A full day of competition and renewing friendships marked the 2016 Winter Special Olympics at Lost Trail Powder Mountain. A blue sky and a brisk wind greeted the Olympians January 26.

The Western Montana teams competed in time trials and then marched in front of the ski lodge for the grand parade of champions. The crowded field included contestants from host team Stevensville, Darby, Victor, Hamilton, Missoula schools, Corvallis, Lone Rock and more.

The athletes attended a dance Tuesday evening at Hamilton's Bitterroot River Inn. Wednesday, the competition for medals will be intense, with lots of awards to be handed out at the podium.

Event manager Randy Hodgson thanked Lost Trail Powder Mountain and all the sponsors of the event that is now 35 years old. He was grateful for all the volunteers who make the Winter Special Olympics possible.