Ski for Women finds fun and funds on the slopes

Homer’s annual Ski for Women took place on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Lookout Mountain ski trails on Ohlson Mountain Road.

The event is designed to raise awareness and funds to help combat domestic violence toward women in the state. Funds raised will be donated to South Peninsula Haven House.

The 2024 race had about 90-100 skiers and volunteers attend the event, Kris Holderied, coordinator of the event since 2006, said. “This year we had a higher percentage of skiers in costume than ever. There was a wonderful diva hockey ski marching band and a 20-strong sled dog team — attached in harness. There were also lots of young skiers this year.”

Holderied said the funds raised are still being tallied but event organizers expect them to be close to $2,000. All of the prizes for the event were by donation from local businesses and most of them were for costume categories. This year did offer the first opportunity for “fastest ski lap.”

Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge also provided a donation to Haven House. Two Sisters Bakery donated cookies in the warmup shop after the event.

Other prizes were donated by Mako’s Water Taxi, Star Wash, Homer Saw and Cycle, Alyeska Tire, Homer’s Jeans, Fat Olives and the Bagel Shop.

Other awards Holderied reported included:

First Kachemak speed queen: Myra Kalafut with a lap time of 8:12.

Best individual costume: Emily Sloth, “Alaska Sparkle.”

Best group costume: “Sled dog puppy team,” led by Megan Corazza with 21 skiers, sled musher (with a shirt labeled Addie Pedersen, the young musher registered for the upcoming Jr. Iditarod) and three kids in the sled.

Partner costume: Linea Poindexter, “Super Mario Brothers”

Judge’s choice for creativity: “Morning Glories,” Judy Gonsalves with eight other women dressed in bathrobes and hair curlers.

Judge’s choice for creativity 2: “Heartbreakers,” Holly Atkins with other adults and kids.

Judges choice for small group: “Butterflies,” Brie Drummond with other adults and kids.