Colorado Randonnee Race Series

Post by blogger | July 8, 2006      

Champion randonnee racer Pete Swenson is working hard to create a Colorado race series. He just sent me this press release. Looks like fun!

Introducing the

The Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC) is a new series of ski mountaineering events. COSMIC is a response to skiers, retailers and manufacturer’s desire for more racing and backcountry skiing events in Colorado.

The COSMIC series will be the premier regional series and introduce new participants to backcountry skiing as well as challenge the veteran skier.


· Races are modeled after European randonee events with competitors beginning on foot and running to clip into their skis.
· Athletes skin uphill to the first gate, remove their skins, ski down to the second gate and back up to the third. This continues for four to five ascents and descents (including a boot pack for the race division).
· Race category vertical is approximately 4,500 ft, recreational 2,500.
· Race categories include: race, recreational, telemark, junior and snowboard divisions.
· Points will be collected at races throughout the series.
· All events have a post-race party and raffle.
· Event venues include Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Sunlight Mt. and Silverton Mountain. Events will be added/confirmed to the schedule in July.
· COSMIC events will often run concurrently with telemark and backcountry ski festivals.

Scheduled Races (more to come)

Sunlight Mt. Resort: Sunday, January 14th
– We’ll show off the undeveloped area to the west of the area and the Gibson Glades area.

Arapahoe Basin: Sunday March 4th
– We’ll use the new back bowl area and the East Wall.

For more information about the COSMIC series please contact Pete Swenson at 720.289.6547 or


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6 Responses to “Colorado Randonnee Race Series”

  1. steve romeo July 8th, 2006 6:24 am

    Good job Pete!!!

    Great to see the sport growing.

  2. Mark Lengel July 9th, 2006 9:47 am

    Awesome! Pete is working very hard at expanding rando racing, way to go!

  3. Grant Guise July 11th, 2006 7:26 pm

    Nice job Pete, does this mean we don’t gotta race you any more?

  4. Hamish Gowans July 13th, 2006 5:06 pm

    Ditto to Grant. My sentiments exactly. I’m sure Pete will set unbreakable course records during “pre-race inspections”.

    Everyone remember to check for updates on additional races and events (it’s not quite up yet so give it a few months). Also spread the word and get folks involved. Whether they want to race or volunteer or just spectate, these events need bodies!

  5. jimmy tart July 23rd, 2006 3:45 pm

    Thanks mucho Pete!! I am moving back to Colorado next month and now I really cannot wait until this winter!!

  6. Alan M June 1st, 2014 3:05 pm

    The ski mountaineering events are great sporting events to watch and participate in.

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