Thursday, October 13, 2011

COSMIC/CS Irwin Skimo Race

With Winter right around the corner, Team Crested Butte is proud to announce the opening race of the COSMIC season, right in our back yard.  If you did last year's race, it was awesome.  The location is totally off-piste and the snow that day was sick!  If you missed it, you heard about the hype, get signed up!

Details below....

2011 CS Irwin Race

Total Number of Competitors: 65

Number of seats available in CS Irwin’s three snow cats: 36

Number of racer that must provide their own Transportation (i.e. A snowmobile): 29

Mandatory Racer Meeting: CS Irwin office in Crested Butte 330 Belleview – 7:30pm.  Due to logistics and unique setting we require you to be at this meeting or you don’t race!  At the meeting we will go over transportation, snow safety, the course, weather and awards party.

Mandatory gear: Working beacon, probe, shovel, helmet (bike helmet can work) and back pack that can carry your skis.  Absolutely no Nordic, NNN, SNS or similar “Nordic Touring” gear.

Cost Per Racer: With a snow cat ride (round trip) - $100.00
Providing your own transportation - $60.00
Registration website should open up tomorrow 10.13.11

Awards Party: down town Crested Butte at The Brick Oven 3:30-5:30
Pizza and Upslope beer will be provided.  We anticipate cash prizes for top three men/women in Race Division, “soft goods” items for top three men/women in Recreation Division and a raffle for all!

Race Course Details:
 Race Division – Will do approximately 5000ft of elevation gain/loss 

Recreation Division – Will do approximately 3500 ft of elevation gain/loss.
Anticipate a course route that was similar to the first year.

Both divisions should anticipate a boot pack section on the course (snow/weather condition dependent). It is mandatory for you to have your skis on your pack.  We may have a hand line in place for this section.  You will want a free hand to grab the rope/rocks as it will be “sporty” …and fun! NO hand carrying your skis!

Race Start:  10AM on Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Race Course Closed: At 2:00PM…you will be told by course marshals to go down from where ever you are on course.  Racers should be headed out for their last lap by 1 PM and could get stopped and escorted down if not finished by 2 PM

Transportation To/From Race Venue: If you are snowmobiling to the race, please take the standard road up to towards the Lake Irwin Campground (FS Road 826 AKA Irwin Lake Road) up to CS Irwin.  DO NOT GO THROUGH THE IRWIN TOWNSITE.  Additionally, do not stress the organization or fellow racers by joy riding before the race and getting stuck.  Be on time, and sled neck around AFTER the race.  Its about a 25 minute ride up to the Start line from the Kebler parking lot/trailhead.

****If you are getting towed behind a snowmobile, have plenty of warm clothes…with no exposed skin on your face.

Weather Links: Check out the Snow report on the CS Irwin Website:

Geek out at a weather station plot right at the Start/Finish line  OR more user friendly info at

Base Area Facilities:  this is truly a backcountry ski race.  There is no big base ski lodge or cafeteria for you to buy food.  We will have several small shelters and two porta-potties for you to use.  Be prepared with lots of EXTRA warm clothes, especially if the weather turns cold/snowy

Food/Water: We will have beverages at the Start/Finish and at the bottom of all three skin transitions.  Bring some pre/post race food and (hot/cold) as well.

Ski Fast!

Any questions please contact:

Bryan Wickenhauser                                         Jake Jones                  
970-209-5803                                                                                                  970-209-6742

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