WildSnow Weekend — Audi Power Of 4 Skimo Race


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 28, 2015      

Audi Power of 4 is the biggest, highest altitude and probably most difficult skimo contest in North America. About 11,600 feet of vertical gain over 25 miles — including summiting the Aspen Highland Bowl at 12,382 ft (3,774 meters). Horrendous skiing downhills, mostly black diamond and double black, a section of off-resort bushwhacking where the meaning of helmets is defined, and running on foot to connect Buttermilk resort with Highlands. This year’s route even had some downhill boot packing to create an altered state of reality in the racer’s psyche.

We can talk about the time winners all day long. But well known alpinist Hayden Kennedy came in with the sartorial splendor award. He and partner  Anders Nordblom were the only

We can talk about the time winners all day long. But well known alpinist Hayden Kennedy came in with the sartorial splendor award. He and partner Anders Nordblom were the only “streakers” at the finish, and rocked the race on full touring gear in just over 9 hours. (Hayden’s full streak missed the finish and instead rocked straight into the Aspen gondola line, I heard howls of desire emanating from the Prada clad vixens of glisse…) Yes Virginia those are the WildSnow test DPS Tour 1 Wailer 99s mounted with Dynafit Radical 3.0 fully gold plated bindings, we had no idea Hayden had snagged them for the day till we heard it on the grapevine. This ski is now a skimo race board as well as a powder lapper? The progression continues. Or something like that.

We were there spectating (a challenge itself), overall winning team was John Gaston & Max Taam at 5:33 (according to race website), with second place team William Laird and Jon Brown about 20 minutes behind! Third placers, Rory Kelly & Pete Swenson finished a minute later. (Some question about results, we will check). That’s an amazing 1st-2nd spread that shows how far Gaston and Taam have come in their skills — and how powerful their motors are. The pair have just returned from Europe where they did well in the World Ski Mountaineering Championships. Racing in Europe apparently keeps you going fast. Ditto for the gals, with the team of Stevie Kremer and Lindsay Plant coming in looking rested but having done the work for a first place time of 6:05. All results here.

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6 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend — Audi Power Of 4 Skimo Race”

  1. Louie III February 28th, 2015 7:20 pm

    haha awesome! Nice job Hayden! The Honnold-Core seems to be working.

  2. Billy laird March 1st, 2015 4:49 pm

    These results are not even close to how it went down. Thanks! Just letting u know if u check on cosmic website you will find real results.

  3. Lou Dawson 2 March 1st, 2015 6:30 pm

    Thanks Billy, I did my best using the ASC website and observing. I didn’t mention much, where was I wrong? Help would be appreciated rather than nagging. I’ll check out the COSMIC site. Lou

  4. Lou Dawson 2 March 1st, 2015 6:32 pm

    Billy, I just looked at COSMIC site under “Results” and I saw nothing per Power of 4. Can you be so kind as to leave a link here? Thanks, Lou

  5. David March 1st, 2015 7:43 pm

    GPS based results from live tracking clearly messed up.

    Accurate results here I believe (although missing coed):
    http://www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities/events/power-of-four-ski-mountaineering-race

  6. Lou Dawson 2 March 1st, 2015 7:46 pm

    Ok, thanks, we’re accurizing.

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