Last night I had the opportunity to participate in one of the Citizen Series skimo races that are put on by some Salt Lake skimo guys. I've read about them for a long time on various blogs (Andy Dorais, Jason Dorais', Jared Inouye's, etc) and have been wanting to participate, but a busy schedule with work and family have kept me from going until yesterday.
The format was a team sprint relay, with two people per team making 3-4 laps each. One lap consisted of two climbs (probably about 3-400 vertical feet each or so), a booter section, and 3 transitions. This was my first taste of skimo "racing", so I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was an absolute blast. The casual atmosphere was comfortable to a newby like myself, everybody was friendly, and it was good to get my heart rate up in the clean air with other like-minded people.
I didn't get any pictures of the event, but for all those that enjoy being fit and skiing/ski touring, I highly suggest checking out these races. They are free, fun, there's swag for first-timers, and pies for the winners. It's worth the drive up to Brighton ski resort, even for those whose drive is a bit longer, like myself.
I can't wait til the next race on the 19th.
For more info on these races, check out: