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Thanks to community for SISU

On behalf of the Mount Sopris Nordic Council I would like to thank the generous community that supported our 23rd annual Ski for Sisu skiathon. This year’s event achieved a number of records. The Nordic community turned out in record-breaking numbers, which is reflected in the money we raised for trail grooming at our local cross country ski area, Spring Gulch. It costs over $500 per day to keep Spring Gulch groomed and maintained. Approximately 20 percent of the Nordic Council’s budget is raised by this event alone.

A total of 1,925 kilometers were skied by 128 skiers ages four to 86. Forty-two people skied 25 kilometers or more. Seven people skied 50 kilometers! Congratulations to these hearty participants: Helen Carlsen, Laurie Guevara-Stone, Patrick Johnson, Timothy Lindholm, Jan Stenstadvoid, and Tripp and Gabriella Sutro.

The Mount Sopris Nordic Council board is grateful for the support from our sponsors: Alpine Bank, Cold Mountain Ranch, Bighorn Motors and Berthod Motors. A special thank-you goes out to Mike Shook for organizing this year’s silent auction. Mike gathered 90 items from the very supportive business community. Thank you to all who donated to the silent auction.

An event like this is not possible without the help of a dedicated volunteer crew. Thank you to Susy Ellison for coordinating the volunteers — John Armstrong, Russ Criswell, Aaron Taylor, Carolyn Williams, Kallie Carpenter, Gayle Wells, Lee Ann Eustis, Ann English, Joy Blong, George Tempest, Ivy Hansen, Elliot Norquist, Tripp Sutro and Penny Ridley, Barbara Dills, Katie Marshall, Bob Lucas, Patrick Clark, Roger Carlson, Ann English and Marj Perry.

More thank-yous go out to Dos Gringos for supplying coffee for the event, Coloradodough for the donuts, Big Agnes and Honey Stinger for the energy snacks for the skiers and silent auction items.

Greg Fitzpatrick

Ski for SISU Chairman


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