Breck event helps snow leopards
Special to the Daily
A snow leopard lives a remarkably solitary existence. Much like a backcountry trekker, snow leopards, using their snowshoe-shaped feet, ascend mountainous terrain in search of new adventures.
Found at altitudes far above 9,000 feet, this wild cat inhabits the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia, keeping to the space between the tree and snow line in the mountains. It is an endangered species, whose habitat is slowly receding due to global warming.
Around the world, people and organizations alike are striving to help protect the snow leopard and Summit County is doing its part.
Breckenridge’s Spring Fever event is offering skiers and boarders a way to donate to the Snow Leopard Trust by holding “Ski Touring for Snow Leopards” Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants ascend a marked route on Peak 10 to the warming hut and ski or board down a run of their choice. Participants are encouraged to ride or ski as many times as desired.
For every meter ascended, Dynafit will donate one cent to the Trust, making every lap count.
“Last year was the first year for the tours in Europe,” said Pete Swenson, Dynafit’s brand activation manager. “Snow Leopards are the company symbol and icon for Dynafit, so it’s been natural for us to partner with the Snow Leopard Trust to help preserve and research the snow leopard.”
A $27 entry fee not only allows participation but also provides a snow leopard ski hat (for the first 100 registrants) and lunch and beverage at Ten Mile Station.
Participants can register at http://www.breckenridgerecreation.com or stop by the Breckenridge Recreation Center.
Packets are available for pick up at the rec center on Friday, from 4-7 p.m., or on the day of the event from 7-8 a.m. at the base of Peak 9.
For more information on the Snow Leopard Trust, visit http://www.snowleopard.org.
If you are unable to participate and would still like to make a donation or “adopt” a snow leopard for your child or family member, please visit the Wildlife Action Center at http://www.defenders.org. or the World Wildlife Fund at http://www.worldwildlife.org.
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