RAce #3 Recap

Fresh off the MLK Holiday weekend, 142 athletes gathered for yet another great evening of Tuesday night racing in the dark.  Weather was clear and fair with enough overnight snow to generate some fine skiing.

Sarah Cookler and the Silver Fork team showed up in numbers once again to design and carve us a fresh track up and across the Great Western runs of Brighton Ski Area.  When interviewed after the citizen race, Cookler said her goal was a course that could effectively spread the sizable field, while challenging all the needed skills of the SkiMo game:  kick turns, kick and glide, a long booter, and transitions.  There was something for everyone.  After a sustained climb to a mid-mountain flat, the recreation and racing divisions divided into two course sections, representing elevation gains of 1200 and 2000 feet, respectively.  I’m not the only racer who noted the quality of the pow left in the narrow gully at the  top of the descent, as several hoots and yips were sent down the ridge.

In a throw back to the pure joy of our racing roots, the swag and cookie after party honored a guy who showed up and showed off his racing suit for the first time, and our oldest racer in the field – a spry lady of 69.

Powder break!

This Tuesday night, come enjoy a break from powder skiing and take part in our next Citizen Series at Brighton. We will be climbing up from the Great Western lift starting on the groomer then following the lift line to the flats above. From there, we will be doing alternating shorter laps going up Desperado run then down Silver Spur then back up Rock’n R and back down Silver Spur. The finish will be up on the flats where the shorter loops start and end. The race will start at 7pm sharp at the bottom of the Great western lift.

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.  Go to the Membership tab and join today. 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. Don’t forget your helmet and headlamp!

After the hour of running around in the dark, we will be going to Alpine Rose for our awards and raffle. We have some great swag and raffles from our awesome sponsors! Come on over and show your appreciation to Brighton for hosting our series! 

See you up there!

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Race course map

Skimo Women’s Night at Brighton

UPDATE 1/14 3:30PM – EVENT IS CANCELED! Due to sketchy traffic due to the storm, Hitomi is canceling the event tonight. There will be more ladies’ nights though!

Let’s gather to skin up Brighton Tuesday January 14th at 6 PM! This is a voluntary, low-key event and the first timers are welcome. We will stay on piste only. We plan to have a social time after a little workout!

If you are the first timer and need to rent gear, please contact Hitomi at 801-897-4070. You can get free demo skis from Skimo.co for the women’s night, you just need to have boots. If you need to rent boots as well, Skimo.co has rental boots for $30 (quantities are limited).

Let’s meet at Brighton center (main ticket counter building) 1st floor at 6:00pm. For anyone needing gear, let’s meet at the Skimo.co shop: 2477 E Fort Union Blvd Salt Lake City, UT  84121 at 4:30pm. Please call or text Hitomi by Monday 1/13 if you need gear!

Since this event is NOT an official Utah Skimo event, all participants will be attending at their own risk.

SKIMO TIME AGAIN!

Tuesday night is coming so its time to go run around in the dark again! This week is a points based circuit. There is a small loop, which is easier but worth fewer points and a big loop worth more points. The bigger loop will be longer and have off-piste skiing. This is a choose-your-own-adventure, which means pick up as many points as you can in hour by doing whatever loops you want. Start and finish will be at the bottom of the Great Western chair. Start time is promptly at 7pm.

A couple of reminders:

  1. Helmet and Headlamp are mandatory.
  2. Sign both the waiver for Brighton and the Utah Skimo waivers for either adults or  kids before you come up for faster check-in.
  3. If you have not bought a membership do it now and support the series and Utah Skimo! You can even pay for the one night online and not worry about bringing cash. 
  4. Please park at Milli chalet and walk over to GW chair for the start.

This week we will be going inside at Alpine Rose for a raffle and food. Brighton is hosting us for free so show your gratitude by coming up to the Rose and buying some food and beverages. We have some great raffle prizes from our sponsors. You do not want to miss this!

Race Series sponsors rule!

Check out all the swag Utah Skimo has to give away! The gargantuan pile of gear in the photo will be given away after the races this season. Come out to the race next Tuesday (1/7) at 7:00pm and stick around for the raffle afterward. You’ll have a chance to win some fantastic products from Dynafit, Smith, Ascend Nutrition, Voile, Ortovox, Julbo, Uphill Athlete, Baabuk, Skimo.co as well as massages by Jenna Baker.

So many thanks to our sponsors for hooking up all this good stuff!

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1st Tuesday Night Citizen Series of the year!

Time to get your spandex dusted off, charge your batteries, and come run around in the dark on your skis! Tuesday’s race will start and end at the bottom of the Great Western chair at Brighton Resort.

The course will consist of a climb up to Elk Park ridge with a short ski down the face, then another short skin and end with a ripper of a downhill down a groomer back to the bottom. The course will be 670 feet per lap. Folks on race gear will do three laps while folks with other gear will do two laps of the course.

Race will start promptly 7pm. Remember a helmet and headlamp are mandatory because we race on unlit portions of the mountain. NO EXCEPTIONS! 

A few reminders for the season: EVERYONE needs to have signed BOTH the Utah skimo waiver and Brighton waiver. Please sign them before you come up to Brighton to make check in faster for you and our volunteers. Also, make sure to park by the Milly Chalet and walk across the parking lot to Great Western. Remember – sign BOTH waivers!

We have partnered with Black Diamond to kick off the season with a killer raffle. How it works: 1. Sign up with a membership for the 19/20 season, 2. Follow both utahskimo and blackdiamond_snow on Instagram, 3. Come race on Tuesday night. Winners will be announced on Instagram. Black Diamond will also have a van with all sorts of cool toys to demo. Make sure you leave enough time to if you want to demo gear before the start.

See you up there!

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Volunteers still needed for the first race

Our first race is happening next Tuesday 12/10 at 7pm and we still need a few good women and men to make it happen.

Do you like to run around in the woods on skis with your friends and do things like boot up slopes and set skin tracks? Of course you do, why else would you be coming to the skimo race?!

Check out the sign up sheet and see if there is a job on there that you could do. See you at the race!

Skimo Women’s Night at Brighton

Updated Date: Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM

From Hitomi: Need excuse to get up off the couch? Need buddies to protect you from wild animals? 

Let’s gather to skin up Brighton Tuesday December 3rd at 6 PM! This is a low-key event and the first timers are welcome. We will stay on piste only. This is a voluntary event!

If you are the first timer and need to rent gear, please contact Hitomi at 801-897-4070. You can get free rental skis from Skimo.co for the women’s night, you just need to have boots. If you need to rent boots as well, Skimo.co has rental boots as well for $30 (quantities are limited).

Let’s meet at Brighton center (main ticket counter building) 1st floor at 6:00pm. For anyone needing gear, let’s meet at the Skimo.co shop: 2477 E Fort Union Blvd Salt Lake City, UT  84121 at 4:30pm. Please call or text me by Monday 12/2 if you need gear!

Since this event is NOT an official Utah Skimo event, all participants will be attending at their own risk.

Skimo at Brighton is Back!!!

We’ve gotten approval from Brighton to hold races there again this winter. Here are the dates:

  • December 10th
  • January 7th
  • January 21st
  • February 4th
  • February 18th
  • March 3rd

Many thanks to Eric Bunce for making this happen! We’re currently searching for sponsors for the post-race swag, as well as volunteers to help put the races on. Sign up here. Keep training and getting stoked because the races will be here soon!