COSMIC Racing in April

The skimo season isn't over just yet. Three April events:

Friday, April 4th Arapahoe Basin

Saturday, April 5th Steamboat Springs Cody's Challenge

Friday April, 25th Arapahoe Basin

USSMA National Championships at Crested Butte March 14th-16th

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.

RACE ENTRY AND INFO LINK HERE

 

Arapahoe Basin Friday afternoon Alpenglow rando race series

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.


RACE EVENT WEBSITE LINK AND REGISTRATION

 

"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:

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 notes:
- 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.

COSMIC SIA Uphill/Downhill Challenge

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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Mid-Winter Update

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.

Front Range Wednesday Night Skimo Racing at Echo Mt.

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.

 

Echo Mt. has two groomed 2,000 ft. runs (660 ft vertical) as well as glade skiing. It’s an ideal venue for skimo race with a mix of skin tracks in the woods, boot packs and of course a GS run for one of the descents. Each of the three race dates will see a different course to keep things interesting. We’re targeting a winning time for the Race category of 1hr to 1:10, (approx. 1,800' to 2,500' of climbing depending on the course set for that event) with multiple climbs, descents and boot packs. The Recreation course will be a shorter version of the Race category. The base lodge has great views of much of the course, this is a spectator-friendly venue so bring your fans.
The series is ideal for first-timers as we expect COSMIC sponsors to provide demo gear for some of the events and we’ll also have clinics prior to each race to cover the basics of transitions and kick-turns. For skimo race regulars, we’ll have good mix of on and off-piste descents, skin tracks in the woods and boot packs – a real race!

 

- Entry fee of $45 includes Upslope beer and Tokyo Joe's for dinner. REGISTRATION LINK
- Mandatory Gear: Bright Headlamp (yes, the area is lit but we’ll have ascents on skin tracks in the woods away from the lights), helmet (bike OK), skis, skins. No Nordic, NNN, or BC equipment allowed. Split-boards are welcome. There will be a time cut-off  after which no racers are allowed to ascend.
- Start time 6:30 PM for all categories.
- Intro skimo clinics at 5:45 before every race
- Skiing is on un-groomed and groomed terrain. Sharp skis are recommended; this is an alpine race training hill, it’s firm. You must be a proficient skier to enjoy the course.
- Categories: Race Men, Race Women, Recreation Men, Recreation Women

New Year's Eve Race - Frisco Randocross

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.