Steamboat Springs’ Ski for Women fundraiser turns 12 |

Steamboat Springs’ Ski for Women fundraiser turns 12

Luke Graham

The staff of the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, Wiik family members and others involved with the 12th annual Ski For Women fundraiser pulled out their best sweaters to preview this year's event, which will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Ski Touring Center. Pictured, from left, are Kajsa Lindgren, Bitti Wiik, Doug Olson, Sven Wiik, Diane Moore, Birgetta Lindgren, Diane Holly, Betsy Chase and Betsy Frick.

— For this, the 12th year of the Ski for Women fundraiser, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities Executive Director Diane Moore wanted to make the event a bit more special.

She wanted to thank the Steamboat Ski Touring Center for all it has done throughout the years, and she wanted to thank the community for supporting the event for more than a decade.

So, instead of a one-day event, Moore decided to make a weekend of it.

The 12th annual Ski for Women fundraiser kicks off Saturday with a candlelight ski tour and dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. The event costs $20 and includes skiing, dinner and music by Tim Trumble. Those interested in attending are asked to register for the lasagna dinner by calling 970-879-8180.

The event continues with a 5-kilometer cross-country ski or snowshoe course at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is by donation and includes a chili lunch, prizes, music by Sundog and a silent auction. Participants who donate $30 or more will receive a gift bag featuring products from SmartWool. Register for the 5K event from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Ski Touring Center.

The cost to attend Saturday’s ski tour and dinner and Sunday’s 5K event is a minimum donation of $40, which will include a gift bag.

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This year’s event also will celebrate Nordic ski heritage and local icon Sven Wiik.

"We wanted to do it in addition to our Sunday event," Moore said. "We want to get out as many people as we can."

Prizes for the best vintage costumes also will be given. One individual and one family will be awarded prizes for the best costume.

Last year’s Ski for Women attracted about 100 participants. Moore said the goal is to have at least that many turn out this year. Turning it into a two-day event should help.

"We'd love for the community to be part of this event," the Ski Touring Center's Brigitta Lindgren said. "Even if they don't ski or snowshoe, we thought, ‘Let's do something a little different.’ We wanted more things for more people."

For more information about the event, call Moore at 970-846-1117.

Proceeds from both events benefit Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Routt County. For more information about Advocates, call 970-879-2034.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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