Women set to ski for a cause

Posted: Friday, February 05, 2010

While many will be reaching for the remote this Sunday to take in the Super Bowl, the LeeShore Center and Tsalteshi Trails Association are hoping women will reach for their skis and poles before the game to raise money for a good cause.

"It's about women having fun," said Robin Nyce, one of the organizers of the annual "She Can Ski" event, scheduled to correspond with Superbowl Sunday -- a time when incidents of domestic violence can be high.

The event is for women of all ages and skiing abilities.

"Usually we have just under 100 women and it's a lot of fun," Nyce said. "It's no pressure, just women having a great time."

Part of the reason for the low stress of the event is that the course has been designed to not be too difficult.

"We've taken out all the big hills," Nyce said. "It covers the Wolf Trail, the Blue Bayou Cut-Off and the Moose (Trail). It's about 5k."

The trails have also been recently groomed to make the most of what little snow has fallen this season.

"The trails will be in wonderful shape," Nyce said.

The event is also dressed-up by asking women to dress up for it.

"We encourage costumes, but they're not mandatory," Nyce said. "In the past we've had a number of cows, nuns and a dental hygienist who came as a tube of toothpaste. There have been a lot of different ideas."

Women can also determine which of two categories they want to ski in: classic skiing or skate skiing, and which of three sub-categories they want to ski in: individual, with friends or with relatives.

Registration for the event begins today, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at Kaladi Brothers on Kobuk, then again on race day, at 10:30 a.m., at the trailhead behind Skyview High school. Tsalteshi Trails Association volunteers will also be waxing skis for donation during the registration period on Sunday.

The classic event starts at 11:30 a.m., the skate skiing event at 12:30 p.m. There is a suggested entry fee donation of $25 with proceeds to benefit the LeeShore Center in Kenai and Tsalteshi Trails Association.

For more details on the She Can Ski event, call Brenda at 398-4938 or Robin at 398-4642.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.

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