Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will host the 24th annual Enduro on Wednesday. In this legendary event, teams of two take laps on the Pallavicini (Pali) Chair from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are 20 designated routes from the top of the Pali lift, and each must be skied in consecutive order for the final run total to count. The record is 72 runs.
The cost of entry is $150 per team of two. The entry fee includes two commemorative T-shirts (with logo designed by A-Basin patroller Matt Norfleet), entry to the Post Race Party and - most importantly - serious bragging rights. The event is limited to 30 teams, and there is still space remaining. Online registration can be found at http://bit.ly/enduro13. A lift ticket or season pass is required for all competitors.
A-Basin will host the Enduro Post Race Party, open to all guests and competitors, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the A-Frame Lodge. The party includes beer specials, a silent auction and live music from Summit County's own High 5. Cost for the dinner is $15 for adults and $8 for children 14 and younger and includes salad, several Italian pasta dishes and dessert.
Every year, A-Basin donates all Enduro proceeds to a local family or nonprofit. This year, all proceeds from the Enduro will benefit Arapahoe Basin's own Jennifer Oliver. Oliver has been the human resources generalist since August 2010 and a Summit County resident for more than eight years. In late 2012, Oliver was diagnosed with a brain tumor and is undergoing extensive radiation treatments at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Money raised from the Enduro, the silent auction and spaghetti dinner will help offset the medical costs associated with her diagnoses and treatments. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
On Saturday, Arapahoe Basin will hold its annual Save Our Snow celebration to promote sustainable practices and offer information about how guests can reduce their impact on the environment. All proceeds from this event benefit the High Country Conservation Center in Frisco.
Discounted lift tickets are available at the ticket office for that day only, with $20 from each ticket going directly to the High Country Conservation Center.
Sustainability minded companies such as Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Innovative Energy and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education will participate in the Green Village in the A-Basin base area. These organizations seek to increase awareness and disseminate information about sustainability best practices. A DJ and Summit County's own High 5 will be playing live music in the base area starting at noon.
Guests at the mountain can purchase chances to win prizes such as A-Basin season passes and lift tickets, as well as items from participating sponsors Honey Stinger, Planet Earth Clothing, New Belgium and more.
More information about Save Our Snow and other spring events can be found at www.arapahoebasin.com/events.