The Sneffels Travers February 8th 2014!
This event can be done as an epic all out race or as a supported tour through the beautiful San Juan Mountains while benefiting the Ouray Nordic Center
Submit a Sneffels Traverse Registration Form Liability Waiver to San Juan Hut Systems, Inc. and pay an entry of $80 per participant. This is an individual event. Call (970.626.3033) or email San Juan Hut Systems to acquire your Registration and Liability Forms, to make your payment, or for more information!
Don’t want to race the course?….we NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! EMT’s, WFR’s, Hut Station Aids. Volunteers and participants will receive Free Complimentary Hut Stay for Two at any of San Juan Hut Systems five huts (in addition to their time at the hut for those volunteering).
Why should you do the Sneffels Traverse? To Benefit the Ouray Nordic Center and to get your Arse off the sofa and out in the beautiful backcountry.
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The Sneffels Traverse is a backcountry Nordic ski race that takes place on the Alder Creek and Dallas Trail Systems along the base of the Mount Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains. The start is located near Dallas Divide and the finish is in Ouray Town Park/Hot Springs. This backcountry trail moves quickly through Aspen/Spruce forest with unmatched views of the North Faces of the twenty 13,000-foot peaks of the Sneffels Range. The trail changes quickly, moving left to right, and undulating up and down and finishes with an exciting technical decent down into Ouray.
STATS: Approximately 25 miles (depending on conditions). 5050 feet of ascent and 5580 feet of decent.
START LOCATION: Ouray County Road 9 near Dallas Divide.
FINISH LINE: Ouray Town Park/ Hot Springs with a Post-Event Party location TBA.
PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS: Huts within the San Juan Hut Systems will be used as aid stations. Each participant must carry an avalanche transceiver, headlamp, and helmet.
PRE-EVENT DINNER/ PARTICIPANT CHECK-IN: Dinner and pre-event meeting to be held, location/time TBA. Weather forecast, course conditions, any and all questions will be covered.
PARKING: Free parking is available.
COURSE MARKING: The course is marked with Blue Diamonds and flagging on trees.
CUT-OFF TIMES: Cut off times for each checkpoint (hut) will be established and announced at the Pre-Event briefing.
AID STATIONS: Three huts will be used as aid stations and as mandatory check-in points. Water, hot and cold drinks, and food will be available.
TRAINING: Pre-Event course recon. We encourage all participants to come out and check out the trails to become familiar with terrain, especially the decent from the Burn Hut down into Ouray, and determine appropriate ski gear. Contact SJHS (970.626.3033) for more info.