Friday, February 25, 2005

Snow much fun on tap for area racers

Just like Santa's toy bag there is a little something for everyone when it comes to local ski races in the next two weeks.

A Valley tradition, the 49th annual Kindercup, will be staged on Dollar Mountain on Saturday, March 5.

Hosted by the Papoose Club with assistance by sponsors F-Stop Camera and Video, First Bank of Idaho, and Sun Valley Company, the Kindercup is for skiers and snowboarders ages 3-13 who don't have a USSA license. All participants receive a patch and the top three in each age class receive a medal.

Pre-register through Wednesday at Sturtevants in Ketchum and Hailey, at Dollar Cabin, Atkinson Park or Ski Tek in Ketchum. Bib pick up will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday at Dollar Mountain and racing begins at 10 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. and a raffle at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for $1 each.

The Papoose Club promotes and assists cultural, educational and athletic activities for the children of the Wood River Valley.

You don't even need your own dog to participate in the 20th annual Paw 'N Pole on Sunday, March 6.

The Paw 'N Pole is one of Sun Valley's last surviving crazy traditions. The event pits man and dog in a nordic format and it is always a howling good time.

This year's 20th annual gathering at Sun Valley Gun Club starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6. If you don't have a dog to tote you along, the Animal Shelter is happy to provide one.

This year's theme is "'Paws' and Salute Ketchum's Colorful History!" Come as your favorite Ketchum icon or historical event. Back by popular demand as emcees will be local thespians Claudia McCain and David Blampied. There will be prizes galore, and costumes are encouraged.

Cost of $10 per person or $15 a family includes lunch. Spectators can buy lunch for $5. All proceeds go to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

Snowboarders can get their groove on at the two-day Intermountain Snowboard Series event March 5-6 on Baldy. The Roundhouse RailJam for all ages is Saturday, March 5 and the halfpipe contest is Sunday, March 6. Day-of-race registration occurs from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Apple's Bar & Grill. USASA membership is required to compete, and the cost is $25 per event plus discount lift ticket. Or, register beforehand at A raffle will be staged after both events.

The series is hosted by the Sun Valley snowboard team will assistance from Smith Sport Optics, The Board Bin, the visual Wize Project and the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce.

The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum will host the Backwards Boulder Mountain Classic Ski Tour on Saturday, March 5. The 30-kilometer tour runs from the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters to Galena Lodge. There is no entry fee. Participants will depart from the SNRA parking lot at 10 a.m. Slower skiers can leave from Baker Creek or Prairie Creek at 11 a.m. and meet up with the pack. Skiers should bring appropriate clothing, wax, drinks and snacks. Galena Lodge will host a special lunch for participants for $10.

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