Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Sunday’s Papoose Club Nordic Cup moves to SV Nordic

     The Papoose Club community service organization is planning its Papoose Club Nordic Cup for Sunday, Feb. 9 at Sun Valley Nordic Center. The free event, introduced in 2007 as a Nordic complement to the Papoose Cup Kindercup alpine races for kids, is for young cross-country ski racers ages 3-13.

     Sunday’s free Nordic races in both classic and freestyle disciplines will begin at 11 a.m. preceded by registration from 10-10:30 a.m. All skiers will receive a participation cap. Main St. Market will provide hot chocolate. Helping out will be volunteers, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation staff and the Blaine County Recreation District.

     The Papoose Club Kindercup is March 9 at Dollar Mountain.


Big Mountain West Series comes to Dollar

     Free skiers and snowboarders will descend on Dollar Mountain Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 6-9 for the USASA Big Mountain West Series conducted by the Intermountain Division with the support of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Sun Valley Resort. Boardercross is Thursday and Friday, with slopestyle Saturday and halfpipe Sunday.


Fat Bike racing in Utah

     Local fat bike enthusiast and Mud Honey Team rider Tory Canfield took first place in the Elite Women’s division of the Global Fat Bike Summit Race at Ogden, Utah Jan. 25.

     The 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) race featured 2,800 feet of vertical elevation gain and had over 100 competitors. It was part of the third annual Global Fat Bike Summit, a conference of county, state and federal land managers and policy makers to better understand and plan for the sport of fat biking.

     Canfield is a founding member of the Ketchum Fat Bike Advocacy Group (FBAG) and a working board member of the Wood River Bike Coalition (WRBC). She attended the summit to learn from other communities and leaders in the industry.  The FBAG is a local riding club with the mission of providing stewardship and education of the sport and working together on winter access for fat bikers.


Team High Altitude runners in Nampa

     Team High Altitude runners Janel Passey, Mariah Stout and Alexis Gonzalez from Hailey’s Wood River High School competed in the New Balance Boise Indoor track and field meet held Jan. 24-25 in Nampa, according to coach Monte Brothwell.

     Passey placed 19th of 33 female high school runners in the 800-meter run and finished in 2:38.52, about 21 seconds off the top time. She also was 25th of 49 runners in the mile run at 5:45.92. Stout competed in the same events, placing 24th in the 800m at 2:42.18 and 32nd in the mile run at 5:55.47.

     Gonzalez was 31st of 70 male high school runners in the mile run at 4:55.29. He finished 19th of 38 two-mile runners in 10:58.07, about one minute and 50 seconds behind winner Elijah Armstrong of the Pocatello Track Club (9:08.60).


McCall Re-Mastered Nordic races are Feb. 8-9

     Local cross-country ski racers will travel to McCall Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9 for the 2014 McCall Re-Mastered Nordic races. Set for Saturday on the 2008 World Masters course at Ponderosa Park are freestyle races at 45-kilometer, 30k and 15k distances. Sunday’s classic event will be staged on 10k/5k courses at Jug Mountain Ranch. Visit for registration details.

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