2020 BISC SCHEDULE (no race in 2021 due to COVID but this is how schedule usually looks; next race will be on March 12, 2022)
REGISTRATION – Opened online through Zone 4 on January 15, 2020. See Race Entry page for details and pricing. Register before March 2 to avoid late fee. Late registration is available with $10 late fee online or in person at bib pickups in Whitehorse on Thursday, March 5 and in Skagway on Friday, March 6 (see below). Registration closes at 6 p.m. Alaska time on March 6.
VOLUNTEER – If you aren’t into racing, you can always volunteer and join in on the fun. Click on our Volunteer Local Page and sign up for jobs starting Feb. 27 all the way through Race Week.
NEED A ROOM? – Try these hotels and B&Bs: Skagway Inn at 1-888-752-4929 (breakfast included); Mile Zero at 907-983-3045, White House at 907-983-9000, and Morning Wood at 907-983-2200. Mike Healy has rooms available in his BrewCo housing at the old Sgt. Preston’s Lodge at 907-983-2739, ext. 505 (new number); Also, Chilkoot Trail Outpost in Dyea may open early, call 907-983-3799; Bites on Broadway may have 1-2 rooms above the coffee shop, call 907-982-2166. Also check with Max from Jewell Gardens at 907-612-0660 to see if he has rooms.
PRIZE FOR BEST COSTUME – Upper Dewey Lake cabin package this summer from Skagway Rec. Center with flight by TEMSCO, and catered by The Mountain Shop. This year you are encouraged to wear a favourite costume from past years as we celebrate all the Buckwheats!
BECOME A MEMBER & WIN – Special Members-only drawing for a pair of skis at the banquet! Second and third prizes are free entries in the 2021 race.
SUPPORT OUR LOG CABIN WARMING HUT FUND – Make a donation on your registration form or purchase the Buckwheat Ski Classic 30th Anniversary DVD at the Race Banquet. We also will be having a Memory/Money Tree where you can share your thoughts about Buckwheat and contribute to the hut fund in him memory.
Restaurants & Bars open in Skagway during race weekend
Glacial Coffeehouse (6 am-5 pm Mon-Sat, 7-4 Sun); Skagway Brewing Co. (restaurant open daily for dinner 4:30-8 pm, weekend breakfast 8-11 am; For Saturday March 7, dining room opens early at 3 pm, while pub opens at 7:30 featuring live music – see below), Happy Endings Saloon (open Fri-Sat at 4 pm), Bombay Curry (open 11-3 daily except Sun.), The Station (TBA), Sweet Tooth Cafe (TBA); Skagway Spirits (TBA); Bites on Broadway (TBA).
There is a pre-race Burger Feed at the Elks Friday from 5:30 to 7 pm to support the Skagway Women’s Gold Medal team, pre-race Breakfast for registered racers and volunteers Sat. morning at Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, and of course the Buckwheat Awards Banquet Sat. night at the Skagway Rec. Center, which you don’t want to miss!
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Late Registration / Bib Pick-Up & Information – Whitehorse
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Yukon time) – Whitehorse
Sport Yukon (4064 Fourth Ave.) -Board Room #2
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Late Registration / Bib Pick-Up & Information – Skagway
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Alaska time) – Skagway.
AB Hall, Broadway between 2nd & 3rd. Registration ends at 6 p.m. March 22.
• BURGER FEED to support Skagway Women’s Gold Medal basketball team, 5:30-7 p.m. at Elks (6th & State)
SATURDAY, March 7
(all race times Alaska Standard Time)
6:00 am– 8:00 am – Breakfast – Presbyterian Church Rec. Hall, 5th & Main St., Skagway – spiral hams courtesy of AMAK Towing.
SHUTTLE INFO! Courtesy shuttle vans to Log Cabin will leave from the church Rec. Hall at 8 a.m. Sign up in Skagway at Bib Pick-up or show up at 7:30 a.m. Shuttle service between parking lots at Log Cabin during the race if needed.
IMPORTANT! Due to Canada Customs now having to run all passports through their computers, there could be short delays at Fraser. If you are coming from Skagway, allow at least an extra 30 minutes so you do not miss your starting time below.
BE RESPECTFUL! The ski trails that we manage at Log Cabin pass through the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation and occurs on lands managed by Recreation Sites & Trails B.C. and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (Parks Canada). Please honour and respect these traditional lands.
STARTING TIMES – all at Log Cabin. Our course is tracked for a traditional classic race. No skate-skiing is allowed.
- 10 am – 50k racers
- 10:15 am – 25k racers
- 10:30 am – 10k racers
- 11:30 am – 5K kid’s racers with parents
- NOTE: Course will close at 3 PM!
ALSO, if you get down to Skagway early enough….
- Showers available at Skagway Rec. Center until 5 PM
DINNER & AWARDS – Skagway Rec Center
Main St. between 12th & 13th
IMPORTANT: No one under the age of 21 can attend the dinner without a parent/guardian present, per Alaska liquor laws, since beer and wine are being served on the premises. Adults please bring ID!!!
- 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm – Full Dinner provided by SRC (Menu: appetizers; Ivar’s clam chowder, meat chilli, or vegetarian chilli in a bread/bowl with salad; desserts ). Beer and wine available for purchase from our friends at Skagway Development Corp. with generous support from Alaskan Brewing Co. (21 & over only, must have ID).
- 6:45 pm – Buckwheat Tribute – people will be asked to come up and share stories as we play a slide show of BW memories. You also can attach cash to a Memory Tree in his honour that will go to his chosen memorial charity, the Log Cabin Warming Hut Fund.
- 7:00 pm – Awards – given by emcee Cory Thole to the first, second and third place male and female finishers in each division. Also presentation of the Des Duncan Award, John Briner Award, Best Costume Award, and Miss Buckwheat!
THEN…. Party moves to Downtown Skagway with music at these local establishments starting around 8:30 p.m.:
- Live Music: New Twin in the Pub at Skagway Brewing Co.
- TBA at Happy Endings Saloon
A FRIENDLY REMINDER – From your friends at the Buckwheat and Parks Canada.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is not allowed in the Log Cabin parking lot.
PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
FOR EVERYONE’S SAFETY – NO DOGS ON RACE DAY
Be aware of the documentation requirements for U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing
into the United States and Canada. For more information call the US Port of Entry at 907-983-2325
ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO GET THROUGH BUSY BORDER STATIONS!