KEYSTONE GAMES WINTER FESTIVAL ACTION READY TO HEAT UP

By GEORGE SMITH; Times Leader Outdoors Editor Monday, February 03, 1997     Page: 1B You can scream down the slopes on skis, bonk off obstacles while riding a snowboard, and pirouette around a rink on figure skates. And if you’re good, you can win gold, silver and bronze medals. You can compete with others of similar abilities in your age group and have wintry fun at Pennsylvania’s Olympic-style amateur multisport program. The 10th annual Keystone State Games Winter Sports Festival will start Thursday and run through Feb. 16. About 700 athletes will participate. The Winter Sports Festival is the winter segment of the Keystone State Games. Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, the Keystone State Winter Games are open to all amateur athletes. Only state residents are able to receive medals. Alpine skiing~ competition will be held Thursday through Sunday at Montage Ski Area in Scranton. U.S. Figure Skating Association and Ice Skating Institute of America events will be held at the Ice-A-Rama at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre Feb. 14-16. At Montage, skiers will compete in a~ downhill, giant slalom~, modified giant slalom, dual slalom, a first timer’s race, a freestyle moguls event and a cross-country ski clinic. Snowboarders will have an event all their own. The festival will kick off with opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Montage. “It will be a traditional opening ceremonies in that the Montage staff will perform a serpentine torchlight parade down the mountain. After that, there will be a fireworks display lighting up the ski area,” said Dave Farrand, the Games’ deputy director. The skiing competition will begin Thursday at Montage, with the most dangerous event in alpine racing — the high-speed downhill. The race...