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Skiers take their mark for Bridger Bowl community race series

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 19 2013 08:33:06 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Racers of all ages and abilities headed to Bobcat run off the Alpine lift for the chance to win some prizes and have a little fun.

It's Ian Devantier's first race ever.

"Are you excited?" I asked.
"Yeah," replied Ian, as he leaned over his skis, digging his poles deeper into the snow.

Meanwhile, skier Sidney Simard has been racing for years.

"I just like going really fast and feeling the wind in my face," Simard says with a half smile.

Bozeman locals Heidi and Scott Squillace have four children.  They say, for them, the Alpine Community Race Series is a family affair.

"It's just fun to pair everybody up and come out on a nice day and get some friendly rivalry going, some bets going and just have a good time racing eachother," says Heidi.

They say there's a strong racing community at Bridger Bowl and the healthy competition makes for a great atmosphere and a lot of fun.  The couple participated in a few races last year and knew they had to come back for seconds.

"It's been a great experience.  All the folks that volunteer here, hosting this, they do a tremendous job and just make it so much fun," says Scott.

Folks with Bridger Bowl say, as a community ski area, the race series is just one more way to show their community a good time.

"Family and kids having a good time and grudge match against your buddy and just fun," says Bridger Bowl's Steve Rosengren.

But it's not just a good time for participants.  Organizers say it's rewarding for everyone involved.

"I love it when they giggle coming through the finish line.  It's awesome.  I get a lot of fulfillment," says Rosengren.

It's just one reason why folks like Scott Squillace call Bridger Bowl a community partner.

"[They have] the community in their best interest, always have and will continue to do so," says Scott.

It's also why he and his family keep coming back.
     
Bridger Bowl's Telemark Community Race Series is also in it's second week.  Races are Sunday, starting at noon.  Registration is from 8:30a to 10:30a in the Jim Bridger Lodge.