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Diamond Peak contest to test skiers, boarders’ endurance

Diamond Peak is presenting the third annual Vertical Challenge on Saturday.

The contest is open to skiers, telemark skiers and snowboarders who think they can finish the most vertical feet in a seven-hour period.

The men’s and women’s winners will receive full-season passes for 2008/09. Also, anyone completing 45,000 or more vertical feet will receive a $50 discount on a 2008/09 season pass.



Entry fee is $10 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Registration is in the base lodge from 8-9 a.m. and the event will be follow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held on the base lodge deck after the competition.

Curtzwiler sweeps Far West events



Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation freestyle team member Hannah Curtzwiler swept all three events at the Far West Freestyle Division Championships last Saturday at Squaw Valley. Curtzwiler placed first in championship moguls, championship dual moguls and in an extra single moguls event.

Heavenly’s Rebecca Roberts took second in the three events, and there was a Heavenly sweep of a podium in the championship moguls, with Alyssa Lowe claiming the third spot.

In the boys’ competition, Jimmy Roberts won in championship duals, while Marshall Curtzwiler and Brandon Hartstein placed in the top 10 in all three events. Roberts also placed fourth in the extra single moguls event.

Ganong fourth at junior worlds

Squaw Valley skier Travis Ganong placed fourth in a downhill race at the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships on Tuesday in Formigal, Spain. Ganong, who lives in Truckee, dislocated his shoulder when he slammed into a gate but still managed to finish one off the podium.

He finished with a time of 1 minute, 45.72 seconds, about fourth-tenths of second slower than Italy’s Hagen Patscheider, who won the race in 1:45.31. Ganong’s time of 1:45.72 tied him for fourth with Sweden’s Matts Olsson.

The United States has yet to win a medal at the competition. Germany and Austria lead the medals table with two apiece.

Homewood offering $10 lift tickets

Homewood Mountain Resort on Tahoe’s west shore is offering $10 lift tickets for any passholder at another resort every Thursday for the rest of the season. Passholders can be from any resort worldwide.

Also at Homewood, there is a Snowbomb Sick and Twisted big air event scheduled for Saturday. Event registration is from 8:30-10 a.m. on the second floor of the north lodge.

The entry fee is $10 for amateurs and $20 for pros. Competitors will be competing for more than $3,00-0 in cash and prizes.

For more information, call Homewood at (530) 581-8321.


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