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AREA SPORTS BRIEFS

The Sunlight Ski Team’s Buddy Werner program begins Jan. 3, and racers can still sign up in the morning. Meet in the back of the Sunlight lodge and see Bob or Tish before skiing. Check in with either of them before 9 a.m. to pick up your racing bib and find out which coach your racer will be skiing with.

Racers should have tuned skis or snowboard, lift ticket or season pass, ski poles, helmet, gloves and lunch and be ready to ride the lift at 9 a.m. every Saturday. Racers typically break for lunch and eat in the lodge anytime between 11 a.m. and noon. Racers can purchase a lunch at the lodge or bring a sack lunch.

After lunch, they’ll ski until 3 p.m. Parents can meet their racer in front of the lodge at that time. Racers are welcome to ski with parents or friends until 4 p.m. when the lift closes.



See http://www.sunlightskiteam.org for updates and a revised schedule for the year.

Call Bob Lockard at 618-2101 or e-mail block@sunlightskiteam.org with questions.



The Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge is hosting its annual hoop shoot at Glenwood Springs Middle School on Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. The hoop shoot is a free-throw contest open to kids 8-13 years old and is free.

All participants will receive an Elks basketball and certificate of participation. Winners will receive trophies and go on to the district finals in Leadville on Jan. 31. A copy of each participant’s birth certificate is needed to verify age.

For more information, contact Terry Galbreath at 379-3822.

Rifle Recreation’s Alpine Bank 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament will be held on Jan. 3 (and Jan. 4, if needed) at Rifle Middle School. This tournament will have eight divisions, spanning fifth- through eighth-grade boys and girls. Teams consist of four players and the cost is $60 per team. The registration deadline is Dec. 26.

For more information, visit http://www.rifleco.org or call 625-2151.

Seven miles west of Carbondale is the Spring Gulch Nordic trail system and its 12 miles of groomed trails. All levels of skiers can find trails that will suit their abilities in this system.

Stop by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to pick up a copy of the Spring Gulch map.

For backcountry skiing, head south to Avalanche Creek, just off Highway 133. The trail follows Avalanche Creek up a picturesque, steep-walled valley. This is also a good route for snowshoers.


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