Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dogtooth Dash

I skipped the Whitefish Whiteout to get over an annoying sickness that I'd been dragging along. Sounds like I missed another Philipp beatdown, but in the much deeper local field that Whitefish usually attracts. Great skimo community in Montana.

Fresh snow the night before a race created white-knuckle driving, and some highway closures if you were unlucky. A decision was made to modify the course to instead have 2 laps of the shorter Enduro course. I actually enjoyed this format as the skintracks improved greatly for the 2nd lap.

Nick Elson had a great race as he was able to stick with Philipp until the final climb when he blew a skin. I finished 6th. Some photos by Malcolm Taylor:

The bootpack was steep and on the 2nd lap, it was right before the finish!

The descent was soft on the first lap, more rocks showed up for lap 2.

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