Nothing quite says "thankful" like pitching a little poultry at a couple of placid pilgrims. Copper Mountain's Turkey Bowling hits the slopes today and on Thanksgiving Day to scratch up a little chicken feed for charity by encouraging mountain moguls to fling frozen turkeys down an icy lane at plywood pilgrim-shaped pins. Bouncing their Butterballs for a fourth year, Copper officials will fling the birds for a fun and successful fundraiser that has a diverse appeal to snow bunnies of all ages. "It's open to everyone snowboarding or skiing on the mountain," says events manager Beth Jahnigen. "Most of the people that attend are already up here -- I mean, I highly doubt anyone would come from New York City just to Turkey Bowl."
Jahnigen explains that there are many birdbrained methods for tumbling a Tom, including a basic cradle and toss, a full-blown loft or just winging it -- all of which are easier said than done. "Turkeys obviously aren't round," points out Jahnigen, "so they end up going in every single direction that you didn't want them to," resulting in more than a few fowl balls.
Turkey Bowling flies into action at Burning Stones Plaza; it will cost about a buck a bird, with prizes awarded to the best bowlers. This year's roaster rolling benefits Summit County's Advocates for Victims of Assault, and the frozen birds (albeit a bit tenderized) will be donated to the local food bank. "This is a non-traditional and fun way for Copper to support local charities and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday," says Jahnigen. For more information, call 1-886-841-2481 or visit www.coppercolorado.com. -- Kity Ironton
Tele Clinic offers skiing savvy
Forget the Thighmaster. Try the thigh-burning technique of "free-heel" skiing -- better known as telemarking -- instead, at today's three-hour Tele Clinic at Arapahoe Basin.
"We'll teach you everything, from start to finish, when it comes to getting down the mountain," says Marty Gotantas, ski-school and racing director at A-Basin. "If you spend a whole day doing tele turns, you are going to have very athletic legs."The class, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Molly Hogan beginner slope, is open to all ages and skill levels. "We've had kids as young as eight or nine out here," says Gotantas. "We group people by their abilities and limit class size to eight people."
The clinic costs $40 in advance and $50 on class day, plus $25 for a lift ticket and $20 if equipment has to be rented. To register, or for more details, swish over to www.arapahoebasin.com or call 1-888-ARAPAHO.
"All you need is the mindset to go out and try something new," says Gotantas. "And obviously, a little patience doesn't hurt." -- Julie Dunn