Jackson Hole Set to Host ‘Pole Pedal Paddle’

39-year-old tradition benefits local non-profit

Most people think of spring as a cheery time promising growth and the opportunity to shed winter outerwear. Those who cherish winter months for skiing and riding might have a harder time getting excited for all that sun that will surely melt our snow. Luckily end of the season parties and competitions give us our last taste of snow and a bunch of fun before we once again begin our countdown to the 2014/15 ski and snowboard season.

This weekend Jackson Hole is hosting a weekend of free concerts and other entertainment to celebrate another great season. One unique competition called the Pole Pedal Paddle (or PPP) fuses the best winter activities with some spring sports and is being held on Saturday, March 29.

The PPP is a 39-year-old Jackson Hole tradition. The race is made up of four different segments: alpine skiing a super-G, an 8-k Nordic ski, a 20-mile cycle and then a 10-mile paddle, according to Jhunderground.com.

Participants may compete solo or with a team, in racing or recreation classes. Fun class is judged not on time but by who appears to be having the most fun. It’s not uncommon to have chiseled Olympians racing alongside costumed beer guzzlers.

Open to anyone, entry fees are $60 per person, or $45 if you are part of a team. The “fun class” is $80 per team. The money will benefit the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club, which is an organization that helps provide opportunities for local youth to participate in winter sports.

After the race the awards ceremony will be held at Teton Village. Cash prizes will be awarded to the racing class and awards for the fun class will include gift certificates. A 2014-15 JHMR season pass is up for grabs at the raffle and competition participants are invited to enjoy the free concert.

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