March 2
Alaskan dogsledders launch their effort to keep Montana interloper Doug Swingley from capturing a record fourth-straight victory at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. www.iditarod.com/index.shtml

March 4-8
Pro and amateur skiers and boarders—along with hoards of party goers—convene in Chamnix, France, for the Chamjam 2002 mountain party. The six-year-old event culminates on the 8th when some 4,000 spectators are expected to watch hucksters fly off jumps to a blaring soundtrack of live and DJ'd music. www.chamjam.com

March 5-17
The greatest surfer of all time returns to competition this month after a four-year retirement. Kelly Slater will face down old nemesis Sunny Garcia and 22-year-old world champion C.J. Hobgood in the Quiksilver Pro, the first event of the 2002 ASP World Championship Tour, at Kirra, Australia. www.aspworldtour.com/

March 7-10
Swing by Eugene, Oregon, for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference-a delightfully unpredictable annual gathering of activists, attorneys, and other mean, green heavyweights. Held at the University of Oregon. 541-346-3828, www.pielc.uoregon.edu

March 17-23
Check out the Arctic Winter Games, a decidedly gnarlier set of cold-weather competitions than those beamed last month out of Utah. How gnarly? Try "knuckle hopping," an Inuit test of nerves in which the winner travels the greatest distance across a hard surface by bouncing on his knuckles. www.awg2002.nu.ca

March 21-24
Some of the world's top mountain and road cyclists will roll into Monterey, California, for the races and group rides of the Sea Otter Classic-perhaps the most celebrated bicycle festival in the United States. 530-661-9500; www.seaotterclassic.com

March 22-24
Around 160 of the nation's best surf kayakers drop into the Steamer's Lane break in Santa Cruz, California, for the annual Surf Kayak Festival, the quintessential get-together for the growing hybrid sport.831-425-4886; www.asudoit.com/kayak_fest/index.html

March 25
Discovery Channel's ULTIMATE GUIDE: ICEMAN tells the story of "Otzi," the 5,000-year-old hunter who in 1991 was found half-buried in the ice of an Italian glacier. www.discovery.com

March 26
Shackelton Mania continues with the premier of Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance on PBS.

March 30
Nearly 900 snowshoe enthusiasts waddle around Vail, Colorado, in the 10k and 5k races of the Snowshoe Shuffle, the largest racket-foot event in the country. 970-569-7485, www.vvmc.com

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