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One Good Tour Deserves Another! 

Jody Zarkos | September 17th, 2021

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,

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Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Coming to a Town Near You

Jody Zarkos | January 27th, 2021

Your trail. Your choice. Your Boulder.

While many of the hallmarks of the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour remain in place, there are a few key changes this year in response to the Covid pandemic and desire to keep racers and the community-at-large as healthy as possible.

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Hydration Tips and To-Do’s from Hammer Nutrition

Jody Zarkos | January 11th, 2021

To help participants gear up for the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour, the good folks at Hammer Nutrition provided hydration tips to get you to the starting and finish lines in the best possible shape; physically and mentally.

An original in the industry, Hammer has offered endurance fuels,

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Train Smarter (and Harder) for the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | December 18th, 2020

There are very few athletic accolades you could not apply to Muffy Ritz; a former U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team member, two-time American Birkebeiner champion, Race Across America runner-up, and a member of the local Ski Hall of Fame. On a more pedestrian front, Ritz is on the BMT’s board of directors,

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November’s News & Notes for the BMT

Jody Zarkos | November 17th, 2020 With three months until the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour, organizers are busy planning a new "Virtually Amazing" event which will run from February 1-7 at a ski track near you. Read all about it in November's News & Notes.

Format Change for 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | October 2nd, 2020

“Our Race, Your Backyard” is the rallying cry for the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour, February 1-7, 2021. We invite skiers of all ages and abilities to take part in our virtual BMT this year by skiing a trail and distance of their choice in their home state or favorite place.

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Registration begins for 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | June 30th, 2020

Registration for the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour opens tomorrow,  Wednesday, July 1.

Formed in 1973, the Boulder Mountain Tour is a cornerstone event celebrating cross country skiing in the Wood River Valley. Starting at Galena Lodge and following the Harriman Trail through the Sawtooth National Forest,

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2020 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour a grand slam

Jody Zarkos | March 11th, 2020

The sun was shining on the 2020 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour and Sun Valley Nordic Festival – literally and figuratively. 

The 47th annual race marked the feel-good edition of the BMT. Not only was the weather flawless, adding to a marked cheerfulness by all involved, locals had reason to cheer as the race saw its first local champion in 12 years and the youngest ever race winner. 

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Results Posted for the 2020 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | February 1st, 2020

Results from the 2020 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour are posted as at

Congratulations to all our participants, including race champions Guro Jordheim of the University of Utah, and Johnny Hagenbuch of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and U.S. Ski Team.

Official awards will be held at Ketchum Town Square tonight at 5 p.m.

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Breaking Down the Boulder: Insights from a BMT Champ

Jody Zarkos | January 21st, 2020

How does your BMT story begin? It may end in a sore, tired, and (hopefully) sunburned heap on the snow, swearing off XC ski racing forever. Not to worry, this affliction will heal rapidly once you start trash talking to your friends how you will beat them in the BMT 2020…But what started your BMT career?

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | December 27th, 2019

Every year, on the first weekend in February, hundreds of enthusiastic skiers line up at Galena Lodge to race the 34 kilometers to the finish line of the Boulder Mountain Tour. For the racers, their journey is just beginning. But for the race organizers and volunteers the sound of the starting gun represents the conclusion of months of careful preparation,

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Consistency and Flexibility Are Key To Successful Fall Training Schedule

Jody Zarkos | October 24th, 2019

Fall months for cross-country skiers can be rather challenging. Weather is a major variable and sometimes motivation can be lacking with cold weather, rain/snow, and a lack of daylight making it difficult to get out the door. As challenging as it may be, it is important to stay consistent in your routine during the transition periods while also being flexible with the ever-changing weather.

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Summer Training with Mary Rose: Do What You Love

Jody Zarkos | July 23rd, 2019

After I retired from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team, I went straight into coaching for Sun Valley SEF. It was time for me to move on from competitive skiing, but that doesn’t mean that I will ever move on from the sport. The transition away from being a full-time athlete was pretty smooth because I still love being active,

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Zions Bank Remains Title Sponsor of Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | June 14th, 2019

The Boulder Mountain Tour is delighted to announce Zions Bank remains the event’s title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

Tracy Groll, Regional President of Idaho Resort Banking, remarked, “We enjoy partnering with the BMT because it supports the local community and we believe it’s extremely important to invest and participate in the communities where we have a presence.”

Bob Rosso,

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Boulder Mountain Tour Champs Share Their Training Plans

Jody Zarkos | June 7th, 2019

2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour champs Erika Flowers and Peter Holmes know what it takes to train hard, build fitness and stay engaged over the long haul. They recently shared their training tips and methods with us and we are sure you will be as inspired (or tired!) as we were.

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Svea Grover joins board of Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | May 22nd, 2019

It is said that roots don’t lie. You can take that a couple different ways.

In the case of Svea Grover, who was born and raised in Alaska, her roots in cross country skiing run as deep as the Bering Sea and as true blue as the water in it.

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The Boulder Gives Back

Jody Zarkos | April 9th, 2019

The Wood River Valley’s reputation for giving back and taking care of the people in our community is both well known and well deserved. There is no shortage of people, places and worthy causes in which we can invest our time, money and energy. And, with an estimated 215 non-profit organizations in Blaine County,

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2019 Zions Bank BMT Results Are Updated

Jody Zarkos | February 5th, 2019

Revised results from the 2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour on February 2 have been updated on our website. Please see “results” to view.

Official race timer Sportstats will update their website today to reflect revisions made to their original calculations.

We apologize for the delay and thank you for being part of the 2019 BMT.

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2019 Zions Bank BMT Results Will Be Updated After Awards Ceremony

Jody Zarkos | February 2nd, 2019

2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour results will be posted tonight after the awards ceremony at the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn. The party will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. All participants, family and friends are invited to attend.

In a photo finish, Peter Holmes of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation got a toe over Minnesota’s Matt Liebsch to claim first.

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Wave Assignments Set for 2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | January 30th, 2019

Racer assignments are ready for the 2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour. The 46th annual cross country race takes place Saturday, February 2, on the Harriman Trail of the Sawtooth National Forest north of Ketchum. This year’s race attracted 907 registrants.

Click on the link below to see wave assignments.

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Sloan Story Is Racing Against Hunger

Jody Zarkos | January 25th, 2019

Born and raised in Ketchum, Sloan Storey is using the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour to help fight hunger in Blaine County.

A graduate of University of Utah where she was captain of the cross country team, Sloan grew up skiing in the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s cross country program and is now a coach with SVSEF.

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Counting Down to the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | January 14th, 2019

Race day for the 46th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour is drawing near and this year’s race promises to be special for several reasons.

The capstone event of the Sun Valley Nordic Festival, this year’s Boulder on February 2, 2019, will honor Jon Engen, a three-time Olympian who was a dedicated ambassador and respected competitor in the sports of cross country skiing and biathlon.

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Recipes to Fuel Your Life

Jody Zarkos | January 3rd, 2019

Boulder Mountain Tour stalwart Brooke Hovey shares some of her favorite power recipes with us. Cook and enjoy!

Nicknamed “Sled Dog” for her love of endurance challenges and racing, Brooke Hovey is an athlete, mother, wife, chef and longtime Ketchum resident. She began cross country skiing later in life (23) after years of road running and competing in track and cross country for CU Boulder.

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Fine Tune Your Training for the Boulder Mountain Tour

Jody Zarkos | December 27th, 2018

The Boulder Mountain Tour is a fun and unique ski marathon.  At 34 kilometers in length and with 1,100 feet of elevation loss, the race is fast and challenging, but also accessible to athletes just getting into the sport. I’ll go over some training tips, workout ideas, and a general training template for the month leading up to the BMT.  

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How to Brew Coffee Using Your Nordic Know-How

Jody Zarkos | December 10th, 2018

By Liz Roquet 

It’s a beautiful winter morning. The sun is up, the forecast calls for 27 degrees, and the trail report shows everything from here to there was groomed by last night’s crew. You’re already looking up today’s wax recommendation, and deciding which skis will be perfect for the snow from Tuesday’s storm.

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General Training for the Boulder Mountain Tour

boulderadmin | November 12th, 2018

Whether you’re a novice, intermediate or even advanced skier, the following guidelines should help your training for the BMT. I like to get in on a weekly basis, my three “Cornerstone” workouts. If I don’t have time to do anything else on skis during the week, these workouts should suffice.

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The enduring legacy of Jon Engen

Jody Zarkos | October 12th, 2018

Jon Engen will be remembered at the 2019 Boulder Mountain Tour as the 46th annual cross country race will be held in his honor.

A three-time Olympian and avid outdoorsman, Engen died of pancreatic cancer on April 26, 2018 at the age of 61, but not before he left an indelible mark on his family,

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Wunderbar! Boulder Mountain Tour BOD adds two new members

Jody Zarkos | October 5th, 2018

Crashing a meeting between Martha Pendl and Paddy McIlvoy, two new members of the Boulder Mountain Tour board of directors, is like having a front row seat at an Improv Night comedy show – albeit German improvisation.

“Du sprichst Deutsch?” Martha asks Paddy. (“You speak German?”).


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