February 2nd 2015 Press Release

Online registration begins for 29th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 Buckwheat Ski Classic, which will be held on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway, Alaska on Saturday, March 28. Registration is available online at: www.buckwheatskiclassic.com.

Between 350 and 400 skiers are anticipated for the nordic ski season’s annual end of March event. This year’s theme, suggested by Skagway’s award-winning snow sculpture team, is “Winter is Coming, John Snow,” a play on the popular book and TV series Game of Thrones. The carving team is geared up for another great aid station, and there will again be a Best Costume prize: a tour package to Skagway’s Upper Dewey Lake cabin.

The race is a fundraiser for Log Cabin Ski Society, which maintains the ski trails with equipment and volunteers. These trails have been recognized as an official recreation area by BC Forestry. The society has been working closely with the agency on trail improvements, a new map, and information kiosks. LCSS was formed in 2012 to continue the ski race founded by Skagway’s Buckwheat Donahue and keep the trails maintained for the benefit of all users.

LCSS volunteers groom and set track on the ski trails weekly between now and the race, so skiers are encouraged to check trail condition updates on the site and use the area all winter. The trails are located on the S. Klondike Highway, 27 miles (43.5K) north of Skagway, Alaska. As of February 2, about 10 kilometers of trails were groomed and tracked, and the rest of the course is usually ready by early March.

The Buckwheat Ski Classic will again have 50K, 25K and 10K classic cross country ski races, as well as a 5K kids race. There are awards for the top 3 male and female skiers in each division, as well as the new Father Mouchet Award for the most inspirational skier.
Racers can sign up by clicking on the Race Entry tab on the website and following the registration link. There is a discount for registering early before the end of February, then fees go up in March. Racers also have the option of joining the Log Cabin Ski Society for $10 per year and donating to the society’s warming hut fund.

Print registration forms and membership applications also will be available at the usual locations: The Mountain Shop in Skagway, Coast Mountain Sports in Whitehorse, Lutak Lumber in Haines, and Foggy Mountain Outfitters in Juneau. Those registration forms may be dropped off at the Skagway and Whitehorse locations by March 24 or mailed directly to Buckwheat Ski Classic, Box 636, Skagway, AK 99840. Late registration is available the day before the race at the bib pick-up locations in Skagway and Whitehorse.

After the race, the fun moves down to Skagway for a fabulous awards dinner at the Skagway Recreation Center. See schedule on site for menu choices, and there will be entertainment by Skagway’s high-flying Aerial Tissu company. Then the party shifts downtown, where there will be music at local establishments. Watch the site or the LCSS Facebook page for updates.

Additional volunteers are always welcome. If you can help with race packet prep, race timing, serving breakfast, parking lot, and aid station prep, please call Jeff Brady at 907-973-2354 or Su Rappleye at 983-2127.

Major sponsors and contributors of the Buckwheat Ski Classic include: Municipality of Skagway CVB & Rec. Center, Salree, Inc., Alaska Shirt Co., The Mountain Shop, Elliott Financial Management, Holland America, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, The Skagway News. Co., PR Services, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, ATIA Golden Circle Chapter, and Alaskan Brewing Co. A full breakdown of 2015 sponsors appears on the website and race brochure.

The Buckwheat in 2009 was named one of the top 49 things to do in Alaska by the editors of Alaska magazine. And it still howls!


FERRIES – Ferries are coming north from Juneau and Haines to Skagway on March 26 and 27. The Taku leaves Juneau at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday March 26 for Skagway, with a stop in Haines, arriving at 2:45 p.m. On Friday, March 27, the Aurora leaves Juneau at 7
a.m., with a stop in Haines, and arrives in Skagway at 1 p.m. After the race, the LeConte sails south on Sunday, March 29 at 2 p.m. to Haines and Juneau. If you want to make it a really long weekend, on Monday, March 30 the Matanuska leaves Skagway at 4:45 p.m. for Haines and Juneau. To book space on these ferries, go directly to the state’s Alaska Marine Highway site at www.ferryalaska.com.

PASSPORTS – Skiers are also reminded of document requirements for crossing the U.S.-Canada border. You must have a passport or
passport card to cross the border. The border is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (8 a.m. to midnight Yukon time). For more info. contact
Skagway Port of Entry at 907-983-2325. IMPORTANT: race start times have been moved to a half hour later to allow more time for
border crossings. Racers should plan on leaving Skagway at least an hour and a half before their race start times to insure they have
plenty of time. First race now starts at 10 a.m. Alaska time.

CONTACT: Jeff Brady: wjbradyak@me.com or 907-973-2354.

2015 “Winter is Coming” logos designed by Courtenay Birdsall-Clifford