Registration open for 2015 STARS Mountain Challenge |

Registration open for 2015 STARS Mountain Challenge

— Registration is open for the STARS Mountain Challenge, an annual fundraiser for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports.

There are a variety of ways to get involved in this year’s events, which include an evening martini party, a hockey exhibition and the challenge itself, which sends teams of competing skiers and snowboarders to various landmarks around the Steamboat Ski Area to earn points.

The events kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27 with a hockey exhibition, featuring players who will participate on sleds designed to be used by people with physical disabilities.

The exhibition will feature alumni from the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks playing against the Colorado Avalanche sled hockey team and STARS representatives.

“All the guys will be on sleds for this,” said Todd Gollnick, events director for STARS.

Following the game will be a 7 p.m. Partini Party at The Steamboat Grand, with free martinis and appetizers, plus an auction and dancing. Tickets to the event are $60, and the public is encouraged to attend, Gollnick said.

“It’s going to be a fun night to kick off the entire event,” Gollnick said.

On Saturday, about 15 teams of 10 will take to the mountain for the challenge, where participants complete team tasks before racing to the finish line.

Members of the public are invited to create their own teams or sign up individually and be placed on a team. Teams will also have Olympians and celebrity athletes on them.

“We’re looking forward to a really fantastic event,” Gollnick said.

To register for the challenge, visit

The events together are the largest fundraiser of the year for STARS, and Gollnick said the organization hopes to raise $100,000 in March to continue supporting STARS programs, including private lessons, specialized equipment, camps and group programming.

To help with the fundraising efforts, Yampa Valley Bank has agreed to match up to $17,500 in donations to STARS before the end of the month.

Yampa Valley Bank President PJ Warton said the bank was pleased to help with the fundraising efforts and act as a presenting sponsor of this year’s event.

“STARS provides amazing opportunities to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities,” Wharton said. “Let’s all work together to set a new record in giving to the 2015 STARS Mountain Challenge.”

A link with instructions on how to donate to STARS via the bank will be available beginning Tuesday at

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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