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Endurance pays off at Stratton, Wildcat

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  March 12, 2013 11:51 AM

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It’s pretty normal for most of us to ski up to eight hours in any given day on the slopes, but pulling an all-nighter had seemed a pipe dream. Until this weekend.

Three hundred skiers aim to prove their mettle this weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort, where they will attempt to ski for 24 hours straight – from noon Saturday to noon Sunday – in “24 Hours of Stratton.” The team event will help benefit the Stratton Foundation. Don’t think there is just boasting rights here either. The grand prize is a heli-skiing trip for four in Canada, awarded to the team that raised the most money. Not too shabby if you can withstand the challenge.

And as long as we’re talking about endurance, congratulations to the 42 skiers who attempted to ski 100,000 vertical feet at Wildcat Mountain on Monday, where the annual Vertical Challenge raised more than $133,000 in pledge donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, a new record for the event. Boxford’s Kevin Elwood was the top raiser, with more than $83,000.

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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