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Skiing for a Cause


It has become a tradition for many in North Idaho, and while the format may have changed throughout the years, a few things remain the same—the fun and energy behind raising money for a very good cause.

2,400 Feet of Schweitzer will take place this year on March 24 beginning at 7:30am. This year’s format will begin with a sunrise top-to-bottom giant slalom event that will begin at the Sky House Lodge at the summit of Schweitzer. Covering 2,400 vertical feet and nearly 2.5 miles, it will conclude at Outback Lodge at the base of the mountain.

According to organizers, the race is open to alpine, telemark skiers and snowboarders of all levels and will also allow for passing. In addition, participants will be seeded depending upon fundraising efforts. People can compete on two- or four-person teams, but their seeding will be based upon their individual fundraising.

Following the race, breakfast will be served, and then participants will take part in challenges throughout the day that will allow teams to gain points for their overall score.

The funds raised will go toward research for Cystinosis and the future of Hank Sturgis, a North Idaho youth who was diagnosed with Cystinosis in November 2007. It is a rare genetic disease that affects approximately 500 people in the U.S. and 2,000 people worldwide. Because it is such a rare disease, there is little research money allocated to finding a cure. Since the 24 Hours for Hank Foundation was formed, more than $1.1 million has been raised to date providing Hank and others the hope they need.

Prizes will be awarded in team categories as well as by age. There will also be a top fundraiser award, which will be determined by the funds raised by noon on Saturday.

The event will conclude with an awards party on Saturday evening that will include an auction and food from around the world.

Don’t miss out! This is limited to 200 participants. Register online at under 2400 Feet of Schweitzer.

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