Cosmic Race Series- Grand Mesa Grind
January 14th, 2017
The inaugural 2013 course was hugely popular with racers and organizers - so last year we've increased the stakes a bit. We stuck to the same backcountry style and feel but added a boot pack climb up Sudden Death. As in years past, competitors climbed in the woods on skin tracks and winded through Powderhorn's picturesque boulder fields. Check out last year's course.
The "Race" category course is +/- 4,000 vertical ft. The course started in front of the Sunset Lodge, traversed west to ascend Bear Claw, descended Upper T-Bird/Hooker, ascended Hooligan/Mushroom Farm/Mud Slide, traversed and ascended above Sven’s Bend to the Patrol Hut, and descended Wonderbump/Cannonball to finish it up.
The "Rec" category course is +/- 2,000 vertical ft. From the top of the first climb at West End Chair, the course followed Tenderfoot trail to re-join the "Race" course at a skin track that climed above Sven’s Bend.
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Mandatory gear: helmet, beacon, shovel, probe and pack. If you have “tech” bindings (Dynafit, Ski Trab, La Sportiva), skis 75mm or narrower and mixed or mohair skins you probably belong in the Race category. If you have a heavier set-up go for the Rec. category. Bike or climbing helmets are ok. (Yes, all of the event is in a controlled area but we require the mandatory gear as many of the other events in the COSMIC series are in and out of ski area boundaries; always requiring the same gear keeps it easy for competitors to know what’s needed).