Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Climbers, volunteers help Rotarun rebuild

Hill climb, lunch, fence raising

     Hailey’s Rotarun Ski Area hosted its “Feel the Burn—Heal the Burn” event Saturday, Oct. 19 for valley residents to support post-fire recovery efforts at the Hailey ski hill following the Beaver Creek Fire.

     On a beautiful Indian Summer day, the event featured a community hill climb, fundraising lunch and “fence raising.” About 40 people volunteered their time and efforts.

     Volunteers worked alongside Rotarun Ski Area board members and mountain staff to build and install snow fence during Saturday’s event.

     By the end of another small work party Sunday, 700 feet of snow fence had been erected, readying the mountain to capture and keep the snowfall.

     “Such a great effort!” said Jesse Foster, Rotarun board president. “What the community helped accomplish here is vital to Rotarun’s success.”

     Rotarun board members have also been repairing electrical infrastructure and terrain damage incurred during the Beaver Creek Fire. The lodge and lifts were saved thanks to firefighting efforts.

     The day began with a morning hill race/hike up the 440-foot vertical-gain slope. Hailey residents Dave Bingham (5:11) and Laura Johnson (6:08) posted the fastest times up the hill.

     The youngest participant was Evan Casperson, who made it to the top of the hill in an impressive 14:25—in a backpack worn by his mother, Valerie Casperson.

     The Rotarun Ski Area, located at 25 Rodeo Drive, just 3 miles west of Hailey, is a non-profit facility with the goal of providing affordable winter recreation opportunities in the Wood River Valley.

     Here are the hill climb results, with times for the racers and names listed for hikers:

     1—Dave Bingham 5:11. 2—Laura Johnson 6:08. 3—Conrad Foster 7:24 (1st youth). 4—Erin Kehrer 7:30. 5—Diane Hodges 7:44 and Ben Frank 7:44. 7—Lisa Horowitz 7:54. 8—Shawn Hodges 8:05. 9—Tim Marsano 8:09. 10—Bryce Foster 8:55 and Cathy Tyson-Foster 8:55.

     Hikers—Evi Kehrer, Lia Kehrer, Hadley Hodges, Bailey Kurtz, John Kurtz, Nolan Casperson, Cole Casperson, Valerie and Evan Casperson, and Sara Burns.

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