SKIMEISTER DATE SELECTED: April 5th, 2014
2014 SKIMEISTER DETAILS WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
Alpine Race, Nordic Race, Bike Race, Silent Auction at Challenge AK building, Party after event!
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The Skimeister Challenge is a fundraising event for the Challenge Alaska Competition Program & Alyeska Ski Club Juniors and Devos Programs. Both are non-profit organizations dedicated to providing affordable skiing and riding opportunities to the youth of South-Central Alaska and people with disabilities.
Our #1 goal with the AK Skimeister is to bring the entire winter community together to share our appreciation for winter recreation. Organizers added a Bike Leg to the competition which makes the event a Triathlon. Participants are encouraged to compete in as many events as they would like with prizes awarded for Division winners. Organizers are reserving grand prizes for Skimeister (Alpine & Nordic) and Team Winners (Triathlon). All along we considered adding a Bike Leg and were urged by local rider Brian Burnett to add the race in this our inaugural year.
AK Skimeister Challenge contestants have the option to compete in Adult, Junior, Team, Family, and Fun categories. A timed Alpine leg will take place in the morning at Alyeska Resort (venue still to be determined), Nordic leg (optional skate or classic) will take place in the afternoon on the New Girdwood Trails followed by a timed Bike leg. The Alpine course will consist of multiple downhill elements and consist of medium and large radius turns. The Nordic leg will consist of Junior and Adult mass starts with 3k and 7k options. First place prizes for Adult Division Skimeister winners includes Round-Trip Alaska Airlines tickets and (4) seats on Chugach Powder Guides Cat-Skiing for Team winners. Adult Bike Winners will also receive a killer prize as well. Please read Race Info, Scoring, and Rules to find more information and visit alyeskaskiclub.com and Challenge Alaska Website.
After the competition an evening of activities with awards, music, a silent auction, and party will conclude the days’ activity at Challenge Alaska.
This event is designed for all ages and abilities. Come see how fast you can ski, challenge your friends, and push your abilities. Let’s make the AK Skimeister Challenge a success! Come support Challenge Alaska Competition Program and Alyeska Ski Club Juniors and Devos Programs. All proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations.
Early Registration + T-Shirt Discount:
Team (3 competitors per team)- $75
Family (up to 4 family members)- $90 ($20 per additional)
Pledge Drive and Entry Fee Waiver:
Adult / Junior: Collect minimum $75 in pledges and receive complimentary Entry Fee
Team/ Family: Collect minimum $150 in pledges and receive complimentary Entry Fee
Registration Open until day of event. Register before April 10th for Early Registration Rate!
REI will have 35-40 pairs of classic & skate ski setups available for anyone needing nordic gear.
We are working on getting Fat Tire Bike Demos as well for those who need bike for event.
Awards and Prizes
Adult Division Skimeister (Alpine& Nordic) Winners: (1) Alaska Airlines Round Trip Ticket for Male and Female Winners
Junior Division Skimeister (Alpine + 6K Nordic) Winners: $100 Gift Certificate to SkiAK.
Junior Division Skimeister Runner-Up: $50 Gift Certificate SkiAK
Team Division Winner (Alpine, Nordic, & Bike): 4 cat skiing seats with Chugach Powder Guides
Womens Team Division Winners: $75 Gift Certificate to Ginger Restaurant
Junior Team Division Winners: $75 Gift Certificate to Bear Tooth Theatrepub
Family Division Winner (Alpine, Nordic, & Bike): Chugach Adventures Portage Float Trip & Salmon Bake
Triathlon Division (Alpine, Nordic, & Bike) Adult Division Winners: Alyeska Resort Summer Bike Season Passes
Adult & Junior Bike Only (Men & Women) Winners: Alyeska Resort Summer Bike Day Passes & Bike Schwag from local shops!
Junior Division Awards:
Alpine Event Winners: $50 Powder Hound Gift Certificates
Nordic Event (2K Recreational) Winners: $50 Powder Hound Gift Certificates
Nordic Event (6K) Winners: $50 Powder Hound Gift Certificates
Bike Event Winners: Alyeska Resort Summer Bike Day Passes
Race Info, Scoring, & Rules
Alpine Ski Leg: Held at Alyeska Resort. All classes ski a traditional alpine GS course consisting of medium and large radius turns. Alpine, Telemark, & Snowboard competitors welcome to participate.
Cross-Country Ski Leg: The cross-country ski leg consists of 5 kilometers of new trails in the New Girdwood Trail System.
Bike Leg: Consists of approximately 5 miles of trails on New Girdwood Nordic Trails, Winner Creek Trail, & CPG cat road.
Competitor Divisions & Classes
Adult – Racing (7 K Nordic Loop) and Recreational (3 K Nordic Loop) classes.
Skimeister Winners (Alpine & Nordic 7k) and Triathlon Winners (All 3 Races).
Junior- Winners awarded for Skimeister (Alpine & Nordic).
Team- Maximum of 3 team members with one team member minimum entered in each race for all three events.
Family- All must be members of immediate family and include one parent and one junior competitor.
Fun Class- Be creative. Not judged on time but how much fun they are having. Costumes highly recommended.
Parent consent required for Juniors under age of 18. Alyeska Resort Release Waiver submitted for each participant.
World Cup Scoring tallied within each Division.
1st- 100pts, 2nd- 80pts, 3rd- 60pts, 4th- 50pts, 5th- 45pts, 6th- 40pts, 7th- 36pts, 8th- 32pts, 9th- 29pts, 10th-26pts……
Skimeister Winners awarded for Adult and Junior Divisions; combined total of World Cup Points from Alpine and Nordic races.
Team Scoring (Best Alpine, Best Nordic, Best Bike)- Team competitors can compete in every race or one race.
Family Scoring: Top Adult & Junior scores per family for each race (Alpine, Nordic, & Bike) with total of six (6) possible scores counting toward Overall Score.
Prizes awarded to Overall Winners in Each Division.
To ensure a fair and fun race for all competitors, please follow these rules and regulations. If you have questions, please ask officials or send your question to our Facebook Page.
Adult, Junior, Team, Family Divisions: Skiers must obey International Ski Federation rules and helmets are required for the Alpine competition.
Fun Class: This class is judged on how much fun you have! Costumes and Helmets are required!
Competitor Rules & Regulations
Timing: All competitors must complete each leg within the allotted time listed below.
Alpine 5 minutes
X-C 90 minutes
Bike 60 minutes
After such time participants can complete the leg but will not receive a leg time. Thank you for your understanding.
Right of Way: Rule appropriate for Nordic and Bike Races. Belongs to the overtaking competitor in all circumstances. The slower competitor shall heed a warning and yield, yet the overtaking racer shall use extreme caution and not expect the slower racer to yield in areas of danger. No interference will be tolerated.
Gear: Challenge Alaska, Alyeska Ski Club, & Girdwood Nordic Ski Club cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.
The Good Samaritan Rule is in effect throughout the race with each competitor accepting the responsibility to assist another.
As per Girdwood Nordic Trail rules, there are NO DOGS ALLOWED on Nordic Trails. Violators will be disqualified.
Special thanks to the Alyeska Resort and Girdwood Nordic Ski Club
Schedule For The Day
Saturday April 13, 2013
8:30 am Race Venue Set-up
9:00-10:30 am Same Day Registration at ASC Race Training Center
10:00 am Early Ride- Load Tram @ Alyeska Resort
10:45 am Alpine Start (Women followed by Men)
Venue: Jims Branch North Face ‘weather permitting’
Back-up: Dons Run- Race Trail Finish
12:00 pm Silent Auction Bids Open located at Challenge Alaska Chalet
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch Challenge Alaska
2:00 pm Nordic Mass Start (3 k Juniors, 7 k Adult)
Venue: Base of Tram- CPG Road- Girdwood Nordic Trails.
3:15 pm Bike Start (length tbd)
Start: Girdwood Nordic Trails Kiosk
6:00 pm Awards Ceremony at Challenge Alaska
8:00 pm Silent Auction Bids Close, Music & Party
Lift Ticket & Hotel Information:
If you need to purchase a ticket there will be a $35 full day lift ticket available at the ticket office for anyone competing in event. Tell Ticket office keyword: AK Skimeister!
Call 754-1111 for hotel reservations.
Silent Auction: Bids open at noon & close at 8pm
There will be a silent auction at the Challenge Alaska building the day of the race events. You can get your bidder number by stopping in during the silent auction OR when you check in to the registration station for the races in the morning. As you eat lunch or come to the award ceremony you can check in to see if your bid is still the winning bid.
Items include: summer sightseeing packages, local day trip activities, b & b stays, spa gift packages, artwork, framed photographs, deserts, skis, AND MUCH MORE.
Checks, Cash, and All Major Credit Cards Accepted!
You don't have to race to get a bid number! This is a chance for a non skier to support programs you believe in!
Volunteer with Us!
Thank you to the following sponsors who gave cash donations, prizes for race winners, event support donations, silent auction items, and food / beverage donations!
Chugach Powder Guides
REI Of Anchorage
Powderhound Ski Shop
Chain Reaction Bikes
Broken Tooth Brewery
Alyeska Landscape Professionals
Diamond Airport Parking
Alaska Wildland Adventures
Fat Tire: New Belgium Brewing Company
Corey Anderson Photography
Dawn Gerety Photography
Alaska Backcountry Access
J Rod's Guide Service
Alaska Sea Kayakers
Alaska Bear Adventures
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Knik River Lodge
Twister Creek Restruant
Cozy Cove Inn
Welcome to Challenge Alaska
Challenge Alaska strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation and education. Participation in our programs helps people break down the barriers that exist for them in many aspects of life, by building confidence and security, creating an infrastructure for support, increasing mobility, and improving health; which in turn promotes education, social development and involvement, employment, and the ultimate goal of independence.
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