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Arkoosh Club to Crown Young Skiers and Boarders
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Sunday, February 19, 2023
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY HEATHER FOSTER

The 2023 Arkoosh Cup will take place on Monday, Feb. 20, at Rotarun Ski Hill west of Hailey.

The event is open to all children under the age of twelve. The Cup is named for the Arkoosh family from Gooding, who in 1957 gave Rotarun a 99-year lease for $1 per year. In 1993, the property was deeded over to Blaine County, with the underlying lease from the Arkoosh family intact.

“The Arkoosh Cup holds a truly special place in the history of Rotarun,” said Scott McGrew, Rotarun’s executive director. “It’s an opportunity to remember and celebrate the incredible family who made everything we do at Rotarun possible, while continuing to foster a love of ski and snowboard racing among the youth in our community. There’s nothing quite like seeing the excitement and healthy competitive spirit come together on Arkoosh Cup day!”

Since the mid-1960's, the Arkoosh Cup has seen winners like Picabo Street, who won the Cup in 1983 and eventually went on to become an Olympic and World Champion. Winners from more recent years currently racing at the FIS elite level include Paige DeHart (2017), Jessica Blackburn (2016), and Haley Cutler (2009).

Others have gone on to become SVSEF Alpine coaches, among them Sage Rheinschild (2012), Haley Cutler (2009), KJ Savaria (2008), Charlotte Gourlay (1999), and Amanda Stelling and Connor Farrow (2007). 

The ‘Arkoosh Cup’ will be awarded to the winning female and male of the U10 category. Award categories for the event are U12, U10, U8, and Snowboard.

Online registration is open at Rotarun.org through 6 p.m. tonight--Sunday, Feb. 19. The registration fee is $20. There is no race day registration.

EVENT SCHEDULE for Monday, Feb. 20

U12 & U10 SCHEDULE

8:00 a.m. Lift open to Coaches and Staff

8:00 a.m. Check-in / Bib & Lift Ticket pick-up

8:30 a.m. Lift open to U12 & U10 Racers only

8:40 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Inspection

9:30 a.m. 1st Run

10:15 a.m. 2nd Run

11:00 a.m. Awards


U8 & SNOWBOARD SCHEDULE

11:30 a.m. Registration

11:30 a.m. Lift open to U8 and Snowboard Racers only

11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Inspection

12:30 p.m. 1st Run

1:15 p.m. 2nd Run

2:00 p.m. Awards

Located just three miles west of downtown Hailey, Rotarun Ski Area has been a community hub for local snow sports enthusiasts since 1948. Rotarun offers affordable youth snowsports programming and public skiing throughout the winter season.

Since 2017, Rotarun and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation have worked together to collectively further learn-to-ski and ride programs and advanced training opportunities for the youth of the Wood River Valley.


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