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 are not planning to have a race on the scheduled date of March 13, 2021. The LCSS board is working with partners in the Yukon to see if some trail maintenance can occur during our absence, but most of our efforts this winter will be concentrated on local trails in Dyea and Skagway. Stay tuned for more announcements and trail reports on Facebook and on our Trails page. Get outdoors and stay safe everyone!

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 will go toward our Warming Hut Fund.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS – See our THANK YOU AD in The Skagway News. Sorry, no volunteer party this year 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.

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

TRAIL REPORTS – Watch our TRAILS page and follow us on FACEBOOK to see weekly winter updates Dec-March including information on Ski Club Lessons and other 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!

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.

LCSS Annual Meeting Report.  The Log Cabin Ski Society annual meeting was held on Dec. 5, 2019 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.  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. The 2020 race was early due to Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse in mid-March. Future races will be on the second Saturday in March, so next year’s race is on March 13, 2021.

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. His obituary appeared in The Skagway News on October 25, and a Howling Celebration of Life was held in Skagway on November 23 at the Eagles. There will be a Buckwheat-themed tribute during the 2020 race (see logos below). 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.


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