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Endurance pays off at Stratton, Wildcat

Itís 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 Ė from noon Saturday to noon Sunday Ė in ď24 Hours of Stratton.Ē The team event will help benefit the Stratton Foundation. Donít 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 weíre 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. Boxfordís Kevin Elwood was the top raiser, with more than $83,000.

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