Both the Race and Rec Category courses spend the majority of the time climbing in the woods on skin tracks not on ski runs, but rather winding through the many boulder fields at Powderhorn - it has a very "backcountry" feel with the exception of a few sections on the edge of groomed runs.
Race course is in process now. Will be updated shortly.
Rec Category: course is 2,100 ft (from top of first climb at West End Chair, Rec course follows Tenderfoot trial to re-joint Race course at skin track that climbs above Sven's Bend)
Start time is 8:30am.
Mandatory gear: helmet, beacon, shovel, probe and pack. If you have "tech" bindings (Dynafit, Ski Trab, La Sportiva), skis 75mm or narrower and mixed or mohair skins you probably belong in the Race category. If you have a heavier set-up go for the Rec category. Bike or climbing helmets are ok. (Yes all of the event is in a controlled area but we require the mandatory gear as many of the other events in the COSMIC series are in and out of ski area boundaries; always requiring the same gear keeps it easy for competitors to know what's needed).
Powderhorn Ski Area will also be hosting Wednesday morning training races this winter, so get your gear and plan on great workout before work. And if it snows, stay for a few few runs after the race.
Event schedule and times
Start time: 8:30am
Awards : 12:30