Crested Butte, CO; Crested Butte Ski Patrolman Ethan Passant won his second Life-Link Randonnee Rally Race in a row by taking the grueling Crested Butte race in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes and 18 seconds just three seconds ahead of second place finisher Pete Swensen from Boulder, Colorado. Jackson Hole Ski Patrolman Chris Kroger finished third in a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and 16 seconds.
Scott Coldiron of Spokane, Washington won the Men’s Racing Division in the second annual Mountain Hardwear Ski Mountaineering race held on Sunday Feb 4th at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush ski resorts in Vermont. The Mountain Hardwear race was the second stop of the Life-Link Randonnee Rally Race Series. Coldiron barely edged Dave Lamb of Jackson, New Hampshire by 3 seconds in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes and 53 seconds. Lamb was the 2006 winner of this race. Coming in third in a time 2 hours 17 minutes and 42 seconds was PJ Telep of Waitsfield, VT.
Ethan Passant, of Crested Butte, Colorado won the Arc’teryx Randonne Rally at Sunshine Village, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, February 3rd, in a time of 1 hour 30 minutes and 57 seconds. Second Place in the ski mountaineering race went to Cary Smith, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming who finished in a time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 35 seconds. Passant and Smith were challenged throughout by a very fast Peter Svatojansky of Slovakia, who unfortunately was disqualified because of course infractions. Third place went to Andy Traslin of North Vancouver, BC, who finished in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes and 27 seconds. Traslin is a member of this year’s Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (January 29, 2007) – Utah Governor Jon Huntsman told outdoor industry leaders this morning that he would not submit his current draft petition that would do away with protection of Utah’s 4 million acres of roadless national forest lands. Huntsman said the current legal battle over roadless forest lands across the nation has convinced him to take no action in the immediate future which under the current court ruling leaves the roadless protections in place. Additionally, Huntsman pledged to the industry that any future process to develop a roadless petition would be inclusive of all interested constituencies including Outdoor Industry Association.
ASPEN, COLORADO (January 22, 2007) Professional freeskier Chris Davenport accomplished the seemingly impossible on Friday, shattering one of Colorado’s (and the world’s) longest standing records by becoming the first skier ever to climb and then ski from the exact summit (except Wetterhorn Peak which is a rock spire) of Colorado’s 54, rugged 14,000 foot peaks – in less than one year. Only one other ski-mountaineer has laid tracks from each of these 54 peaks, the legendary Lou Dawson, who took twelve years to complete the task.
BOULDER, Colo. – For more than 50 years SCARPA has been a innovator in the world of alpine sports, and for Fall 2007 it will be part of the most-talked-about current effort in the telemark world by introducing the Terminator X for the NTN (New Telemark Norm) system. The Terminator X will also be compatible with alpine-touring bindings, bringing to reality the oft-talked-about concept of one boot for both telemark and AT systems.
January 5, 2007 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., a global leader in climbing and skiing manufacturing, announced today a partnership with Garmont USA to globally distribute Black Diamond’s new telemark binding interface system.
24 Hours of Sunlight – a skin or hike up and ski or board down endurance race on February 3-4, 2007– is proud to announce that the Valley View Hospital Foundation will be the official beneficiary of the three day event. The
weekend event will kick off with a launch party at Qdoba Mexican Grill, a sponsor of this year's race, on February 2nd. The Friday Full Moon Fiesta will feature live music by "Take the Wheel," dinner and drink specials, giveaways
and special presentations by such noted mountaineers as Mike Marolt, famed Everest skier. All proceeds from Friday night's event will go to benefit the Valley View Hospital Foundation.