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Sunlight hosts Snowboard Festival this weekend

Sunlight Mountain Resort will be the site of the Bighorn Toyota Snowboard festival this weekend.

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the park style open jam session in the Jib Park. At 1 p.m. is the extreme competition in which ‘boarders can tackle the Sunlight Extreme East Ridge.



On Sunday the Sunlight Education Center is offering a free “learn to snowboard” class. The two-hour lesson is free, but rentals and lift tickets are not included. The class is open to the first 30 people and signups start at 8:30 a.m. in the day lodge.

At 1 p.m. Sunday the big air contest will be held on Holiday Hill. Helmets are required and inverted aerials are not allowed.



Registration for all events starts at 8:30 a.m. in the day lodge. There is a $5 fee for each event.

Information: http://www.sunlightmtn.com; 945-7491.

Zebulon Ski and Snowboard Races Saturday

The ninth annual Zebulon Ski and Snowboard Races are set for Saturday at the Snowmass Ski Area.

The goal of the fund-raising event is to raise awareness in high school students of the dangers of drinking and driving. Proceeds also go toward scholarships for graduating seniors from Basalt and Roaring Fork high schoos.

The race is named after Zebulon Piffer, who died in a drunk driving accident in 1995 during his senior year at Roaring Fork High School.

Race registration takes place at the Cirque Cafe from 8:45-10:30 a.m. The fee is $25 with a ski pass and $35 without a pass. The fee includes racing and skiing at Snowmass, lunch and a T-shirt.

Information or to donate: Diane Corbett, 384-5758.

Ice Queens edge Aspen, 4-3

Amanda Stephens tallied a pair of goals as the Glenwood Springs Ice Queens earned a 4-3 victory over the Aspen Motherpuckers “B” team in women’s hockey action Sunday night at the Community Center ice rink.

Also scoring for the Ice Queens were Erin Ray and Ann Hopkinson. Ray and Janet Tharp each had an assist.

Amy Denicke scored two goals for Aspen and Bridgette Kelly scored once.

Glenwood goalie Carol Bruno had 13 saves, while Aspen’s Susan Jackson finished with 22 saves.

” From GSPI staff reports

Carbondale’s Hilty wins snowskating event

Carbondale’s Max Hilty took top honors at the U.S. Open of Snowskating held Feb. 15 at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, N.H.

Hilty, an eighth-grader at Waldorf School, earned the win in a field of over 50 athletes in the 12-and-over category.

Glenwood’s Kuhn advances to regional Hoop Shoot

SALIDA ” McKenzie Kuhn of Glenwood Springs posted the high girls round for all age groups last weekend at the State Hoops Shoot held here.

Kuhn, competing in the 10-11 girls division, sank 20-of-25 foul shots. The performance earns her a trip to the regional round to be held in Denver on March 19. At regionals, she will compete against other qualifiers from Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

Glenwood’s Natasha Derby also had a solid showing in the 12-13 girls class. Derby placed second after a three-way shootoff to decide the winner.

Ivy takes 17th at Iron Dog Challenge

MONTROSE ” Rifle’s Vanessa Ivy finished 17th in the adult four-dog speed class of the Iron Dog Challenge sled race held here last weekend.

Ivy finished the 8.2-mile course in 55 minutes, 46 seconds.


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