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January 31,  2015 - 9am start time

CROWBAR: Cache Regional Overland Winter BAckcountry ski Race

AT/rando, telemark, or split board

Sink Hollow Trailhead, Logan Canyon, UT (map and directions)

Prior Races

2014 Photos

Thanks to all the racers, volunteers, and sponsors for making the 2015 CROWBAR a huge success!  We had a record turnout of 54 participants, who enjoyed a spectacular bluebird day skiing around the Bear River Range.  Full results are posted on Ultra Signup, and USSMA points have been posted for Race Division participants.  Pictures are also up on the CROWBAR Facebook page

- Erik & Nate (the crowbar coordinators)

Congratulations to this year's winners, and recipients of the coveted Golden Crowbars!
crowbar winners

Crowbar Video

Sink Hollow Location

This year, we will again hold the CROWBAR at the Sink Hollow Trailhead located about 26 miles up Logan Canyon (US 89) from Logan, Utah (directions here).

The Sink Hollow site has great, long, powder laden lines that have skied great the last two years! Large portions of the route are visible from the start/finish -- bring your family so they can watch you climb up to, transition at, and ski down from the various checkpoints. And the site is close to Beaver Mountain Ski Area and lodge so you can finish the event with lift-served runs.

View CROWBAR at Sink Hollow Trailhead in a larger map

The Course

The 2015 CROWBAR backcountry ski race is a part of the new USSMA National Series, and will have 3 divisions: Junior (18 and under), Recreation, and Race.

The routes, distances, and elevation gains will be the same as 2014 -  2015 Course Maps/Profiles.
Racers wishing to earn points towards USSMA ranking must enter the race division and hold a current USSMA License (free this season).



Length (miles)

Vertical (feet)


Maps/ Profiles


Short, FUN course for those under 18!  Juniors may be accompanied by an adult.  Download GPS file.




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Ideal for the average backcountry enthusiast—three moderate climbs and fun powder-filled descents. Download GPS file.





USSMA Category 1 course with five big climbs and quad-burning descents, and two technical booters.  No groomers here!




We will mark each course the day before the race and set skin tracks and booters on ascents with passing lanes in critical areas. Skin track condition will of course be weather dependent. Note that weather, avalanche conditions, or other factors may require course changes or possibly canceling the event.
We will award gold crowbars to the fastest participants in each division and of each gender. We will also award numerous prizes generously donated by our CROWBAR sponsors.


One unique challenge of holding a ski race entirely in the backcountry is developing a course that is safe and fun regardless of the conditions mother nature sends our way. Use these resources to stay current on course conditions:

Please note, certain conditions may require us to significantly alter the course routes or cancel the event. We can't control what mother nature sends our way but will do our best to adjust to conditions and put on a safe race. See also the registration and refund policy.


Registration for the 2015 CROWBAR is on Ultra Signup until Wednesday, January 28 at 11:59pm Mountain. Registration is capped at 75 participants, and we will fill each division on a first-come, first-served basis before starting a wait list. If space is available, day-of registration will be offered (add $10 to the pre-registration cost).

Refund Policy

Because the sponsoring organization, Nordic United, is a nonprofit and incurs CROWBAR expenses early, we reserve the right to retain your entire registration fee should you not participate in  or complete the event or the event is canceled for reasons or conditions beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, we may return a portion of your registration fee but cannot guarantee such return.

Mandatory Equipment

  • Avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel)

  • Helmet

  • Light jacket

 We will check for all gear before the event starts.

The CROWBAR is a self-supported event. There are no aid stations. Participants must carry all food, water, and equipment they will need for the event. Volunteers at checkpoints will only have emergency supplies.

Carpooling to the Event

Parking is limited at the Sink Hollow Trailhead where the CROWBAR ski race starts. We will only allow carpools with three or more people to park at the trailhead. Use the Carpool Sheet to post if you can offer a ride or need a ride. We recommend that carpools meet at 7-7:15 am at First Dam at the mouth of Logan Canyon the day of the race to carpool up the Canyon. Additional, overflow parking is also available at either the US 89 - UT 243 junction, Garden City Snowsheds, or the Bunchgrass Tailhead.


We need volunteers to help put on this event! We need lots of assistance in the months and weeks leading up to the race to promote the event and line up sponsors. Then on the weekend of the race to mark the course, prepare food and goody bags, efficiently park vehicles, check in participants, staff course checkpoints, and time participants, among other things. If you would like to help, sign-up on the Volunteer Sheet or contact Erik Syrstad.

Sponsoring Organization

The CROWBAR is put on by Nordic United, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide non-motorized winter recreation opportunities in the Cache Valley area of northern Utah. 

Nordic United grooms nordic ski trails and promotes non-motorized recreation for all.
Nordic United is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible.

PO Box 3352, Logan, UT 84323

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