Northstar's the place to be Wednesday, April 1, if you have an appetite for something slightly different, when the resort hosts its annual Great Chef Race. The event, which challenges the snowsport and culinary skills of local restaurateurs, opens with four-person teams (one of whom must be a woman or a man in drag) competing on a giant slalom-style race course. After that it's off to the Big Springs Lodge, where the teams will compete in a cook-off, using mystery ingredients supplied by Northstar. The resulting dishes will be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. Spectators are welcome, and for a small fee they can enjoy some of the festivities.