Friday, March 11, 2011

Fast and Female SkiFest coming to Ketchum

April 3

Fast and Female is hosting its third 2011 X-Country SkiFest on American snow Sunday, April 3 in Ketchum.

Following two successful events held earlier this year in Maine and Alaska, Fast and Female expects to host close to 100 female skiers ages 7-19 at the Lake Creek site north of Ketchum for a half day of inspiration with U.S. Olympic Cross-Country skiing superstars Kikkan Randall, Morgan Arritola and Liz Stephen.

The Fast and Female event participants will have the chance to get first-hand skiing tips from some of the world's best cross-country ski racers, enjoy a healthy lunch and an inspirational speech, and conclude the day with a yoga session.

The purpose of each event segment is to inspire girls to stay involved in sports as a vehicle for reaching one's personal and athletic best.

"We are thrilled to host a Fast and Female SkiFest in Sun Valley," said Ashley McQueen from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. "This is a great opportunity to expose our up-and-coming young female skiers to the talent, motivation and experience that Kikkan, Liz, Morgan and the other ambassadors bring to cross-country skiing."

Registration fee for the youth event is $15 and includes a Fast and Female T-shirt, a buffet lunch and access to all activities. Financial assistance is available. Contact Also, visit Deadline to register is April 1.

The activity is made possible thanks to valuable local partners such as the Works of Grace Foundation, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Cheatwood Photography.

Fast and Female is a nonprofit society started in 2005 by Chandra Crawford, 2006 Olympic gold medalist in cross-country skiing. The organization's mission is to ensure that girls remain supported, motivated, inspired and empowered to stick to sports and a healthy lifestyle.

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