Winter Events & Activities

Winter Events & Activities

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Lindley “World Cup” Races
The Bridger Ski Foundation and First Security Bank are teaming up again this year to bring the Lindley “World Cup” Nordic Ski Racing Series back to the Lindley Park cross-country ski trails.

If you’ve ever wished for a low-cost, low-key way to see how fast you can make your skinny skis go, this is it. Race-day registration at the Lindley Center is from 3-4 pm, no cost, with races following. The series was started by Dragan Danevski, Bridger Ski Foundation’s head Nordic coach, who wants to encourage skiers of all ages and abilities—regardless of program affiliation—to discover the fun of community racing.

Several races last year attracted over 100 skiers, who refueled themselves at potluck dinners afterward. Races range from sprints to longer distances and alternate between skate and classic technique. Awards will be presented at both individual races and the end of the series this year. Race dates are December 24; January 14 and 28; and February 11 and 25. Dates, times, and details can be confirmed by checking www.bozemanxc.org or by calling Danevski at 587-4814.

Spam Anyone?
Spam tastes good, especially if you win it. The Spam Cup series happens monthly on the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone. Past Spam Cups have included a range of racers from five to 80 years old, from first-time racers to former Olympians. Registration is from 10-10:45 am at the Biathlon Cabin; race start is 11 am. Cost is $10 per racer, $5 for those eighteen and under. Spam is awarded to the top finishers of each race. Race dates are December 6 (classic), January 3 (freestyle) and February 7 (classic). —Megan Ault

Avalanche Education
ASMSU Outdoor Recreation will sponsor two avalanche education workshops this season. Ron Johnson and Karl Birkeland of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center will teach the basics of avalanche terrain recognition and search & rescue skills. The workshops consist of Wednesday and Thursday in the classroom and Saturday in the field, from December 4-6 and then again from January 28-31. An advanced session requiring beacons, shovels, and experience runs from January 4-7. —Andy Fahlgren


National Powder 8 Championships
For the third season in a row, Big Sky—known for its big-mountain terrain filled with steep pitches and long, fast turns—proves to be a major competitive venue for the National Powder 8 Championships. First place gets you a spot at the World Championships in Blue River, Canada (all expenses paid once at the event). If you would like to witness the technical turns of these synchronized skiers, come out to Big Sky for the experience. This year’s competition is tentatively set for March 29-30, 2004. For more information, visit www.bigskyresort.com. —Shannon Kelly

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