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Escape town, hit the Sun Valley Nordic Festival

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Feeling the nagging presence of cabin fever? Here's a great excuse to get out of town for the weekend. The Sun Valley Nordic Festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 7, offering a full schedule of races, clinics and assorted activities and events.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, check out the downtown Ketchum Nordic Night, beginning at 5 p.m. and including some family friendly races, music by Sol'Jibe and a bonfire. That same night, beginning a 6 p.m., the Best of Banff will highlight some of the best films from the annual mountain film festival.

On Friday, Feb. 5, the Idaho Conservation League will host a half-day Nordic tour through the foothills of the Boulder Mountains.

The festival's premier event, the Boulder Mountain Tour, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. In its 35th year, the race starts near Galena Lodge and leads 32 kilometers back toward town along groomed trails. More than 800 racers will hit the course, with everyone from first-timers to professional racers. For the first time, the race will include a Half Boulder, for those who aren't quite up to 32 kilometers of skate skiing. Of course, with the right attitude, spectating can be a sport, too.

For a full schedule and more info, check out svnordicfestival.com.