Aspen Audi Power of Four: Billy Laird and Brian Smith teamed up to win the men’s sport division of the Audi Power of Four ski mountaineering race on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Aspen, Colorado, area. Sari Anderson and Lyndsay Meyer won the women’s sport division. The course included portions of all four Aspen-area ski resorts: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
Photo: Jeremy Swanson
Defiance Challenge: Sunlight Mountain Resort near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, held its annual Defiance Challenge on Friday, March 3. Two-person teams tried to rack up as many laps as possible in 10 hours on Sunlight’s expert terrain. This year’s event raised money for the Sunlight Volunteer Ski Patrol and Dave Repsher, a Summit County Flight for Life nurse severely injured in a 2015 accident. The helicopter’s pilot, Patrick Mahany, died in the crash. As part of Friday’s event at Sunlight, a helicopter flyover was dedicated to the crew.
Photo: Sunlight Mountain Resort
Oscar Moment: Former professional snowboarder Orlando von Einsiedel won the Best Documentary (Short Subject) Academy Award for “The White Helmets.” The film follows a group of rescue workers in Syria. In 2013, the director released “We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding,” a feature-length documentary about the sport.
Washington Special Olympics: On Friday, March 3, Mission Ridge welcomed athletes with intellectual disabilities for three days of alpine skiing and snowboarding competition. The skiing and snowboarding events were part of the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games held throughout the Wenatchee, Washington, area.
Photo: Washington Special Olympics
Granby Ranch Mardi Gras: Granby Ranch ski area hosted its Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 25. Along with plenty of gumbo and blues music, the day included the “Snowball Sprint,” a race up to the top of East Mountain. The festivities concluded with “The Meltdown,” one of a series of downhill mountain bike races held at the Colorado ski area.
Photo: Granby Ranch
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Extension: With an astounding 650 inches of snowfall by the end of February, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced that the ski area would remain open through Memorial Day. Mike Pierce, the Nevada ski area’s director of marketing, was not aware of any past ski season that went that late. Mt. Rose closed on May 8 last season, one of just three times since 2009 that the closing date was even as late as early May.
Photo: Mt. Rose