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Luke Johnson shows off his sparkling gold race wear.
Sunday, February 4, 2024


While the elite skiers were all business in their aerodynamic race suits, skiers like Luke Johnson of Stanley showed a little pizzazz as they competed in the 51st Boulder Mountain Tour on Saturday.

Johnson wore his gold sparkle pants and a unicorn horn as he took part in his third Boulder Mountain Tour.

“When you ski with a thousand people, there’s a lot of energy,” said the river guide, who works with the Stanley ambulance service during winter. “I wanted to add to it.”

Yes, there were the obligatory fall-to-the-ground-in-exhaustion moments at the finish line.

Johnson wasn’t the only one who showed up in alternative race dress. Several people wore cow pants, and one male skier came dressed in denim cut-offs—a nod to this year’s warm winter that’s seen  temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Ty Wiberg, who was one of 16 challenged athletes competing in the Full and Half Boulders, said temperatures have been as high as 55 back home in Bozeman, Mont. He wasn’t about to let the weather stop him from competing in yet another Boulder.

“I’ve done a fistful of Half-Boulders so I wanted to challenge myself today,” he said. “After all, racing the Full Boulder is just adding another Half-Bouder.”

Skylar Tupper of Bozeman, Mont. leads a group of elite women around the course in Senate Meadows.

Shelley Pursell greeted racers in her unicorn outfit at the finish line soup kitchen where Galena Lodge manager Kyle Oldemeyer had steaming vats of tomato and white bean soup waiting.

Todd Grover of Bend, Ore., and his brother Peter led what looked like a happy group of skiers across the highway at Galena Lodge.

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