Think you're in pretty good shape for skiing after a winter on the slopes? Want to really prove what you've got? Try shredding the expert runs off the Pali chair at Arapahoe Basin on April 14, competing in the 21st annual Enduro Race. In the Enduro, teams of two compete against each other to see how many runs they can make off the Pali chair in a ten-hour span. A total of twenty runs must be completed in a certain order.
The Enduro starts at 7 a.m. and runs non-stop through 5 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for a local charity; this year's beneficiary is "Flight for Life." The event is limited to 30 teams, so you should sign up early if you are interested. A Basin has a form and waiver that you can download and fill out to submit your entry. The cost is $150 per team.
The current record is 71 runs, held by Jamie Ober and Ollie Holmes, who set it in 2008. That tied the mark set back in the day when the Enduro lasted twelve hours. Considering the length and the difficulty of the Pali, Ober and Holmes must have been bombing each run.
Last year, Flylow's Dan Abrams and Flylow product tester, team member, and all around badass Eben Mond won the Enduro, setting a blistering pace with 69 runs in pursuit of the record, but ultimately falling short.
Entrants in the Enduro get a variety of goodies, including a t-shirt, drinks and snacks during the race and free entry into the Après Ski Party at the Snake River Saloon. That also lands you dinner and free beer until the keg goes dead, but by that point, you may be too tired to drink. Bragging rights come later.
Let's see what you've got.