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January 12, 2011

The Talons Challenge at Beaver Creek

I don't piss my pants often (well at least not since I turned 27). In the last 8+ years of 20-30 ski days per year, two places have literally turned my stomach and ended with me questioning whether I was going to live after taking a run.

The Talons Challenge includes 13 gut wrenching Black and Double Black runs at Beaver Creek, one of which induced a near meltdown, urine incident in my ski pants, and possibly some tears.

For the 8th year, Talons Challenge will be showcasing the best steeps Beaver Creek has to offer. Over 24,000 vertical feet of Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond runs await on Beaver Creek’s legendary World Cup Birds of Prey downhill course, Grouse Mountain, and in Larkspur Bowl. Conquer all 13 runs and earn your spot on the Talon's Wall-of-Fame.

The event is limited to the first 1,500 registrants. Last year's registration sold out, so register early to make sure you secure your spot on February 26th!

Included in your registration fee are a free Bratwurst and either a Bud Light or a non-alcoholic beverage. All finishers will receive a Talons Challenge cap and a commemorative Talons pin.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to SOS Outreach. SOS Outreach provides 5,500 kids with an adventure based youth development curriculum. More information is available at www.sosoutreach.org. Come out for a great day on the mountain and help make a difference in the lives of youth.

I skied Osprey about three years ago and it was like looking off of a vertical stack of 60's VW's stacked 2000 feet high. I thought there is no effing way I am gonna make it down this damned thing. You take it turn by turn, develop a rhythm, and get to the bottom, look back, and the lift line runs almost vertical.

Plus side--you don't have to hike to scare the hell out of yourself. The other place where I sat down (partially from altitude sickness and partially because I am a big fat wuss) was the top of Alberta Peak at Wolf Creek.

This sounds incredibly fun and certainly challenging.

Posted by Justin at January 12, 2011 03:02 PM