Black Mountain of Maine is excited to announce we will be hosting the Black Mt. Traverse skimo race Saturday March 5 in conjunction with NE Rando Race Series and Chisholm Ski Club. This year skimo (short for ski mountaineering) racing is an Olympic medal event. BMOM is a community owned nonprofit ski area. Chisholm Ski Club is the oldest ski club in the US and has hosted world cup and national championship races.
The NE Rando Race Series is the oldest skimo race series in the NorthEast. BMOM is the final venue of the eight race series. There are two divisions, competitive and recreational. Each division runs three laps with the competitive division partially descending the Pocwock glade and climbing back up each lap. The recreational course has 3,450’ of climbing and skiing and the competitive course is 4,540’. Almost the entirety of both courses are on skin tracks or glades cut by the Angry Beavers. These glades are some of our best snow holders and provide an excellent challenge for skiers. The Pocwock climb was cut this fall specifically for the race.
We are hoping this becomes an annual event. For that to happen we need to see a good turnout. Sure there will be folks in Lycra suits similar to Nordic ski racers zooming up, but much like a recreational road race there will be lots of folks looking to challenge themselves and enjoying the camaraderie of the event. Chisholm Ski Club has offered to lower the cost of participation in the recreational division from the standard $55 to $35 to encourage more to participate. Everyone who participates in either the recreational or competitive divisions will receive a prize and the bib serves as an uphill ticket for the remainder of the day. So join in and tell your friends and be part of the first year race.
More information on the course can be found at https://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/race-venue-black-mountain-of-maine.html