Organizers of the 2014 Sun Valley Nordic Festival announced Jan. 5 that $8,050 in prize money is available for top skiers in two major events of the fifth annual, 10-day festival.
Nordic Festival spokesperson Susie Quesnel, writing in a press release, said, “The prize money package is made possible by a generous donation by the Sawtooth Club, a longtime supporter of the SWIX Boulder Mountain Ski Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival.
“Money will be awarded to the top 1- male and female finishers of the SWIX Boulder Mountain Tour in the following increments—$1,000 for first place, $700 for second place, $500 for third place,” and down to $50 for 10th place. In addition, $400 will be awarded for Boulder Mountain Tour preems.
The 39th annual Boulder Mountain Ski Tour scheduled for a 32-kilometer course in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Ketchum will be Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. from Senate Creek near Galena Lodge.
Prize money will also be given to top skiers in the Downtown Jam/NordicTown USA Sprint Relays on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Sun Valley Center field near the Ketchum Post Office. Prizes will be $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place.
The Sun Valley Nordic Festival features a week full of local events like the USSA Intermountain Open freestyle and classic races Jan. 25-26 at Lake Creek north of Ketchum; the Ski the Rails citizen skiing event Jan. 25; the Galena and Ski Trails Winter Benefit Jan. 25; and the Sun Valley Ski Hall of Fame induction ceremony Jan. 29.
Registrations are accepted through the final deadline of Jan. 30 for the Boulder Mountain Ski Tour. Adult entry fees are $110, while those 17-and-younger are charged $45. Sign-ups are accepted until the field has reached 800 paid entrants.
Last Feb. 2, there were 669 finishers at the 32k Boulder Ski Tour distance led by Sylvan Ellefson, 26, of Vail, Co. in 1.09:08 and Lauren Fritz, 24, of Anchorage, Ak. in 1.18:57.
Also offered is the Half Boulder 15k race for $65 per person or $33 for 17-and-under, through Jan. 30.
A special incentive combo race is available for a parent and child under 10 for $70.
Visit bouldermountaintour.com or check the entire Nordic Festival schedule at nordictownusa.com.