On February 22, 2020, the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club will be hosting the annual Spearfish Challenge and Poker tour.
What is the Spearfish Challenge and Poker Tour?
To kick it all off, the Nordic Ski Race begins at Big Hill starting at 9 a.m. There will be two categories – Skate Skiing and Nordic Skiing. There will be a registration fee of $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $5 for 8-16-year-olds. If you are under 8 years old, you get in for free! Black Hills Nordic Ski Club will be accepting cash or check at the registration table that will be set up at the trail head. This registration fee will include food from Killian’s and adult refreshments catered by Crow Peak Brewing while supplies last! Following the Nordic Ski Race, there will be a free Kid’s Race starting at 10:30 a.m.
And finally starting at 11 a.m. make sure to bring your cross-country skis, fat bikes or snowshoes to try your luck at Big Hill! The Poker Tour will allow each participant one hour and a half to ski, bike, or snowshoe to five different stations to collect your poker cards. At each of the stations, there will be a bizarre challenge to complete (such as eating a lemon wedge or spinning around a bat). There will be prizes for the best poker hand, the worst poker hand, and best costume. Break out your best costume from your closet and wear it to the poker tour! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a photo booth station hosted by yours truly, Visit Spearfish! Pose away, snap a picture and capture your Spearfish memories.
Visit Spearfish would like to give a huge shoutout to the Black Hills Nordic Ski Club along with all their sponsors for hosting this iconic event. The BH Nordic Ski Club has supported winter recreation at Big Hill Trails since the 1970’s. Known for miles of groomed ski trails, the Big Hill Trails are a center of winter activity for skate skiers, classic cross-country skiers, fat-tire bikers and snowshoers. To make this all a possibility, like-minded citizens volunteer to keep this outdoor culture alive.
Hundreds of volunteer hours and club funds are disbursed every year to keep trails groomed. This organization is donation and member based. If you are interested in joining or helping in anyway, take a look at their website!