The Vert180

Who knew that I’d have to travel to Calgary Olympic Park for a pow day? Certainly not I…

Yet on Saturday night, crazy pain-glutton soloists joined by teams of 2, 3 and 4, looked skyward  to see fat ol’snowflakes falling down on the City of Calgary.  By the time the race was well underway there was a fresh 10cm blanket of fluff covering COP and all 65 strong of us were having our own human powered pow night.

The concept is simple, the team or soloist who does the most laps in 3 hours wins their catagory.  While the idea is easy, grinding out intervals for 3 hours is definatly not.  A 120 meter vertical lap to the top of COP followed by a fun straightline leads into a skis on pack transition sprint to tag your partner.  The winning team, the 7th St Avengers, of Revelstoke repeated that 20 times  for the first overall team.  Peter and Heather were the winners of the male and female soloist category  hammering down to collect a sweet insulated jacket courtesy of Mountain Equipment Coop.

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The second annual Vert180 Skimountaineering race went off without a hitch, the shwag was good, dinner was provided and racing was laid back and fun.   The course is still a great way to introduce skitourers to the sport of competitive Skimountaineering and for expirienced racers to get an early season race tuneup to work on their fitness and transitions.

Thanks to Niall and Kylee for organizing and MEC, Ambler, Hammer Nutrition, the Canadian Avalanche Fund and the Snow Gods for coming through with the goods.



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