Saturday January 30, 2010 is the date for the first Yeti of the season on Mount Washington. Marc Lyster Nordic Area Manager is very excited about hosting The Yeti indicating that this year’s event will see great snow conditions with a growing 300+cm base with more snow in the forecast. The Mount Washington course is always a good one with a solid climb followed by some nice rolling single track through the meadows which takes you over to a big descent back down to the Start – Finish area.
It is also fair to say that we can expect additional attention on this event due to its proximity and timing to the World Snowshoe Championships taking place on Mount Seymour Saturday February 27.
Many of the top Canadian athletes attending would be looking at this event as training run for the Worlds which are also doubling as The Canadian National Championships. The Vancouver Island event will see some real talent on the start line as Neil Holme, Stefan Jacobsen and Jason Loutitt all have experience racing at a National and International level.
Mount Washington is playing host to numerous International Nordic teams that are preparing for the Olympic Games. The Yeti has extended an invitation to any Olympic Athlete interested in entering the 5km or 10km event.
We have only just extended this offer and we have not had anyone enter but stay tuned for the post race report to find out who was fast for Canada in the men’s and women’s open category. If you are training for the Worlds or just into snowshoeing Mount Washington is always a season highlight.
For more information go to www.theyeti.ca. Photos by John Crosby.