We would like to point your attention to a new ski mountaineering event on the Canadian scene. Not just because it’s a first time event but also because the format of some its events is new to ski mountaineering racing world.
Steep Dreams will take place on February 4-5 at Panorama Mountain Resort, located deep in British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains, about 30min drive west from Radium Hot Springs (major tourist attraction).
Traditional style ski mountaineering individual race, as part of the Canadian Skimo Cup, will start at 8.30am on Saturday (Feb 4). There will be a long (about 1500m of climbing) and a short course (700m) to choose from spread over multiple climbs.
The unique addition to the individual race on both courses will be a “Skiduro” event for which only the downhill portions of the race will be timed.
Sunday will see a traditional vertical race consisting of a single ascent, from the base of the resort to about 3/4 up the mountain for a total of 800m. Later in the day everyone will have a chance to participate in a slopestyle competition showcasing your descent skills!
Courses and more details
Below are maps of the proposed courses and they look quite exciting to us!
Green lines are skins-on ascents, red lines show descents, and yellow are boot-packs.
» For full details about Steep Dreams and to register please visit the event’s website.
See you in Panorama!
The long course of the individual race on Saturday. Click image to enlarge.