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K-9 Uphill is Saturday on Buttermilk

The 19th annual Sun Dog’s K-9 Uphill is set for 10 a.m. Saturday on Buttermilk Mountain.

Also known as “A Snowshoe and Ski Event for Dogs and their People,” the annual spring event benefits local, no-kill animal shelters and organizations and hosts up to 300 participants each year.

Recreational and competitive divisions are available. Post-uphill festivities include a dog/owner costume contest, hot dog BBQ, Erik’s Epic Raffle, awards and live music on the patio at Bumps. Discounted K-9 friendly lodging is available courtesy of Hotel Aspen and the Molly Gibson Lodge.

The course climbs 2,000 vertical feet over two miles to the finish/refueling station near the Cliffhouse at the east summit. Dogs need to be leashed and any type of equipment is welcome. The famous “demo dogs,” for those who need a teammate and demo snowshoes from Kahtoola are available.

Pre-register for $30 at http://www.active.com or at the Ute Mountaineer. Day-of-event registration is available from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Bumps.

For more details, including sponsorship and volunteering opportunities, contact event Director Erik Skarvan at 970-925-1069 or sundog@sopris.net.