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Sunday, February 28, 1999 -- Timberline, Canaan Valley
Two Day Norpine Festival

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Sue Haywood on her way to winning the Timberline Classic
Despite some rain on Sunday, The Timberline Telemark Classic Series Final; part of the two day NORPINE FESTIVAL, was a "downhill" success. (See more info on Saturday's Trick or Tree Backcountry Race.) The snow was excellent for the race and every skier was pumped up and ready to go down the slick course. Cory Chase, a fifteen year old who has been in Telemark races since he was eight, took first place in the youth category with the fifth overall best time. Steve Kaufman, who is also an outstanding competitive kayaker, took first place in the Expert Mens category and first place time overall. Let's not forget Sue Haywood, four time Women's Mountain Biking State Champ, who took first place in the Women's Expert category. A good time was had by all and the display of good sportsmanship was everywhere, from cheering on their opponents to pats on the back with a smile. The Telemark skiers seem to have a rare bond and it's not just on the slopes.

The Traditional Nordic Costume Contest
The festivities included a traditional Nordic Costume Contest where the entrants dressed as "old time" Nordic skiers. They even had a parade down Salamander Run, a beautiful, two mile winding stretch from the top of the mountain. Lots of laughs were had by everyone, especially by the skiers in the parade!

Telemark skiing on Salamander run
An amazing display of multi-sport athletes were in the race. But, you don't have to be an all around athlete to learn Telemark skiing as I had the privilege of finding out for myself. Thanks to my Telemark Ski instructor Nancy Mammarella, I was enlightened to a whole new style of skiing that I really enjoyed. Telemark is growing in popularity and if you're ready for a new skiing challenge, then this could be the one for you! For more information contact Annie Snyder at the Timberline Nordic Ski School at (304) 866-4801.
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Traditional Nordic Costume Contest
Vikings at play