Mountain High 

This week, I want you to earn the nickname Shreddy Krueger. Here's my mission for you: Head up to Montana Snowbowl on Saturday and Sunday for Edge of the World's annual Snow Party, a two-day powdery fete for snowboarders. It begins Saturday morning with the Edge of the World Slopestyle Snowboarding contest, which is $10 to enter, open to all ages, and offers winners prizes like cash and slick gear. Any and all females who ride will also want to check out the Girls on Shred event, which occurs around 9:30 a.m. and features riding sessions with other ladies, the chance to get a massage, and other activities. If that isn't enough powdery goodness for the day, you'll also be able to try out some fresh gear during a product demo that runs throughout the day at the base of the mountain. Then, on Sunday, you'll head back up the 'Bowl for the Chicken Gully Banked Slalom contest, which costs $10 to enter and is open to all ages, and also features wicked awards for frontrunners.

Edge of the World's annual Snow Party kicks off with registration at 9:30 AM daily Sat., March 5, and Sun., March 6, with contests beginning around 11 AM, all at Montana Snowbowl, 1700 Snowbowl Road. Visit edgeoworld.com or call 721-7774 for more info.

click to enlarge CHAD HARDER

THURSDAY MARCH 3

Learn how to prevent injuries, meet your goals and keep your health up during Fuel for Athletes: Maximize Your Spring Training, a workshop for active folks with Dr. Torrie Mauerman that meets at 6:30 PM at REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to register.

FRIDAY MARCH 4

Bone up on what could be coming down the mountain during a Level 1 Avalanche Class, which follows the guidelines of the American Avalanche Association and meets from 5–9 PM in the Ravalli County Search and Rescue Building in Hamilton, 2029 N. First St. Field days follow March 5 and 6. $150. Class size is limited, so RSVP quick by calling 243-5172 and visit missoulaavalanche.org for details.

SATURDAY MARCH 5

Boogie down in your running shorts during the Butler Creek Boogie, which features a 1-mile race at 10 AM, followed by a 5k race at 10:30 AM, all at DeSmet School, 6355 Padre Lane. E-mail Linda at klbrig@aol.com for pricing and additional info.

Put your stretch pants to the test during the Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, offering six different cross country ski races on the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone. Check rendezvousrace.com for the scoop.

Quit monkeying around and bring your kid aged 5 and up to Animal Tales: Legends from Around the World, a storytelling program with Animal Wonders that features live animals and begins at 2 PM at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. $5/$3 members. Call 327-0405.

SUNDAY MARCH 6

Run or walk with victory on your mind when Run Wild Missoula presents its Missoula Marathon Run Training Class, which features expert coaching and begins at 8 AM at Runner's Edge, 325 N. Higgins Ave., and meets every week until the marathon on July 10. The class also meets every Wed. at 6 PM. $75, with membership to Run Wild Missoula required to take the class. Visit runwildmissoula.org for details.

Pedal with a cycling mob when Missoulians on Bicycles (MOBI) presents its Tour de Turah ride, a 25 mile bike ride that departs at 10 AM from the Eastgate Parking lot on E. Broadway St. and heads to Turah, and includes a picnic or lunch at the River City Grill. Free. Visit missoulabike.org/ride-page for details.

MONDAY MARCH 7

Become a paddle master during the UM Outdoor Program's Fundamentals of Whitewater Kayaking Session 1 course, which teaches you the basics of the sport and meets six times starting on March 10. Registration required by March 7. $185, includes gear, instruction and use of the Grizzly Pool. Call 243-5172 to register and for details.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 9

Get to know all about a nocturnal bandit when the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St., presents Black-Footed Ferret Recovery: From Presumed Extinction to Hope, a lecture with wildlife biologist Randy Matchett that begins at 7 PM. $4/free MNHC members. Call 327-0405.

THURSDAY MARCH 10

Get guidance on where to go when racing in the great outdoors when REI Missoula, 3275 N. Reserve St. Ste. K-2, presents Grizzlyman Adventure Race: Map and Compass Basics, a workshop tailored to those participating in the Grizzlyman Adventure Race in April that meets at 6:30 PM. Free. Visit rei.com/missoula to register.

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