Windfest blows out
Some events may switch to ski race weekend

The Skagway Chamber of Commerce has canceled Windfest for 2003, but the celebration may be going back to its roots.
Chamber President Jan Tronrud announced the decision recently, citing a “dramatic lack of interest” in the event in recent years due to Skagway’s shrinking winter population.
Windfest had been held the last weekend in March for the past decade. When it was introduced with the Buckwheat Ski Classic in 1987, the two events were held on the same weekend.
After the Buckwheat grew in the early 1990s and required more volunteers, Windfest split off to a different weekend, and drew good crowds until recent years.
Buckwheat Donahue, founder of both events, and now the city’s tourism director, said it may be time to “go back to the original formula, one big weekend.”
He said there is room on the ski race weekend schedule for some Saturday afternoon events. Most skiers have finished the race at Log Cabin by noon, and have nothing to do until the race banquet starts.
“If people want to contact me for Saturday afternoon events, I’ll put them on the schedule,” Donahue said.
He already has a volleyball tournament scheduled at the Rec. Center for Sunday morning, for those waiting for the ferry.
The Buckwheat Ski Classic will be held the weekend of March 21-23. Applications are now available at the Mountain Shop in Skagway. JEFF BRADY