The 2015 season is complete, or at least I think it is. I took advantage of end-of-the year pricing in addition to historic lows of the Euro vs. the Dollar and bought a new set of race equipment. 6.96 lbs total for the boots, bindings, and skis - that is both pair too. 3.5 lbs per leg. No kidding!
I raced the Wasatch Powder Keg solo race at Brighton UT and also the USA Skimo National Championships in Crested Butte. 3 days of racing for $150. If it was MTB racing that would cost 6 times as much. There I raced the Friday night Vertical Climb race, the solo race on Saturday, and the Duo race with Tim Bishop of Denver on Sunday. Tim and made the podium (although neither of us were there fore the actual podium - we skipped the awards to both get home to see the family) as we took 3rd place Master's Class. Both Wasatch and Crested Butte were the same based on this seasons weather - icy and very difficult. Crested Butte also included a technical climb with 1000 ft of rope requiring a lashed ascender and via ferrata (Italian for fall protection device) mounted to a waist harness. Fotos here albeit through a bunch of social media links.
All photos by others of course on social media. I did take a self photo prior to the solo race with the climbing equipment lashed around my waist and the skis on my pack (with shovel, beacon, probes, extra skins, etc).
In short this was a blast and I'll be back next year. I've biked and run through the winters and been bored the entire time. This season was just perfect even if the weather did not cooperate. I hit 51 days of skiing for free, skied for free at Telluride, Brighton, Hesperus, Purgatory (poach), Wolf Creek, Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Wolf Creek and from races I did Taos, Powderhorn, Santa Fe, Sunlight, Irwin Lodge, Crested Butte, and of course Brighton. Not one lift ticket was purchased, although a few were given to me via race entry. The skimo gear pays for itself!