Valley Kids Embrace Return of Rotarun Arkoosh Cup
(Hailey, ID) – One hundred kids, ranging in age from 2 to 12, carved up Rotarun’s abundant snow on Sunday. Hailey’s hometown ski area was able to bring the Arkoosh Cup back after a 2-year absence due to insufficient snow.
The single giant-slalom race course started near the top of Art Richards Mountain for the older more experienced kids. The with most 7-9 years olds starting half way down the mountain, and the youngest starting closer to the bottom on less challenging terrain.
This year’s fastest overall time was set by a young lady – 11-year-old Jessica Blackburn. The fastest male racer, with the second fastest time of the day was 12-year-old Bryce Foster. Both Blackburn and Foster are members of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s race team.
The Arkoosh Cup has been the training grounds for many outstanding Wood River Valley skiers, including Picabo Street who and went on to become an Olympic gold winner. The race is intended to be an opportunity for young racers to showcase and hone their skills, and for non-racers to challenge themselves in a fun, local, low-key event.
The Arkoosh Cup is named after Arkoosh family that donated land to Rotarun. This is the 47th year of the race that originated in 1966. The trophy bearing the name of all the male and female winners is displayed at Rotarun.
This year Rotarun teamed with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation to sponsor the event. Team coaches assisted with setting the course, and starting racers.
The Rotarun Board wants to extend a special thanks to Arkoosh Cup racers and parents for their participation, support and patience.