The great crested newt holds up Europe’s largest indoor ski facility, Race Across the Sky, and a rare find in remote Utah mountains
A great crested newt. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.
By Summit Voice
Great crested newts face off against SnOasis in Suffolk, England
The SnOasis indoor sports facility, which is planned to have a ski slope and bobsled track among its attractions, is already seven years behind schedule. The company building the facility has yet to secure a license to re-locate the great crested newt colony that makes its home in the quarry where the facility is to be built. There has been lots of local opposition to the planned development, but if it goes forward, it will be Europe’s largest indoor snow facility.
Read more of this story at PlanetSKI.
Leadville 100 qualifying races to culminate with Alpine Odyssey in Crested Butte
“This is an incredible match to have Mt. Crested Butte host the final qualifier for the Leadville 100, one of the iconic events in mountain biking,” said Ken Stone, chief operating officer, Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
The three qualifying races will each provide 100 spots to the Leadville 100, the best known and most prestigious mountain bike race in North America. The spots will be allocated partially on the basis of age-group performance and partly by lottery among finishers. The first qualifier is the Wilmington/Whiteface 100K in Wilmington, New York on June 19. The second qualifier, the Lake Tahoe Trail 100K, happens on July 10, and the final qualifier will be the Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey on July 31.
Get the full scoop at the Leadville Qualifying Series website. Registration is still open for interested participants.
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