Total Number of Competitors: 65
Number of seats available on Irwin’s three (3) snow cats: 36
Number of racers that must provide their own Transportation (i.e. a snowmobile): 29
Mandatory Racer Meeting: Irwin Building office in Crested Butte 330 Belleview – 7:30pm. Due to logistics and unique setting we require you to be at this meeting or you don’t race! At the meeting we will go over transportation, snow safety, the course, weather and awards party.
Mandatory gear: Working beacon, probe, shovel, helmet (bike helmet can work) and back pack that can carry your skis. Absolutely no Nordic, NNN, SNS or similar “Nordic Touring” gear.
Cost Per Racer: With a snow cat ride (round trip) - $110.00
Providing your own transportation - $65.00
Sign up at http://lasportivairwin.zapevent.com
Registration website should open up approximately 10.15.12
Awards Party: down town Crested Butte at The Brick Oven located at 223 Elk Avenue from 3:30-5:30
Pizza and Upslope beer will be provided. www.brickovencb.com We anticipate cash prizes for top three men/women in Race Division, “soft goods” items for top three men/women in Recreation Division and a raffle for all!
Race Course Details:
Race Division – Will do approximately 5000ft of elevation gain/loss and over 10miles long
Recreation Division – Will do approximately 3500 ft of elevation gain/loss, over 6.5 miles. Anticipate a course route that was similar to the first year.
Both divisions should anticipate a boot pack section on the course (snow/weather condition dependent). It is mandatory for you to have your skis on your pack. We may have a hand line in place for this section. You will want a free hand to grab the rope/rocks as it will be “sporty” …and fun!...so NO hand carrying your skis!
Race Start: 10AM on Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Race Course Closed: At 2:00PM…you will be told by course marshals to go down from where ever you are on course. Racers should be headed out for their last lap by 1 PM and could get stopped and escorted down if not finished by 2 PM
Transportation To/From Race Venue: If you are snowmobiling to the race, please take the standard road up to towards the Lake Irwin Campground (FS Road 826 AKA Irwin Lake Road) up to Irwin Cat Skiing’s on-mountain chalet. DO NOT GO THROUGH THE IRWIN TOWNSITE. Additionally, do not stress the organization or fellow racers by joy riding before the race and getting stuck. Be on time, and sled neck around AFTER the race. Its about a 25 minute ride up to the Start line from the Kebler parking lot/trailhead.
****If you are getting towed behind a snowmobile, have plenty of warm clothes…with no exposed skin on your face.
Geek out at a weather station plot right at the Start/Finish line http://www.wxstns.net/wxstns/grandnet/CS_IRWIN.html OR more user friendly info at
Base Area Facilities: this is truly a backcountry ski race. There is no big base ski lodge or cafeteria for you to buy food. We will have several small shelters and two porta-potties for you to use. Be prepared with lots of EXTRA warm clothes, especially if the weather turns cold/snowy.
Food/Water: We will have www.acli-mate.com beverages at the Start/Finish and at the bottom of all three skin transitions. Bring some pre/post race food and (hot/cold) as well.
Any questions please contact: