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03/04 CAMP USA Presented By La Sportiva Vertical Event @PCMR!

What’s up, everyone?!

Our final event of the season is tomorrow night ( 03/08 at 7pm!) at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). Yes, you read that right! Utah SkiMo in conjunction with Park City SkiMo are hosting our second event of the season on the Wasatch Back! Please come out and show your support!

Check in will be at the base of the main PCMR parking lot near the First Timer Lift (approximate check-in tent location will be HERE ). We will have some flagging leading you to the start and you’ll be able to see the CAMP/Utah SkiMo tent in the parking lot.

The start, since it’s not in the parking lot, will take a few minutes to skin to and the event starts at 7PM SHARP! Plan accordingly, get checked in, and get there early so you can demo some sweet gear from Black Diamond Equipment!

Please make sure you sign BOTH your PCMR and Utah skimo waivers before coming up so you don’t have to do it in the cold, and make life easier on our hard working volunteers!

As always, we will be holding the best raffle in the country. You will get your raffle ticket as you are checking in at the bottom. We are also doing a food drive. Every can of food you bring gets an extra raffle ticket (limit 25)! As you know by now, you don’t want to miss our raffles! Raffles will be drawn while the race is going on, as you finish and head down to the bottom, check the parking lot tent to see if you won anything!

And remember to have fun! You can follow us on all forms of social media ( FB, Instagram, and Strava).

03/08 Vertical Race at PCMR, BD Demo, Wasatch Powderkeg Shuttle!

What’s up, Everyone!?

This is a friendly reminder that CAMP USA and Utah SkiMo have one more event this season, a vertical race at PCMR up Homerun on 03/08 at 7pm! Black Diamond Equipment will be there to demo their 500 Lumen Sprinter headlamp, helmets, and maybe even skis – details to follow.

Also, you’ve been attending the Tuesday nights all winter long, now put that fitness and skinning finesse to the test and sign up for the Wasatch Powderkeg SkiMountaineering Race on 03/19-20!. You can register here.  There will also be a FREE SHUTTLE so you don’t have to worry about paid parking at Solitude or fighting for a parking spot at Brighton. Details can be found here.

See y’all next week!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!, CAMP USA Pres. By Scarpa 03/01 Citizen Series Event Beta!

What’s up, everyone!?

We’ve got a fantastic course for you all this Tuesday (03/01). This week’s race will be on the Millicent side, starting on the cat track between the Milly lift and main Brighton base. We will start on the cat track and head up the Canyon groomer, then head through the trees near Wee Willow before hitting our classic Tuesday Night Booter™, followed by a quick skin to the top. Transition at the top, then head down for a short descent.

Here, you will transition again for a medium uphill climb before a ripping descent to the bottom via the Majestic Access groomer. Carry your speed around a sweeping turn toward the Milly lift and skate back to the starting tent and transition.

Racers will do 3 laps for 2100 vertical feet. Rec. skiers, shoot for 2 laps! To spread things out, race and rec. waves will start about a minute apart so listen for the announcement at the start line.

3-1-22 Race Course

We are still looking for volunteers to set course and check people in for the 03/01 event. Please see the TimeToSignUp page to volunteer and remember to sign your electronic Utah SkiMo and Brighton waivers. REMEMBER: if you don’t sign your waivers, you can’t come play with us and that would be sad.

This week our presenting sponsor is Scarpa for all things dealing with playing in the mountains, but don’t forget about our other awesome sponsors like Blue Ice Climbing, Black Diamond Snow, CAMP USA, La Sportiva, Voile, Uphill Athlete, and Dynafit that help make our Tuesday Night events possible.

Now for the boring BUT STILL IMPORTANT stuff.

  • DO NOT PARK AT GREAT WESTERN!, please park on the Milly side (in between Milly Chalet and the church) and walk over to check in. We’ve even saved you the long walk this week!
  • POLES DOWN IN TRANSITION ZONES, a friendly reminder to put your poles flat on the ground when you transition so you don’t poke your friends’ eyes out.
  • FOLLOW BRIGHTON’S UPHILL POLICIES; uphilling at any resort is a privilege so PLEASE follow their rules when you’re out skinning on your own at Brighton.
  • Because y’all are so freaking motivated to help Utah Food Bank, we are limiting the maximum number of cans to 25 per person (25 extra raffle tickets!). Remember to count your cans to help move things along at check-in for our volunteers.
  • We know there are a lot of new people out here and that IS AWESOME! Please take a look at our FAQ and our 12/1/2021 post about rules so you know what’s up.

See y’all on 03/01 at Brighton!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

Photos courtesy of @ronwinsettimages

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!, CAMP USA Pres. By Dynafit/SkiMo.co 02/15 Citizen Series Event Beta!

What’s up, everyone!?

We’ve got a fantastic course for you all this Tuesday (02/15). This week’s race will be on the Millicent side, starting on the cat track between the Milly lift and main Brighton base. We will start on the cat track and head up the Majestic Access groomer before diving into the trees. What starts as a gentle uphill will progress into steeper, moguled terrain before topping out near treeline under the stars. Transition at the top, and then head down for a short descent. Summon your inner Olympic mogul skier on this section, and show us your best knees together, zipper line technique!

Here, you will transition again for a short uphill climb and our classic Tuesday Night Booter™, before a ripping descent to the bottom. Carry your speed around a sweeping turn beneath the Milly lift and skate back to the starting tent and transition.

Racers will do 3 laps for 2100 vertical feet. Rec. skiers, shoot for 2 laps! To spread things out, race and rec. waves will start about a minute apart so listen for the announcement at the start line.

2_15 Course

We are still looking for volunteers to set course and check people in for the 02/15 event and the rest of the season. Please see the TimeToSignUp page to volunteer and remember to sign your electronic Utah SkiMo and Brighton waivers. REMEMBER: if you don’t sign your waivers, you can’t come play with us and that would be sad.

This week our presenting sponsor is Dynafit and SkiMo.co for all of your skimo and touring needs, but don’t forget about our other awesome sponsors like Blue Ice Climbing, Black Diamond Snow, CAMP USA, La Sportiva, Voile, Uphill Athlete, and Scarpa that help make our Tuesday Night events possible.

If you’ve been checking our socials, then you’ll see that one of Utah’s very own, Tuesday Night regular Griffin Briley, recently crushed it at the 2022 U18 European SkiMo Championships in Spain! He won the vertical race and individual race and placed 5th in the sprint qualifiers. From our understanding, this is the first time an American male has placed first in any international level competition – and he did it twice. Congrats, Griffin!

Now for the boring BUT STILL IMPORTANT stuff.

  • DO NOT PARK AT GREAT WESTERN!, please park on the Milly side (in between Milly Chalet and the church) and walk over to check in. We’ve even saved you the long walk this week!
  • POLES DOWN IN TRANSITION ZONES, a friendly reminder to put your poles flat on the ground when you transition so you don’t poke your friends’ eyes out.
  • FOLLOW BRIGHTON’S UPHILL POLICIES; uphilling at any resort is a privilege so PLEASE follow their rules when you’re out skinning on your own at Brighton.
  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED at check in and at the start just before you depart at 7pm sharp!
  • Because y’all are so freaking motivated to help Utah Food Bank, we are limiting the maximum number of cans to 25 per person (25 extra raffle tickets!). Remember to count your cans to help move things along at check-in for our volunteers.
  • We know there are a lot of new people out here and that IS AWESOME! Please take a look at our FAQ and our 12/1/2021 post about rules so you know what’s up.

See y’all on 02/15 at Brighton!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

Photos courtesy of @ronwinsettimages

NEEDED! – The 2022 Wasatch Powderkeg Needs 6 Volunteers, Details Inside!

What’s up, everyone!?

Our friends at The Wasatch Powderkeg (and of course, your favorite skimo race) need your help with securing more volunteers to help with on-course volunteer activities (03/19/2022). Just like our Tuesday Night series, these amazing events cannot get off the ground without you all. While there won’t be a brand new car awaiting you after your volunteer efforts, there will be some really sweet swag for PK’s volunteers!

Should you be interested in on-course volunteering (who isn’t?!), you should be comfortable backcountry skiing, skinning, and potentially booting. If you have any specific questions about being a volunteer, please email Sarah Cookler, or sign up at the website .

Thanks,

The Utah SkiMo Crew

CAMP USA Presented By The Chuck Bucket 02/01 Utah SkiMo Citizen Series Event Beta!

What’s up, everyone!?

First, a HUGE shout out to Silverfork SkiMo for bringing the (volunteer) heat to this week’s Tuesday night and covering our needs for setting track, check-in, and breakdown. Thank you for letting us relax a wee bit this week.

We’ve got a fantastic course for you all this Tuesday (02/01). The plan is to start at the base of Great Western to Elk Park Ridge, down Silver Spur to the flats, then back up Rockn R to the same descent all the way to the bottom. Rec. division will do one full circuit (~1300’ of vert) and race division will do two laps of the circuit for approximately 2600ft of vert. To spread things out, race and rec. waves will start about a minute apart so listen for the announcement at the start line.  See the map below: 
Brighton 2

This week our presenting sponsor is The Chuck Bucket for your ski rack needs, but don’t forget about our other awesome sponsors like Blue Ice Climbing, Black Diamond Snow, CAMP USA, La Sportiva, Voile, Scarpa, Dynafit, and SkiMo.Co that help make our Tuesday Night events possible. With your help and enthusiasm for this awesome sport, we even made the USSMA Newsletter about our amazing turnouts! We will of course have another awesome raffle for you guys this week!

Now for the boring BUT STILL IMPORTANT stuff.

  • DO NOT PARK AT GREAT WESTERN!, please park on the Milly side (in between Milly Chalet and the church) and walk over to check in.
  • POLES DOWN IN TRANSITION ZONES, a friendly reminder to put your poles flat on the ground when you transition so you don’t poke your friends eyes out.
  • DRESS WARM! The weather guy predicts the temps could drop pretty quickly on Tuesday night. Please dress appropriately.
  • FOLLOW BRIGHTON’S UPHILL POLICIES, uphilling at any resort is a privilege so PLEASE follow their rules when you’re out skinning on your own at Brighton.
  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED at check in and at the start just before you depart at 7pm sharp!
  • Because y’all are so freaking motivated to help Utah Food Bank, we are limiting the maximum number of cans to 25 per person (25 extra raffle tickets!). Remember to count your cans to help move things along at check-in for our volunteers.
  • We know there are a lot of new people out here and that IS AWESOME! Please take a look at our FAQ and our 12/1/2021 post about rules so you know what’s up!

We are still looking for a few volunteers to set course and check people in for the rest of the season. Please see the TimeToSignUp page to volunteer and remember to sign your electronic Utah SkiMo and Brighton waivers. REMEMBER: if you don’t sign your waivers, you can’t come play with us and that would be sad.

See y’all on 02/01 at Brighton!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

Photos courtesy of @ronwinsettimages

01/18 @Brighton will have Blue Ice Climbing and Petzl On Site!

What’s up, everyone!?

The conditions in the backcountry right now aren’t the best for slaying pow but you know what is the best right now? …Utah SkiMo’s post-event raffles (see our latest IG post for a look at the goods, or look below!)! Additionally, we are excited to announce that Blue Ice Climbing will be there to show off their ice axes, climbing axes, and packs. Petzl will be there to let our members (yes, that’s you) demo some sweet lights and helmets. SOOOOO….get there early so you can check out the goodies!

If you don’t use IG, we will have a full complement of Black Diamond Snow (this week’s presenting sponsor!) backcountry safety gear (beacons, shovels, and probes), The Chuck Bucket swag, and Blue Ice Climbing axes on raffle. We will, of course, have more items from our title sponsor CAMP USA ( gift cards and skins!) and much more at tomorrow’s event!

A friendly reminder that…

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED at check in and at the start just before you depart at 7pm sharp!
  • 1 can = 1 extra raffle ticket, maximum 25 cans, remember to count your cans before you show up

Please see the TimeToSignUp page to volunteer for other event dates on our race calendar and remember to sign your electronic Utah SkiMo and Brighton waivers. REMEMBER: if you don’t sign your waivers, you can’t come play with us and that would be sad.

See y’all on 01/18 at Brighton!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

raffle swag

CAMP USA Presented By Black Diamond 01/18 Utah SkiMo Citizen Series Event Beta!

What’s up, everyone!?

We’ve got a fantastic course for you all this coming Tuesday (01/18). The plan is to start at the base of Great Western (race and rec. waves to spread things out), racers will do three (3) upper loops with a full descent to the bottom (~1900ft. vert). Rec. division should try for two (2) upper loops with full descent to bottom (~1400ft. vert). Don’t worry if you can only do one (1) upper loop within the hour. The upper loops will have a booter (yellow)!

1-18-22-race
1-18-22-race

Like last week with the sweet ski racks from The Chuck Bucket, this week (01/18) Blue Ice Climbing will be at the check-in tent to show off some of the sweetest packs, harnesses, and ice axes this side of the Atlantic, so get there early to check it all out! Along with being the 01/18 presenting sponsor of the evening, Black Diamond Snow is raffling off some sweet backcountry safety gear too! We will, of course, have more items from CAMP USA, La Sportiva, Voile, and Scarpa!

Now for the boring, BUT STILL IMPORTANT, stuff.

  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED at check in and at the start just before you depart at 7pm sharp!
  • Because y’all are so freaking motivated to help Utah Food Bank, we are going to have to limit the maximum number of cans to 25 per person. The suspension in the Utah SKiMo Subaru is starting to sag (like my face) from all the weight, and our volunteers are getting jammed up with all the counting (yes, they can count but counting your cans before showing up really helps us out!). Nonetheless, more cans = more raffle tickets and a lot more all-the-feelz.

We are still looking for a few volunteers to set course and check people in. Please see the TimeToSignUp page to volunteer and remember to sign your electronic Utah SkiMo and Brighton waivers. REMEMBER: if you don’t sign your waivers, you can’t come play with us and that would be sad.

Expected arrival times and total time needed to volunteer:

Course Setter: ~5pm to start time, help set the skin track, set up tent/flagging

Check-In: ~5pm to start time/~7 then 8pm/Breakdown (~8 to 8:45pm), check-in skiers, manage raffle tickets, breakdown the tent.

Course Breakdown: 8pm to 8:45pm, remove course flagging, sweep course for skiers, and bring equipment to the van.

BOARD UPDATE: Many thanks to those that have stepped up to help our 100% Volunteer Board with all-the-things as we navigate the growing strains (cause it’s definitely not painful!) of putting on the largest skimo series in North America!

See y’all on 01/18 at Brighton!

The Utah SkiMo Crew

Photos courtesy of @ronwinsettimages

Print and Sign PCMR Waivers for 01/04 Event!

Hi Everyone,

This is a friendly reminder to please print and sign the PCMR waiver HERE. If you don’t print and sign the PCMR waiver, you won’t be able to participate. We will have a few at the event on 01/04 but who wants to stand in line – in the cold – to sign a waiver? Plus, there’s no guarantee that our pens will work well in the cold, either. You can still sign Utah SkiMo waivers HERE at the left hand side of the page.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at PCMR tomorrow night!

Thanks,

Utah SkiMo

01/04 CAMP USA Presented By Dynafit SkiMo Event @PCMR!

What’s up, everyone?!

Our second race of the season is next Tuesday 01/04 at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). Yes, you read that right! Utah SkiMo in conjunction with Park City SkiMo are hosting our very first event on the Wasatch Back! Please come out and show your support!

Check in will be at the base of the main PCMR parking lot near the First Timer Lift (approximate check-in tent location will be HERE ). We will have some flagging leading you to the start and you’ll be able to see the CAMP/Utah SkiMo tent in the parking lot. We ask that everyone wear a mask at the check-in booth since the more contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 is making its mark in Utah.

The start, since it’s not in the parking lot, will take 5 to 10 minutes to skin to and the race starts at 7PM SHARP! Plan accordingly and get there by 6:40 so you can check in at the bottom and get to the start line. Since we have such a growing enthusiasm for skimo racing, we will not mass start but split the start by a few minutes to spread people out. There will not be wave sign ups like we had last year, just come on up.

Below is the course description and map:

1. Start just below payday (in the area above the magic carpet). First climb will go looker’s left up Home Run to the base of Waterfall.

2. Kick turns part way up Waterfall, then a booter section, then back to skinning/kick turns

3. At the top of Waterfall, we will run lookers left in the soft snow (not on the easy way down cat track), rejoin Home Run at pump house

5. Groomer up from pump house to Angle Station

6. Transition at Angle Station

7. Skiers will drop fall line from angle station to the bumps/ungroomed section skiers left of Treasure Hollow to control speed. We will take that section as far down into Treasure Hollow as possible before we pop out onto Treasure Hollow groomer run.

8. Drop Treasure Hollow to the base of Waterfall, then lap again (not drop all the way back down home run)

9. Racers will do the first long lap, and one extra short lap for a total of ~2k ft. of vert. Rec and Sport division will do one lap for ~1200k ft of vert.

As always, we are always looking for volunteers to help with the growing demands of putting on the best skimo series in North America. You can sign up HERE. If you’re interested in joining the Board/Open meeting on 01/06 you can sign up for that HERE. Location for the opening meeting is TBD and we will email those that have signed up.

Please make sure you sign BOTH your PCMR and Utah skimo waivers before coming up so you don’t have to do it in the cold. The PCMR Waiver must be printed and signed and brought to event night. Utah SkiMo is not able utilize our e-sign waiver system with the PCMR waiver. Remember to become a member for the season and support your favorite race series!

As always, we will be holding the best raffle in the country. You will get your raffle ticket as you are checking in at the bottom. We are also doing a food drive. Every can of food you bring gets an extra raffle ticket! This is a raffle you don’t want to miss! We will have a pair of Dynafit boots, skis, and race pack along with goodies from CAMP, Blue Ice Climbing, and La Sportiva. Raffles will be drawn while the race is going on, as you finish and head down to the bottom, check the parking lot tent to see if you won anything!

And remember to have fun! You can follow us on all forms of social media ( FB, Instagram, and Strava).