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Sugar Bowl, Feb. 25 & March 12
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Info: Entry costs vary and do not include the cost of a lift ticket, Feb. 25 and March 12, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, 629 Sugar Bowl Rd., Norden, (530) 426-9000, sugarbowl.com/events

D Money’s Dozen, a ski challenge that requires participants to ski Daron Rahlves’ 12 favorite off-piste runs at Sugar Bowl, has come and gone, but don’t worry, because there are still two events (with no less comical names) left this season for Sugar Bowl Ski Resort’s inaugural Silver Belt Event Series, designed for skiers and riders of varying ages, ability levels, and interests. D Money’s Dozen was, in case you were wondering, named after Rahlves, the most decorated male American downhill and Super-G skier in history.

The events include a downhill event (D Money’s Dozen), an uphill touring event (Quad Crusher), and a banked slalom (Shred the Love).

“This year we wanted to have a more inclusive line-up of events than in the past,” said Jon Slaughter, director of marketing and sales at Sugar Bowl Resort. “Something more families, kids, and a range of ability levels could participate in and enjoy themselves while still offering something competitive for the upper level athletes.”

The first event brought the eclectic mix of participants Sugar Bowl was looking for. “We saw many new participants who would not have normally competed in things like Banzai or a rail jam type of competition,” Slaughter said. “It forced people to explore the mountain and most participants said they skied at least one run they have never skied before.”

The next event is on the docket for Feb. 25, called the Quad Crusher, and invites participants who are firm believers in #yougottagetuptogetdown, #earnyourturns, #skiuphill — the phrase may change, but the idea stays the same.

“The Quad Crusher was designed to not only create a challenge for those who enjoy endurance events, but to showcase the four iconic peaks that make up the ski experience at Sugar Bowl,” Slaughter said. “Uphill travel at ski resorts has been gaining in popularity recently and we have a big following at Sugar Bowl who take advantage of our uphill and boundary policies.”

The aptly named Quad Crusher will be broken into three categories: Elite Individual (Skimo), Citizen Individual, and Team (two-person teams) — the citizen group will have a less challenging route.

The final event on March 12 is in support of Boarding for Breast Cancer and combines the speed and style needed for participants to weave their way through the banked slalom course, River Run Gully.

Those who complete all three events will earn a coveted silver belt buckle.

 
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December 14, 2017