2014 Castle Mountain Resort Ski Mountaineering Race

castle-mountain-2014-280x210Date: Saturday January 11, 2014.

Location/Venue: Castle Mountain Resort, SW of Pincher Creek Alberta.

Event page or website:

Registration page: www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/skimo/index

Race type: Individual

Categories: Men’s and Women’s Recreational and Competitive. We may add a Junior (13 – 17) category and a Masters (+50) category depending on registration #’s.

Competitive Race course:

  • Vertical: Ascend 4617’, descend 4584’
  • Length: 14 Kms.
  • Number of ascents and descents: 3 and 3.
  • Good to know: No special equipment requirements. Castle Mountain has a reputation for high winds. Choose your race clothing and layers appropriately. Great views of surrounding area once North Ridge is attained on first skin section. From North Peak summit an interesting boot pack descent. A 2000’ straight fall line descent on Lone Star.
  • Ascent of Haig Ridge to access Powder Stage Coach cat skiing terrain prior to final descent back to village and finish.

Recreational Race course:

  • Vertical: Ascend 3617’, descend 3584’
  • Length: 11 Kms.
  • Number of ascents and descents: 3 and 3.
  • Good to know:  No special equipment requirements. Castle Mountain has a reputation for high winds. Choose your race clothing and layers appropriately. Great views of surrounding area once North Ridge is attained on first skin section. From North Peak summit an interesting boot pack descent. A 2000’ straight fall line descent on Lone Star.
  • Ascent of Huckleberry chair terrain and final descent of Sidewinder back to village and finish.

Schedule:

Friday January 10/14 course setting during the day. 8:00PM – racer registration and technical briefing in boardroom of day lodge (basement).

Saturday January 11/14 RACE DAY! 08:00 racer registration. 08:30 – technical briefing. 09:45 Racers to start area for beacon check. 10:00AM – Race starts.

Competitive Race course description, see also Castle Skimo Map:

Competitive racers start out at the Castle Mountain base area with good opportunities to jockey for position and pass others before the skin track becomes single and goes into the forest. Numerous switchbacks are negotiated before popping out on to North Ridge. From North Ridge peak, a boot pack descent along a rocky and exposed ridge before boot packing up to top of the Red chair. Racers follow flagging pins to the chutes area for a 2000’ descent on Lone Star. Ascend to the top of the Huckleberry chair and beyond to top of cat skiing terrain on Haig ridge. Final descent down Fist Full of Turns or Roll your own (TBD on race day) back to finish and village base area.

Recreational Race course description, see Castle Skimo Map:

Recreational racers start out at the Castle Mountain base area with good opportunities to jockey for position and pass others before the skin track becomes single and goes into the forest. Numerous switchbacks are negotiated before popping out on to North Ridge. From North Ridge peak, a boot pack descent along a rocky and exposed ridge before boot packing up to top of the Red chair. Racers follow flagging pins to the chutes area for a 2000’ descent on Lone Star. Ascend to the top of the Huckleberry chair. Final descent via Sidewinder to finish and village base area.

Special equipment required: ISMF required gear. No special equipment needs.

Prizes:

Cash prizes for 1st ($250.00), 2nd ($150.00), & 3rd ($100.00) place podium finishes in Men’s and Women’s Competitive category.

Draw prizes from our sponsors. Prizes for Recreational, Junior and Masters categories will be equipment/gear (donated by our sponsors).