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Wooden ski event returns to Steamboat Springs

Rendezvous back for its 12th year to raise awareness

Wooden ski enthusiasts show off their gear during the 2010 Wooden Ski Rendezvous at Columbine Cabins.

— Going into its 12th year, the mission of this weekend's Wooden Ski Rendezvous has not changed.

"It's not as much a fundraiser," said Leslie Lovejoy. "We use it as an educational device."

Lovejoy is director of Friends of the Routt Backcountry, a group that strives to protect areas of the Routt National Forest from motorized uses like snowmobiles.

During the first two years, the Wooden Ski Rendezvous was held on Rabbit Ears Pass. After nonmotorized areas were established on Rabbit Ears, the event was moved to North Routt County, where the group still is trying to establish quiet, nonmotorized areas that can be enjoyed by those who want to ski and snowshoe.

"It's been a battle to try to get areas into protection," Lovejoy said.

The group takes credit for helping to protect 2,500 acres of public land from motorized uses on Rabbit Ears and Buffalo passes.

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A primitive theme encompasses the Wooden Ski Rendezvous, and attendees are encouraged to bring old ski clothing and equipment. People can sign up at the event. The cost is $25 for adults and includes lunch, race entry fees, beer and evening entertainment. Those just wanting to enjoy the evening entertainment are asked to donate $10.

The event kicks off in earnest at 9 a.m. today with a pine tarring clinic at the Columbine Cabins about 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., various ski activities will take place, including a wooden ski relay, treasure hunt and retro ski costume contest. There also will be the "Boil 'em up Race," which involves people skiing around, collecting snow and then melting it down to water.

"It's all fun," Lovejoy said.

Ski movies will be shown, and awards will presented from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A potluck starts at 6:30 p.m., and the band Ragweed will provide entertainment.

More ski and snowshoe opportunities will be offered Sunday along with a backcountry skills class. For more information, call 970-879-8710.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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