Five Special Olympic teams will compete in downhill skiing and snowboarding events toay at the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area for the 2017 Southwest Regional Winter Games.

Forty-nine athletes from across the region are slated to compete. The event is a final precursor to the World Winter Games, which takes place in Austria in March.

Fans are invited to come cheer on the athletes. The opening ceremony, outside Simplot Lodge, starts at 2 p.m. Races, which will be on the Lower Ridge above the lodge, begin at 4 p.m.

Bogus Basin has partnered with Special Olympics for more than 20 years, according to the ski resort. In 2009, Bogus hosted more than 400 athletes and coaches from around the world during the World Winter Games.

“Bogus Basin is honored to continue to host these inspiring athletes,” General Manager Brad Wilson said in a press release.

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Eagle Police Chief Patrick Calley, a longtime Special Olympics Idaho volunteer, was one of 84 police officers selected from around the world to carry the torch at the World Winter Games next month in Austria, according to the press release.

“Special Olympics is more than just the event," Calley stated. "It is a broader health initiative that helps to engage and provide participants with other opportunities in the community."

SCHEDULE: 2017 SOUTHWEST WINTER GAMES, BOGUS BASIN

Feb. 24:

  • 2:30-3 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies (Simplot Lodge base area)
  • 3:15 – 3:50pm Practice Runs
  • 4 p.m.: Competition begins
  • 6:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony (Simplot Lodge base area)
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