Breck Ascent ski mountaineering race series kicks off Monday

A skier climbs Breckenridge Ski Resort during last winter’s Breck Ascent ski mountaineering series.
Courtesy of Breckenridge Recreation

Breck Ascent of the Breckenridge Recreation Department, the 11th annual series of ski mountaineering races held at Breckenridge Ski Resort, will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday.

The races of the year are scheduled for January 27, February 3 and February 10. Participants can participate in the short run, which is uphill only, or the long run, which includes uphill skinning, downhill skiing and the hiking bootpack. Vince Hutton of Breckenridge Recreation said all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Registration for the first race is from 5 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. Monday at Breckenridge station. Runners who pre-register will also be able to pick up their bibs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the reception of the Breckenridge Recreation Center.



Monday’s race will feature a long run that will take skiers up from the start line at Mountain Thunder Lodge to the Gondola Ski Back Trail to Lower 4 O’Clock, Crosscut and 4 O’Clock to the top of Mach One. There, skiers will descend Mach One before ascending Sawmill and Peak 8 Road until a 4 hour hike to Vista Haus. At Vista Haus, skiers will descend Tiger to the finish line in the middle Peak 8 SuperConnect.

The short course will ascend from the start line at Mountain Thunder Lodge to Gondola Ski Back at Lower 4 O’Clock, Crosscut and 4 O’Clock to the finish at Vista Haus.



Registration for the racing series costs $ 68. The cost is $ 20 in advance or $ 25 per day for a single ride.

New this year, Breckenridge Recreation will be hosting an 8-9 a.m. afterparty with filter coffee and burritos for race participants provided by Cuppa Joe and Breckenridge Coffee Roasters. Mountain Outfitters offers prizes after each event.

For more information and to register, visit: breckenridgerecreation.com/programs/special-events-and-tournaments/breck-ascent-series. Call Hutton at 970-547-4321 with any questions.

Jill Sorensen, skis in hand, rides Breckenridge Ski Resort in last winter’s Breck Ascent ski mountaineering series.
Courtesy of Breckenridge Recreation

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