North American Snowshoe Championships step up on Saturday |

North American Snowshoe Championships step up on Saturday

Beaver Creek – The country’s top snowshoe racers will demonstrate fancy footwork as they compete for top honors and a $5,000 purse at the 2004 North American Snowshoe Championships this Saturday.

Heading into competition, Vail’s Josiah Middaugh has proven to be a strong contender, picking up two 10K victories in the series to date. Bernie Boettcher nabbed his first 10K win in the third event of the season Feb. 21. On the women’s front, Eagle’s Anita Ortiz earned two 10K wins with Dillon’s Danelle Ballengee close behind with one 10K crown. Ortiz claimed victory in the first and third event, while Ballengee took top honors in the second. If Ballengee wins the championships, this will be her second consecutive title.

The championships is the final event of the four-race Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series and is open to elite and recreational snowshoers.

Races begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All races take place in McCoy Park, located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express Lift. All participants must have a valid pedestrian lift ticket or season pass.

Events are open to all ages and abilities. Day-of-race registration is available for $25 from 9-10:45 a.m. at the top of the escalators in Beaver Creek Village. All participants, including Snowshoe Adventure Series Season Pass holders, must check in on Saturday to receive a new bib and a complimentary pedestrian lift ticket, if needed.

The series benefits the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to education, awareness and early detection of breast cancer.

For additional information and registration for the North American Snowshoe Championships, visit or call (970) 476-6797.

Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour comes to Vail

VAIL – The U.S. Snowboard Association Rocky Mountain Snowboard Tour comes to Vail with a halfpipe event scheduled Saturday and a parallel giant slalom event scheduled for Sunday.

The whole event is offering prizes and prize money of over $2,000, with divisions for 12 and under, 13-to 14-year-olds and 15 and over in both male and female.

“The whole aim of this series is to give all Colorado athletes, particularly our younger ones the chance to compete against each other on a more regular basis,” said Ben Boyd, head snowboard coach at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.

The tour will be selecting a Colorado Development Team (14 and under) and the Colorado Gold Team (15­21) for the disciplines of alpine, boardercross and halfpipe.

Information and entry forms can be found at, or at

3-Pin Grin Telemark Festival at Loveland

LOVELAND SKI AREA – Loveland Ski Area will host the eighth annual 3-Pin Grin Telemark Festival and Freeskiing Terrain Classic on March 27.

The 3-Pin Grin is a traditional telemark event for intermediate to advanced skiers to be held on Cat’s Meow mogul run. The cost is $50, which includes lift ticket, entry to the race, admission to the beer festival, telemark demo, mini-lessons and an event T-shirt.

Visit for details.

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