Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort held the first-ever 12 Hours of Snowbird overnight full moon skiing event over the weekend with 77 participants logging a total of 6.9 million vertical feet and raising more than $25,000 for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.
“I’ve always wanted to see how much vertical I could put in if I went non-stop, so this event was the perfect way to find out just how hard we could go,” said Hunter, one of two winners in the team category. “Skiing in the dark and only using my headlamp about 30 percent of the time thanks to the full moon was an awesome experience.”
Skiers and riders competed from Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. until Feb. 19 at 7 a.m. on designated runs in Gad Valley and Peruvian Gulch with Flaik GPS tracking devices tallying total vertical feet skied, average speed, runs skied, skier location, current speed and more. Matt Mullin took the top spot in the individual vertical category with 125,643 vertical feet, while Kuhl Guys Andy Hunter and Willy Mueller captured the team title with 251,315 total vertical feet. Skiers and riders traveled more than 6,000 miles during the 12 Hours of Snowbird.
“We’re deeply grateful to Snowbird for pulling off an amazing event,” said Paul Diegel, Executive Director of the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. “It was great to see the outpouring of support from the ski community for the Center and raise funds that help us continue to educate the public and keep them safe.”
Since 1980, the Utah Avalanche Center has been providing avalanche and mountain weather forecasts and training to backcountry users of all kinds in an effort to help them understand avalanche conditions, avoid avalanches and perform avalanche rescues. A more and more valuable service since so many people are experiencing the joy of backcountry skiing. It’s always better to be safe and the UAC is a great organization to help facilitate public safety in the mountains.
The 12 Hours of Snowbird was sponsored by Flaik, Black Diamond, The North Face, Petzl, Utah Food Services, Uinta and Pepsi. For complete results visit www.snowbird.com/events/12hoursofsnowbird.html.