I know you think it is WAY too early to be talking about the US Ski Mountaineering National Championship Race, since it usually takes place towards the end of March. But, this year is a World Championship year, so the Jackson Hole event will be a qualifying race for US National Worlds Team and is happening quite a bit earlier than usual…January 8th to be exact.
There will be a few new things going on at this year’s race. For one, the course will be new, and in my opinion, will be the best so far. The bootpack up Corbet’s Couloir is back and it will also include a couple of the classic steep descents at JHMR, Tower Three Chute and Alta One Chute. The race class won’t be for the weak legged though and will include over 8K’ of elevation gain, so you better start training…now!!!
Some other new additions to the event include a Team Relay, in which one person competes in the first part of the race, while a second finish’s it, with the exchange happening at the bottom of the Headwall bootpack. Also, there will be an aid-station this year, sponsored by Hammer Nutrition, which will also be at the bottom of the Headwall bootpack. There is no day-of-the-race registration though…so you must sign up before had to compete. Please visit JacksonRandoneeRace.blogspot.com for more information, registration and course maps.