Registrations are now being accepted for the 2014 Buckwheat Ski Classic, which will be held on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway on Saturday, March 22. Registration is available online at: www.buckwheatskiclassic.com .
A record 393 skiers participated last year, and another big race is anticipated this year with a circus-themed aid station and race shirts. New this year will be a Best Costume Award based on the 2014 theme: “Life is a Circus.” The prize will be a tour package to Skagway’s Upper Dewey Lake cabin.
Also this year, the race has created a new Father Jean-Marie Mouchet Award for the most inspirational skier, in recognition of the late pioneer of the Log Cabin trail system.
The race is a fundraiser for Log Cabin Ski Society, which maintains the ski trails with equipment and volunteers. These trails have been recognized as an official recreation area by BC Forestry. The society has been working closely with the agency on trail improvements, a new map, and information kiosks. LCSS also has assisted budget-strapped Parks Canada for keeping the rest room facilities open in the Log Cabin parking lot. LCSS was formed in 2012 to continue the ski race founded by Skagway’s Buckwheat Donahue and keep the trails maintained for the benefit of all users.
LCSS volunteers groom and set track on the ski trails prior to every weekend between now and the race, so skiers are encouraged to check trail condition updates on the site and use the area all winter. The trails are located on the S. Klondike Highway, 27 miles (43.5K) north of Skagway.
The 28th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic will have 50K, 25K and 10K classic cross country ski races, as well as a 5K kids race. Racers can sign up by clicking on the Race Entry tab on the website and following the registration link.
There is a discount for registering early before the end of February, then fees go up in March. Racers also have the option of joining the society for $10 per year and donating to the society’s warming hut fund.
Print registration forms and membership applications also are available at the usual locations: The Mountain Shop in Skagway, Coast Mountain Sports in Whitehorse, Lutak Lumber in Haines, and Foggy Mountain Outfitters in Juneau. Those registration forms may be dropped off at the Skagway and Whitehorse locations by March 18 or mailed to Buckwheat Ski Classic, Box 636, Skagway.
After the race, the fun moves down to Skagway for a fabulous awards dinner at the Skagway Recreation Center. Then the party shifts downtown, where there will be music at local establishments. Watch the site or the LCSS Facebook page for updates.
Additional Skagway volunteers are needed. If you can help with race packet prep, race timing, serving breakfast, parking lot detail, snow carving, and aid station prep and serving, please put your name on one of the sign-up sheets at the Skagway Rec. Center.
You’ll get a great shirt for your efforts.
Major sponsors and contributors of the Buckwheat Ski Classic include: Municipality of Skagway CVB & Rec. Center, Salree, Inc., Alaska Shirt Co., The Mountain Shop, Elliott Financial Management, Holland America, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, The Skagway News. Co., PR Services, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, Hamilton Construction, and Alaskan Brewing Co. – LCSS