Jardine Ski Run, and fun.

Winning the P. Russell Brown Style Award is 4-year-old Svea Wilkinson, skiing in the Sunny Corner 2K portion of the race with her mother, Katie.

Nancy and Richard Parks, at left, offer hot meals, hot cocoa and coffee to skiers, including Jerry Bartlett.

At left, taking first place in the 8K men’s skate is 15-year-old Zander Opperman, with a time of 33:14.

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“I’m first and you’re fourth” boasted Avery Klein, 6, to her brother Garrett Klein, 9, as he crossed the finish line (in first place in the 4K children’s race) at the Bear Creek Council annual ski race near Jardine.

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Participants in the Timber Camp 8K race ski from the starting line on the Bear Creek ski trail at the 31st annual Jardine Ski Run, Sunday.

Competition was tense, for a moment, among children at the annual Jardine ski run. “I’m first and you’re fourth” boasted Avery Klein, 6, to her brother Garrett Klein, 9, as he crossed the finish line (in first place in the 4K children’s race.)

The 31st annual fund raiser brought skiers from Gardiner, Bozeman and Livingston. Event co-coordinator Jeanne Johnson said about 40 people were participating in the race, which was hosted by the Warren Johnson Family and the U.S. Forest Service.

Along with skiing, a hot meal was available thanks to Nancy and Richard Parks, of Gardiner, and a camp fire maintained by Cache Calio, 13, of Bozeman.

Local citizens started Bear Creek Council in 1983 to fund monitoring of the TVX Gold mine on Mineral Hill in Jardine. The mine, on the banks of Bear Creek, closed in 1996. Since that time, Bear Creek Council has focused on other resource issues affecting the Gardiner Basin, funding community projects such as solar panels for Gardiner School.

Sponsors included the Gardiner Market, Dino Lube and the Wonderland Cafe.

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For race results, see the scoreboard on Page 10.

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