham at Rosemary Schatzman party
Laura Davenport celebrating birthday with a tailgate theme at Schatzman Sundance house party

What: 12th Annual Ski Diva Weekend.

Where: Schatzman home in Deer Valley, Utah.

The scoop: Houstonian Rosemary Schatzman hosted 12 pals at her Utah vacation home for her annual "girls' four-day house party." Schatzman started the tradition in 2005 as a way to gather friends together during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival when the slopes are uncrowded as skiers flock to the movies.

Over the years the roster of invitees, who include Schatzman's friends from all walks of her life, has remained largely the same, with a waitlist in case of cancellations. This year's group included friends from Houston, Austin, and Dallas.

While most of the group are avid skiers, other activities include sunrise walks, Sundance movies, dinners on Main Street and theme nights. The gathering kicked off on with a football tailgate-themed dinner, where guests dressed in team jerseys. In the past, themes have included “Downton Abbey,” “Rock the Casbah,” and “Caribbean.”  It is an informal house party with women sharing rooms, cooking and housekeeping duties. As Schatzman says, "We have FUN, FUN, FUN."

Who: Houston members of the Ski Divas at this year's weekend included Laura Davenport, Cyndi Baily, Pamela Walker, Mary Whalley, Marlene Jessurun, Vanessa Sendukas, Amy Beasley and Betty Costantini, while Kelly Ehlmann and Christi Nicolay jetted in from Dallas and Austin, respectively.

Other guests at the tailgate party included Valerie Burman, Peggy Burck, and Jennie Beckham from Houston and Margy Christian from Austin. The Houston crowd ran into fellow Houstonian Kristy Bradshaw at the Montage Deer Valley’s Veuve Clicquot Apres Lounge yurt  in between skiing and attending movies.

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