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West Virginia ski area resumes '24 Hours of Snowshoe' tradition

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Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia plans to host the 24 Hours of Snowshoe, Jan. 11-12, for the first time since 2003. Starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, the endurance ski and snowboard race involves teams of two to four people trying to complete the most laps in a 24-hour period. The competition will be held on three lighted trails in the Silver Creek portion of Snowshoe.

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“We’re often lobbied by guests and locals to consider bringing this event back,” said Dave Dekema, Snowshoe’s resort marketing director. “As we dug out old photos and video during the build-up to our 40th winter, it was clear to us why this event holds special memories for so many. It’s a unique and memorable test of team strategy and endurance. We’re excited to have it back.”

Prizes include 40-year passes

Prizes will be awarded in four-person, two-person and collegiate divisions. The four-person team winners will each earn Snowshoe Mountain season passes for the next 40 years. The two-person team winners will receive an all-expenses paid ski and snowboard trip to Steamboat Springs, Colo. The winning college team will receive the “hero prize,” half-priced 2014-15 season passes for their entire campus, plus a Ballhooter Festival VIP Experience during Spring Break at Snowshoe, March 8-10.

Participants can register until the start of the event, but teams pre-registering by Jan. 9 receive a $50 discount. The event is free for all spectators. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Snowshoe Foundation that financially supports other community organizations.

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