Crested Butte Mt. Resort is set to host the US National Ski Mountaineering Championships March 14th-16th. National championships will be awarded in the vertical, individual and teams races. CB has plenty of snow and the forecast looks great for the weekend. Make special note of the required gear - for most recent info see the COSMIC Facebook page.
The COSMIC series is pleased to partner with Arapahoe Basin on three spring races. All races are Friday afternoons, starting at 4:30 PM. Race dates are March 21st, April 4th and April 25th.
"This event is much like our Rise n Shine series, except it’s in the afternoon. Perfect for the serious rando racers that are training for The Traverse or people who just want to get a solid skin in after work. We’ll have prizes for the top 3 male and female winners in each division, and we usually throw some fun random prizes in (for example: a prize for the person who comes in 23rd or a random prize “hidden” on the course). It’s a great time to hang out with your friends who participate in uphill travel, whether they be skiers or splitboarders, recreational athletes or elites. Everyone’s welcome at Alpenglow Ascents!"
2014 The Five Peaks presented by CAMP pre-race notes:
Race morning forecast for 12,000' is 15 degrees and moderate winds with windchill of -9 degrees. We expect to do the full course and summit Peaks 8, 7 and 6. Staying warm during the race will be critical to enjoying the day. Racers will need to wear AT LEAST mid-weight Windstopper gloves. Personally I would start in gloves, then at the 6 hut switch to Windstopper nordic lobster mitts for the remainder of the race. You will moving between 11,000 and 13,000 ft. over the last 3 hours of the race. Keeping your face covered with Buff, wearing a wind shell and using warmer gloves will be key. Skinning and skiing conditions are great, we expect an additional 1-3" on race morning.
- Course is marked with green flags on climbs, red on descents, yellow for boot packs.
- There will be water at the 6 Hut, midway up the third climb on the way up Peak8.
- There is a 1-3 minute skate required to get to the true top of Peak 7 after descending/traversing from Peak 8. Do not put skins on here.
- There is a two minute boot pack at the top of Peak 8 and a ten minute boot to the top of 6. It's recommended to put skis on pack for Peak 6 but not required.
Use your team mate to go faster: help each other at transition and tow each other whenever possible. There will be forerunners on course ahead of the leaders . See you tonight at packet pickup, start time is 7:30 AM. Note there is no close parking to the Maggie/Start, get dropped off or give yourself 10 minutes to walk to the start from parking. There are bathrooms and a warm room at the start area.
The SIA/COSMIC USSMA fundraiser at Copper Mt. raised over $1,300 for USSMA. Thank you to all that purchased a raffle ticket and competed; results are attached.
This weekend it's a New Mexico skimo double: Ski Santa Fe and Taos.
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As we roll into the heart of skimo season here are upcoming event updates as of 1/27:
Echo Mt. Jan. 29th Wednesday night starts at 6:30 PM. $45 entry includes Tokyo Joe's food and Upslope beer for post-race. We'll do a slightly longer course for Race and Rec than the first week. We'll see winners finish just under an hour. Race category will climb the I-70 skin/boot twice as well as the Westside glades skin twice. Recreation category will do one each.
Copper Mountain SIA Monday, Feb. 3rd. Starts at 1PM walk-up registration is encouraged. Entry is free but a donation to USSMA is encouraged. The race will take place on and around Bouncer / 17 Glade starting from the SIA demo in Center Village.
NM Rando Weekend Feb. 8th at Ski Santa Fe and 9th at Taos is next up. Ski Santa Fe has a great course with everything: glades skinning and skiing, low angle, and a rock boot pack. Taos on Sunday includes the classic Katchina Peak boot back.
COSMIC and Boulder Nordic Sport are pleased to present a three-race skimo series at Echo Mt. All events are under the lights at Echo Mt., just 45 minutes from Denver and 1 hr. ten minutes from Summit County.
The inaugural Frisco Randocross event will take place December 31st/New Year's Eve at 6:30 PM at the Frisco Adventure Park in Frisco Colorado.
- What's Randocross you ask? A technical (fun) ski mountaineering course with multiple boot packs, winding skin tracks in the trees and two short GS runs per lap - then put it under the lights. Lap times will be in the 10-12 minute range, we'll do a shorter "recreation" category race of a half hour and a "race" category of 45 minutes.
- Race start time 6:30 pm
- Free skimo demo equipment (skis/skins/boots) from 3pm and including the race from: Dynafit, La Sportiva, Mountain Outfitters and Wilderness Sports.
- Free "intro to skimo racing" clinics at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 PM.
- Entry fee includes free beer for participants. Discounted meals will also be available to racers and their family members.
- On-line registration is HERE. Walk-up registration in the base lodge will be open until 6:10 PM
- Headlamps and helmets are required for all racers (bike helmets are OK). AT, telemark and splitboard gear are welcome, no nordic equipment allowed.
- The tubing hill will also be open so bring the family
- If you've never done a ski mountaineering race and want to try the equipment and learn how to use it at a free clinic, this is the event for you.