35th Buckwheat International Ski Classic: March 12, 2022

So long April, you gave us some great skiing for a change! Grooming is all done for the season as the snow slips away, and what a great season it was! COVID did not stop us, on either side of the border! Thanks to all of our volunteers who groomed at Log Cabin, at various spots in Skagway and Dyea, up on the Dewey Lakes, and in the ‘Badger Bowl.’ Thanks to those who helped resurrect Ski Club! Thanks to everyone who helped at with the COVID Classic in Skagway and the big ski weekend at Log Cabin. We are really looking forward to a normal, but just as snowy, 2021-22 winter and the return of the Buckwheat International Ski Classic with all our friends on March 12, 2022. Be safe everyone and keep on HOWLING!!!!!!!

Due to the border closure since the end of March 2020 due to COVID-19 and our inability to be able to get to Log Cabin, BC to set up our trails well in advance of the annual Buckwheat, we had to cancel the 2021 race on the previously scheduled date of March 13. We were able to get grooming equipment up the highway for Yukon volunteers to do trail maintenance during our absence.There was skiing at Log Cabin. See announcements and trail reports on Facebook and on our TRAILS & EVENTS page.  Much of our efforts this past winter were concentrated on local trails in Dyea and Skagway and keeping our youth active outdoors, including hosting a COVID Classic (see below). Get outdoors and stay safe everyone!

SKI CLUB FINALE MARCH 27: It’s been great fun since we started up Jan. 9. Thanks to our instructor Nicole Kovacs for working with the kids, our trail crew working in Skagway and Dyea with all the great snow this season, and to these great SPONSORS:  Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Municipality of Skagway Recreation Center and  Log Cabin Ski Society with the support of Packer Expedition/Mountain Shop and Skagway School. We are working on a plan to continue the program next winter!

BUCKWHEAT COVID CLASSIC – Saturday March 6, 2021! See Buckwheat COVID Classic Flyer for details about this fun event at Lower Dewey Lake! Thanks to TEMSCO for offering shuttles! A howling good time was had by all! We had 55 skiers registered for various events (no official results) and just as many showed up to have fun on the lake and watch the COVID sculpture burn! Check out our Facebook page for photos and video. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen!!! Funds were raised to help our president Aric “Krusty” Baldwin for his cancer recovery. Please consider donating at: gf.me/u/zkrn82

LCSS BOARD NEWS

Mission Statement Revised (May 2021): It is the mission of the Log Cabin Ski Society to preserve and maintain ski trails from tidewater in Skagway, Alaska to Log Cabin, B.C. for the enjoyment of skiers, and to organize the Buckwheat International Ski Classic for competitors  of all ages and abilities so that everyone will have a howlin’ good time.

The Log Cabin Ski Society annual meeting was held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Alaska time on Friday, January 8, 2021. New officers are Aric Baldwin, President; Tim Bourcy, Vice President; Katherine Nelson, Secretary; and Cara Cosgrove, Treasurer. Bourcy was reelected to the board, and Jeremy Simmons was also elected to a 3-year term, replacing long-time board secretary Jeff Brady, who will still help out with LCSS publicity and volunteers. In May 2021, Cara Cosgrove resigned and Nicole Kovacs was appointed to fill her seat until the next annual meeting. Jeremy Simmons will step in as treasurer. Mike Kramer is the appointed Yukon rep. on the board for this year.

LAST RACE RESULTS: 2020 Buckwheat International Ski Classic

Thanks everyone who made this a great race! Beautiful day on the Log Cabin Ski Trails. We had 263 registered for our Saturday, March 7, 2020 event, dedicated to the memory of our founder Buckwheat Donahue. “Keep on Howling!” Photos now posted on our Facebook page and in our Gallery.

CONGRATS SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS: John Briner Award for Most Inspirational SkierCarl Johansen (he brought 2 friends from New Zealand with 5 bottles of Buckwheat’s favourite ‘Kaitaiya’ hot sauce); Des Duncan Volunteer Appreciation AwardAndy Beierly and Si Dennis Jr. (two long-time pre-race breakfast cooks); Miss Buckwheat 2020Eva Mandeville (thanks to Jean Worley for making the crown and sash); Best Costume WinnerAmanda Mouchet (she sewed several BISC shirts together into a full body suit and won a trip to the Upper Lake cabin via Temsco Helicopter with a free stay courtesy of Skagway Rec. Center and food catered by Packer Expeditions); LCSS Member Award DrawingChristian Schmidt (pair of Atomic skis from The Mountain Shop); and special thanks to Stuart Brown who had the high bid of $400 for a Handmade Quilt by Christine Baldwin, and to everyone who made donations large and small on the memorial money tree for Buckwheat and wrote tributes for BW. All donations go toward our Warming Hut Fund.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS – See our THANK YOU AD in The Skagway News. Sorry, no volunteer party was held due to COVID-19 concerns. 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 message us through our Facebook page.

TRAIL REPORTS – Watch our TRAILS page and follow us on FACEBOOK to see weekly winter updates Dec-March including information on Ski Club Activities/Lessons during our ski season in Skagway/Dyea. The Log Cabin Ski Trails are maintained by volunteers with LCSS from Skagway or the Yukon (during COVID) by special agreements with British Columbia Recreation Trails and Parks and Parks Canada. These trails are for cross-country skiing only!

The ski trails that we manage at Log Cabin pass through the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation and occur on lands managed by Recreation Sites & Trails B.C. and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (Parks Canada). Please honour and respect these traditional lands.

Buckwheat Donahue memorial gifts.  The Log Cabin Ski Society, along with many in our community and all over the region, were saddened by the passing of our race founder, Buckwheat Donahue, on October 14, 2019 in Oklahoma, where he had moved in 2018. He had been in declining health for some time. His Obituary appeared in The Skagway News on October 25, 2019 and a Howling Celebration of Life was held in Skagway on November 23 at the Eagles. A Buckwheat-themed tribute was held 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 Warming Hut Fund, Box 636, Skagway, AK 99840.

30th Anniversary Buckwheat Ski Classic DVD & 2020 Shirts on Sale! – Support our Warming Hut Fund!  Pick up a DVD at the Mountain Shop in Skagway for $10 and we also have extra 2020 Racer Shirts on sale at the Mountain Shop for $5.

The Buckwheat logos for the 2020 race were designed by Skagway artist Courtenay Birdsall Clifford


2020 race photos by Andrew Cremata – see more in our Photo Gallery!