35th Buckwheat International Ski Classic: March 12, 2022

WE HAVE SNOW & TRAIL REPORTS – Watch our TRAILS page starting Nov. 26-27 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.

October 30, 2021 UPDATES: Winter is around the corner and LCSS is moving forward with winter plans for Skagway Ski Club and grooming at Log Cabin, working for the time being with our Yukon volunteers who did such a great job last season. Down in Skagway-Dyea, grooming will resume once we get enough snow. Stay tuned for updates. We will hold off on announcements about the Buckwheat until January when we know more about how the borders will work. There will be a race on March 12th, and the theme will be related to the book/movie about a chocolate factory. Start planning your costumes!

LCSS BOARD NEWS – 2022 AGM DATE SET: Thursday January 6, 2022 in-person and via Zoom. Details TBA.

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

The 2021 Log Cabin Ski Society annual meeting was held January 8, 2021. Current officers are Aric Baldwin, President; Tim Bourcy, Vice President; Katherine Nelson, Secretary; and Jeremy Simmons, Treasurer. Nicole Kovacs was added to the board later in the year, replacing Cara Cosgrove, who stepped down, Mike Kramer was appointed Yukon rep. on the board, and John Hinrichs was appointed as an alternate board member till the next AGM. The new contact email for LCSS is logcabinskisociety@gmail.com

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.

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!