Winter dreams start here and now
Spotlight on Sports
There's snow on the majestic Olympics and that means it's time again for Winterfest and the annual Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club's ski swap.
It all happens this Friday and Saturday in the Vern Burton Center in Port Angeles and once again it's going to be a fun two days.
Friday: The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports
Education Foundation sponsors the annual Winterfest fundraising event and there is something for everybody, even if you are not a skier or snowboarder.
The doors open at 5 p.m. for yummy appetizers and a variety of libations, then dinner and live auction with a lot of silent auction items available as well.
Trips to ski areas, Hawaii and Florida will be among the live auction items, and there will be unique silent auction items donated by area merchants.
Dinner will be sponsored by Bruch and Bruch Construction, the group that did the outstanding job of repairing the ridge road last winter.
Dinner includes prime rib, baked chicken and a variety of area-grown farm products including Nash's sweet carrots and Sunny Farms' baked potatoes.
Cost is $40 before Friday at Brown's Outdoor, Swain's and, of course, Necessities and Temptations where Edna Peterson supports every group in town. It will be $45 at the door.
Saturday: It's the annual ski swap sponsored by HRWSC and it will be $3 per person, $7 per family.
Bring ski equipment to sell between 8:30-10 a.m., then return to shop from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and pick up checks or unsold gear between 3-4 p.m.
Make sure skis are clean and shiny and that boots are clean inside and out. Spray some nice smelling stuff in those boots and they sell quicker.
Make sure jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, ski pants, etc, are clean and pressed for easier sell.
The Ridge Sports Club operates the Hurricane Ridge rope tows and Poma Lift weekends and holidays and they have done so since 1958 when the lift operation was moved from Deer Park.
It's a lot of volunteer hours and members of the board spend a lot of their own bucks to make it happen.
See you at the Winterfest this weekend, then start thinking snow.
One more thing, although ONP plans to keep the road open, storms notwithstanding, the lifts only will operate on weekends and holidays as before.
The prep fall sports seasons wound up Saturday for Sequim and Port Angeles athletes and winter sports are under way to take away that frustrating ending for swimming, volleyball and football.
Sequim's Rachel Hardy finished 15th in the 50-yard freestyle at the King County
Aquatic Center. Port Angeles diver Allison Hodgin finished fourth in the state in diving and the Rider 200 medley relay team was ninth.
Sequim and P.A. volleyball had a tough state meet, Sequim falling to Anacortes and Tumwater, winning one and losing six.
Port Angeles was also 1-6, bowing to Black Hills and White River. The Olympic League's No. 1 team, North Kitsap, also was ousted and did not win one game.
The gridiron season ended for Sequim at rainy North Kitsap Saturday as Burlington-Edison's Tigers clawed up the Wolves.
The Tigers took advantage of all breaks and caught Sequim shorthanded with several injuries.
Port Angeles' first venture to the football playoffs since 1992 ended in a loss at Interlake.
Congrats and thanks to all parents, students and fans who attended all those matches and games on the road. I know the players appreciated the effort.
Reach Scooter Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.