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Scarfin’ food to ski

BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit Nordic Ski Club is gliding into the world of fine dining – at least for one night.Bake sales to raise money at races were good, but now the club’s moving up to host a four-course meal paired with fine Italian wines. The club’s first dinner fundraiser in its 30-year history takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the St. Bernard Restaurant in Breckenridge.Chefs pair wines from Platinum Beverage with lobster, croquet, poached pheasant salad, duck leg confit and a choice of grilled veal chop saltimbocca or yellow-tail snapper on valenciana paella, followed by dessert.The dinner will directly benefit the approximately 35 kids in the ski club by paying for coaching and helping raise money for other items such as tuning benches, wax, ski equipment and racing uniforms. A silent auction will feature a variety of recreational activities, dinners from local restaurants, ski equipment and ski lesson packages. Club members hope to raise $5,000, which would be its biggest fundraiser, said Alice Hayes, fundraising director.This fall, the ski club expanded its program to include year-round training in addition to its usual seasonal training. The club hired Matt Dayton to direct the program and coach the kids.It’s in the process of becoming a nonprofit, so individuals can claim the tax deduction for any fundraisers to which they contribute, Hayes said.”The main part of the success of this club and its success in the future is the support of parents and people that would like to see these kids have all the opportunities they can,” Dayton said. “You can see the opportunity it gave me, which I’m forever grateful for.”Dayton, an Olympic Nordic combined competitor in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, plans to develop the kids’ techniques – from stance to getting more power from each stroke. He wants to bring them to a higher level within the competitions they have been competing in, such as the junior and senior nationals and spring series within the Rocky Mountain Division.The most recent accomplishments of club members include winning last year’s high school team state championship for boys and girls, Pete Richmond becoming the classic state champion, and Brittany Perkins becoming the skate state champion.For tickets or more information, call Sharon Jefferson at (970) 453-1491 or Hayes at (970) 470-2378.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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