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!

UTAH SKIMO IN THE TIME OF COVID

Hello Utah Skimo’rs,

This is Joel Trachtenberg.  Who knew when I accepted to be president of Utah Skimo at the beginning of last season that specializing in infectious diseases would be useful in organizing an event series?  Since we wrapped up last season all of our worlds have changed.  As of the writing of this post nearly 51 million people worldwide have been infected, and over 10 million in the United States.  Tragically we have lost over 1.2 million people worldwide to this disease, and nearly 240 thousand in the US. 

COVID numbers in Utah are currently spiking and our hospitals are experiencing near capacity.  I see the daily emotional stress and fatigue in our staff.  To all of those in our community who are essential workers (medical and non-medical), who don a mask daily, and who put themselves in harm’s way for the good of our society, we applaud and thank you.

This year we have also witnessed multiple, glaring examples of racial inequities and injustice, both in Utah and in the greater U.S.  Millions of people are currently unemployed or under-employed and are truly struggling.  And, of course, our skies have been hazy from historic western wildfires, greatly exacerbated by our climate crisis.

I have struggled why, despite so many critical issues that need to be addressed, I am spending so much time organizing a series where people ski uphill and chase each other around in the dark and cold.  On the surface, our obsession and diversion seem (and are) rather fickle.  Indeed, compared to all the aforementioned problems and challenges, Utah Skimo’s mission to promote the sport of skimo in Utah and to support its community could easily be described as tone-deaf. 

So why am I doing this?  Why are all the amazing Utah Skimo board members and volunteers still doing this?  I think the answer lies in the second half of our mission “support its community.” There are few sports which could be described as more alternative than skimo.  You know what I mean.  Even your friends and family think of this passion of yours as somewhat…odd.  But in this strange and wonderful sport we find kindred spirits and friends who recognize many of the world’s problems, who have a passion to effect change, and have a vision to create a better and alternative future.  When we come together as a community our potential and our impact is multiplied and is substantial.  

This season will be challenging, it will certainly look different.  We have plans in place to safely run socially distanced, in-person events.  We also planned for virtual challenges.  However, the COVID situation is much different today than the situation even 4 weeks ago when we were finalizing our event schedule.  We agree with the new social gathering mandates and will abide by them.

In addition, we cannot in good conscience send people on virtual challenges while our hospital resources and personnel are being stretched so thin. Our hope is that the hospital burden will be reduced enough to run our first event on Dec 8 (likely virtual), but this remains to be seen.  As the local epidemic unfolds, you will receive a slew of posts and information regarding Utah Skimo membership, event dates, and protocols, and I hope conditions will become favorable to meet soon. 

Additionally, I want to emphasize the importance of not stressing hospital resources beyond capabilities.  For everyone’s sake continue to wear masks, socially distance, mind the new state guidelines, and don’t take unnecessary risks which could lead to medical and surgical care.  Everyone is adult enough to understand risk, and I am not going to define it.  But I will add that early season conditions are synonymous with buried snow sharks and unstable avalanche conditions.  If you go into the backcountry, tone it down.

In the meantime, we are focusing on advocacy.  This is also our obligation.  This year Utah Skimo will support the Utah Food Bank.  The Utah Food Bank distributed over 44 million meals last year.  With COVID, school closures, and our struggling economy, more people than ever are experiencing food insecurity.  Our specific plan to collect food is still being solidified, but it was planned to be linked to our now world-famous, post-event give-away from our amazing partners.  That’s right!! The more cans you donate before each event, the more chances you have to win drool-worthy gear.  At least that was the plan.  Though we are now on event hold, we still want to support the Utah Food Bank, and we will post our plans soon… So stay tuned!

After the cacophony of this election season, I was looking forward to hearing only the clacking of kick-turns, the ripping of skins, edges gripping the snow, and my hyperventilating breath on a sublime Tuesday night.  Though we have to wait a bit, let’s focus on being our best selves, as well as embracing the opportunity and privilege to help everyone to the finish line.  Stay well, stay safe, we have not forgotten about you, and we hope to toe the line with you soon.

Last Citizen Series Night!

Come one, come all to the last night of racing for the season. We have another great course set up for you. We will be racing on the Milli side of the mountain in a points-based race.

The start of the race will be at the bottom of the Milli lift where we will travel up into the evergreen area. In there, we will have a short booter then your choice of continuing up for more points or making a run to the bottom for a shorter loop.

If you know someone that has been thinking about coming up, then now is the time to bring them up and show them the fun! Race starts promptly at 7pm. Please bring a helmet and headlamp! This is not an option, its for everyone’s safety. If you are not wearing both at the start, you will be asked not to participate.

After, at 8pm, is the ever-growing and popular raffle at Alpine Rose. We have got some more great stuff to give away. See you up there!

Citizen Series #5 at Brighton Resort

This week we have a fun course brought to you by the Silver Fork Skimo Team. We will start at the Great Western lift following next to the groomer up to Snake Creek lift. Once there, we will head climbers’ left through the trees to the top. From there, we’ll take a fun, quick descent down to the junction of Golden Needle and Thor runs. We will then lap the upper loop again for as much as time allows.

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  While you’re at it, become a member. If you want to pay for just one night ($15) you can either pay online before or at the check-in tent. Please bring exact change. The race starts promptly at 7. Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!

After, we will have an excellent raffle (including a pair of BD skis) at the Alpine Rose, so come enjoy some apres food and beverages. You must be a member to win the skis, so if you haven’t already, go join today!

race course
February 18 Race Course

Brand New Course!

This Tuesday we have a brand new course on the Milli side of the mountain! The race will start along the parking lot going up past Brighton lodge. From there, we go from groomer to switchbacks under the lift. A short booter will then take you on a fast skin to the first descent. The short descent will take you to the next set of switchbacks going up into the bottom of Milli bowl. A bumpy run will take you back down to a groomer and back down to a transition for a repeat of the same course.

Make sure you park over by Milly chalet and that you have signed the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids.  While you’re at it, become a member. If you want to pay for just one night ($15) you can either pay online before or at the check-in tent. Please bring exact change. The race starts promptly at 7. Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!

The race starts promptly at 7pm – see you there!

February 4 Race Course
Milli side race course