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Snow what?The eternal snow clock is tick, tick, ticking away yet another winter season.The snowy, sun-splashed, spring portion of the ski and snowboard calendar is now here. The opportunities, alas, are numbered.In the meantime, here’s the upcoming snow scene:Million Dollar ChallengeLIFT-UP will stage a unique snowshoeing and cross country skiing benefit this weekend with the Feinstein Million Dollar Challenge.The day of outdoor snow fun is set for Saturday, Mach 23, based at a majestic cabin 16 miles up the Buford Road from New Castle.LIFT-UP will be matched with a percentage of monies raised by the event. The monies will be matched by the Feinstein Foundation.Registration fee for the day of skiing or snowboarding is $20 for adults in advance and $10 for children (16 and under).Event-day registration will be $30.The event will begin at 11 a.m.A gourmet chili lunch will be provided at the cabin.Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop will offer 50 percent off rental gear with a Million Dollar Challenge ticket.For more information or to register contact LIFT-UP at 945-2005.Online registration available at: http://www.liftup.org.Snowboard competition at SunlightAdvanced snowboarders are invited to compete in a unique competition at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Saturday and Sunday.”The Line 2″ snowboard event will feature snowboarders judging snowboarders. Like the first “line competition held in January, contestants will be divided into six groups of five boarders each.Boarders will take turns choosing a “line” or run for the rest of the group.The contestants then will score the other riders in the group on a sale of 1-10.Judging will be based on five criteria: the difficulty of the line, trees, air, tricks and speed. Everyone will compete on Saturday with the top scores from each group advancing to the finals on Sunday.The top three overall riders in the competition will share a cash prize.Entry fee is $15. All contestants will receive a T-shirt.Registration will be Saturday from 8:45-10:30 a.m. in the Sunlight day lodge.A contestant meeting will be held at 11 a.m. with the competition beginning shortly thereafter.Sponsors for the benefit challenge include Giraffiks, C & JF Electric, the Steve White Agency and Sunlight Mountain Resort.Volunteers also are needed to help with the event. Fore more, contact Kevin at 970-309-2710.Mahan helps DU win titleCain Mahan, a product of the local Sunlight Ski Team, helped the University of Denver ski team to its third consecutive NCAA national championship recently.Mahan, a freshman on a skiing scholarship at DU, skied with the DU men’s varsity all season, competing in 12 NCAA events, including the NCAA Championships at Mt. Alyeska, Alaska.The Sunlight racer was one of three men selected to represent DU at the Nationals. With the men’s alpine, women’s alpine, men’s Nordic and men’s alpine totals compiled, DU finished as the NCAA skiing champion for the record 17th time.”It was an experience I hadn’t had since Sunlight,” Mahan said this week as he reflected on his NCAA team championship.”Everyone there (DU) wants you to succeed; they want you to do well,” Mahan said of the spirited college-style ski racing.He said the team support was refreshing from a ski racing standpoint. And it was something he missed as in independent ski racer making a bid for a spot on the U.S. Ski Team.Now he’s more than happy to be a full-time college student (with his best grades to date) and a Pioneer ski racer for the University of Denver.”It’s a really young team,” Mahan said of the youth Pioneers who rallied to win the NCAA title with strong finishes in all four disciplines.The alpine teams won their divisions and the Nordic teams also won for DU.”It was pretty intense,” Mahan said of the nerve-wrenching Nationals.He said he had to focus on finishing, standing up, particularly during the final slalom races at the NCAA Championships in Alaska.He said he knew he had to complete the course to help the team score team points. His individual finish might be compromised, but Mahan said he knew he had to finish for the team.”That format has really helped me to build a solid foundation,” Mahan said, joking about his previous style of pressing each run to the limit. Of his 12 varsity races this season for DU, Mahan had only two DNFs (did not finish). That consistency helped him earn a spot on the DU varsity for Nationals.”I really did well for me (finishing races),” Mahan said while home in Glenwood Springs on spring break.Mahan added that the whole concept of college and ski racing have provided a good blend for him.”The level of competition is good. And it’s nice to be close to home,” he said of DU.”And we train up at Winter Park … a place I’m familiar with. I skied there for a year,” he added of his independent racing stint.He said that the mental challenges of college academic work offsets the intensity of ski racing. They each serve to help the other, he added.His own success in the race gates and in the classroom serve as Mahan’s testimonial to college ski racing.And his DU coach even reminds him of the colorful Harry Maybee, the longtime Sunlight Ski Team coach.


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