The snow has melted, spring has sprung and the final days of winter are upon us. But at Log Cabin, BC, the snow remains deep and ready to be skied, built and played in. It’s time for the 30th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic, and with one week to go, preparations are well underway.
Log Cabin Ski Society President Tim Bourcy said the trail is packed and nearly ready for racers. Despite a skiing injury that prevented him from helping much with trail crew, Bourcy has led from afar, guiding snow machiners and shovelers alike, all helping to prepare the track.
“The goal is the have the track set this weekend, hopefully on the whole course,” he said.
For now, the snow remains solid and in good condition, and with possible snow in the forecast, April 2 should be white, wintry and ready for skiers.
This year’s race features a Star Wars theme, with the slogan “May the Wax Be With You.”
Racers can register for the 50k, 25k or 10k, and a 5k is available for youth. As of Tuesday, close to 300 participants had registered, making the race right on track with last year.
“Of course, no one in Skagway has registered yet,” Bourcy said.
Skiers can register online at www.buckwheatskiclassic.com until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Late registration is available for Skagway on April 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at AB Hall, and for Whitehorse on March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sport Yukon.
Early registration costs $60 per person and includes breakfast, dinner, a t-shirt and the race. Youth tickets cost $30. Late registration tacks on an extra $5.
Breakfast will be served to racers at the Presbyterian Church recreation hall on 5th and Main Street, with shuttles leaving to Log Cabin at 8 a.m. The 50k starts at 10 a.m. with subsequent races following every 15 minutes.
Little Log Cabin Bakery will provide a banquet at the Skagway Recreation Center starting at 5 p.m., after which an aerial tissue performance, mini documentary and awards ceremony will ensue. Skiers are encouraged to wear costumes for a chance to win a summer Upper Dewey Lake package, with flight provided by TEMSCO.
And as always, Skagway’s very own Team Alaska will feature hand carved snow sculptures at the starting line and aid stations, where skiers and onlookers alike will eat, drink and be merry. Volunteers are appreciated and encouraged to join.
Come celebrate 30 years with Buckwheat in the great outdoors and let out a howl as skiers cross the finish line, shouting, “May the wax be with you!”