Post written by: Bryan Wickenhauser & Jake Jones, Co-Race Directors
The CS Irwin Ski Mountaineering race on December 11th, 2010 will showcase some of the fastest back country ski racers in North America. The start of the race will take place at an elevation of nearly 10,400 ft and lead skiers up to the top of Scarp Ridge (12,100 ft) three separate times for a total of over 5000ft+ of gain/loss. If the elevation isn’t enough to make your quads shake, racers will travel the equivalent of over 10 miles…all above 10,000ft!
This is a brand new event and has already been accepted in the COSMIC Series, (www.cosmicski.com) which is in its 5th season as the opening event of the race calender. With an average snowfall of over 600″+ per year, the CS Irwin venue is a great place to hold an early December race…guaranteed to have snow! The race location is about 7 miles from the nearest town (Crested Butte, CO), and with no maintained roads in the Winter, athletes will either take a CS Irwin cat ride or supply their own sled for transportation to the start line! There is a movement in the Rocky Mountains to establish race venues modeled after this European style of racing, which means getting these competitions off traditional ski resorts and into a back country setting.
Competitors can sign up for the event at http://csirwin.zapevent.com. Do it quickly as we are only accepting the first 50 athletes to sign up!
Bryan Wickenhauser & Jake Jones are Co-Race Directors on this new endeavor and can be contacted at:
We have both been racing in the COSMIC Series since its inception and enjoy skiing human powered powder, deep in the back country… Come join us!
***On October 24-26th Irwin has ALREADY received over 30″ of new snow for the season! Needless to say we are looking good!****