Big Sky to Host Second Annual Sledhorn SkiMo | Sports Destination Management

Big Sky to Host Second Annual Sledhorn SkiMo

Apr 08, 2016
Extreme Alpine Event Returns for Another Year; Experienced Athletes to Compete on Saturday

The Second Annual Shedhorn SkiMo brings athletes to the challenging mountains of Big Sky Resort.

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The second annual Shedhorn Ski Mountaineering race comes to Big Sky Resort on April 9, 2016.

This event is around 16-18 miles, and has a 8,600' - 9,500' elevation gain. There are two courses depending on course conditions. Runners will start in 4 waves of 5 minute offsets, with 4 aid stations, each with cutoff times.

Due to the nature of alpine terrain, and the highly variable conditions that may be present during the day of the race, we have included a potentially required gear list that will be decided upon the morning of the race, as well as an A and B course for the SkiMo race. Come prepared with the entire gear list.

This is a technical ski mountaineering race and is designed to test multiple skill sets:

  • Technical:

    • 80m fixed line ascension

    • 2 points of attachment required

  • Mountaineering skills:

    • 4 alpine climbs with exposure over cliffs and/or above 1,200 ft avalanche paths with falls resulting in serious injury and/or death

    • knife edge climbing

    • 50+ degree boot packs

  • Ski ability: 4 Alpine ski descents:

    • 4 alpine ski descents

    • Be prepared to ski 45+ degree terrain with ski/fall potential of up to 1,200 ft. Falls in these areas, depending on conditions could result in serious injury and/or death.

  • Endurance:

    • This race course takes place between 7,200 ft (2,194m) and 11,166 ft.

    • You will gain and lose 8,600' to 9,500' over 16 to 18 miles.

Required gear list:

  • Skis: Minimum length women-150cm; men-160cm

  • Bindings: Toe and heel pieces must be same brand

  • Poles

  • Skins: At least one pair

  • 3 upper body layers: 1 layer must be a wind proof layer

  • 1 lower body layer

  • Beacon: Conforms to standard EN 300718 457kHz frequency

  • Shovel: No snow claws. Minimum length 50cm

  • Probe: No probe poles. Minimum 240cm

  • Helmet: Must meet UIAA 106 or CE EN 12492 standards

  • Gloves

  • Pack

  • Eye Protection

  • Climbing Harness: A commercial climbing harness conforming to UIAA standard 105.

  • Ascender: 2 ascension devices; i.e. petzl ascender + elongated prussick backup.

  • Sling: A commercial, sewn sling o connect the ascender to skier's harness.

  • Locking Carabiner: Sling must be attached to ascender with a locking carabiner comforming to UIAA standard 121.

  • Ice Ax: Tentatively required

  • Crampons: Tentatively required; must conform to UIAA standard 153 with at least 10 spikes.

  • Whippet: Tentatively required

April 9, 2016, 7:00am Race Start

Where: Big Sky Resort

Spectators welcome.

All information is available at this link.

Ready to register? Register online now.

After Party: Join us after the event for Whiskey A-Go-Go.

Lodging Special: Huntley Lodge Hotel Room for only $159 per night, double occupancy, includes breakfast. Available April 7-11, 2016. Contact Big Sky Central Reservations for more details and to book at 800-548-4486.

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