35th Buckwheat International Ski Classic: postponed to 2022

Due to the border closure since last March 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 race on the previously scheduled date of March 13, 2021. We have been able to get grooming equipment up the highway for Yukon volunteers to do some trail maintenance during our absence, so there is skiing at Log Cabin.  However, much of our efforts this winter will be concentrated on local trails in Dyea and Skagway and keeping our youth active outdoors. See announcements and trail reports on Facebook and on our TRAILS & EVENTS page. Get outdoors and stay safe everyone!

SKI CLUB kicked off for kids on Jan. 9th and is held every Saturday and on some Thursdays after school. We’ve had a great response so far. Come join  in the fun! Location is announced the day before on Facebook. 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.

BUCKWHEAT COVID CLASSIC – coming Saturday March 6th! Watch for details soon about this fun event at Lower Dewey Lake, 11 am-4 pm.

LCSS Annual Meeting January 8, 2021.  The Log Cabin Ski Society annual meeting will be held via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Alaska time on Friday, January 8, 2021. LCSS is in the process of notifying 2020 members of this meeting so you can sign up for the Zoom. Any prospective new members should fill out a 2021 application on our membership page (online app coming soon) and contact secretary Jeff Brady at wjbradyak@me.com to be added. During this meeting we will have a president’s report, treasurer report, and elect two board members. A regular board meeting will follow to elect officers for 2021.

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!