Back with a Bang: 2022 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Beautiful blue skies and a sunny day matched the mood of the 801 registered racers at the 2022 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Saturday, Feb. 5, in Ketchum. 

For the 49th year, the cross country ski race was held on the impeccably groomed Harriman Trail located in the beautiful Sawtooth National Forest. The race is made possible by a special-use permit through the U.S. Forest Service. 

31-year-old David Norris, who very likely would have been competing at the Winter Olympics in Beijing had the U.S. Men’s Cross Country team qualified for more than five individual berths, instead flexed his world-class form completing the 34-kilometer Full Boulder course in 1:17.08. Norris finished 1:08 ahead of Tyler Kornfield (1:18.13), a 2018 Olympian, and his teammate on the Alaska-Pacific Elite Ski Team. 

“Tyler and I broke away from the field around 2km, and then a few km after Prairie Creek, Tyler slipped off the pace. From that point on, I was solo. Once I got away, I focused on finding a tempo and effort I knew I could effectively sustain to the finish. This was an awesome race to be a part of last weekend,” Norris remarked. 

2022 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour champion David Norris enjoying the view from the front of the pack. Photos by Nils Ribi.

“This race has an incredible atmosphere. I love point-to-point race courses, so the BMT has always been on my bucket list,” Norris said. 

Kornfield clipped Jack Hegman (1:18.14) by 100th of a second. Hegman’s third-place podium preserved Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s top-three streak for the fourth straight year. 

Like Norris, Leah Lange, the women’s champion, won her Boulder debut in 1:27.02, clipping SVSEF Gold Team alum Mary Rose by 1/100th of a second. Mikayla Maier, a biathlete from Bozeman, Montana, skied to third in 1:30.37. 

Lange, 23, a former standout at the University of Utah, skied to 30th place overall. She is the daughter of noted U.S. ski coach Gordon Lange. After bagging her Boulder victory, Leah skied another 20 kilometers with her mom, Lori, and gained 6,000-vertical backcountry skiing on Sunday. 

“You have to make the most of these amazing Sun Valley weekends,” Leah said with a smile.

Women’s top two, Mary Rose (left) and winner Leah Lange, enjoying post-race accolades.

Lange and Norris earned $2500 apiece for their wins. Rose and Kornfield took home $1000 apiece and Maier and Hegman $500. 

Norris and Rose captured both preems on course to pocket $200 each. Preems are sponsored by Sturtevants and the Jones-Grover team at Engel & Völkers. 

Locals were pulling hard for Jake Adicoff, a U.S. Paralympic team member, and member of SVSEF from the time he was in second grade. Fresh off his first career world championship at the 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. Adicoff looked strong as he crossed the finish line in 1:18.47. 

Ketchum’s Jake Adicoff had a strong showing in his first-ever BMT finishing in fourth place.

Adicoff will appear in his third Paralympic Winter Games next month. He was part of the largest group of Para athletes to register for the Boulder (18) and race (15). Many will join him in representing the United States in Beijing, including Ruslan Reiter (28th overall), Josh Sweeney, Dani Aravich, Grace Miller, and Lera Doederlein. 

“I think Jake has great medal potential,” commented Wilson Dippo, the Challenged Athlete Foundation’s program manager. 

Ruslan Reiter will compete in his second Paralympic Winter Game next month in Beijing.

Para-athletes finishing in the top three of their division were awarded $1650 in prize money thanks to CAF. CAF has also committed to providing the prize purse in 2023 as well. 

Adicoff, who is legally blind, bested a high-powered field in the top-10, including Nick Power, Tucker McCrerey, 2018 champ Matt Gelso, David Joda, Christian Gostout, and Jay Woodbeck. 

Scott Schoen of Salt Lake City turned in one of the more notable performances of the day. Starting in wave 6, 20 minutes behind the elite men’s wave, Schoen skied his way to 29th overall in 1:26.09. A skier who could not race transferred his entry to Schoen, and he also inherited his starting wave. 

Schoen was one of 10 wave champions. All receive free entry into next year’s race. Fellow wave winners were; 

Wave 3 – Kristen DeHart and Ruben Castren

Wave 4 – Naomi Goldberg and Delamon Rego 

Wave 5 – Carolyn Stwerka and Peter Manolis

Wave 6 – Gretchen Hurlbutt and Scott Schoen 

Wave 7 – Rebekah Bunting and Matt Dugan 

The Jon Engen Award for Most Improved goes to the skiers who improved their times by the most significant percentage year-over. 2022 times were compared to 2020, the last year the BMT was held in person. 

Johanna Stangland and Zach Quesnel will receive custom-made belt buckles and belts bearing Jon’s name. Stangland was almost 125 percent faster and Quesnel, a second-generation skier with SVSEF, dropped his time by 128 percent. His mom, Susie, was runner-up in the women’s division with an improvement of 121 percent. 

Oldest and youngest racers to finish the Full Boulder were Tullio Celano (79), Dorsey Naylor (79), Tristan Boloix (13), and Ella Cuneo (15).

In the Charley Course Half Boulder the oldest honoree was the man himself,  95-year-old Charley French.  Shauna Thoreson (88) was back to take the women’s crown. Jules Goldwarg (7), and Evie Loufek (1) were the youngest finishers.

The BMT featured a corporate team category this year. The “Fastest Business in the Boulder” was earned by Madshus/Rex Wax crew, composed of James Roloff, Sam Krieg, Kent Murdoch, and Doug Reid. Lutz Rental skied to second overall with Adicoff, Kris Thoreson, Emily Siegel, and Courtney Hamilton. 

U.S. Para Team members Dani Aravich, a Division I track and field athlete, and Grace Miller, a 2018 Paralympian, dealt a one-two punch to take the overall and runner-up titles in the 15k Charley Course Half Boulder. 

Aravich finished in a blistering 39:48 to become the first woman to record a sub-40 time in the event since it began in 2016. At 43:06, Miller was 1/00th in front of Bryan Price, a two-time Paralympian in biathlon and cross-country skiing. 

“It was an amazing week,” Dippo said. “We had four days of training leading up to the Boulder, which included two sessions nearly every day. We previewed the Half Boulder course, did speed and agility at Lake Creek, and competed in the town sprints on Thursday.” 

 

SVSEF hosts the USA Town Sprints 

Once again, SVSEF racers turned out en masse and treated hometown fans to a vibrant and enthusiastic afternoon of sprint racing at Simplot Lot, or, as Rick Kapala likes to call it, in his usual understated manner, the “Ketchum International Ski Stadium.” 

“We had a great turnout for the Town Sprints. It seemed like we had hundreds of SVSEF XC skiers out on the trail chasing each other around,” SVSEF Cross Country Assistant Program Director Kelley Yeates said. 

“Thanks to BCRD for the great grooming and S.V. Ski Academy for the hot chocolate, Zions Bank for all their BMT support, and Galena/Vamps/Dons who sponsored the prize money given out to the top three elite teams.” 

SVSEF racers, both former and current, gave the crowd a treat at the Town Sprints. In a head-to-head sprint relay, skiers completed six laps.

Following some great exhibition openers by the SVSEF Devo and Prep Cross Country teams, SVSEF Comp Team members joined forces with coaches, alumni, and some “innocent bystanders,” according to Yeates, for the main event.  

 In a sprint relay format, 20 teams of two skied three legs (6 laps) each on a fast whoop-de-do track with men starting and women skiing anchor. 

 “It was really neat to see kids racing with Gold Team skiers, coaches, retired elite skiers, and top former collegiate racers. The vibe was fast and fun,” Yeates said. 

SVSEF Comp racers Ani Vandenburgh, Luci Ludwig, and Anja Grover tackle the oval at the Ketchum International Ski Stadium.

 At the sprints, coach Dippo called the camaraderie the “highlight of the week” for his athletes. “I think everyone had a fantastic time, despite being pretty tired from the morning’s training sessions,” he said. 

 “We were so stoked to have them join us for the event this year,” Yeates said. 

Grace Miller and Heather Galeotalanza topped the Para field. 

Matt Gelso capitalized on his pairing with standout Sammy Smith to win the elite class. 

Ever the gracious competitor, Gelso laughingly remarked after the triumphant victory, “(It was) very entertaining to beat up on high school boys who spent the day before the race trash-talking about me being a fat, slow old man.”

“Thank you to SVSEF and the volunteers for their efforts in making this fun, casual portion of the BMT happen,” Gelso added. 

A $600 cash purse was sponsored by The Vamps and Dons, and Galena Lodge. 

 Para Category 

1-Grace Miller and Heather Galeotalanza

2-Ty Wiberg and Kenny Lacome

3-Lera Doederlein and Jordan Valentine

 Elite Category

1-Sammy Smith and Matt Gelso

2-Luci Ludwig and Galen Grohusky

3-Anja Grover and Holden Archie

CAF athletes thoroughly enjoyed the Town Sprints in downtown Ketchum Thursday.
Zions Bank BMT Age Class/Wave results 

 Full Boulder Age Class Champion 

Female 

Class 2 – 14-17: 1-Ella Cuneo. 2-Brooklyn Liddell. 3-Rose Bicas-Dolgen. 

Class 3 – 18-24: 1-Leah Lange. 2-Lily Johnson. 3-Sarah Beaulieu. 

Class 4 – 25-29: 1-Felicia Gesior. 2-Sloan Storey. 3-Emily Williams. 

Class 5 – 30-34: 1-Mary Rose. 2-Mary Davenport. 3-Rose Kjesbo. 

Class 6 – 35-39: 1-Mikayla Maier. 2-Kellie Karim. 3-Laura Theis. 

Class 7 – 40-44: 1-Regan Nelson. 2-Angie Kell. 3-Hannah Young. 

Class 8 – 45-49: 1-Kristin DeHart. 2-Jessica Jensen. 3-Jana Repulski. 

Class 9 – 50-54: 1-Liv Jensen. 2-Melisa Streubel. 3-Shannon Brockman. 

Class 10 – 55-59: 1-Amy MacDonald. 2-Tricia Swartling. 3-Margaret Hepworth. 

Class 11 – 60-64: 1-Elizabeth Youngman. 2-Kelly Allison. 3-Kim Kawaguchi. 

Class 11 – 65-69: 1-Maria Madden. 2-Nicki Humphries. 3-EJ Harpham. 

Class 12 – 70-74: 1-Linda McClatchy. 2-Nancy Fichter. 3-Susan Lisagor. 

Class 13 – 75-79: 1-Dorsey Naylor. 

Men 

Class 1 – 13-Under: 1-Jaydon Crouch. 2-Charlie St. George. 3-Tristan Boloix 

Class 2 – 14-17: 1-CJ Nygard. 2-Stratton Cunningham. 3-Evan Eby. 

Class 3 – 18-24: 1-Christian Gostout. 2-James Roloff. 3-Bryce Hartman. 

Class 4 – 25-29: 1-Jack Hegman. 2-Jake Adicoff. 3-Nick Power. 

Class 5 – 30-34: 1-David Norris. 2-Tyler Kornfield 3-Matt Gelso. 

Class 6 – 35-39: 1-Bob Baldwin. 2-Isaac Noyes. 3-Nicholas Martin. 

Class 7 – 40-44: 1-Josh Korn. 2-Tom Nelson. 3-Brian Brush. 

Class 8 – 45-49: 1-Joe Jensen. 2-Sam Krieg. 3-Tav Streit. 

Class 9 – 50-54: 1-Richard Feldman. 2-Dave Sjogren. 3-Todd Hageman. 

Class 10 – 55-59: 1-Ben Husaby. 2-Randy Anderson. 3-Doug Beaman. 

Class 11 – 60-64: 1-Barry Makarewicz. 2-Kent Murdoch. 3-Jim Santa. 

Class 12 – 65-69: 1-Steve Moore. 2-Jim McClatchy. 3-Steven Bowling. 

Class 13 – 70-74: Bob Rosso. 2-David Christopherson. 3-Fran Wikstrom. 

Class 14 – 75-79: 1-Del Pletcher. 2-Mark Donovan. 3-Ralph Comstock. 

Full Boulder 

Stand Male 

1-Jake Adicoff

2-Ruslan Reiter 

3-William Stewart 

Charley Course Half Boulder Age Class Champions 

Women 

Class 1 – 12-Under: 1-Eavan Brown. 2- Dylan Buck. 3-Evie Loufek. 

Class 2 – 13-19: 1-Audrey Orme. 2-Willow Henshall. 3-Lera Doederlein. 

Class 3 – 20-29: 1-Dani Aravich. 2-Grace Miller. 3-Amy Kelly. 

Class 4 – 30-39: 1-Aimee Kos0n. 2-Heather Galeotalanza. 3-Elizabeth Pedersen. 

Class 5 – 40-49: 1-Stephanie Hancock. 2-:Lauryn Stevens. 3-Sarah Sundby. 

Class 6 – 50-59: 1-Stacy Galinat. 2-Karoline Droege. 3-Kim Taylor. 

Class 7 – 60-69: 1-Jill Eshman. 2-Laura Carter. 3-Corey Graham. 

Class 8 – 70-79: 1-Donna Finegan. 2-Karen Baker. 3-Gloria Ploss. 

Class 9 – 80-89: 1-Shauna Thoreson. 

Half Boulder 

Sit Female 

1-Lera Doederlein 

2-Heather Galeotalanza

3-Jordan Valentine 

Half Boulder 

Stand Female 

1-Dani Aravich 

2-Grace Miller 

Men 

Class 1 – 12-Under: 1-Connor Olsen. 2-Eli Arndt. 3-Duncan Fryberger. 

Class 2 – 13-19: 1-McCallen Campbell. 2-Toby Klasner. 3-Solomon Arndt. 

Class 3 – 20-29: 1- Eric Buras. 2-Ty Wiberg. 3-Grant Loomis. 

Class 4 – 30-39: 1-Josh Sweeney. 2-Hunter Hagenbuch. 3-Kevin Cornell. 

Class 5 – 40-49: 1-Bryan Price. 2-Greg VanDerMeulen. 3-Ryan Schmidt. 

Class 6 – 50-59: 1-Greg Mallory. 2-Sean Halsted. 3-Doug Behse. 

Class 7 – 60-69: 1-Mike Long. 2-Kenny LeCome. 3-Thomas Beauchaine.  

Class 8 – 70-79: 1-Loren Cogdill. 2-Robert Disbrow. 3-Joe Strecker. 

Class 9 – 80-89: 1-Sanm East. 2-Charlie Peterson. 3-Thomas Frey. 

Charley’s Class – 90+: 1-Charley French. 

Half Boulder 

Sit Male 

1-Bryan Price 

2-Josh Sweeney

3-Greg Mallory 

Coed

Class 10 – Parent/Child 10-under combo: 1-Mikey Sinnott & Evie Loufek. 2-Keith & Asher Olsen. 3-Jed & Ryan Schmidt. 

The Full Boulder winner’s podium is all smiles. From left to right, Tyler Kornfield, Mary Rose, Leah Lange, David Norris, Mikayla Maier, and Jack Hegman.
Thank you 

The Boulder Mountain Tour and its Board of Directors; Tom Bowman, Matt Gelso, Svea Grover, Sue Hamilton, Jamie Lieberman, Paddy McIlvoy, Andy Munter, Don Nurge, Muffy Ritz, Mary Rose, and Bob Rosso, extend their deepest thanks to a tremendous group of sponsors, including title sponsor Zions Bank, Gold sponsors Blaine County Title, Sentinel Security, and Sue Engelmann of Berkshire Hathaway, Silver sponsors Atkinsons’, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Clear Creek Disposal, Elephant’s Perch, Power Engineers, Lloyd Construction, Lutz Rental, Nourish Me, Sun Valley Title, and Zenergy, and Bronze sponsors are Davis Embroidery, Jones-Grover of Engel Volkers, Lumi Experiences, Sawtooth Brewery, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Associates, Sun Valley Ketamine Clinic, and Vacasa. 

We thank our industry sponsors, SWIX, Salomon, Enjoy Winter, Madshus, Rex Wax, Fischer, One Way, Rossignol, TOKO, Heed/Hammer, Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, and Methow Valley. 

Event supporters include the Blaine County Recreation District, Challenged Athlete Foundation, Galena Lodge, Morgan’s Fine Finishes, Sun Valley Company, Mountain Rides, Vamps, Dons, Cellar Pub, Sushi on Second, WR YMCA, Conrad Brothers Construction, Bluebird Solar, Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Wrapcity, Rickshaw, Blaine County School District, Sun Valley Community School, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, Road Work Ahead, Sawtooth National Forest, WR Ham Radio, Galena Backcountry Ski Patrol, SVSEF, Sun Valley Suns Hockey, Wood River Pickleball Association, Girls on the Run, Ketchum Fire Department, Sun Valley Fire Department and Wood River St. Luke’s. 

The BMT is also exceedingly grateful to an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer crew without whom this event would not take place. 

– Jody Zarkos 

 

Virtual BMT Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our Virtually Amazing BMT raffle winners!

Prizes will be available to pick up from Backwoods Sports in Ketchum starting Tuesday, Feb 8. For those out of town, we will ship your prizes directly to you.

Haven’t seen the Virtually Amazing BMT wrap up video yet? Watch it here!

Ski to the Sun Marathon Methow Valley Entry for 2022 or 2023
Eric Thorson

Salomon Ski Bag
Matt Wellner

Salomon Water Belt
Matt Fearon
Kimberly Feldman

TOKO Soft Wax Box
Caitlin Lanier

TOKO Water Belt
Diane McGarvey

Rossignol Water Belt
Steven Platz

Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee Race Roast
Lucy Collins
Steven Dondero

Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee Goodie Bag
Llona Ney Jensen

Swix Water Bottle
Patrick Mahoney

Bliz Sunglasses – Will be shipped directly to winners
Shaun Anderson
Mike Ivie
Andrew Shaber
Ron Kass

 

BMT Race Field Rounding Into Shape

The 49th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour cross country ski race is Saturday, February 5 on the Harriman Trail of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. 

The BMT welcomes a field of 600 skiers in the 34-kilometer Full Boulder, and 200 in the 15-kilometer Charley Course Half Boulder. Due to race caps, the event is fully subscribed. 

The Virtual BMT, where racers ski a 15k or 30k course of their choosing from Feb. 1-6, has 116 entrants. Course partners in the Virtual event include Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Soldier Hollow, Utah, Tahoe XC, California, and Meissner Ski Area in Bend, Oregon, and the Blaine County Recreation District’s North Valley Trail System. Virtual racers may not ski the Harriman Trail on Feb. 5. 

The field features World Cup-caliber racers, Para champions, and cross country enthusiasts who embrace the “Tour” aspect of the event. All ages are welcome. Racers are designated by seven waves, including elite men, and elite women.

U.S. Super Tour races in the next two weeks at Lake Placid, New York, and Craftsbury, Vermont, are pulling many elite racers, including the SVSEF Gold Team, out of the field. The past two men’s champions, Johnny Hagenbuch (2020) and Peter Holmes (2019) will be racing on the East Coast, along with perennial top three finisher Katie Feldman for the women. 

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s cross country program director Rick Kapala remarked, “David Norris just missed the Olympic team and has been top 15 on the World Cup. He’s legitimately one of the best guys we have ever had.” 

Norris recently won the men’s 15k classic (36:50) in Super Tour racing at Lake Creek, and was the silver medalist in a 30k freestyle in the US National Championships at Soldier Hollow.  

Another elite skier from Alaska, is 2018 Winter Olympian and national champion Tyler Kornfield. 

“One of the best guys we have,” Kapala remarked, and added, “Dan Wood, Christian Gostout, and Nick Power…   then some guys like (Tucker) McCreary, (Jack)  Hegman, (James) Roloff then master blasters of various abilities.” 

“We have an incredible field of top-level masters skiers,” race secretary Mike Wolter said. “It’s going to be exciting.” 

Kapala and Wolter point to University of Utah alum Leah Lange and Felicia Gesior as two to watch in the women’s elite field.

Ketchum’s Jake Adicoff recently claimed his first career world championship at the 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. Adicoff, 26, with fellow SVSEF alumni Sam Wood as his guide, won the men’s visually impaired middle distance race. The pair skied to silver (sprints) and bronze (long distance).  

Adicoff, who will appear in his third Paralympic Winter Games next month, is part of the largest group of Para athletes ever to compete in the Boulder, and they are some of the best in the nation. Also using the BMT to hone their skills before the 2022 Winter Games are Ruslan Reiter, Drew Shea, Josh Sweeney, Dani Aravich, Grace Miller and Lera Doederlein. 

With the support of the Challenged Athlete Foundation, the BMT will for the first time award prize money to adaptive athletes in standing and sitting categories at both distances. CAF also funded travel grants to help many of these skiers compete before the Paralympic Winter Games beginning March 4 in Beijing, China. 

“We are thrilled to see our mission in action at a competitive race like Boulder Mountain Tour where our athletes can showcase their spirit and strength,” said Wilson Dippo, program manager for CAF and a coach with the U.S. Para Nordic team. 

“One of the biggest development hurdles faced by US Para Nordic Skiing is the lack of inclusive events to train and compete in. By removing financial and logistical barriers, CAF is creating interest to try new sports like Para Nordic and providing the ways to participate.”

Overall men and women’s champions in the Full Boulder receive $2500 each, with $1000 for second place and $500 for third place. Sturtevants and Jones-Grover sponsor two in-race preems for the fastest man and woman. Thanks to donations from Galena Lodge, Muffy Ritz and VAMPS, and Jamie Lieberman of DON’s, the Town Sprints offer $600 to the top three men and women. Town Sprints will be Thursday, Feb. 4 at Simplot Lot in Ketchum.  

In addition to title sponsor Zions Bank, the Boulder Mountain Tour is made possible by gold sponsors Blaine County Title, Sentinel Security, and Sue Engelmann of Berkshire Hathaway, silver sponsors Atkinsons’, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Clear Creek Disposal, Elephant’s Perch, Power Engineers, Lloyd Construction, Lutz Rental, Nourish Me, Sun Valley Title, and Zenergy. Bronze sponsors are Davis Embroidery, Jones-Grover of Engel Veolkers, Lumi Experiences, Sawtooth Brewery, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Associates, Sun Valley Ketamine Clinic, and Vacasa. 

The BMT is also grateful to a stalwart and dedicated volunteer crew, who make the event happen on an annual basis, including aid station volunteers SV Community School, Sun Valley Suns Hockey, Wood River Pickleball Association, Galena Lodge, VAMPS, and Girls on the Run. If you would like to volunteer for the BMT, please click here.  

Updated Safety Protocol for 2022 Boulder Mountain Tour

The safety of our participants and volunteers for the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour is paramount when planning the event, and even more so in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To this end, the Boulder’s Board of Directors has begun regular meetings to discuss each aspect of the event and target ways to provide greater social distancing and limit the potential for transmission of COVID-19. 

Adjustments in place:   

General Precautions 
  • Masks will be provided in every race bag 
  • Volunteers and staff will wear masks at all times. 
  • Ongoing monitoring to ensure the hospital has capacity to treat general public and racers during the event. 
Race Bag Pickup and BMT Expo* 
  • Will be modified to limit exposure 
Transportation 
  • Mandatory mask-wearing. 
  • Riders can opt not to share seats 
  • Windows in buses will be ajar throughout the day. 
  • Masks required for entry into Galena Lodge. 
  • Extra masks available at shuttles. 
Race
  • “Covid Coordinator” from the local medical community will be onsite at race and available to answer any questions regarding COVID protocols and precautions as things may develop.
Awards 
  • Awards ceremony outside 

Also being discussed for safety purposes are switching the awards ceremony to a virtual event and spreading out the start times for waves to allow for greater social distancing, pre-and-during the race. 

 The BMT Board will continue to meet throughout the month and monitor developments in our valley. Helping steer this course of action are board members Jamie Lieberman, M.D., and Don Nurge, an emergency medical technician and squad leader for the Sun Valley Fire Department. The pair is in regular contact with local and regional hospital personnel to ensure we are consistent with local regulations. 

While we plan to hold an in-person race, our risk-management discussions will take into account the safety of our racers and volunteers, as well as the safety of the local community.

If COVID conditions deteriorate to a point where St Luke’s Wood River Medical Center or local EMS officials institute “Crisis Standards of Care,” or a drastic increase in the COVID caseload creates an unmanageable risk to the local community, the BOD may switch the in-person race  to a virtual event held between February 1-6. The BOD will announce any changes to the race format no later than Monday, January 24. 

Preventative Strategies from the CDC
 Local Medical Resources 

St. Luke’s Wood River – 208.727.8800

Testing: https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/covid-resources/covid-testing

Vaccinations/Boosters: https://www.stlukesonline.org/health-services/service-groups/covid-resources/covid-vaccine-information

Ketchum Family Medicine – 208.622.3180 

Testing: https://www.ketchumfamilymedicine.com/covid19-testing

Sterling Urgent Care – 208.788.4122

Testing: https://www.sterlingurgentcare.com/hailey-id-urgent-care/

In addition, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is offering free, at-home COVID-19 test kits. Tests can be requested by calling 2-1-1. No personal information is required other than a name and mailing address.

*Limelight Hotel requires all persons on-premises to be vaccinated

Read All About It: 2022 Zions Bank BMT Program

Here it is, hot off the presses, the 2022 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour program. We thank all our contributors, sponsors, and supporters for their efforts in bringing it to life.

Cover art created by Jack Weekes of Type B Laboratories with program design by Judy Stoltzfus of Judy’s Art House.

2022 BMT Program

One Good Tour Deserves Another! 

Registration for 2022 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Underway

The 49th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour will take place in person in Ketchum, Idaho, on its traditional day, the first Saturday in February, falling in 2022 on February 5. Due to the popularity of last year’s virtual event, “Our Boulder, Your Backyard,” participants may opt to ski on a course of their choice between February 1-6 (except for the Harriman Trail, which will be closed to virtual skiers on February 5.) 

Registration is now open at skireg.com/zions-bank-boulder-mountain-tour. All entrants who sign up between now and October 31 will be entered into a drawing for season Nordic ski passes courtesy of the good folks at Sun Valley Resort and the Blaine County Recreation District. 

Early-bird race fees are $99 for adults and $69 for juniors (18-under) for the Full Boulder and $79 for adults, and $49 for juniors for the Half Boulder. Entry fee includes race bags, official 2022 BMT SWIX race hat, event program, sponsored goods, a raffle ticket, a 10-week training program for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers, and the opportunity to win amazing prizes from event sponsors. 

For the virtual event, participants will ski a 30k or 15k course of their choice in a convenient location. Trails will be suggested at various areas and resorts in regions throughout the United States. Times will be submitted by racers for posting on the BMT Leaderboard. Prizes will be awarded via  livestream drawing on Monday, February 7. 

The “Virtually Amazing BMT” cost is $49 for adults and $39 for juniors. This fee includes an official 2022 BMT race hat by SWIX, a raffle ticket, a BMT program, training plans, and shipping if needed. 

The BMT annually recognizes its fastest, oldest and youngest racers, on-course preem champions, wave winners, and Jon Engen Perpetual Awards for most significant time improvement (male/female) from one year to the next in the Full Boulder.  

Post-race, the BMT Block Party and Awards Bash will be from 5-7:30 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square. Food and beverage trucks, awards, music, and a good time will be on tap. Raffle prizes include skis, boots, poles, clothing, bags, and training aids from our generous sponsors and supporters. You must be present to win.

Additionally, the BMT honors nonprofit organizations via its “Ski It Forward” award. In 2021, the Boulder distributed $5,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States as voted on by participants, including The Advocates, Hunger Coalition, Meissner Nordic Team, Protect Our Winters, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Bogus Basin Ski Team, Community Shares of Wisconsin, Idaho Food Bank, and Higher Ground.

Last year’s winners were Best Costume – Team Breadcrumb, BMT Oldest – Nancy Fichter, BMT Youngest – Isla Sundby, Most BMT Swag – Kurt Dudley, Team Spirit – No Pressure, 15k Pacesetter – Lizzy Albin, 30k Pacesetter – Brian Elkins. 

In 2022, award categories will be Pacesetter, Youngest and Oldest, and Best Costume. All winners will be drawn by raffle with the exception of the costume category – which will be recognized in both the in-person and virtual events. 

The Boulder Mountain Tour is proud to announce the 15k Half Boulder has been named in honor of valley-and-event favorite Charley French. Participants can now ski the 15k Charley Course Half Boulder. 

Born in St. Louis, Mo., on August 3, 1926, French enlisted in the US Army at age 17, serving as a machinist aboard the USS Cleveland in the South Pacific during World War II. He graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in electrical engineering. In 1971 at the age of 45, he came to Ketchum for a job as an engineer and in product development with a new and growing company named Scott USA. One of his developments was shaping cycling’s aerodynamic handlebar, which was strategically utilized by American Greg Lemond in his 1989 Tour de France win. 

A notable athlete himself, French is a devoted skier, cyclist, and triathlete with numerous BMT age-class championships under his belt. 

“I think I have done all the Boulders but four,” Charley said. 

Charley French and Shauna Thoreson at the 2019 award bash.

Event sponsorships are available. Details? Please contact race director Jody Zarkos at bouldermountaintour@gmail.com or 208.720.1810. 

 

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