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UOP Vertical Races (01/28, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25)!

Let’s show some love for the Wasatch Back with @parkcityskimo ‘s Park City Town Series Vertical Races! There will be four races (01/28, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25) so go easy on that seventh helping of spiked eggnog, dust off your lightweight gear and show your friends that you’re up for the (vert) challenge!

town series flyer
town series flyer

You can register HERE. $30 per event or $100 for all four!

Full disclosure: this is not a Utah SkiMo event, but let’s get real folks, the skimo community is small and we are always happy to share the love!

Utah SkiMo hopes everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season!

12/16 PCMR Event POSTPONED! – Spread The Word!

We are sad to report that the 12/16 event at PCMR is postponed. Ideally, we’d like to squeeze the postponed 12/16 event in between our last event on 03/01 at Brighton and the 03/19 Wasatch Powderkeg. If it’s rescheduled between those two dates, it will most likely be a vertical race so as to not blow the legs and lungs out before the PK.

Sorry for the late notice and we hope to see you on 01/04!

Happy Holidays and see you all in the New Year!

Skimo Racing is back!

Believe it or not, its winter and skimo racing is starting, so dust off the boots, do some intervals in the next few days, and let’s get to it!

Our first race is this Tuesday 12/7 at Brighton. We have just enough snow on the upper mountain to race there, so the start is at the bottom of the Snake Creek lift part way up the mountain. We will have some flagging leading you to the start. The start, since its not in the parking lot, will take 10 to 15 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.

Please make sure you sign BOTH your Brighton and Utah skimo waivers before coming up so you don’t have to do it in the cold. Plus sign up and become a member for the season and support your favorite race series!

The race will be about 1hr total with some skinning through the woods up the Thor run and then descending back down Sunshine run. We will do 2 laps for a Rec division and 3 laps for a race division (conditions dependent). Please make sure you bring the only mandatory gear which is a helmet and headlamp. There are no lights so you will be skinning and skiing in the dark.

As always, we will be holding the best raffle in the country. You will get a 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. Please bring food you would eat not what’s been in the cupboard for 2 years! Raffles will be drawn while the race is going on, as you finish and head down to the bottom, check the tent to see if you won anything!

And remember to have fun!

12/7/21 Race Course

Sign Up For The 21/22 CAMP USA Utah SkiMo Event Series!

The first event is just one week away (12/7 @7pm @Brighton!) and this is a reminder to get signed up!

First and foremost, get both of your waivers signed here and here and and sign up for the 21/22 season here.

Second, take a look at our sponsors this year as they are the ones that make our fantastic events (and the awesome raffles!) possible. CAMP USA will again be title sponsor of our 21/22 season and we are absolutely stoked to have them with us!

Last and definitely not least, let’s all have fun and be safe out there. Below are some rules to remember and please read our FAQ:

  1.  I will bring and use a helmet, headlight, and proper uphill skiing/riding gear. Skimo race gear, backcountry skis and splitboards, and telemark gear are allowed. I will be prepared with enough clothes, food, and liquid to keep me safe and comfortable during the event. Nordic gear is not allowed.
  2.  I will identify a “buddy” who is also present as another participant, spectator, or Utah SkiMo volunteer. I will let my “buddy” know when I have finished the event and off the course safely. The obligation of the “buddy” is to notify Utah Skimo officials if their “buddy” is not accounted for after the event. Utah Skimo officials will organize a search and inform SL County SAR if necessary.
  3.  I agree to follow the designated route set by the Utah Skimo organization. Green flags represent the up skin track, yellow flags indicate up booters, and red flags and blinkers designate the downhill route. I shall stay within 30 feet of the designated downhill route upon descent.
  4. I agree to assist any sick or injured participant, summon other participants to assist me, and summon Utah Skimo representatives immediately. Utah Skimo will then organize an assessment and evacuation of the sick or injured person.
  5. I agree to ski in control at all times.

You can follow us on all forms of social media ( FB, Instagram, and Strava).

All are welcome and we look forward to having everyone out there next week!

Final CAMP USA & Utah SkiMo Event and Need Volunteers

What’s up SkiMo Peeps!?

The final CAMP USA & Utah SkiMo event is Tuesday, March 9th! We figured we’d end the citizen series with the biggest raffle giveaway of the season. You should know the drill by now for signing up and the rules, if not, check out our previous social media posts. We still need volunteers for the last event and wave sign up can be found here: SIGN UP HERE

We will be raffling off:

  • A Blue Ice Yagi 25L Ski Touring Backpacks
  • 2 CAMP Rapid Backpacks
  • 1 Pair of Voile Skis
  • A Voile snow shovel
  • 1 pair of Voile poles
  • 3 Digital Uphill Athlete Training Plans
  • Dynafit and Uphill Athlete Hats, and
  • 1 Pair of Scarpa boots (you get to pick your size and model!)

03/09/2021 Event Day Reminders:

  • Remember to sign both waivers on the time to sign up page (no need to sign them again if you already have earlier in the season)
  • Raffle is 100% virtual
  • Park between the Milly Chalet and church
  • Remember to grab your raffle ticket when you check in (1 can = 1 extra raffle ticket, limit 25) Let’s go out with the bang and show the Utah Food Bank what Utah SkiMo members are all about
  • We still need a few more check-in volunteers , please see the time to sign up sheet: Volunteer Here!

While it’s been a crazy season with pandemic, we could not have guessed that we’d have filled all 120 slots, week in and week out! Simply put, without our amazing volunteers, Eric Bunce from SkiMo.Co being the best dang event director, and sponsors there’s no way we can get these races off the ground so please don’t forget to thank them.

Also, there’s no way we could convey the amount of stoke there’s to be had skinning and skiing in the dark without Ron Winsett to document the night’s activities so please take an opportunity to visit his Smug Mug page and show your support. He makes us all look fast! 

Thanks again to our 20/21 season’s sponsors: CAMP USA ( Check out CAMP USA! ) , Contour Skins ( Contour Skins! ), Scarpa North America ( Scarpa Boots! ), Dynafit ( Dynafit Gear! ), Voile Skis ( Voile Skis! ), Uphill Athlete ( Uphill Athlete Coaching! ), Blue Ice Climbing ( Blue Ice! ), Ron Winsett Images ( Ron’s Photography ), and SkiMo.Co ( SkiMo.Co! )

Tuesday race course
Tuesday’s race course

Cancelled – FEBRUARY 16 SKIMO EVENT @ BRIGHTON

Hi Everyone,

Due to the deteriorating road conditions on SR-190 (Big Cottonwood Canyon Road), Utah SkiMo has gone ahead and cancelled tonight’s event with everyone’s safety in mind. Please spread the word.

We are hoping to reschedule for next Tuesday (02/23/2021) so please keep an eye on your socials and email newsletter for event updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

– Utah SkiMo

February 16 SkiMo Event @ Brighton

A friendly reminder to get that coveted time slot for tomorrow’s CAMP-USA & Utah SkiMo’s citizen series event presented by Blue Ice Climbing before it’s gone! Here’s the link to the Time to Sign Up page. We’re changing it up a bit this week and we are going to be on the Milly side of Brighton Resort. Conditions could change but below is a general course description.

Tomorrow’s event will be on the Millicent side of Brighton Resort. The start will be at Milly Chalet and head up along the corner of the summer road and enter the trees toward the Evergreen run area. If conditions allow there will be a short and steep booter, then ascend a classic Z-track of switchbacks, and finally a summit near the Twin Lakes dam. Skiers will be greeted with a short, technical descent around the upper Easy Out area. You’ll then transition for another short climb back up toward the dam and then descend near the edge of Exhibition Run where the course first entered the woods above Milly Chalet. 1 lap for rec. division, 2 laps for elite division

A few reminders:

  • Park only between Milly Chalet and the church
  • Get your one raffle ticket at check-in
  • Still doing canned food drive for Utah Food Bank (1 can = 1 raffle ticket, limit 25)
  • Raffle will be virtual
  • Remember your mask, helmet, and headlamp
  • All rules and expectations can be found on previous posts
  • Remember to sign both waivers if you haven’t already
  • Wave 12 is reserved for single lap skiers only

Thanks again to our sponsors for supporting Utah SkiMo’s penultimate citizen series event.

See you all tomorrow night!

February 16 Race Course
February 16 Race Course

February 2 SkiMo Event @ Brighton

This is another long one, so please read carefully!

We have some exciting news for you all! We are tentatively scheduled for a SKIN Up and SKI DOWN event at Brighton on February 2nd, with the first wave going off at 6:30pm (Under 18 6:30-6:45pm) and the last wave at 7:25pm (Adults 6:50pm to 7:25pm) in groups of 10 in 5 minute intervals. There are only 120 slots available to keep things manageable (Jan. 19th event had 112 skiers!). We are still working on the course layout (and day of conditions may change) but there will be a good chance there will be a long option (1100’/lap) with the rec. division doing one lap and the sport/elite division completing two laps (there may be a booter) The course will be a combination of groomers, off-piste, and kick turns. Everyone should be making their way off the mountain by 8:25pm.

Please read the instructions below very carefully. Failure to comply with the instructions below may, at best, delay your start while you wait in the cold, or at worst, you may not be able to participate at all. Additionally, compliance with the instructions below will help ensure that we can continue to have events at Brighton Ski Resort in the future.

General Course Description (day-of course conditions will dictate final course layout):

The course will start at the bottom of the Great Western lift. The course will go behind the lift, then into the woods and up the rope line towards the top of Elk Park Ridge. From just below the ridge, there will be a short descent down to the Hidden Canyon Summer Road. From there, the course will climb up to the top of Elk Park Ridge (lookers left of Rockin’ R). The course will then descend Rockin’ R to the Snake Creek Flats then down the ski run to almost the bottom of the Great Western lift. (See the visual below)

COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines to Participate:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms cannot participate
  • Anyone who has a known, positive COVID-19 exposure in the last 10 days, prior to the event, cannot participate
  • Mask (not buffs, or your shirt collar) must be worn at all times in the start and finish area
  • If a participant in the skimo event tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days after the event, he/she must contact Utah SkiMo ( contact info: joel@utahskimo.org)
  • Please arrive to the start area no more than 5 minutes before your allotted start time
  • Participants are not allowed to congregate or linger at the start or finish area. Once your effort is finished please leave the finish area.

General Safety Guidelines

  • It never hurts to ski with a buddy, or let a non-skiing friend know that you plan to ski…in the dark…in a onesie. 
  • YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety so please stay on the marked course for the event (Green is up, yellow is booter, red/red blinking is down). 
  • We do our best to sweep the course after the event (up and down). If you’ve lost a skin or glove we will announce it on social media.
  • THIS IS NOT A RACE. Being the fastest downhill will literally WIN YOU NOTHING. Skin and ski within your abilities and comfort zone.
  • Make sure you have plenty of battery life in your headlamp!

Instructions to Register:

  • First and foremost, you must sign BOTH waivers here at the top of the page, labeled “Waiver 1” and “Waiver 2”: https://www.timetosignup.com/utahskimo/sheet/1309487
  • If you’ve already signed both waivers you don’t need to sign them again, just check in with us at the tent.
  • Use the same link above to put your name into one time slot, and one time slot only. Waves go off in 5 minute intervals from 6:30pm to 7:25pm. Waves 1-4 are for under-18 athletes. Waves 5-12 are for adults (18 and over) Each wave will be allowed a maximum of 10 skiers.  We will be checking waiver signatures at the start. If you haven’t signed the waiver then you can’t participate until you do.
  • If you think you’re a fast adult (don’t we all?), sign up for a time slot between 6:50pm and 7:05pm. Do you want to party skin to the top or do a shorter option? Sign up for a time slot around 7:15pm. Don’t forget to grab your friends and ski buddies to sign up for the same time slot too.
  • Pay for the night’s entry fee ($15), or for the rest of the season(60$) at our membership page .
  • Utah SkiMo reserves the right to cancel the event at any time (Utah SkiMo will do its best to give as much advance notice to any event changes or cancellation)
  • Entree Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE

Instructions on Event Day:

  • Please follow state and county guidelines related to COVID-19. 
  • DO NOT PARK IN THE MAIN AREA, DO NOT PARK AT GREAT WESTERN, park in between Milly Chalet and the church 
  • Check in will be near the Great Western Chair Lift
  • Masks must be worn at all times (no buffs, or shirt collars), except just before and during your allotted time slot and event.
  • Please do not hang around the start or finish area unless it’s 5 minutes before your time slot. 
  • After your hour effort, or 8:25pm, whichever comes first,  please make your way down the hill 
  • There will be no post-event, in-person raffle. The raffle will be virtual and winners will be announced on social media and our newsletter in the following few days
  • New to SkiMo? check out our FAQ  
  • Remember your helmet and headlamp!

Raffles and Other Prizes:

  • The best-darn-raffle in Utah will be virtual for all of those who are current, paying members of Utah SkiMo
  • There will be a canned food drive (1 can = 1 raffle ticket). So don’t forget to bring your canned goods (box will be located at check-in). The winners of the canned food drive raffle will be announced via social and our newsletter so don’t lose your raffle tickets!

If you’re not on Strava, and a member of Utah SkiMo’s Strava club, it may now be a good time to join!

Race Course
Tentative Race Course

January 19th Vert Challenge @ Brighton

This is a long one, so please read carefully!

We have some exciting news for you all! We are tentatively scheduled for a VERTICAL CHALLENGE at Brighton on January 19th, with the first wave going off at 630pm (Under 18 630-650pm) and the last wave at 730pm (Adults 7pm to 730pm) in groups of 10 in 5 minute intervals. There are only 120 slots available to keep things manageable (average attendance was over 140 last year; one number is bigger than the other). We are still working on the course layout, but there will be a good chance there will be a long option to the top of Great Western and a short option to the Golden Needle. The course will be a combination of groomers, off-piste, a booter, and kick turns.

Also, this is a friendly reminder to be patient with us as we work out the kinks of trying to put on a socially distanced, in-person, event. There will be hiccups as we navigate our current reality.

Please read the instructions below very carefully. Failure to comply with the instructions below may, at best, delay your start while you wait in the cold, or at worst, you may not be able to participate at all. Additionally, compliance with the instructions below will help ensure that we can continue to have events at Brighton Ski Resort in the future.

COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines to Participate:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms cannot participate
  • Anyone who has a known, positive COVID-19 exposure in the last 10 days, prior to the event, cannot participate
  • Mask (not buffs, or your shirt collar) must be worn at all times in the start and finish area
  • If a participant in the vertical challenge tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days after the event, he/she must contact Utah SkiMo ( contact info: joel@utahskimo.org)
  • Please arrive to the start area no more than 5 minutes before your allotted start time
  • Participants are not allowed to congregate or linger at the start or finish area. Once your effort is finished please leave the finish area.

Instructions to Register:

  • First and foremost, you must sign BOTH waivers here at the top of the page, labeled “Waiver 1” and “Waiver 2”: https://www.timetosignup.com/utahskimo/sheet/1309487
  • Use the same link above to put your name into one time slot, and one time slot only. Waves go off in 5 minute intervals from 630pm to 730pm. Waves 1-5 are for under-18 athletes. If you’re not under 18 don’t sign up in this slot. Waves 6-12 are for adults (18 and over) Each wave will be allowed a maximum of 10 skiers.  We will be checking waiver signatures at the start. If you haven’t signed the waiver then you can’t participate until you do.
  • If you think you’re a fast adult (don’t we all?), sign up for a time slot closer to 700pm. Did you have too many cookies this holiday season or just want to party skin to the top, or do a shorter option? Sign up for a time slot on or after 715pm. Don’t forget to grab your friends and ski buddies to sign up for the same time slot too.
  • Go to our membership page and pay for the night’s entry fee ($15), or for the whole season(60$):
  • Utah SkiMo reserves the right to cancel the event at any time (Utah SkiMo will do its best to give as much advance notice to any event changes or cancellation)
  • Entree Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE

Instructions on Event Day:

  • Please follow state and county guidelines related to COVID-19. 
  • DO NOT park in the main parking area, park in between Milly Chalet and the church 
  • Check in will be near the Great Western Chair Lift
  • Masks must be worn at all times (no buffs, or shirt collars), except just before and during your allotted time slot and event.
  • Please do not hang around the start or finish area unless it’s 5 minutes before your time slot. 
  • After your effort, please ski back down the hill immediately, following the red, blinking flags. There will be no post-event, in-person raffle. The raffle will be virtual and winners will be announced on social media and our newsletter 
  • New to SkiMo? Check out our FAQ 
  • Remember your helmet and headlamp!

Raffles and Other Prizes:

  • The best-darn-raffle in Utah will be virtual for all of those who are current, paying members of Utah SkiMo
  • There will be a canned food drive (1 can = 1 raffle ticket). So don’t forget to bring your canned goods (box will be located at check-in). The winners of the canned food drive raffle will be announced via social and our newsletter so don’t lose your raffle tickets!
  • If you’re not on Strava, and a member of Utah SkiMo’s Strava club, it may now be a good time to join!