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January 31,  2015

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

We're stoked to put on another awesome CROWBAR Backcountry Ski Race this year and are busy renewing our permits, pulling together sponsors, and making sure everything else is ready for late January when we are inundated with light, fluffy Utah powder. Check out the energizing video we made using footage from last year's race, share with your friends, and follow us on the CROWBAR Facebook page or @CrowbarSkiRace to hear the next important announcements including when registration opens.

There is also a lot to do to put on the CROWBAR and we welcome volunteers -- please contact either Erik or Nate at the email addresses listed at the left.

We look forward to see you in January!

- Erik & Nate (the crowbar coordinators)

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 will have 3 divisions: Junior (18 and under), Recreation, and Race with similar or identical routes, distances, and elevation gains as last year. See the 2014 Course Maps/Profiles.

The race division course will again be a USSMA Category 1 course with big climbs, big descents, at least 2 booters, & follow ISMF rules. Eligible racers can earn points towards USSMA ranking.

We will post course maps once we finalize the 2015 routes. We will also 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 course changes or possibly canceling the event.

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.


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.


  1. Registration is capped at 75 participants. We will announce the opening of registration through the CROWBAR Facebook page and Twitter @CrowbarSkiRace. Register online up through Weds Jan 28, 2015.

Registration Categories

Participant Information

Age 19 & up
Age 18 & younger
1 Adult & up to 2 Juniors
(Enter age, gender, shirt size and name(s) for junior participant(s) in the bottom text box at the right. Separate entries by commas.)

Enter Participant info., click "Register" at the right, and PayPal will request your method of payment. We will only use billing information you provide to contact you if there is (i) a problem with the transaction, and/or (ii) new, last-minute race information.

Registration is not yet open.
  1. Print, complete, and sign the Release Forms. Then, bring the signed forms with you to the start of the event.

  1. You may also register in-person on event day (space available). Add $10 to the online cost. Arrive at the Sink Hollow trailhead by 8:15 am. Cash only.

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 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, there are plenty of places to stay in the Logan area as well as one place up near the Sink Hollow Trailhead (The Beaver Creek Lodge). We will announce and post codes for special rates as we arrange them with lodge operators.

Free Practice/Citizen's Races

We're again holding FREE clinics and Practice/Citizenís races on several evenings in the weeks leading up to the CROWBAR. These Citizen's races will run similar to last year (see info and photos). Follow the CROWBAR Facebook page, and Twitter @CrowbarSkiRace for updated information on these practice events (dates, times, locations, etc.).

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 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 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.

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 norther Utah. Learn about other outdoor winter activities at Also, consider becoming a member or making a tax-exempt donation if you would like to see more events like the Crowbar happen.

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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