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CROWBAR Backcountry Ski Race 
February 15, 2014

CROWBAR: Cache Regional Overland Winter BAckcountry Race
AT/rando, telemark, or split board
February 15, 2014
Sink Hollow Trailhead, Logan Canyon, UT (map and directions)
Prior Races

2014 Photos
Print Flier

Thank you so much to the racers, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make the 5th CROWBAR the biggest -- and best -- ever!! Aerial video of the start and full race results are below. Photo album here. We look forward to see you next year!

- Cameron, David, & Erik (the crowbar coordinators)

2014 Crowbar Winners
Joan, Nick, Sarah, Andy, Bryson, and Abby (left to right)

Race Results

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 skied great last year and we look forward to ski again this year! 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 2014 CROWBAR backcountry ski race will have 3 divisions: Junior (18 and under), Recreation, and Race. More info on the three courses are shown in the table below and on the Course Maps/Profiles.

Division Description Length (miles) Vertical (feet) Booters
Maps/ Profiles
New this year! Short, FUN course for those under 18. Everyone who registers by Weds. Feb. 12 wins a prize!
Similar course as last year. For the average backcountry enthusiast--not too long and full of fun descents.
USSMA Category 1 course this year--big climbs, big descents, 2 booters, great prizes, & follows ISMF rules. Eligible racers can earn points towards USSMA ranking.

We will mark each course the day before the race and set skin track(s) 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 event-day changes to the courses.

We will award gold, silver, and bronze crowbars to the fastest participants in each division and of each gender (winners must carry their crowbar medals in future races :) We will also award numerous prizes generously donated by our CROWBAR sponsors.

Conditions Update

Course is now set and in excellent condition. We made a few changes to keep all the skin tracks and descents at or below 30 degrees and away from problematic terrain features. This low-angled terrain is still very fun to ski! Up high, snow fell most of the day. See the updated route maps; we will also discuss the route and changes at the mandatory pre-race meeting tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Thanks to our awesome team of 9 volunteer course setters. Looking forward to a fun race tomorrow!

     -- David (Feb 14, 8:21 pm)

Heading up to scout and observe conditions as well as mark and set the course. Will have an update later this afternoon when back in Logan.

     -- David (Feb 14, 7:45 am)

NOAA Current Weather Conditions for Beaver Creek/Sink Hollow area.

      -- Erik (Feb 13, 9:01 am)

The course has received a lot of new snow and water content over the past week which makes for excellent coverage but also newly weighted the snowpack and increased the avalanche risk. More snow, rain, wind, and warm temperatures are forecast for tomorrow (Thurs) and Friday and could further increase the avalanche risk. We are monitoring conditions closely and in communication with the Utah Avalanche Center forecaster for the Logan Area. We are simultaneously examining closure of potentially problematic areas and alternative routes should conditions necessitate. On Friday, we will again be out to observe, travel, set, and mark the entire course and make any needed changes. We will further assess Saturday morning before the race starts.

One unique challenge of holding a ski race entirely in the backcountry is developing a course that is both safe and fun regardless of what mother nature sends our way. In the event of extremely high avalanche danger (i.e., widespread natural and triggered avalanches on forested, 25-30 degree slopes), we may be forced to restrict the course to, for example, very low-angled terrain near the trailhead or cancel/postpone the event. We cannot control what Mother Nature sends us. But the Sink Hollow/Beaver Creek area offers numerous course/route options and we will respond and adjust as needed to hold a safe race.

We will post additional conditions and route updates here on the website, on the CROWBAR Facebook page, and via Twitter @CrowbarSkiRace as soon as we have them.

      -- David (Feb 13, 8:37 am)


  1. Online registration is now closed. We will still accept race day registrations. Add $10 to the costs listed below, arrive at the Sink Hollow trailhead by 8:00 am, exact cash only.

Registration Categories

Participant Information

Age 19 & up
Age 18 & younger
1 Adult & up to 2 Juniors

For race-day registration, provide name, age, gender, division, and contact information to the check-in volunteer when you register.
  1. Print, complete, and sign the Release Forms. Then, bring the signed forms with you to check in.

Mandatory Equipment

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

  • Helmet

  • Light jacket

 We will check for all gear before the event starts.

The USU Outdoor Recreation Program will rent avalanche safety equipment to CROWBAR participants for the discounted price of $5 and ski equipment for 50% off the regular price. Present evidence of your CROWBAR registration to receive the discount. 

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.


If you're coming from out of town, we have arranged with the following Logan-area hotel to offer special rates to CROWBAR participants.

364 S. Main Street, Logan. Map & Directions
CROWBAR rate: $50
Promotion Code: CROWBAR
Phone to reserve. Give the promotion code to receive the CROWBAR rate.

If you stay elsewhere, we would also like to know. Please tell the volunteer when you check in where you stayed.

Free Practice/Citizen's Race

New this year, we're holding a FREE informal clinic and Practice/Citizenís race on Friday, Feb. 7 starting at 5:15 pm at the Bunchgrass Trailhead up Logan Canyon. How many laps can you make in 1 hour on the short, non-technical course? Practice and get stoked for the full CROWBAR! Plus, free entry to the CROWBAR to a randomly drawn person!


Bunchgrass Trailhead, Logan Canyon. Map

5:15 pm

Clinic - on gear, technique, and race etiquette

6:00 pm

Race start

7:00 pm

Race end

7:30 pm

Drinks, food, and socializing at Jack's Wood Fired Pizza in Logan (256 N. Main).

Sign up on the Google Doc to let us know you will attend so we can plan accordingly! You can also use the Google Doc to set up a carpool/ride-share.

Headlamp, helmet, and climbing skins mandatory!


We had a great turnout and lots of fun despite a delayed start due to U.S. 89 being closed for an hour, blinding snow, it being dark and the first time two participants backcountry skied!

Race start

The final course was 330 vertical feet and everyone completed at least one lap!

Participant Laps (#)

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 Google Document 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 distribute posters in the next two weeks. Also to mark the course the day before the event, 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 Google Document Volunteer Sheet or contact Erik.Syrstad at We are only able to put on this event with the generous help of our volunteers.

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.

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