We don’t report on many skimo races since often they don’t involve much backcountry skiing. Aspen’s Power of Four on the other hand continually impresses us. Race up and over four mountains: 24 miles, 11,000+ vertical feet and sanctioned by the United States Ski Mountaineering Assosciation (USSMA). Racers ski down rough backcountry terrain as well as travel across in-resort routes for spectators (thanks to Aspen Snowmass Skiing Company). All the finishers get a big gold star in our book. Race participants totaled 246, making this one of the largest ski mountaineering races in the U.S. Readers: do you know of any bigger?
Colorado locals did well. Despite 50-60 mile wind gusts on top Highlands Bowl and temps that went from cold to scorching, Max Taam and John Gaston (Team Strafe) shaved off 4 minutes of their previous course record to finish in 04:37:36.31. We are hoping that Bejing will change their minds and add Skimo to the 2022 Olympics. Quite a few Coloradans would surely make the team.
Photo gallery from race day:
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