Calling all skiing mountaineers

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 17, 2009 10:00 am

Ever wanted to compete in a randonnée ski race? That is, a race whereby you climb a mountain and then ski down it several times in a row? Then you should head to British Columbia’s Kicking Horse Mountain Ski Resort and compete in the Tiki Torch Dash on December 5th!

It’s a night race (ooo!), so starting at 7PM, racers will compete in solo and relay team races. In the relay, racers will climb to the Big Mountain Center at the ski area’s Catamount mid-station. They then race down to the base area transition to tag their partner. Each racer will perform multiple 15- to 35-minute laps and the course will be illuminated by tiki torches, headlamps, glow sticks, disco lights and the stars.

Then, during the second heat, racers will sprint from the Gondola plaza to mid-mountain to see who the fastest climbers are!  Ian Gale is the chief of course design: “The Golden ski mountaineering team and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort are excited to host this new nighttime ski touring race. The Tiki Torch Dash is a fun pre-season wind-up for an epic ski touring season that is just around the corner. Mountain climbing enthusiasts of all self-propelled snow sliding disciplines are welcomed to compete in a uniquely formatted race concept that will challenge competitor’s early season ski legs.”

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