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Screamin' TeleLizard gets shagadelic

Mt. Ashland's 21st annual Screamin' TeleLizard Classic once again lived up to its unusual name Saturday, with bizarrely costumed Telemark skiers racing down the ski area's slopes for fun and a good cause.

The event adopts a different theme every year, with this season's participants modeling the "shagadelic '70s" and competing in categories that included best costume, biggest air and most speed.

The day began with a costume contest and parade, followed by two Telemark giant slalom heats. And it ended with a lodge party featuring food, drink and prize awards.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Special Olympics.

A photo gallery from the event will be posted later Saturday at www.mailtribune.com/photos.

(From left) Kim Larson, Emily Strong, Moneeka Settles, Leah Saturen and Karen Bolda model their 1970s finery as they get ready for the beginning of the Screamin' TeleLizard Classic at Mt. Ashland Saturday. [Photos by Andy Atkinson]
Shuska Newport wears the coveted lizard tail while working around a turn on the course of the first run of the Screamin' TeleLizard race.