Following the excitement of the holidays, winter seems to gray due to cold temperatures and short days. That's why West Yellowstone has annually offered families the opportunity liven things up by participating in the Rendezvous Ski Race and Youth Festival on February 23 and 24, 2008.
With six different categories, the Rendezvous Ski Race offers something for every age-group and ability level. Choose from the 2K, 5K, 10K, 25K classic, 25K and 50K. Last year, about 650 athletes visited West Yellowstone to participate in the Rendezvous Ski Race. The 28-year-old race is one of the 11 races that make up the American Ski Marathon Series: North America's longest-running and largest citizen's racing and touring series.
The Youth Festival takes place the following day, and includes sprints, an obstacle course and a radar run in which a radar gun is used to clock racer's speed. Kindergarten through sixth grade students are eligible to participate. A portion of proceeds from the Youth Festival will go to benefit the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation.
The festival atmosphere makes this a popular event, drawing thousands of cross-country skiers annually from near and far. The Rendezvous Race is the culmination of cross-country ski racing in the West, and is a reunion of old-timers and new comers alike who have enjoyed the Rendezvous Ski Trails. For more information visit destinationyellowstone.com .
Rendezvous Ski Race
Saturday, February 23, 20079:15 a.m.
Rendezvous Ski Trailhead, south end of Geyser street, West Yellowstone, MontanaRegister in advance no later than February 21, 2007 at rendezvousrace.com
Sunday, February 24, 200710:00 a.m.
Rendezvous Ski Trailhead, south end of Geyser street, West Yellowstone, Montana. Register the morning of the event for a fun-filled day.
The Rendezvous Ski Trails
The Rendezvous Ski Trails receive consistent snow fall beginning early and extending late into the season. Skiers, runners, hikers and bikers may access the Rendezvous trail network via a short walk from just about anywhere within West Yellowstone. The trail system is situated on U.S. Forest Service land in the Gallatin National Forest at 6800 feet in elevation. Expect to see lodge pole pines, open meadows, birds, pine martens, elk, moose, and possibly bears, when you visit the Rendezvous Ski Trails.