Friday’s "Midnight Bombers"
There were many obstacles for 38 skiers
who joined the Friday night fun for the 2003 Rotarun Ripper nighttime slalom
that benefited the Galena Backcountry Ski Patrol.
High winds, blowing snow, free-flowing
beer, a broken poma lift—nothing really prevented the mob of midnight bombers
from having fun and a great party and raising $1,400 for the patrol.
Among the highlights:
Sean Higgins and Jon McCuskey negotiated
the requirement of having "anything but alpine" equipment by racing on one
alpine ski while carrying the other;
Buckly Biechele and Benj Tromberg did the
timing while the racers finished the course almost as quickly as they plowed
through 25 pounds of sloppy joes, 50 hot dogs and two kegs of Sun Valley beer;
And Bruce Smith conquered the Sun Valley
Brewery awards ceremony by winning the K2 Heli Stinx skis. Many other prizes
were given out as well.
Winners by class:
Women: 1—Gretchen Fleet Foot Flint
42.61. 2—Lauren Kulik 43.70. 3—Megan Nickum 44.90. 4—Tiffany Stewart 46.48.
Men: 1—Mad Dog Chris Page 38.56.
2—Rob King 38.63. 3—Jonathan Constable 39.51. 4—Irish Dan 39.66. 5—Jeremy
Snowboard: 1—Joel Weston 51.76.
2—Ethan Weston 60.54. 3—Wayne Winkler 61.53. Snowblades and others:
1—Sean Higgins. 2—Tim East. 3—Jon McCuskey.
Invisible Men award: Bruce Smith
and Tim Marsano. DFL: The Invisible Men. Best Dressed: Jeremy
Fryberger (one-piece Numero Uno).
Galena Backcountry Ski Patrol director
Michael Kraynick thanked all the sponsors, plus the staff at Rotarun (Bob and
Tom Logan); Mike Hattrup at K2; Voile; Crazy Creek Products, Mike and Tom at
Chums; and Rick Allington.
Kraynick also saluted volunteers like
Lance Levy, Rick Allington, Nancy Linscott, Benj Tromberg, Denise Jackson and