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West Yellowstone hosts a biathlon and a winter event combining cross-country skiing and cuisine

Carie Birkmeier

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A biathlon race is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 at West Yellowstone’s Rendezvous Ski Trails. PHOTO COURTESY OF WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

A biathlon race is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 at West Yellowstone’s Rendezvous Ski Trails. PHOTO COURTESY OF WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

On Feb. 25, the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation is hosting the annual Taste of the Trails, an event designed to encourage skiers of all ages and abilities to try cross-country skiing in a simple and festive format. A 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) course will take skiers and snowshoers around gentle rolling terrain on the Rendezvous Ski Trails. 

Four feed stations are staffed by volunteers along the way so participating skiers can enjoy homemade snacks and beverages. Skiers can casually stride from spot to spot, revel in the winter landscapes, refuel with friends, and explore the trails in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.

The ticket includes stops at the four feed stations. There are stations devoted to appetizers, soups, main dishes and desserts. Skiers must have a Rendezvous Ski Trails trail pass, available for purchase at Freeheel & Wheel located at 33 Yellowstone Avenue, or at the Trailhead Building located at 201 S. Geyser Street. Taste of the Trails tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchases can be made online at skirunbikemt.com/taste-of- the-trails.html

Interested in staying in West Yellowstone for the weekend? WYSEF and Altius Handcrafted Firearms are hosting the third and final biathlon race of the season on Sunday, Feb. 26 The Biathlon Cup #3 is a mass start format and offers races for experienced biathletes as well as those who are interested in trying their first race. Novice athletes are encouraged to participate. WYSEF will provide instructions, rifles and ammunition.

For more information or to register for one or both events, visit skirunbikemt.com.

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