As the "Second Season" of spring touring begins in the PNW, come out to our first race at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy racing (hopefully) in the sun up and down the slopes in the shadow of Mount Rainier.
Race Category will consist of two loops, while the Recreational Category will do two shorten loops (cutting out the bootpack up to the top of Chair 6). Each Category will have a Heavy Mettle Division for those with "non race gear", i.e more typical backcountry touring gear. To qualify for the Heavy Mettle Division, you must be racing on “frame bindings” (Marker Tour F12, Salomon Guardian, Fritschi Freeride, etc) or a splitboard.
The challenging one with a little bit of everything! 5,400’ elevation gain total. Two loops.
Each loop will start from the base area, with a quick flat skin, a bootpack right away up Deerfly, more flatish skinning, and then switchback through the trees up to Downhill. The Rec race will cut away here and only the Race will continue up the ridge to the summit of Silver Queen through a mixture of skinning and another bootpack. The descent will head down Powder Bowl, take a sharp right into Lucky Chutes, and get back on the groomers at Gandy’s Run, where it’ll meet back up with the uptrack and the Rec Course. This descent takes you on some expert steep ungroomed and probably moguled terrain, so get ready! A short skate section will take you back to Deerfly and the Start/Finish/Lap area.
Just like the Race, the Rec Course has it all! Skins, skiing, skating, and bootpacking, just not quite as extreme or long. 2,800’ elevation gain total for two laps.
The course parallels the Race course, with an early bootpack up Deerfly, gentle skinning for awhile, and then switchbacking through the woods. The Rec distance tops out at Downhill, skis the single black diamond K2 Face on ungroomed run for 600’, and then joins up with the ascent route. Deerfly is the other advanced area, which is a steep, but well groomed single black diamond run.
6:30am Check In Opens
8:00am Pre-race Meeting at Start Line
8:30am Race Begins
1:00pm Race Finishes
1:15pm Awards Ceremony
-Helmet must be worn the entire race (skimo, skiing, climbing, or bike helmets allowed)
-Skis or snowboard with metal edges and retention system, ski minimum length 160cm for men, 150cm for women.
-Pack that can carry skis
-Windproof upper body layer
-Water bladder or bottle
Race Entry Fees:
Race Category: $55 ($10 increase on Mar 18)
Recreation Category: $45 ($10 increase on Mar 18)
Registration closes at midnight on Friday, March 29th.
If not sold out, day of race registration will be available for an additional $20 on initial fee
Crystal Mountain requires all racers to have a lift ticket. They are offering discounted lift tickets for $50 (available for purchase during registration) for all racers without a season’s pass. Pass will be valid all day of the race, so feel free to get some skiing in the afternoon after the race!
All demos are free and first come, first serve. Show up early if you want to plan on snagging a pair, but have a backup set. This is a great way to test out some lighter gear before a big purchase!
Dynafit will have what’s listed in the chart below.
Want to have some dry clothes to put on after the race so you aren’t shivering while drinking a cold beer? Bring a few extra layers in a bag and check them with our gear check table in the vendor village.
Crystal Mountain Resort is located located off Highway 410, about 80 miles south of Seattle. Parking lots extend north of the resort and the resort provides shuttles to transport you from the parking lot to the base area.
There are a variety of onsite lodges and hotel rooms around the base of Crystal, but our favorite is the Alta Crystal Lodge. Mainly because they have a hot tub to soak your bones in after a good day of skiing! Plus, it’s super nice of them to offer a 20% discount for the nights of March 29th and 30th for the race. Use “skimo” during checkout to book. As of March 16th, they still have 8 rooms available!
The race staff reserves the right to delay, alter, or cancel the start based on snow, weather, and safety conditions.
Race takes place at an operational ski resort. All racers will yield to resort guests and adhere to the skier Responsibility Code. Racers will comply with any directions issued by the ski area staff or race officials.
Racers are required to stay within 5' of the established skin track on the uphill portions. During downhill portions, racers will stay with 30' of course markings.
Transitions must occur within the marked off transition area.
Racers agree to equipment checks before, during, and after the event.
If opt to not finish the race, you MUST check in with the timing staff to know you've left the course. Otherwise we will begin calling your emergency contacts and worrying them!
Any transgression of a rule will result in a time penalty or DQ at the discretion of the race staff.
Racers should be prepared for variable weather including but not limited to snow, high winds and cold temperatures as well as rain and above freezing temperatures. A second pair of backup skins is not a bad idea if they wet out.