IPSSSDR: Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stops
The Pinedale Stage started off with blue skies and sunshine. Ominous, dark clouds in the distance are bringing a wild winter storm... Photo by Scott Almdale.
Through the trees
A team passes on the trail just south of The Place in the Pinedale Stage. This is shortly before the blizzard hit. Photo by Scott Almdale.
A fast-moving storm moves across the Upper Green River Valley. Photo by Monte Skinner.
The storm descends on two of the teams. Photo by Scott Almdale.
Within a short period of time, visibility was reduced to near zero as teams passed The Place. Photo by Scott Almdale.
The storm created zero visibility conditions, with winds up to 60 miles per hour.
by Pinedale Online!
January 31, 2008
The 2008 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race (IPSSSDR) took place from January 25th until February 2nd. The race begins in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ends in Park City, Utah. Host-towns are Lander, Pinedale, Big Piney, Marbleton, Kemmerer, Diamondville, Evanston, Lyman, Mountain View, Alpine and Park City, Utah.
The Pinedale Stage was held on Monday, January 28th and the Big Piney/Marbleton Stage was held on Tuesday, January 29th.
Pinedale stage started in the parking lot of the Green River Lakes. Mushers head into Pinedale along the Continental Divide Trail. The Finish line was at the American Legion Park. Teams were supposed to arrive by 11:30 AM and finishing by 1:30 PM. However, this year a fierce Wyoming blizzard hit during the beginning of the race with 60 mile per hour winds and white out conditions. Race officials called the race off after it was determined to be too dangerous for mushers, dogs, spectators and support personnel to continue. The race was halted at the Bootjack Ranch on Hwy 352, with only 18 miles of the 35 mile course completed.
Big Piney and Marbleton hosted a Dutch Oven Pot Luck Supper and "Let your K9 Shine" Dog Show at the Marbleton Senior Center on Monday night for their musher reception. Jackson band, "Global Review" provided live jazz music entertainment. The band travels with the IPSSSDR to each host town for live entertainment at the receptions.
The IPSSSDR is the largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states. It was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing more accessible to the public.
For a complete schedule, visit the race Website at http://www.wyomingstagestop.org, contact the race via e-mail at email@example.com, or telephone at 307-734-1163.
Photos by Carie Whitman, Scott Almdale, Monte Skinner, and Clint Gilchrist and Dawn Ballou-Pinedale Online!
Pinedale Stage Stop Sponsors:
Baymont Inn & Suites
Pinedale Centerpoint, LLC
Pinedale Roundup Newspaper
Proactive Rehabilitation & Fitness
Rocky Mountain Home Center
Rocky Mountain Power
The Barn Door
The Great Outdoor Shop
The Sublette Examiner Newspaper
Sublette Chamber of Commerce
Shell Rocky Mountain Production
Trona Valley Federal Credit Union
Wellbenders Directional Services
Wind River Pizzeria
Big Piney/Marbleton/LaBarge Sponsors:
Burney & Company
Dave Babcock Trucking, LLC
EnerCrest, Big Piney
EOG Resources, Inc.
Kelly, Jackson, Kaycee & Hanna McNinch
Milestones & Memories
Phil's Water Service
Talking T-Shirt & Green River Bar - Daniel, Wyoming
Teglers & Associates
Town of Big Piney
Wayne's Hot Oil
Western Veterinary Service
Wyoming Range Medical PC
Badger Daylighting of Western Wyoming
Marbleton Inn, LLC
Meadow Canyon Ready-Mix, Inc
Town of Marbleton
Waller’s Trucking Company
Williams Automotive, Inc
Dry Creek Station
LaBarge Realty & Hack’s Construction
Wyoming Real Estate Source