2013 Skin the Turkey – Utah Ski Mountaineering Kicks Off

This Thanksgiving morning nearly 100 of us showed up at Brighton to a beautiful clear morning and beleaguered snow pack to sear our lungs and earn our turkey.  What started as three friends chasing each other up hill four years ago has become an great tradition with many new faces added each year.

90 people earning an extra piece of pie on Thanksgiving morning
Dorks in spandex
The remarkably fast Gemma at the transition
Gathering at the start line…nearly one hundred strong!

The course was limited by the lack of snow but provided entertainment along the double skin track as racers worked to pass and avoid being passed.  The downhill portion of the course seemed to ski well even though by the end of the hour some rocks and grass could be seen poking through.

Our format was again the vert style where we did as many laps as possible in one hour.  Tom Goth pulled off an impressive 7 laps to claim the W and a pumpkin pie for his efforts.  Gemma Arro Ribot beat all but a few men and took the women’s victory.

There were many other great races within the race too as many friends were trying to claim early season bragging rights while others were happy to just breath some fresh air in the mountains while moving on skis.

After the race, we moved to the Alpine Rose where prizes were donated by the Sport Loft, Skimo.co, BCA, the Powderwhores, Voile, Kate’s Bars, and others.  Some guy even won a prize for being extra good looking in his flannel shirt while racing.

Our next event will be December 3rd at 7 PM.  Please park along the church where you’ll be directed to the race start.  Also, if you haven’t already signed up, checkout utahskimo.org to join and make a small donation to cover race costs.  And lastly, don’t forget that if it has snowed at all, please check in with ski patrol before traveling uphill at Brighton.

Thanks again to all who came out and made this a great event!

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