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Berkshire East Weeknight Crit-Style Series

IMPORTANT LINKS:
Email List (join for race updates)

(If you are racing *only* in the weeknight series, and have no interest in the weekend races, then you can safely ignore everything else on the website, and read *only* this page.)

On-line registration linked from each date below, on Thursdays -- with some possibly of Wednesday instead, depending on weather forecast and Berkshire East night skiing schedule -- held only on weeks with no course marking necessary for an upcoming weekend race:

Results:
2021

Registration:

  • Each weeknight race requires a separate registration, $10 per night, open on-line until 5:45pm the day of the race (i.e., 15 min before the start time), plus a resort uphill pass ($50/season, $15/session) or regular season pass.
  • Before registering for any nights, forward to the Series director proof of your flu & covid vaccination, but no need if you have already done this for the weekend races (and if any q's, then click HERE).
  • Full refund for any reason for cancellation up until 5:45pm the day of the race.
Gear (simplified from weekend races, except for lights):
  • Must skin up on removable climbing skins on skis (160cm min length men, 150cm women) w/ full metal edges.  Prohibited = Dynafit Expedition and other AT bindings (e.g., Silvretta 300) w/o lateral release; SNS/NNN "bar" bindings; mountaineering, leather tele, or nordic boots; snowshoes.
  • Must wear a helmet, certified for ski and/or climb, at all times, both ascents & descents.
  • Must have a solid white/clear light/headlamp in front (only for skinning visibility, not skiing, so minimal lumens ok) and a red light (preferably blinking) in back.
  • No gear caching or ditching during race.

Before:

  • Course route will be emailed to MailChimp list in advance, either East Side or West Side, see below for details on each, marked by LED wands, green = skinning, red = skiing, blue = transitions.
  • At 5:55pm, you must be within earshot of the start, but adequately distanced from each other so that we don't need masks (and please respect other racers who are masked and/or want additional space).
  • Any in-person pre-race briefing will take place at this time, but any necessary updates will probably go out as an email to the weeknight-specific SkiReg email list immediately before the start, so continue monitoring your email up to the 5:55 start area assembly.
  • Given all of the above, at exactly 6:00 we will most likely have an announcement of "Ten seconds, racers ready, five seconds, three, two, one, GO!"
During:
  • Anywhere *above* the blue wands at the top of the course, remove skins, stashing them either in your clothing or (optional) pack (but not just holding onto them).
  • While skiing, make turns, stand up (i.e., no alpine racing elbows-in-front-of-knees, no arms-behind-back), stay within ski patrol speed limits.
  • Slow down as you approach the base (no dramatic "hockey" stops!), then transition to skinning at the same location as the start, *below* the blue wands.
  • No on-foot hiking, walking, booting, climbing, snowshoeing: all travel is on skis (or snowboard), both ascents & descents, i.e., if skis off, you're stationary at a transition area (or you crashed…).
Conclusion:
  • You must *begin* your final ski>skin transition (below the blue wands at the bottom of the course) by 7:00 (or within an hour of whenever we -- or just you, if late -- started).
  • Once you have finished the race, make note of your number of laps and finish time (to serve as a tiebreaker among racers with the same number of laps), preferably recording on your watch or phone to upload to Strava (all free!) so you can focus on skinning and skiing (with transitions in between too of course), then email to race director.
  • Since the pandemic is finally over still going, meet at the Crazy Horse Bar & Grill my car for freebies from our sponsors Hammer Nutrition, Nikwax, and La Sportiva.
  • Training plan prizes will be awarded via email to the male and female winner at each race (although one per person per season) from our sponsor Uphill Athlete.
Course Description, East Side route:
  • Park as close as possible to base of magic carpet lift, then skin up magic carpet slope on skinner's right, gradually skinning back over to skinner's left toward the top of the slope.
  • Start = between the base of the triple chair and the building for the Mountain Coaster.
  • Ascent = groomed Lower Mohawk (closed at night), sweeping right turn to continue on Lower Mohawk, then bypass ungroomed Roy's Way on left, next fork left up the steep groomed Chute, which levels off briefly before one final short steep pitch, then transition on a road-like section of Mohawk (which has wrapped back in from your right).
  • Descent = very short closed road-like section of the variously named trail in the maps below (no lights, but is brighter than many sections of open trails), then merge into Big Chief (use caution re lift-served skiers coming down from above you!).
Course Description, West Side route (default course):
  • Park at West Lodge, following tubing signs (which almost seem to be directing through maintenance areas).
  • Start = just above lift operator shack at Wilderness Quad base.
  • Ascent = far skinner's right of Exhibition, trying to stay as close as possible to underneath the lift, to the skinner's right of any green LED wands, with transition most likely at or near lift tower #8.
  • Descent = Exhibition, looking back up the hill first (i.e., on the descender's right) and using caution when merging into downhill traffic.
[Click HERE to open map in CalTopo for detailed course data.]