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:
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
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.
“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 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.
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
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.
Event sponsorships are available. Details? Please contact race director Jody Zarkos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.720.1810.
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.
The first is the date. Instead of one day, participants can ski any day and any style between Monday, February 1 and Sunday, February 7.
The second is the place. BMT organizers are encouraging racers to use their imagination to create and complete self-supported 15 or 30-kilometer races. To this end, many ski areas and organizations have established courses in conjunction with the BMT. Course partners are located throughout the United States. They include Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Utah, Tahoe XC, Calif., Mount Bachelor, Ore., Meissner Nordic Community, Bend, Ore., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont, Washburn Ski Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, Mt., Sun Valley Nordic Center, and the Blaine County Recreation District.
“We appreciate everyone rallying to make the Boulder happen. The response has been amazing. We want to emphasize you can ski anywhere. It doesn’t have to be an official course. It is whatever and wherever makes you happy. If you want to ski 10k at three different venues that is awesome,” BMT executive director Jody Zarkos remarked.
Registration runs through January 31 on SkiReg.com. The cost to “Rock the Boulder” is $39 for adults, $25 for 18-under, and $125 for teams of four. The entry fee includes an official 2021 BMT race hat by SWIX, raffle entry, sponsored items, BMT collateral, and a general training plan geared to novice, intermediate and advanced skiers.
The Boulder Mountain Tour, sponsored by Zions Bank with substantial support from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Sue Engelmann of Berkshire Hathaway, Sentinel Security, and Blaine County Title, believes in the power and passion of nonprofit organizations performing vital work during these difficult days. To this end, the BMT will expand its “Ski It Forward” award, in recognition of the vital work these organizations perform. This year, the BMT will donate $5,000 to nonprofits throughout the United States. Registrants vote on the charity of their choice, and organizations receiving the most votes will receive donations at the BMT’s culmination.
Prizes will be awarded via raffle on an almost daily basis throughout the week via livestream at vimeo.com/2021BMT. Prize categories are Oldest/Youngest Racers, Best Costume (based on photos), Team Spirit (based on photos), and Pacesetters. Some of the great prizes up for grabs include skis from Salomon and Madshus, a pour-over coffee bar from Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, boots, and outstanding cross-country gear from industry standouts.
Event sponsors also include Atkinsons’ Market, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Clear Creek Disposal, Davis Embroidery, Elephant’s Perch, Engel & Völkers Jones Grover Team, EnjoyWinter, Fischer, Hammer Nutrition, Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, Power Engineers, Rex Wax, Rossignol, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Associates, Salomon, Swix, TOKO, Zenergy, with support from Blaine County Recreation District, Bluebird Solar, Boulder Nordic Sport, Cellar Pub, Conrad Brothers Construction, Dons, Galena Lodge, Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Morgan’s Fine Finishes, Mountain Rides, Nourish Me, Perry’s, Rickshaw, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Sun Valley Community School, Sun Valley Company, Sushi on Second, VAMPS, Wrapcity and Wood River YMCA.
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, supplements & education since 1987.
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Hammer Tip One – Hydration
FACT: In general, most athletes, under most conditions, will satisfy hydration needs with a fluid intake in the range of 20-25 ounces per hour – roughly the equivalent of a standard size small or large water bottle.
Lighter athletes or athletes exercising in cool weather conditions may only require an intake of 16-18 ounces per hour. Larger athletes or athletes exercising under very hot and humid conditions are the ones that can consider a fluid intake in the range of 28 ounces per hour, perhaps up to 30 ounces per hour in extreme conditions.
It’s important to remember that regular fluid intake over 30-34 ounces hourly significantly increases the potential for serious performance and health problems
Hammer Tip 2 – Caloric Intake
For best performance, DO NOT follow the “calories out, calories in” advice given by some “experts.” Instead replenish calories in “body cooperative” amounts, allowing your fat stores to make up the difference. For most athletes, 120-180 calories/hour is the ideal range. In very rare instances, larger athletes and hyper metabolic types may need slightly more calories per hour.
Workouts/races of 2 hours or less: choose a fuel with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, etc.). Simple sugars cause energy peaks and crashes, and must be mixed in weak concentrations for efficient digestion. Complex carbohydrates absorb at about three times the rate as simple sugars. Plus, you get steady, reliable energy—no peaks and valleys.
Workouts or races of 2-3-hours, or more: Fuel primarily with complex carbohydrates, not simple sugars. Also, 10-15% of your fuel’s calorie content should come from protein, ideally soy, to help satisfy energy requirements and prevent muscle tissue catabolism.
Hammer Tip 3 – Electrolytes
FACT: Salt (sodium chloride) cannot fulfill your entire requirements for electrolytes. The minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium also must be replenished to ensure the proper functioning of key body systems. In addition, your daily dietary sodium intake, fitness level, acclimatization, and the environmental conditions, such as heat and humidity, all affect the amount of electrolytes you will need to replenish during exercise.
For a balanced, full-spectrum formula of electrolytes, replenish with Endurolytes. Choose regular Endurolytes, Endurolytes Extreme, or Endurolytes Fizz in doses appropriate for the conditions.
Hammer Tip 4 – Pre-Event Fueling
To perform and feel your best during races or workouts, consume no more than 300-400 calories. Choose easily digested, complex carbohydrates, along with a small amount of protein and a little healthy fat. Avoid fiber, simple sugar, and acidic foods. Finish your meal 3 hours before exercise. Eating within 3 hours can seriously hurt your performance by 1) reducing the conversion of fats to fuels, and 2) accelerating glycogen depletion.
Tip: If your race is early, don’t sacrifice sleep to eat. Instead, consume a small amount of supplemental fuel, such as one Hammer Gel, about 5 minutes before starting.
Hammer Tip 5 – Recovery
What you do immediately after your workout is just as important as your workout itself. “Refill the tank” as soon as possible; ideally within the first 60 minutes to fully replenish glycogen and build and repair muscle tissue. Consume 30-60 grams of complex carbohydrates and 10-20 grams of protein. Recoverite supplies both in the ideal 3:1 ratio. Also, be sure to take antioxidants after exercise to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and speed recovery.
Hammer Tip 6 – Reflecting Back, Looking Forward
Whether your recent race was a “personal best, a “DNF,” or somewhere in between, now is the time to reflect—making written notes even—on how things went and why.
Start with reviewing what went well from the race, so that you can be sure to incorporate it into your next race. This includes factors like physical performance (such as pacing) and your gear and fueling choices.
Next, take note of areas of opportunity, such as consuming too many or insufficient calories or fluids, timing them wrong, going out too fast, or choosing the wrong gear. These extremely helpful lessons learned can lead to improvement next time.
Instead of allowing these setbacks to be stumbling blocks, turn them into stepping stones so you can achieve greater success in your future races.
In the winter, the Wood River Valley transforms into Nordic Town USA. Boasting fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, excellent snow for Nordic skiing, and almost perpetual sunny skies. Thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District, the area offers over 200 kilometers of expertly groomed Nordic trails each year.
Please note: For participants familiar with skiing the traditional Boulder Mountain Tour course, this year’s self-supported BMT will not provide the following infrastructure: a groomed starting area at Senate Meadows, constructed or manned road crossing south of Galena Lodge, aid stations, course sweep, or expanded finish area across from SNRA Headquarters.
Also, the North Valley Trail System will be open to the public the week of the BMT. Dogs, recreational skiers and fat bikes could be part of your ski experience. Share the trail and share a smile.
Areas groomed by the BCRD with total kilometers (not including snowshoe trails):
In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Blaine County Recreation District manages, maintains and grooms over 160km of terrain including over 50km of trails around Galena Lodge located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will have a 7.5k loop at Lake Creek. Half-Boulder participants can ski it twice to reach 15k and four times to record a 30k distance. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid Lake Creek from 2:30-5 p.m. during the week due to lack of parking when SVSEF teams are in training. Thank you!
There will also be a 5k course at Quigley Nordic. Details will be posted when available.
Established in 1966, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation offers exceptional snow sport programs for the youth of the Wood River Valley. Disciplines include alpine, cross country, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing and big mountain for youth athletes, ages 5-19. For elite-level postgrads, SVSEF has the XC Gold Team. With a philosophy of Strong Minds, Strong Bodies, Strong Futures, SVSEF views the mountains as the world’s best classroom, where a child’s imagination is captivated and their potential for learning, growth and inspiration is realized.
The Sun Valley Nordic Center has put together three great trails to make a 15km loop.
From the Sun Valley Clubhouse follow Trail Creek Loop out to Trail Creek Cabin. Once there, ski to the left of the Cabin and take the Boundary Loop out over Hyndman View and return back along the creek. When you return to the Cabin stay to the left and ski the Proctor Loop. Upon your return to the Cabin finish the Trail Creek Loop for 15km. Ski it twice for 30km.
Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Sun Valley’s trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.
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.
Johnny Hagenbuch, 19, a senior at Sun Valley Community School and member of the U.S. Ski Development Team, backed up his potential in the men’s elite field deemed to “be the deepest in the history of the race” by Rick Kapala, SVSEF cross country program director.
Emerging from the trees in front, Hagenbuch built a strong enough of a lead on the homestretch to turn around and look at his pursuers. He crossed the finish line – alone – in 1:17.07, almost one second ahead of Jordheim and Bie, who were separated by 1/100th of a second. The pair, along with women’s champion, Guro Jordheim, are coached by Miles Havlik, a former racer on the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team and two-time NCAA National Champion at Utah.
Hagenbuch’s victory marked the first win by a skier who grew up in the valley in 12 years. Mikey Sinnott claimed the Harriman Trail crown in 2008.
The women’s race came down to the wire, with Jordheim narrowly overtaking 2019 runner-up Katie Feldman at the finish to win in 1:25.50.3. Feldman crossed the line in 1:25.50.5, and 2019 champion Erika Flowers was a close third in 1:25.50.9.
Jordheim, 23, a six-time All American, is competing in her third NCAA Championships this week in Bozeman, Montana. She is the top-seeded skier in the women’s 5k classic and 15k skate in the West Region. Havlik’s Utes won the 2019 NCAA banner in his first season as head coach, and with six veteran skiers, including the Jordheim twins and Bie, competing are looking solid once again.
Cash prizes totaled $8000 in the elite class with $2,500 going to the race winners, $1000 to second place and $500 to third place, along with flowers and BMT special-edition cookies. There is no disparity between men and women regarding cash prizes awarded.
Age class champions in the Full Boulder were Ella McNeeley, Sarah Kilroy, Jordheim, Mary Rose, Flowers, Kellie Carim, Kathryn Roberts, Brooke Hovey, Barbara Kreisle, Kim Kawaguchi, Elizabeth Youngman, Janet Conway, Linda McClatchy, Andrew Crouch, Jackson Monz, Hagenbuch, Bolger, Gelso, Joshua Korn, Sam Kreig, Joe Jensen, John Bauer, Barry Makarewicz, Kris Thoreson, Steve Moore, Peter Darienzo, Del Pletcher, and Steve Swanson.
Wave class winners (3-7) took home $75 cash courtesy of Zenergy Health Club and Spa. Champions were Sloan Storey, Eloise Zimbelman, Maria Gesior, Naomi Goldberg, and Justin Calvin for the women, and James Roloff, Will Sladek, Ruslan Reiter, Jeff Aken and Clint Mortley for the men. Goldberg and Calvin won their waves outright.
The Jon Engen Memorial Award to the skiers who improve their times by the most significant percentage year-over went to Hannah Young (17.5%) and Brad St. Clair (31.7%). Jon’s wife, Darlene Young, was on hand to give out the eponymous belt buckles hand-crafted by Foster Weld of Boise.
A new award this year, Ski It Forward, is given to the nonprofit organization of the winning team’s choice. “Bjorn to Adventure” with Hagenbuch, Bolger, and Bjornsen garnered $1,000 for The Hunger Coalition, who builds healthy community through access to good food and addresses the root causes of food insecurity in Blaine County.
“There are so many amazing nonprofit organizations on which our community is built and depend. We are happy to contribute to their wonderful work and be a good partner in our quest to create a healthy and happy community,” Jody Zarkos, BMT executive director, remarked.
Youth was served in the 15k Half Boulder, as overall titles went to 13-year-old Reed Wuepper of Bend, Oregon, in 38 minutes and 15 seconds and 12-year-old Cora Scott of Hailey in 43 minutes and 28 seconds. The pair finished first and sixth overall, respectively. The winning parent/child team was McCallen and Brady Campbell of Hailey.
This year’s race attracted 877 (676/201) participants, with 587 racers finishing the Full Boulder and 174 crossing the line in the Half.
As always, the Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour received tremendous support from its partners in the community and nationwide. Zions Bank was the title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year. Gold sponsors were Sentinel Security, Sue Engelmann of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, and Blaine County Title.
Silver sponsorships were provided by SWIX, Limelight Hotel, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Elephant’s Perch, Atkinsons’ Market, Power Engineers, Voće Tea, Lutz Rental, Zenergy, Blaine County Recreation District, Galena Lodge, Davis Embroidery, Rossignol, Madshus, Rex Wax, Salomon, Hammer/Heed, TOKO.
Bronze sponsors were Sturtevants, Jones Grover Team of Engel & Vølkers, Clear Creek Disposal, Sun Valley Associates, Sun Valley Garden Center, Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, McCall Remastered, Boulder Nordic Sport, Fischer, Bliz/Swenor/START, and Enjoy Winter.
Race supporters include West Yellowstone Montana, Sun Valley Community School and Ski Academy, Morgan’s Fine Finishes, Lloyd Construction, Mason Family Restaurants, VAMPS, DONS, Conrad Brothers Construction, Perry’s Restaurant, Wrapcity, Nourish Me, Sushi on Second, The Cellar, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Glow, Wood River YMCA, Pisten Bully’s, Mountain Rides, Wood River St. Luke’s, U.S. Forest Service, and Bluebird Solar. The NordicTown USA Sprint purse was provided by board members Muffy Ritz and John Seiller.
The BMT would like to extend its gratitude to Sharon Pyle of Atkinsons for her help in procuring race-bag items and the following amazing companies who made very generous donations to the delight of our racers: Pro Bars, Nuun Hydration, Kate’s Real Food, Betty Lou’s, BoBo’s, Nature’s Path, Wolo Bars, Honey Stinger, NibMor, Raw Rev Bars, Dandies, and Backcountry Bars.
Jack Weekes created the official poster and artwork for the custom-made socks of the 2020 BMT. A limited number of both are available for purchase at email@example.com. Nils Ribi was the official race photographer. Program contributors include Emily Williams, Mikey Sinnott, Annie Pokorny, Don Shepler, Mary Rose, Matt Gelso and John Reuter. Design by Judy Stolzfus of Judy’s Design House.
We would like to acknowledge the City of Ketchum for co-hosting our BMT Block Party and Awards Bash, as well as local businesses and sponsors who provided food and drink; The Cellar Pub, Leroy’s, Voće Tea, Wood River Sustainability Center, La Parilla, Sawtooth Brewery, and Zions Bank.
Race stalwarts include our wonderful aid station sponsors, Galena Lodge, Sun Valley Suns, Sun Valley Community School, Sturtevants, and Girls on the Run spearheaded by Tom Bowman. We would also like to extend our thanks to the road crew with Bryce Turzian and friends. Andy Munter for buses and biffies. John Seiller ran the start for the Full Boulder and Kelley Yeates and Family the Half Boulder start. Prime Time Timing of Wisconsin expertly provided race timing supported by Bobby Noyes, safety measures by the Galena Backcountry Ski Patrol and emergency services by the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments, Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho State Police, and Wood River Ham Radio. In acknowledgment of the local ham radio club’s years of service, the BMT donated $500 to the organization in honor of Joe Yelda. The course grooming crew headed up by Eric Rector of the BCRD did an excellent job, and the course held strong all day long.
The board of directors of the BMT would also like to extend its sincere thanks to the 260 committed volunteers who absolutely make the race what it is year after year. This race would not happen without your dedication, energy, and enthusiasm. Volunteer heads include Ted Angle, Jenny Busdon, Roberta Heinrich, Travis Jones, Rick Kapala, Jim Keating, Eric Rector, Bobby Noyes, Ashton Wilson, John Reuter, Nils Ribi, Gay Riley, Muffy Ritz, Bob Rosso, Jim Keller, James Lieberman, Frank Rowland, Andy Munter, Don Shepler, Pete Stephenson, Mike Wolter, Bryce Turzian, Tom Bowman, Joe Yelda, Mat Hall, Kelley Yeates, Sue Hamilton, Ivana Radlova, Paddy McIlvoy and Martha Pendl.
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, a longtime board member and local business owner, concurred, “We are really thrilled to have Zions back as our title sponsor. Zions has really terrific people who back us up, give us support, and share really creative ideas. It is an excellent relationship and one we are very appreciative of.”
Boulder Board President John Reuter added, “Long-term sponsorship is incredibly important for the BMT because it allows us to make educated planning decisions toward growing the event and maximizing the positive impact of the BMT on the community as a whole. Specifically, Zions’ five-year sponsorship has allowed us to increase our marketing and outreach, improve our timing and results, modernize our website, and deliver a “presentation” to visitors that highlights this amazing valley in which we live.”
Salt Lake City is the corporate headquarters for Zions Bank, which does business in 10 different western states in the U.S. In addition to Idaho and Utah, Zions and its subsidiaries have locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. There are two branches in the Wood River Valley in Ketchum and Hailey. (Tip: Check out the freshly-baked cookies offered every Friday).
Notable among Zions Bank’s BMT enthusiasts are Mark Garfield, Senior Vice President of International Banking, who participates with his whole family. This year, seven skiers related to the family were in the field, and Garfield semi-jokingly says that one of the criteria to marry into the family is being able to ski the Full Boulder.
“That is exactly the case!” Garfield exclaimed.
Of course, being a zealous cross country skier helps, and Garfield is a prime example of how Zions encourages its employees to exercise and take care of themselves and how that philosophy spreads to the greater community as well.
“As a bank organization, we are encouraged to stay active and healthy and have incentives to do so. I believe the handful who do participate (in the Boulder) recognize the superb course conditions and beautiful landscape Sun Valley has to offer,” Groll said.
Community is at the heart of the Boulder Mountain Tour, and that is readily apparent in the remarks offered by both Groll and Reuter.
“Having Zions Bank remain as our title sponsor demonstrates Zions’ long-term commitment to supporting our local community. The BMT is technically just a ski race, but it’s actually a celebration of Wood River Valley – its natural beauty, its welcoming people, its local businesses. Zions Bank understands that supporting the BMT is really supporting the place we call home,” Reuter remarked.
“I think the biggest thing I would like people to know is that we really do support our community – whether it’s a sporting event, the arts, nonprofits, or cultural – it’s important to us. We are invested,” Groll said.
The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour is the premier cross country ski marathon in the western United States. Held annually on the first Saturday of February, the Tour’s 34k route travels from Galena Lodge on the historic Harriman Trail in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to the finish line across from SNRA Headquarters. There is also a 15k Half Boulder that begins at Baker Creek. The event attracts upwards of 1,000 people with more than 50 percent of participants from out of town, representing 23 states and three countries. This year’s race is on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Registration opens on July 1 at www.skireg.com.
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. She joined Team Rossignol and leaned how to ski efficiently with coaching from Jon Engen and fellow elite racers. Brooke specialized in skate sprints and 50 km ski marathons and has raced in the BMT 20 years with exception of 2-3 years. Almost every finish has been top 5; with many wins, second and third places. Brooke’s career as restaurant and private chef has always been about creating meals that are organic, local and sustainable, nutrient-dense, energy-packed and delicious, and says “Whether or not you are a trained athlete, food is the foundation of health, vitality and energy.” You can find her creations locally at Nourish Me.
BROOKE’S PROTEIN AND POWER PACKED CREPES (gluten and dairy-free)1 1/2 cup filtered water1 cup steamed quinoa1/2 banana3 tablespoons hemp seeds1 tablespoon raw organic almond butterBlend above ingredients in Vitamix or high-powered blender until smooth, transfer to mixing bowlAdd to liquid ingredients:2 organic eggs1/2 cup buckwheat flour ( I sell sprouted and freshly ground buckwheat at Nourishme in Ketchum)3 tablespoons ground flax seeds1/2 teaspoon sea saltMix all ingredients, let rest for 5 minutes while large skillet is heating on medium heatSpread 1 teaspoon coconut oil in pan, add 1 cup crepe batter, spread thinly to cover surface of pan (these work best as crepes rather than thicker pancakes) Cook 2-4 minutes per side until light golden brownFill with your choice of berries, applesauce, granola and yogurt (dairy-free or cow’s milk, just make sure it’s organic and grass-fed:)
GREEN SMOOTHIE (perfect to go with crepes for full morning of outdoor, aerobic adventures on foot, bike or skis)2 cups filtered water1/2 cucumber1/2 apple (or 1/4 cup frozen blueberries if you prefer to apple)1/4 avocado1 cup dark leafy greens (spinach, kale or swiss chard)2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger1 tablespoon Udo’s 3-6-9 fatty acid oil blend (sold at Nourishme) or cold-pressed coconut oil1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice1/4 teaspoon sea saltBlend all ingredients well in Vitamix
HEARTY LENTIL AND VEGETABLE SOUP (can be vegan or include organic sausage or chicken)In stock pot saute over medium heat for 5-8 minutes:2 tablespoon olive oil1 diced yellow onion1 diced leek3 cloves garlic4 diced carrots3 ribs diced celery2 teaspoons each Italian seasonings, oregano, basil and thyme1/2-1 teaspoon red chili flakes1 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups water, vegetable or chicken stock1 cup green lentils (rinsed and drained)2 organic Italian sausages or 4 chicken thighs (if not vegan)2 cups organic diced tomatoes1-2 teaspoon sea salt or to your tasteBring to boil, turn to simmer and cover for 30 minutes or until lentils are soft Before serving add:handful of rough chopped dark leafy greens1 diced zucchini2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley1 teaspoon balsamic vinegarEnjoy!