Just got back from possibly one of the best ski marathons you can do anywhere: the Boulder Mountain Tour. Amazing scenery beneath the towering Boulders; consistently perfect snow; a competitive, national-caliber field; great cheering sections in one of the most active nordic ski communities in the country; hot Big Wood Bread and soup at the finish. Not to mention the race is a 32 K that skis more like a 22 K because it drops 1100 feet from start to finish. I’ll always have a soft spot for the Boulder because it was one of the first long races I did as a J4 way back in the day. Plus, I’m still an Idaho boy. Of course, I haven’t raced the Birkie yet – that’s coming up for me in three weeks. Maybe my perspective will change after that.