34th Annual Buckwheat International Ski Classic : March 7, 2020

LCSS Annual Meeting Report.  The Log Cabin Ski Society annual meeting was held on Dec. 5 at the Brady home at 7th & Alaska in Skagway. Elected to 3-year terms on the board were Aric Baldwin (current VP) and Cory Thole (replacing Michael Yee who did not run again – a howl for Michael for the past 6 years!), and Stephanie Ryan was reaffirmed as our Yukon rep. We also worked on the theme and design for the 2020 race, which will honor Buckwheat.  If you missed the meeting, you can still join LCSS or renew your membership by filling out a membership form and sending us a check, or when you register online for the 2020 race. Race registration will begin in mid-January. Log Cabin trails have snow with people already skiing the 5K, and they will be groomed in advance of the non-motorized weekend of the season Dec. 13-15. See Trail Reports for updates.

Buckwheat Donahue passes.  The Log Cabin Ski Society, along with many in our community and all over the region, are mourning the passing of our race founder, Buckwheat Donahue, on October 14, 2020 in Oklahoma, where he had moved about a year ago. He had been in declining health for some time. An obituary will appear in The Skagway News on October 25. Watch for information soon about a Howling Celebration of Life in Skagway on Saturday, November 23 at 4 p.m. at the Eagles, and there will be a Buckwheat-themed tribute during the 2020 race. We love you and miss you, BW!  The family has asked that memorial gifts be sent to the Log Cabin Ski Society Hut Fund, Box 636, Skagway, AK 99840.

2020 BISC Race Date Announced – March 7, 2020.  The 34th annual Buckwheat International Ski Classic will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Yes, this is early because Arctic Winter Games will be in Whitehorse for 2 weeks during the middle of March, and the warmer winters no longer make it wise for us to schedule the race in late March. For next year, March 7 was the preferred date from a survey we took last spring, but in future years beyond 2020 we will be moving the Buckwheat to the second Saturday in March. Now, to pull off next year’s early race, we need some things to happen to get our trails ready. We are scheduling a FALL WORK PARTY on the trails October 4-6 weekend to get a jump on the cutting and brushing needed ahead of the season. It’s going to be fun. Watch for details on our Facebook page.

Volunteers – We Need You! We continue to need new blood to help us continue to put on a fabulous race and keep our trails maintained weekly through the ski season. If you’d like to help out, please contact us.

Trail Reports Coming Soon!  Watch our TRAILS page and follow us on FACEBOOK to see weekly winter updates including information on Ski Lessons and Gatherings during our ski season. The Log Cabin Ski Trails are maintained by volunteers with LCSS in Skagway by special agreement with British Columbia Recreation Trails and Parks. They are for cross-country skiing only!

2019 BISC Review: “Alice in Wonderland” –  We had a great day on the Log Cabin Ski Trails. As we had only a limited number of trails available due to a very warm week leading up to the race, there was no race, but it was a classic. We registered 344 people for the race, which wasn’t cancelled until the day before, but about 300 people turned out to have a great time at our Cheshire Cat Castle and down in Skagway after the event. We had no timing or results but we did give out our  SPECIAL AWARDS: Miss Buckwheat 2019 – Azure Dominique; Best “Alice in Winterland” Costume – The Caterpillar skiing couple, Brian Gabs and Karen Routledge from Calgary, Alberta, winners of an Upper Dewey Lake cabin weekend courtesy of Skagway Rec. Centre, Temsco Helicopters and Packer Expeditions; Des Duncan Award – Beth and Jim Hawkings, our stellar volunteer chief timers who got to come out and celebrate at the aid station this year; John Briner Award – Patrick Sack and family, who skied out to our aid station and camped all week and helped us build our castle with smiles on their faces, and then skied with us on Saturday. See photos on our Facebook page.

30th Anniversary Buckwheat Ski Classic DVD  – Pick up a DVD at the Mountain Shop or Rec. Center in Skagway for $10 and support our Warming Hut Fund!


The Buckwheat logos for the 2019 race were designed by Skagway artist Courtenay Birdsall Clifford













2019 race photos by Andrew Cremata – see more in our Photo Gallery!