Lessons, ski races Saturday at Keyes Peak in Florence

Paige Uren of Florence, Wis., was the overall winner in 2017 at the Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race at Keyes Peak. This year’s event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

FLORENCE, Wis. — Thanks to a donation of time by the Granite Peak Ski Team coaching staff from Wausau, Wis., Keyes Peak is again offering lessons and racing for skiers ages 6 through 17 on Saturday.

The cost is $10, or a maximum of $20 per family. This is an opportunity for students of all ages and skill levels to get ski instruction from professional coaches.

The $10 fee covers a ski lift ticket, rentals if needed, and lessons from the Granite Peak Ski Team coaches from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

After lunch, students can race for free on an official NASTAR course from 12:30 until 3 p.m. during the Mike Roberts Memorial Ski Race.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the fastest male and female race times in six age categories. The fastest skier of the day will receive the Mike Roberts Memorial Trophy.

As head ski coach Jeff Tobin explains, “It’s rewarding to help so many kids learn to ski or improve their skills at this great facility. We love to come up to Florence to help develop new skiers in memory of our friend and family member Mike Roberts who spent his winters skiing at Keyes Peak.”

Roberts was a former Florence resident and Keyes Peak volunteer.

Registration is limited, so call 715-528-5377 ext. 101 or visit www.ExploreFlorenceCounty.com and click on the events section to print the registration form and waivers.

Lunch concessions are available in the ski lodge.

Keyes Peak is located four miles south of Florence on Highway 101.

Sponsors include Granite Peak Ski Team, Florence Mining News, Florence County Abstract Co. and the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department.

Proceeds are used by the Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee for equipment upgrades. Last year, 80 students and 10 coaches participated.