Gotta get up to get down

Gotta get up to get down

Calling all skimotoers and rando-nerds. If you like to earn your turns before most folks have strapped the skis to the car, then you won’t want to miss Purg’s first ever uphill/downhill rando race this Sun., Jan. 12. The race takes off at 8 a.m., taking racers up Purg’s frontside before descending down the gentler runs off Demon and Chair 4.

If an 8 a.m. alpine start is a little too early, consider the race is a benefit for the Know the Snow, a nonprofit avi-education scholarship fund set up by the families and friends of native Durangoans Peter Carver and Joe Philpott. Both Peter, 23, and Joe, 26, died within a month of each other in avalanches in 2013.

The race will feature two courses: “full on pain cave” (12.5 miles and 4,200 feet vert) and “standard pain cave” (2.5 miles and 2,100 vert.) This should probably go without saying, but strong skimo experience is recommended for the 12-miler. All levels are welcome for the shorter race. Upon emerging from the pain cave, racers can look forward to free beer, prizes and other great schwag. They will also have the option of discounted tickets to ride the lifts the rest of the day.

Entry is $30 and can be done online at: www.knowthesnowfund.org/rando-race.

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