7 days until the first Wasatch Citizen Ski Mountaineering Race! I hope everyone is ready. The snow conditions will make for a challenging time with a good course.
Our goal of the Citizen Skimo Series is to grow participation of the sport by introducing people to ski mountaineering races in a fun and non-intimidating atmosphere. The races have grown from ~15 people at the early races to over 70 people at the races last season.
We have been very lucky for the past 2 seasons to be able to make the races 100% free. Unfortunately due to the growth of the races we have had to formalize the races more than prior years and for the 2014 season, we are faced with very large insurance costs this year. We need to raise $2500 to cover the insurance for 7 of the 8 races (not including the OR Show Race).
We have started the non-profit Utah Ski Mountaineering association to promote and sponsor skimo events (races, clinics, etc) in Utah. We have submitted our non-profit application and hope to have 501(c)3 status by the end of the year. UT Ski Mountaineering will be the official organization that will put on the Citizen Series. Please consider joining UT Ski Mountaineering to support the Citizen Series. An annual membership in UT Ski Mountaineering is $30. 100% of the membership fees go to support the Citizen Series. For those not wishing to be members or if you do not know if you will race very many races, we are recommending a $5 donation each time you race to help cover these costs. Some of the benefits of your membership include:
- Entrance to and support of 8 great Citizen Series races
- Entry into an additional end of season opportunity drawing for great prizes (skis, clothing, etc)
- 15% off a skimo gear purchase at Gear 30 in Ogden
- We will be providing additional benefits as the season progresses including some swag and discounts at local retailers
We will also be requiring a race waiver this year. Please print the race waiver and bring it to the first race you attend this season.
Please see the membership page of www.utahskimo.org for more details, to join, and for the race waiver.
See you all Thursday in the fight for the first pie of the season.