If there's anyone who knows how to get around, it's Willie Weir. The author, columnist and avid cyclist has, to date, cycled over 60,000 miles across the world. This includes trekking around Turkey, South Africa, India and the Balkans, all on his trusty two-wheeler. The dude is hardcore, to say the least.
Most recently, Weir and his wife Kat hit the road to Portugal, where they apparently crossed the country six times, did some "wild camping" and immersed themselves in Portugese culture. Along the way, the couple cycled on country roads, soaked up stunning views and got to grub on tasty food and wine. According to a post by Kat on the website Yellow Tent Adventures, the coupled biked a total of 1,823.5 miles in the country in just three months. You can hear more about their latest trip this week when Willie Weir visits town to talk about his stories from the road and offer travel tips to get you in the mood to gear up and push your pedals toward adventure.
Cyclist Willie Weir hosts the talk "Any Port in a Storm–Cycling and Wild Camping Through Portugal," on Thu., Feb. 3, at 7 PM in UM's Urey Lecture Hall. Free.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3
It's all about heels up when Montana Snowbowl's Telemark Evening Race Series begins tonight at the ski hill, 1700 Snowbowl Road. E-mail Gates Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5
Jam out on your snowboard when Moonlight Basin, 1020 Hwy. 64 in Big Sky, presents the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam, a free amateur snowboard contest that features prizes for all contestants and starts at 9 AM. Entrance to the competition is on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can sign up at the Madison Village Base Area the day of, or prior to the competition at volcom.com. Visit moonlightbasin.com for info on other events.
Hail the goddess of winter during Whitefish's 2011 Winter Carnival, a multi-day fest that includes a Yeti Snowskate Jam in downtown Whitefish throughout the day starting with warm-ups at 10:30 AM, a torchlight parade and fireworks display at Whitefish Mountain Resort at 7 PM, plus other activities. Visit whitefishwintercarnival.com for a complete schedule of events.
Kids ages 5 and up plug into animal tracking when the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) presents its "Saturday Kids' Activity: Tricky Trackers," an event where kids learn how to ID common animal tracks starting 2 PM at the MNHC, 120 Hickory St. $3/$1 MNHC members. Call 327-0405.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6
Let your little one slide and glide around the Lubrecht Experimental Forest during the Sons of Norway/ Missoula Nordic Ski Club's seventh annual Barnelopet, a non-competitive cross-country ski event for children aged 12 and under that begins with registration at noon, followed by skiing at 1 PM, all at Lubrecht, off Hwy. 200 at milepost 22.5. Parents can also ski with their children. Free, with raffle prizes and treats after the event. Call Leslie at 273-2815.
Yet another cross-country ski outing vies for your child's attention when the Missoula Children and Nature Network hosts a free cross-country ski outing for children and their families at the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area,, starting with a 12:30 PM meet-up at Dornblaser Field on the corner of Higgins and South Avenues. Alternately, you can meet at the Pattee Canyon trailhead at 1 PM. Free. You can reserve free cross-country ski gear by calling Ian at 396-9562 by 4 PM on Feb. 4.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9
Learn how to wax your board and sharpen those edges when UM's Outdoor Program presents a "Ski and Snowboard Maintenance Class," which meets at 6 PM in the Outdoor Program, located in UM's Fitness and Recreation Center. $5. RSVP by Feb. 5 by calling 243-5172.
Hang with a cycling mob when Missoulians on Bicycles (MOBI) hosts its monthly club meeting and program starting at 7 PM in the meeting room of Adventure Cycling, 150 E. Pine St. Free. Enter from the left side of the building. Visit missoulabike.org.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 10
Wet your adventurous mind when paddler Doug Ammons presents "Wildwater–A Love Story," a presentation with Ammons that features a screening of his award-winning film of the same name, plus comments about his whitewater adventures, starting at 7 PM at UM's Urey Lecture Hall. The talk serves as a fundraiser for Friends of Dolpa, a charity that supports schools in the poorest and most remote part of Nepal. Free. Visit friendsofdolpa.org.
Go deep in a powder porn world when the Montana Backcountry Alliance hosts its annual Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Film Festival, which features screenings of some of the best ski and snowboard films of 2010/2011, starting at 7 PM at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. $10. Visit montanabackcountry.org. for details.