Monday, September 1, 2008


Firstly a huge amount of thanks to Emma and her team from Black Diamond, and Mike and Craig at Ohau Snowfields and Lodge. It made my job a lot easier with the support of these people.

Secondly the weather. It made everything easier that the sun was shining, though the inversion layer on Saturday morning did have me sweating when I first woke up.

Lastly thank you to all who turned up and participated. The participants make this event. If you have any feedback, suggestions for improvement etc, likes/dislikes, please let me know at

The event itself saw all competitors head up the main groomed run, Broadway, until they cut left up a steeper groomed trail towards the snow making facilities. From there they broke up towards the ridge stopping to take their skins off for a small ski downhill. Dropping about 100m vertical they came to halt at the bottom of the Powder Bowl to put their skins on and head back up towards the ridge. Nearer the top they stopped to strap skis on their packs for a hike to the ridge. From there they dropped back down to the bottom of the Powder Bowl. Here the recreational class called it a day and the race class put their skins back on to make it to the top of Mt Sutton. The breeze kept everyone from overheating and the snow was nice and soft by the time most competitors were descending.

The recreational class was about 580m vertical and the race class about 900m vertical.

The race itself saw a predictably fast pace from the start as Grant tore up the first slope. Jane and Gena chased hard and another group of about 6 racers followed. By the second uphill Grant had a big lead with most of the other competitors bunched more closely. By the climb up Mt Sutton some gaps started appearing with Jane easing clear of Gena and Rupert burning off the rest of the pack to be the third male. Theo and Alexis, explaining the pros and cons of the course in French were next. In the female race class Kath was behind the main pack and behind here Sheena and Gillian followed with Sheena edging Gillian on the last climb.



1. Grant Guise – 50m

2. Gena Sibaev – 1h 1m

3. Rupert Gardiner – 1h 6m

4. Theo Camus – 1h 6m

5. Alexis Poilvert – 1h 6m

6. Nigel Sutherland – 1h 8m

7. Tim Ensor – 1h 11m

8. Gary MacPherson – 1h 13m

9. Sean Waters – 1h 15m

10. Ian Dee – 1h 15m

11. Jules Lowndes – 1h 22m

12. Terry Simpson – 1h 38m

13. Mael Baguet - DNF

14. James Orr – DNF


1. Jane Harper – 1h

2. Kath Conlan – 1h 18m

3. Sheena Denmead – 1h 22m

4. Gillian Ensor – 1h 24m

5. Christina Bauer – 1h 32m


1. Richard Raynes – 45m

2. Russell Braddock – 46m

3. Jamie Owens – 48m

4. Tomas O’Shea – 59m

5. David Dolan – 1h 27m

6. Dean McNulty - 1h 58m


1. Kim Fuller – 1h 3m

2. Aviette Musin – 1h 14m

1 comment:

GTG said...

Nice work Duncan! Great race, great day!
Only thing I would say is make it longer, but you already know that I think this........
If anyone I keen, I have a race report of my own, photos and a report of the next day at
Thanks again Duncan.