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Starting Line. Photo by Scott Almdale.
Starting Line
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. 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.

Storm Coming. Photo by Monte Skinner.
Storm Coming
A fast-moving storm moves across the Upper Green River Valley. Photo by Monte Skinner.

Storm begins. Photo by Scott Almdale.
Storm begins
The storm descends on two of the teams. Photo by Scott Almdale.

Racing On. Photo by Scott Almdale.
Racing On
Within a short period of time, visibility was reduced to near zero as teams passed The Place. Photo by Scott Almdale.

White Out. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
White Out
The storm created zero visibility conditions, with winds up to 60 miles per hour.
IPSSSDR: Pinedale and Big Piney/Marbleton Stage Stops
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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, contact the race via e-mail at, 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 Lumber
Pinedale Online!
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:

Bign's Smokehouse
Burney & Company
Dave Babcock Trucking, LLC
EnerCrest, Big Piney
EOG Resources, Inc.
Leftovers, Inc
Kelly, Jackson, Kaycee & Hanna McNinch
Milestones & Memories
Phil's Water Service
Pinedale Online!
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
National Oilwell
Town of Marbleton
Waller’s Trucking Company
Waterhole #3
Williams Automotive, Inc

Dry Creek Station
Eagle Bar
LaBarge Realty & Hack’s Construction
Whit’s Place
Wyoming Real Estate Source

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  • Where's the trail?. Photo by Scott Almdale.
    Where's the trail?
    The storm made it hard to see the trail. Photo by Scott Almdale.

    Pinedale Finish. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Pinedale Finish
    The Pinedale Finish Line was near the American Legion Park. The teams wouldn't make it this far this year, because of the blizzard. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!

    Bottoms Up Brewery. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Bottoms Up Brewery
    The folks from Bottoms Up Brewery in Pinedale braved the blizzard and had fajitas and drinks ready for spectators at the Pinedale Finish Line. Bottoms Up has been a long-time supporter of the Pinedale Stage Stop.

    Jayda won 1st Place. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Jayda won 1st Place
    Jayda, a Shitzu entered by Brooke Hornberger, won 1st Place. "Black and white puppy dressed in a lady bug outfit."

    Judges. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    (L to R) Dottie Masoner, Shirley Stach and Jackie Sea served as the judges for the Doggie Fashion Show held at the Sublette Center on Sunday afternoon as part of Pinedale's IPSSSDR festivities.

    Autographed banners. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Autographed banners
    The mushers autographed each of the sponsor banners. The banners are affixed to the sleds during the race. After the race, sponsors get to keep their banners.

    Program and Hand Warmers. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Program and Hand Warmers
    The official program for the 2008 IPSSSDR had all the details about the race and teams. Organizers gave out free dog dishes and dog-bone shaped hand warmers at the musher reception.

    Frank and Izzy. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Frank and Izzy
    Frank Teasley introduces Junior Musher Izzy McLoughlin at the Pinedale musher reception.

    Izzy McLoughlin. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Izzy McLoughlin

    . Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Rylee Whitman is shown here with Musher Stacey S. Teasley after the doggie fashion show hosted by The Waggers 4H club at the Marbleton Senior Center.

    Dr. Bob. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Dr. Bob
    Dr. Bob Beiermann fixes up some dutch oven dessert at the mushers banquet. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Marbleton Reception. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Marbleton Reception
    Whitney Schmid of Whit's Place in LaBarge prepared the meal for the mushers. She is pictured here serving Steve and Beth Nelson who hosted musher Jarle Halsnes and his handlers for the night.

    Hope Duncan. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Hope Duncan
    Jr. Musher, Hope Duncan of BPES shown here with Jarle Halsnes, the musher that Hope will be spending her time with in Park City, UT. She will have the opportuity to ride on the dog sled, as well as learn about the sled dogs. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Global Review Band. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Global Review Band
    Jackson jazz band, "Global Review", travelled with the IPSSSDR and played live music at the Stage Stop musher receptions.

    Big Piney-Marbleton Starting Line. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Big Piney-Marbleton Starting Line
    The Big Piney/Marbleton stage took off from the Middle Piney parking lot. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Big Piney start. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Big Piney start
    BPMS student watch and do the coutdown as the Mushers take off.

    Dustin Schmidt. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Dustin Schmidt
    Dustin Schmidt ran the BP/Marbleton leg of the race with the Pinedale Online banner. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Big Piney Loop. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Big Piney Loop
    The Big Piney/Marbleton Stage was a 54-mile loop. The starting line was also the finish line for this leg.

    All bundled up. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    All bundled up
    Doris Degraw of LaBarge bundled up again this year to come up Middle Piney and cheer the mushers on. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Hot Dogs. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Hot Dogs
    The hot dogs roll in the snow after the race. Photo by Carie Whitman.

    Terry Adkins. Photo by Carie Whitman.
    Terry Adkins
    Terry Adkins came in off the trail early. Photo by Carie Whitman.
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