Saturday, January 28, 2012

North American Champs Sprint Comp

Today was the first ever ISMF North American Champs sprint comp. I'm here in Crested Butte with a Wasatch contingent, Canadians, Americans, and Italy's A team.

Results went something like this


Melanie Bernier CAN
Janelle Smiley USA
Sari Anderson USA
Gemma Arro Ribot ESP but adopted by Team Wasatch


Manfred Reichegger IT
Reiner Thoni CAN
Lorenzo Holzknecht IT
Andrew McNabb CAN
Travis Scheefer USA
Andrew Dorais USA
Marshall Thompson USA
Jared Inouye USA
Jon Brown USA

Other results from the Wasatch--Jason Dorais USA had a rough race and kept popping out of skis and finished 20th. Tom Goth and Luke Nelson (also had a rough race blowing two skins in 5 min) tied for 21. Chad Brack was 23. Nate Brown was 16.

The real race is tomorrow. Harness, via feratta, and ascender. Should be amusing. Luke and Jason will be on the warpath.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kids & The White Arts

Here's some footage of family skiing during Thanksgiving and Christmas, shot with my point and shoot camera -- a bit shaky, but you get the point.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wasatch Citizen Race "Results"

Luke Nelson. 56 min
Bryan Wickenhauser
Pete Swenson
Andy Dorais
Tom Goth
Janelle Smiley
Courtney Phillips
Mark Smiley
Chad Brackelsberg
Layne Caldwell
Tim Holmberg
Luther Birdzell
Matt Hart
John Swain
Adam OKeefe
Nate Kartchner
David Morris
And about 15-20 others, but I had to go, sorry!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wasatch Citizen Skimo Series

Another race went down last night. More info here.

I was sick so I brought a proxy and a video camera. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Grand Targhee Skimo Classic

Just finished the race. I'm now sitting in my car having hypothermia, shivering pretty hard, and trying not to cramp. But the shivers keep causing cramps. . . .

Race was fun. Jason Dorais took the top honors with Luke Nelson, Ben Parsons, Jared Inouye, Cary Smith, Chris Kroger, and Andy
Dorais in tow in that order.

It was a shorter course and more backcountryish than yesterday's nat course. The gaps were pretty tight and once again it was competitive.

I raced a pretty clean race until the last descent where I put on a class A junk show clinic, snapping my pole off the first drop in, hiking up to get it, then crashing again, and then tucking down the groomers holding bits and pieces of gear. Very fun though.

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Location:Alta Ski Hill Rd,Alta,United States

Saturday, January 7, 2012

US Skimo Championships, done

I fulfilled my goal of skiing the DH without stopping. Jackson had enough snow to make it a good race. No Corbetts though. There was a great turnout with over 90 participants from around the country. The fields were deep and the whole race was competitive. Make one little bobble, and you lose a place or two. The first climb was strung out several hundred yards with lots of fast people in skin suits and rando gear. It was an awesome sight. And the race saw a strong presence from the Wasatch this year--Tim, Layne C., Matt Hart, Chad Brack, Gemma, Tom, Nick Francis, the Dorais. Others? Good job to all.

More racing tomorrow at Targhee.

Women top 3

Sari Anderson
Stevie Kramer
Gemma ? from Spain

Men top 10

Luke Nelson 2:38
Scott Simmons
Bryan Wickenhauser
Ben Parsons
Cary Smith
Pete Swenson
Jared Inouye
Jon Brown
Andy Dorais

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Skimo Race Calendar

With or without snow, skimo season is here.  The full race calendar is posted on the United States Ski Mountaineering Association website.  Here are a few not-to-miss events:

1. U.S. Ski Mountaineering Championships in Jackson, WY.  This race is on the list because it's a classic.  It has been around for a long time and was one of the original Life Link series races (the series that got skimo started in the US).  It is the U.S. championships, the field will be deep, you'll see a multitude of men in tights, and you're guaranteed to see the future 2012 champ.  Also, historically, the course has been a real challenge, climbing nearly 6,000 vertical, which includes an ascent up an aluminum ladder up Corbett's couloir.  Hopefully, that will be possible this year.  I'm going to this race, hoping that I can ski the whole race without having to stop and rest on the DH.  My mission will be accomplished if I could just do that.  And if starting off the whole skimo season by racing a national championship race isn't enough, you can race at Targhee the next day.

2. 2012 ISMF North American Championships in Crested Butte, CO.  This race is one of two new races in Colorado.  This is a not-to-miss event because, well, it's not just the US Ski Mountaineering Champs, but it's the  North American Skimo Champs.  My guess is that the birth of this race was spawned by a desire to bridge the northern border and to include our Canadian friends, some of whom are quite fun, funny, and fast.  Don't go to this race, hoping to race and dominate some Mexican, Arubian, Bahamian, Haitian, Trinidadian, or Puerto Rican skimo racer.  In fact, I wonder if they even got the invite?????  Hello?  Are you there?  All North Americans, please come!  Because, after all, it is the North American Skimo Champs.  I've heard that the course is going to climb to the top of Mt. Crested Butte, and that this climb will involve fixed ropes, via ferrata, and an ascender (just one).  Because skimo is not already gear-intensive enough, by participating in this race you will have a reason to get even more gear.  

3. Teva Mountain Games in Vail, CO.  This is the second new race in Colorado.  What's intriguing to me about this race is that there is an "Ultimate Mountain Challenge" competition that involves a 10k skate race, a traditional skimo race, and then an uphill drag race with your "traction" gear of choice.  The person with the lowest cumulative time wins.  The skimo race will likely comprise at least 50% of the cumulative time, which is a bonus for a skimo racer like me.  I think I can get through the uphill drag race in either snowshoes or skis.  The skate part worries me.  I need a skating lesson.  Adding to the allure of this race is the fact that there is a nice-sized purse.  Here is a video promoting the race:

4. Power of Four in Aspen, CO.  The attraction of this race is that it's big (almost 13k vert), long (27 miles), and brutal.  And it's unique because it's a teams race.  Oh, and it takes you on a beautiful backcountry glisse between four (hence the Power of Four) of Colorado's prime resorts, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen.  Here is an article reporting on last year's race; and here's my report on Brian Harder's and my race.

5. Wasatch Powder Keg in Brighton, UT.  Like the US Champs, this race is a classic as well.  It has changed  venues over the years, but this is the only US race to have been on the World Cup circuit.  A few years ago, the top skimo racers in the world visited and scorched through the Wasatch mountains.  This year, the course will be big, climbing 6,500 vertical feet.  Of course, I'm slightly biased, since I'm from the Wasatch.  But for good reason: three of the events listed above are in Colorado.  They look to be great events, and they are deserving of all our support.  But hopefully in the future, Utah can be the host of some great events as well.  To that end, take note that a Wasatch Citizen Skimo series has been launched with the first race being held on January 12, 2012 at Brighton.  This isn't as organized or official as it sounds, but it will provide an opportunity for racing and growth in Utah.  You can get information on this here.

Hope to see you out there!