Cold Snow, Slow Course

Cold conditions Saturday morning made for slow and grippy snow, challenging the pacesetting Elite Nordic skiers in the 37th annual Swix Boulder Mountain Ski Tour, staged on a 32-kilometer course north of Ketchum. Finishing times for the top skiers were anywhere from five to 15 minutes slower than they were in last year’s race on the same course from Galena Lodge to the SNRA headquarters north of Ketchum. Everybody, including this pack at Cathedral Pines, was chasing men’s winner Matt Liebsch of Minnesota (see story on Page B6). Pictured here climbing a short hill are, from left, eventual runner-up Lars Flora of Anchorage, fifth-place SVSEF skier Matt Gelso, third-place Nils Koons of Augusta, Maine, and fourth-place Dylan McGuffin of Vermont. Runaway leader Liebsch finished ahead of this group by anywhere from 13 to 19 seconds at the finish. In all, 714 skiers completed the course. Photo by Willy Cook

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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