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SAS Snow Day at Pebble Creek

On Saturday, SAS (Sisters in Action Sports), a nonprofit, held its first-ever Idaho event at Pebble Creek.

“We create events to get women, of all ages and abilities, out on the slopes,” SAS Idaho Director Kyrie Nutting explained. “We hike, we bike, we climb. But really, it’s to empower women in comfortable environments to get out and live a healthy lifestyle and maybe try something new that they never thought they would try before.”

Nutting has been at the helm of SAS in southeastern Idaho for the last year and her only goal for this year was to put on Saturday’s event.

“And we’re getting women up on the mountain,” she said. “We have beginners out here who have never done it before. All the way to advanced ladies that have been riding their whole life.” With a handful of sponsors and assistance from Pebble Creek, the event, from riding to raffle was a big success. But not without a ton of planning and looking ahead. “I will start planning next one next month, so I would say, definitely have to stay ahead almost a year,” Nutting said. “So as soon as we get this wrapped up, I already have summer events planned so I’ll start looking forward to doing our next SAS event for 2020.”

With Saturday’s event behind her, Nutting couldn’t believe how far things had come.

“I didn’t think it would take off like it has,” she said. “And the support from Pocatello and surrounding areas constantly amaze me. SAS grows every week and I’m consistently collecting women to be a part of the team. It’s more than I could have hoped for, to be honest.”

Nutting has big plans for the future of SAS and is even looking into the distant future.

“In fact, I’m gonna pass it on to my daughter hopefully. I do this for her, I do this for the next generation coming up so they can enjoy these same sports and have even a more clear pathway to compete in the industry and participate,” she explained.

And looking around at all the taped-pink legs, it seems like Nutting’s plan is working.

“That’s what SAS is, getting all different diverse women together to empower each other,” Nutting said.

Aside from the activities on the slopes, the group also held a large raffle that gave away everything from snowboards and goggles to hats, all of which seemed to be very popular among the participants.

Additionally, SAS does sponsorships and scholarships for young athletes and has started to collect gear for underprivileged women.

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