Outdoors briefs: Annual Moonshine Ski & Dine fundraiser is Feb. 4

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— The sixth annual Moonshine Ski & Dine fundraiser is from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Catamount Ranch & Club. Tickets are $45 and include drinks, appetizers, chili and desserts. There also will be a silent auction. The event benefits the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. For reservations or more information, contact Laura Karch at 970-879-2135 or laura@rockymountainyouthcorps.com.

Snowmobilers reminded of wilderness restriction

Regional U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding snowmobilers that motorized equipment of any kind is illegal in wilderness areas. Each year, Forest Service and Colorado State Parks staff cite riders who illegally enter designated nonmotorized areas such as the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas. The minimum fine for snowmobilers caught riding in wilderness areas is $525 and can go all the way up to $5,000 and six months in jail, according to a news release.

Other snowmobile regulations:

■ A free backcountry-use permit is required for all snowmobilers riding in the Buffalo Pass Winter Recreation Area.

■ Snowmobiles must stay on designated trails within the mixed use and commercial area in the Buffalo Pass Winter Recreation Area. For a map of the area, visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

■ Snowmobiling is allowed only where 12 inches or more of snow is on the ground.

■ All snowmobiles must have a valid Colorado snowmobile registration.

■ Snowcats have the right of way on trails.

Registration now is open for Steamboat Marathon

Registration is open for the 31st annual Steamboat Marathon. The half-marathon and marathon races are June 3. There also is a 10-kilometer race and a half-mile Honey Stinger Fun Run.

The marathon is capped at 500 participants, and the half-marathon is capped at 1,200. The 10-kilometer race doesn’t have a cap, and the fun run is capped at 200.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Public Relations Manager Michelle Krasilinec said registration is on pace with last year. She said the Chamber expects more entrants this year after Colorado Runner magazine named the Steamboat Marathon the “Best Weekend Getaway” in 2011.

Through May 2, the cost is $70 for the marathon, $55 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 10-kilometer race. To register, visit www.steamboatmarathon.com, or visit www.active.com and enter "Steamboat Marathon." Runners also can register in person at the Steamboat Springs visitor center, 125 Anglers Drive. Routt County residents will receive $10 off the race registration if signing up in person.

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