Bryan Wickenhauser races for Team GO-CB, a ski mountaineering team sponsored by SCARPA. Important to him that athletes, especially those with European racing experience, give back to their sport and produce high-caliber events, he was the race director for last weekend’s U.S. Ski Mountaineering National Championships. He believes it helps the U.S. compete on a level playing field with Europe. Taking a quick breather before the Grand Traverse next week, Wick recapped the fun at the National Champs.
The Elk Mountains Grand Traverse is a forty mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado. Skiers must be prepared for all weather conditions and types of skiing. Although the race starts at midnight (headlamps required), the ending is a breezy inbounds groomer at Aspen (in the daylight).
Team Crested Butte has been training for races all season, but the Grand Traverse is the big one. In Episode 5, Bryan Wickenhauser gets up high with a view to go over the route. In summary, the route goes something like this: start in the town of Crested Butte on a groomed road to the pump house, followed by a stream crossing at East River, a hillside contour with skins on, Death Pass, several more stream crossings, Friends Hut, Star Pass, Taylor Pass, Barnard Hut, and then approximately three hours to the finish line. Continue reading...
Episode One of a web series chronicling SCARPA/SKI TRAB Team Crested Butte 2012 season. In this episode Bryan Wickenhauser, Brian Smith, Jon Brown, and Jari Kirkland talk about their training for randonee racing. Team Crested Butte’s training days last anywhere from two to nine hours and include skiing, touring, climbing and practicing transitions. They stress the importance of interval training as well as resting.