Registration for the Buckwheat International Ski Classic is now open.
The Buckwheat, which is held on the Log Cabin ski trails north of Skagway, is celebrating its 33rd year on March 23.
The Buckwheat includes 50K, 25K and 10K cross country ski races, as well as a 5K race for kids. The top three men and women racers in each category are eligible for prizes.
This year, the theme is Alice in Winterland, with participants encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters from the classic Lewis Carroll story. The racer with the best costume will win an overnight package to Skagway’s Upper Dewey Lake.
The Buckwheat typically brings around 400 racers and marks the end of the racing season in the Alaska/Yukon/BC area.
Beyond the race, there are snow carvings, a banquet and other winter fun for people to enjoy at the event. Skagway’s snow carving team, Team Alaska, is planning an Alice in Wonderland themed snow castle at the main aid station.
After the race, the participants will head to Skagway for an awards dinner and reception at the Skagway Recreation Center.
Those who would like to help and volunteer for the race can email Jeff Brady, the race secretary, at email@example.com for more information.
Skagway residents have a unique opportunity to have professional cross-country ski lessons at Log Cabin this month. with Dan Reimer of the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club. Lessons are free to Log Cabin Ski Society members, or you can sign up for just $10 and become a member at the same time. To sign up or for more information, contact the Skagway Recreation Center.
Early registration goes through the end of Feb., with the price going up until mid-March and increasing again for late registration starting the Mar. 18.
To register for the race, go to www.buckwheatskiclassic.com for more details and information.