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Overnight skiing to benefit avalanche forecasters

Published March 15, 2013 9:44 am

Canyons Resort • March 29 fundraiser to fill the slopes from dusk to dawn.
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Overnight skiing is back.

The "12 Hours of Canyons," an endurance event to raise money for the Utah Avalanche Center, will begin at 7 p.m. March 29 at Canyons Resort and continue until 7 a.m. on March 30. A similar event two years ago at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort generated $25,000 for the center.

Skiers and snowboarders wearing headlamps and taillights will do laps on runs off the Sun Peak and Tombstone chairlifts. Their position, speed and number of vertical-feet-skied will be monitored by Flaik GPS units.

"Make a team out of your friends and kids and enjoy a night where we have the resort to ourselves," said Rich Mrazik, president of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center board.

Registration costs $200 per individual and $400 per team, although Mrazik hopes additional pledges of support will boost individual donations to $500 and team totals to $1,000. To sign up, go online to bit.ly/15RnHwi.

"This is a fun endurance event and not a race," he added. "Speed will be monitored, and a reasonable speed limit will be observed at all times."

Participants must be at least 13 years old, prizes will be awarded for creative costumes and food/restrooms will be available at the Sun and Red Pine lodges.

When Snowbird staged the event in January 2011, 77 people covered more than 7 million vertical feet of slope on their skis and snowboards.

At that fundraiser, Matt Mullin took the top spot in the individual vertical category, logging 125,643 vertical feet during the night. The team title went to Andy Hunter and Willy Mueller of Kuhl Guys, who combined to ski 251,315 vertical feet.

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O Register for the "12 Hours of Canyons" fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center at bit.ly/15RnHwi .