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CLINICS TO INTRODUCE ’95 WINTER GAMES TO WINTER ENTHUSIASTS

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Let the Games begin . . . But first, let's hold a clinic.

The Utah Sports Authority and the Utah Winter Games will, over the next couple of months, be offering clinics to those interested in learning or improving their skills at winter sports.In most cases the clinics are free. In some cases, there may be a small charge for things like a lift pass for one of the alpine ski clinics.

A few years back it was discovered that there were a number of people looking for an easy and inexpensive way of getting involved in a winter sport. This year's list of clinics covers a wide range of winter activities, from alpine skiing to speed skating to ski archery.

The clinics are, of course, a direct link to the Utah Winter Games, which begin with the biathlon on Dec. 31 and end with ski archery, ski races and a snowmobile hill climb on Jan. 22.

Funding for this program is being provided by the Utah Sports Authority.

According to Anne Marie Jensen, executive director of the Utah Winter Games, the clinics are an excellent opportunity for people to learn a new sport or brush up their skills on an old sport.

Clinics will include: Alpine skiing, disabled alpine skiing, biathlon, cross country ski, figure skating, ski archery, ski jumping, snowboard, mogul skiing, speed skating, telemark skiing and ice hockey.

The theme of the 1995 Winter Games is "It's About All of Us," says Jensen, emphasizing that the games are for "everybody who wants to participate in recreational or elite winter sports and events.

"The goal of the Winter Games is to provide a competitive atmosphere for Utahns to improve their skills, utilize th winter sports facilities in the state and take part in quality athletic events on a local level."

One of the new events in this year's Games is amateur mogul competition.

Following is a list of clinics scheduled over the next two weeks:

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Introductory clinics

Program was put together by Utah Sports Authority and Utah Winter Games

LEARN TO ALPINE SKI RACE

Date: Dec. 3.

Venue: Park City Ski Resort.

Format: Must be at least an intermediate skier. No previous racing experience necessary.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Park City Race Dept., Resort Plaza behind the main ticket office to the East.

Time:10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Instruction and coaching 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Practice running gates on Park City Challenge Race Course.

instructor: Park City Ski School instructors.

Cost: No charge, but you must purchase a discounted lift ticket.

Bring: Must furnish own Ski equipment.

Call: Call 975-4515 to let us know if you will be attending.

Date: Dec. 9.

Venue: Park City Ski Resort.

Format: Must be at least an intermediate skier. No previous racing experience necessary.

Registration: 4:30 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the Park City Race Dept., Resort Plaza behind the main ticket office to the East.

Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Instruction and coaching 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Practice running gates on Park City Challenge Race Course.

Instructor: Park City Ski School instructors.

Cost: No charge, but you must purchase a discounted lift ticket.

Bring: Must furnish own ski equipment.

Call: Call 975-4515 to let us know if you will be attending.

LEARN TO BIATHLON

Date: Dec. 10.

Venue: White Pine Touring Center, Park City.

Format: Learn to Biathion and rifle safety clinic, no experience necessary.

Registration: 8:30 - 9 a.m. at the White Pine Touring Center.

Time: 9 a.m.

Instructor: Gary Wallin, Utah National Guard.

Cost: No charge.

Bring: .22 rifle and cross country skis. The National Guard will provide ammunition and a few rifles. If you need skis, White Pine Touring will provide them. Call 649-8701 to reserve skis.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you will be attending.

Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Anyone participating in the Biathlon events on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 must attend a rifle safety clinic.

LEARN TO CROSS COUNTRY SKI

Date: Dec. 10.

Venue: White Pine Touring, Park City.

Format: Classic style will be taught for first time skiers, skating style taught for advanced alpine skiers or proficient classic skiers.

Registration: Please register 1/2 hour before scheduled clinic start time inside the White Pine Touring Center. Each clinic is limited to the first 35 participants.

Time: 10 - 11: 30 a.m. Classic; 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m. skating; 1 - 2:30 p.m. skating; 2:30 - 4 p.m. classic.

Instructor: White Pine Touring instructors.

Cost: No Charge.

Bring: Ski equipment if you have it, otherwise White Pine will provide skis. Call White Pine Touring at 649-8701 to reserve skis.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you will be attending.

LEARN TO SKI ARCHERY

Date: Dec. 3, 11 and 18.

Venue: White Pine Touring Center, Park City.

Format: Learn to ski archery, should be at least an intermediate cross county skier.

Registration: 9:30 - 10 a.m. at the White Pine Touring Center.

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructor: Salt Lake Archery instructors.

Cost: No charge.

Bring: Skis, bows and arrows if you have them. Salt Lake Archery will provide bows and arrows and White Pine will provide skis if you need them. Call White Pine at 649-8701 to reserve skis.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you plan on attending.

Date: Dec. 3 & 11.

Venue: Salt Lake Archery, 1130 East Wilmington (2200 South).

Format: Learn to shoot, no experience necessary.

Time: 2 - 6 p.m., anytime during these hours.

Instructor: Salt Lake Archery instructors.

Cost: No Charge.

Bring: Bow and arrows if you have them, otherwise Salt Lake Archery will provide them.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you plan on attending.

LEARN TO SKI JUMP

Date: Dec. 10, 14 and 18.

Venue: Utah Winter Sports Park.

Format: Learn to jump, must be at least an intermediate skier.

Registration: At base of jumps before each clinic. Arrive early, as registration begins one hour before each scheduled start time and each clinic is limited to 50 participants. You must be ready to go at the scheduled start times listed above.

Time: Dec. 10 - noon and 2 p.m.; Dec. 14 - 6 p.m.; and Dec. 18 - noon and 2 p.m. All clinics teach the same skill, please choose one.

Instructor: Ski jump instructors from the Bear Hollow Winter Sports Club.

Cost: No charge.

Bring: Must have own ski equipment (alpine, telemark or jumping skis). Please do not bring ski poles. Helmets are MANDATORY, and they must cover the ear. Helmets will be available for rent at Jan's Sportshop at the Sports Park for $5 per day.

Call: Call us at 975-4515 if you will be attending.

LEARN TO MOGUL SKI

Date: Dec. 3.

Venue: Brighton Ski Resort.

Format: Learn to ski moguls, must be at least an intermediate skier.

Registration: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Ski School counter in the Brighton Manor Lodge.

Time: Meet at the bottom of the Majestic chairlift at 10 a.m. Start 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. for freeskiing fundamentals; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. scoring criteria will be discussed; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. technical and mogul skiing.

Instructor: Brighton Freesttle Ski Team coaches.

Cost: No charge, but you must purchase a lift ticket.

Bring: Must furnish own ski equipment.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you will be attending.

LEARN TO TELEMARK SKI

Date: Dec. 10.

Venue: Solitude Ski Resort.

Format: Learn to telemark, should be at least a beginner alpine or nordic skier.

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Registration: 9 - 9:30 a.m. outside of the Moonbeam Center, first entrance.

Instructor: Members from the Evolution Demo Team, the U.S. National Team and Wasatch Telemark Series.

Cost: No charge, but you must purchase a lift ticket.

Bring: Telemark equipment if you have it. Black Diamond will be on site with skis and boots for use and Evolution will be on site with skis for use.

Call: Call 975-4515 if you will be attending.

Clinic hotline is 1-800-959-UTAH (8824).

For further information contact the Utah Winter Games at:

(801) 975-4515 (Salt Lake)

1-800-959-UTAH (Utah or out of state)