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C-Lot celebration and memorial an annual event at Winter Park

For one group of friends, coming to Winter Park Resort's Mary Jane territory every year is not just about skiing — it's about remembering their late friend Sam Bushey.

Mark Arford, Al Un, Nick Winship, and Pete O'Neil have been returning to Mary Jane for 10 years because it was Bushey's favorite place to ski. They all used to take trips together throughout college before Bushey dided of colon cancer at 29 years old.

They were all cheerleaders at Kansas State University and also loved to ski together. Bushey even hosted his bachelor party at Winter Park Resort shortly before his death.

After they lost their friend, the group decided the best way to honor him was to do what they always did best— party in Mary Jane's C-Lot. Clad in pirate hats and fright wigs, the group of friends set up speakers, snacks, and beverages for anyone in the parking lot to enjoy on the weekend of Feb. 18.

Un said they have had return spectators for their memorial event each year. He said they always have at least one person approach them that had seen them celebrating previous years.

Un said the group will set up shop in the C-Lot every year for a full weekend of fun and celebration of their friend's life. They often drop a car off in the parking lot early each morning so they are guaranteed a space throughout the day. Un has a vast selection of stereo equipment, costumes, and karaoke supplies to keep the party lively throughout the day. The group does not get tired after just one day of celebrating—they often set up their party station for three days in a row each year.

Un said he loves the atmosphere of C-Lot, Winter Park Resort's most sought after tailgate spot. Spirits are always high and there is a never-ending selection of friendly dogs running around when owners take a break from skiing.

The group has made t-shirts for their memorial festivities and thoroughly prepares themselves each year for the event. Un is usually the deejay for the C-Lot party and he hosts a variety of competitions for skiers lingering around the parking lot. The group gives away free beverages for those who can answer various questions about song names and artists.

The C-Lot acts as an amphitheater for the celebration and the music can be heard from the Super Gauge and Challenger lifts.