1,000 Boulder Tour skiers
27th running of the Wells Fargo Boulder Mountain Ski Tour will be special
for three reasons—great snow, a record field of entries and the presence
of 2002 Olympians.
for the 32-kilometer cross-country ski race closed 10 days ago when the
event filled to its capacity of 1,000 entrants. Last year, there were a
record 830 skiers.
Olympians expected to compete in the Elite class include Nina Kemppel,
Kristina Joder, Barb Jones, Andrew Johnson and Patrick Weaver plus two
previous Boulder winners—1998-2000 king Carl Swenson and 2001 winner
starts Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at Senate Creek near Galena Lodge 23
miles north of Ketchum. The first skiers will begin crossing the finish
line near the SNRA headquarters eight miles north of town shortly after 11
(1.12:49) and Unni Odegard of Boulder (1.20:16) won the tour in 2001.
Due to the
race, the Harriman Trail will be closed from 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 until 4
p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. Parking will be provided for spectators near the
SNRA finish line.
skiers can retrace the Boulder Tour route from the SNRA to Galena Lodge
Sunday starting at 10 a.m. and then enjoy a full day of Galena activities
during the Wells Fargo Ski Festival. Equipment demos will be popular.
Valley Ski Education Foundation will stage the Idaho International Grand
Prix races today, Wednesday on the Sun Valley Gun Club trails.
Many of the
world’s top Nordic skiers, in training for February’s 2002 Winter
Olympics in Utah, are due to race.
run 5-kilometer classic at 11 a.m. and men will go out for a 10k freestyle
race at 1 p.m. Spectators are invited.