|The Castle Mountain Resort ski mountaineering race will have three main race categories – males and females – and will be raced over two courses – “COMPETITIVE” (approx. 5000 feet of vertical gain and loss), “RECREATIONAL”, and “YOUTH” (approx.. 3800 feet). We reserve the right to change the race courses at any time due to unexpected reasons, weather, incidents, or conditions.|
The pre-race meeting attendance is highly recommended for every participant. We hope to have a fair, smooth running event with as few irregularities as possible. Knowing where you are going and what you are doing during the actual race is critical to your enjoyment of the event. This will be the last chance to register and pay for your entry, sign the appropriate waivers, and receive your lift ticket for the next day, since we will be starting early the next morning.
The meeting will be held in the Day Lodge basement Events Room (look for signs) on Friday January 10 starting at 7.30pm – this is the night before the race. This will be your best chance to register, pay, and to sign all the necessary waivers ahead of the start next morning. Equipment check for skiers will be done at the finish line Saturday. You don’t have to bring your gear to the meeting.
For those skiers unlucky enough not to actually live near Castle, and who have to travel the day before, event specific accommodation packages are available on mountain & nearby www.skicastle.ca 403-627-5121.
The race courses’ details will be presented at the meetings Friday and Saturday, thus it is essential that you attend as there will be no further race course explanations, unless we have to change the courses due to unsafe conditions.
Please come on time to avoid traffic and to get the best seat for the course presentation. Thank you.
|COMPETITIVE Course: – In GREEN||RECREATIONAL/YOUTH Course: – In RED|
|This is a longer and a more demanding course with around 1500m of vertical climbing and slightly more than the same amount of skiing elevation loss. It is designed for ski mountaineers that are proficient with their equipment.
The course will feature 3 uphill sections with a boot-pack section.
You need to be fit and skilled ski mountaineer for this course. The transitions will require you putting on your climbing skins and taking them off. In case of a boot-pack section you will need to strap your skis on your ski pack.
NOTE: Expect 2 to 4 hours to complete this course!
|This course is designed for those that have a morerelaxed attitude toward ski mountaineering and backcountry ski competition.
With around 1100m of vertical climbing on two uphills and two downhills – including the same bootpack as the Competitive category – it should provide you with a great challenge as well as opportunity to have fun. Try it out!
NOTE: Expect up to 3.5 hours for a real novice to complete the “RECREATIONAL” or “YOUTH” course!
There will be gear prizes for the top competitors in every category, plus draw prizes for all! There will be cash prizes for the fastest three Males and Females over the COMPETITIVE course:
And (!) cash prizes in the Recreational Category (we’re not allowed to offer cash to Youth, sorry)
Total value of all awards will be more than $2000.
Hold onto your bib numbers for the draw prizes at the awards ceremony party that will take place few hours after the race.
RACE BRIEFINGS: There will be two Race Course and Weather/Snow conditions briefings, one before the event at final registration / technical meeting, and one just before the start.
SUMMARY RULES: based on ISMF rules for International Ski Mountaineering Competition
SUSPENSION OF THE EVENT
DISQUALIFICATIONS, PENALTIES, and CLAIMS
All disputes will be follow the rules of the ISMF Sport Regulations for Ski Mountaineering Competitions, which can be found under the “Regulations” button at: http://ismf-ski.org/ and be ruled on by the Race Dispute Committee.
PROCEDURE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
For safety reasons, extreme weather conditions or other exceptional factors, the race director is authorized to make any decision he deems appropriate if the proper safety conditions can no longer be met.
The competitors commit themselves to conform to these regulations by their registration alone, and accept the exploitation by Lake Louise and The Alpine Club of Canada, and their partners to broadcasters, of photos and filming done during the events without any restrictions in time, type of medium or quantity or means of distribution. This includes the copyrights, free of charge, of all photos and video footage taken during the race for all types of commercial, promotional or advertising purposes in all types of media. (including Internet). All rights are reserved concerning the use of images from the Ken Jones Classic.
MANDATORY GEAR LIST
All races and competitor categories have the following MANDATORY GEAR LIST (per ISMF Sport Regulations for Ski Mountaineering Competitions). We reserve the right to check this equipment in detail before, during, and after the scheduled race. In order to do this we need the understanding and cooperation of the participants. The better prepared you are, the more quickly the process will be finished. You are required to have all of your mandatory equipment at the gear check immediately after the race finish.
*SKI MOUNTAINEERING COMPETITION CANADA / COMPÉTITION DU SKI RANDONNÉE CANADA are allowing Telemark and Splitboard setups to be a part of their races. To be allowed, skis, boots, bindings, and poles must be a Telemark or Splitboard set-up in the eyes of the equipment judges – cross country ski equipment will not be accepted.
Otherwise, all competitors must observe mandatory ski equipment items required by the ISMC rules for official races, as follows:
Skis will be equipped with metallic edges on at least 90% of their length, and with a width of at least 60 mm beneath the foot. The skis must be at least 160 cm long for men and 150 cm long for women. The bindings must allow heel movement when ascending or descending and be equipped with security straps or ski brakes as a requirement of the hosting resort. Front and rear binding devices must have lateral and frontal release safety systems. Cross-Country ski bindings and boots or their derivatives are strictly forbidden. The skis and bindings must have a minimal weight:
Boots must be high enough to cover the ankles and have notched soles of Vibram or similar mountaineering type (soles must cover at least 75% of the surface of the foot with 4 mm minimum depth of notches, minimum 8 notches on the heel and 15 notches on the forefoot with the minimum surface of the notches being 1 cm.2). Boots must be adaptable to metal crampons, and have at least Two buckles. The boots must have a minimal weight:
Ski Poles: A pair of alpine or cross-country poles with a maximum diameter of 25 mm, and with non-metallic baskets. Use of carbon ski poles is not advised.
Skins: The use of devices as scotch-cote or tape or similar in order to enhance the gliding are strictly forbidden (for environmental reasons).
Clothing: minimum required to carry:
Avalanche Beacon: Beacons must operate on the 457kHz frequency, and be worn, turned on, at all times.
Avalanche Shovel: Commercially made “snow shovel” as defined by the manufacturer –not modified after purchase. ‘Snow Claws’ not permitted.
Avalanche Probe: Minimum of 240 centimeters x 10mm diameter.
Bivi Sac or Survival Blanket: Must be large enough to provide complete protection from the elements and be waterproof, at least 1.8 square meters.
Backpack: 20 liter minimum, of standard manufacture.
Helmet: Compulsory. Climbing, bicycling, or other lightweight sport-specific headgear allowed. Must be unaltered from manufacturer’s specifications. Must be worn on all descending portions of the course.
CASTLE MOUNTAIN RESORT SKI MOUNTAINEERING RACE ADDITIONAL MANDATORY GEAR
The Castle Mountain Resort Ski Mountaineering Race is a backcountry ski race with limited support along parts of its route. The equipment you carry may become crucial under certain circumstances. Organizers and officials reserve the right to include extra items in the list of required equipment if they feel it is warranted by the course or conditions – possibly including extra clothing, headlamp, whistle, climbing harness, carabiners, etc. Food and water will be available only before the start, and after the finish of the race. Each competitor will have to carry what they feel they will need.
Contact Brent Harris for race details:
+1 (403) 807-6756 or [email protected]
Contact Sheila Churchill for race registrations: [email protected]
Contact David Dornian for team and NF details:
+1 (403) 969-9673 or [email protected]