WALLACE — If you see people on skis and snowboards being pulled around by a UTV in Wallace this weekend, there’s no reason to worry — it’s all part of the fun.
Hosted by the Ski Wallace group, the third annual Wallace Big Air and Freestyle competition is set for Saturday and if Mother Nature cooperates — this could be the best one yet.
“The goal of Ski Wallace is to bring impactful events into the Silver Valley (and Wallace primarily) to increase winter activities and get more people here in the winter,” said Sera White, Ski Wallace board member.
SkiJoring, a winter activity in which a skier or snowboarder is pulled by a vehicle or animal over snow very quickly, has quickly become a winter time favorite in the Silver Valley since the event began in 2017.
This year’s competition will be held on Cedar Street, starting near City Hall and ending just before Harry Magnuson Way. Round one begins at 1 p.m. and round two, at 5.
Participants will have the option of competing against each other in either the snowboard or ski categories. The goal this year is to win the judges favor by tearing it up on side-by-side “freestyle” and “big-air” courses.
Winners are to be chosen based on a number of factors including best style, best trick, best air and most distance.
The grand prize will be a Pabst Blue Ribbon-themed snowboard or skis.
An addition to the SkiJor will be the inclusion of the couch event, which will have four-person teams attempt to keep their beverages from spilling while being pulled down the track.
Spectators will be warmed by several burn barrels set up along the track’s edge.