The 2017 Buckwheat Ski Classic’s 50k racers launch into action! PHOTO BY DAN FOX

Registrations are now being accepted for the 32nd annual Buckwheat Ski Classic, which will be held on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway on Saturday, March 24. A link to a new Zone 4 registration site is available online at: www.buckwheatskiclassic.com.

The race typically draws around 400 participants, marking the end of the racing season in Alaska-Yukon-BC, with a popular theme, snow carvings, banquet and lots of fun for all ages.

This year’s theme is “Buckwheat 0032: Live and Let Ski.” Racers are encouraged to put on their best spy wear from James Bond movies to be eligible for a Best Costume Prize, a coveted overnight package to Skagway’s Upper Dewey Lake cabin presented by the Skagway Recreation Center, Temsco Helicopters and Packer Expeditions.

The race is a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Ski Society, based in Skagway, whose volunteers groom and set track on about 30 kilometers of ski trails in the cross-country skiing recreation area managed by BC Forestry.

The trails are located on the S. Klondike Highway, 27 miles north of Skagway. LCSS was formed in 2012 to continue the ski race founded by Skagway’s Buckwheat Donahue and keep these trails maintained for the benefit of all users. Updates on trail conditions are posted weekly on the website through the winter. The Buckwheat Ski Classic will again have 50K, 25K and 10K classic cross-country ski races, as well as a 5K kids race, with prizes for the top three by sex in all races. 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 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 Log Cabin warming hut fund. Online registration ends on the evening of March 18. Late registrations will be accepted at bib pickup locations in Whitehorse on Thursday, March 22 and in Skagway on Friday, March 23. See website for details and schedule. Start times for the race on Saturday, March 24 at Log Cabin are as follows (Alaska time): 50K at 10 a.m., 25K at 10:15 a.m., 10K at 10:30 a.m. and the Kids 5K at 11:30 a.m.

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 Log Cabin Ski Society Facebook page for updates. About 150 volunteers are needed during race week. Email race secretary Jeff Brady at wjbradyak@me.com for a link to the race’s volunteer local site to sign up.