Friday, March 20, 2009

Snowshoe Challenge climbs Baldy Saturday

Elephant's Perch spring ascent


This year's Elephant's Perch Bald Mountain Snowshoe Challenge, co-sponsored by Kahtoola as part of its Winter 2009 tour, will be Saturday, March 21 starting at 8 a.m. from the bottom of Baldy's River Run ski run.

Ushering in the first official day of spring, the annual 3,200-vertical-foot climb up River Run and College to the 9,100-foot summit of Baldy is open to snowshoers and skiers with skins.

The route goes from Lower River Run to Hershey Highway, then up the cat track to Lower College, Upper College and Baldy's summit. There will be prize drawings at the top for all participants and chairlift rides down. Bring dry, warm clothes for the ride down.

Pre-register at active.com or at The Elephant's Perch in Ketchum through Friday, March 20 at the price of $10. You can also sign up for $15 on race morning from 7-7:30 a.m. or by visiting kahtoola.com. Call 726-3497 for more details.

Last year there were 47 snowshoe and telemark skiers including repeat snowshoe winner Bill Nurge (45 minutes and 12 seconds) and women's champion Jenny Tobin of Boise (54:47). Telemark champions were Roger Mankus (1.09:51) and Charil Reis (1.45:49).




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