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Ski 90 km? How about 24 hours?

Mon, Mar  10, 2008 - By Sam Newbury

What do you do with your hard earned fitness now that the big races are over? Have you ever wondered how far you could ski? March might be the time to find out. This spring there are a variety of events providing the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the major races and also push ourselves in ways that typically don’t mesh with mid season training.

March 15th is the 4th Annual North Routt Coureur des Bois in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Choose between a 45km or 90km course that is groomed only once per year. Ski it while you can and enjoy a feast afterwards.

On March 22nd and 23rd is the Equinox Ski Challenge at the Rendezvous Trails in West Yellowstone, MT. Competitors can challenge themselves to ski as far as they can in 6 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours as either a soloist or a relay team. A full moon, a trailside bonfire and a potluck with beverages make the Equinox an experience in both determination and camaraderie. The traditionally great spring skiing in West Yellowstone is complemented this year by a surplus of snow and by mid race grooming to keep the two 9km courses in top shape. As well, Toko is supplying on-site waxing for free this year to help skiers adapt to the varying conditions throughout the 24 hours. Madshus has donated prizes for this event which benefits the West Yellowstone Food Bank and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation among others.

For the Midwestern skiers, the 24 Hours of Lappe in Thunder Bay, Ontario is scheduled for March 29th this year. This is the pioneering 24 Hour nordic ski race in North America and has seen some impressive records over the years. This event differs from other 24 Hour races by requiring all competitors to stop mid lap at the sound of a shotgun fired exactly on the 24 hour mark rather than allowing skiers to complete their lap as long as they began the lap before the 24 hour mark.

All of these races join the likes of the 24 Hours of Telemark and the Arrowhead Ultra 135 among the growing contingent of endurance events that emphasize fun, teamwork and camaraderie alongside the adventure and challenges associated with skiing for such extended periods of time.

Make use of that hard earned fitness this year. Set a personal distance record and have a little fun while you are at it.

Complete details for these events are available from the calendar or at: