This past Friday night, Nordic United – a local non-profit organization that promotes non-motorized winter recreation opportunities – held their annual fundraiser. They have many other events during the year including their annual Crowbar backcountry ski race on February 10th.
Registration is now open and last week Tyler King from Nordic United was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program. He told host Jason Williams that the race embraces different skill levels and abilities and anyone who has an interest can take part.
“Absolutely, there are a number of ways that people could get involved,” King said. “The first is obviously to race the course and as a community-focused non-profit event, we’ve made it accessible to as many folks as possible including kids.
“One of the things that we’re really excited about is that our race course includes a Junior division. It is still about a 2,000 foot climb for these kids and they go about four miles.”
King said the good news is you hike up, or ski up, 2,100 feet but then you also get to ski that distance down. They also have a recreation division, which involves over 3,000 feet, and the race division which is the largest. In years past, they have held the race on the mountains just opposite of Beaver Mountain, but this year the venue is about 3 miles to the east, up to a place called Swan Peak.
“To locate a good course we go out as a group for several weeks leading up to the event, even several months. (They) ski several different iterations of what we think the race course could be. We look for potential avalanche terrain, and be sure to avoid that. And then lastly we look for spots where it’s just fun to ski.”
For more information on the race or the organization, visit <a href=”http://www.NordicUnited.org” target=”_blank”>NordicUnited.org</a> or see Nordic United of Northern Utah on Facebook.