Designed to be completed between two and four hours, the Tahoe Winter Blue provides an enjoyable experience for both professional athletes looking for physical challenge as well as recreational athletes looking for another way to romp around the Sierra backcountry; the event is open to anyone who feels comfortable on snow, so novices are welcome to participate. Entry fee for the race is $200 per team ($220 after March 4); for more information and to register online go to www.bigblueadventure.com.