Xterra Nationals “New” Course Details



The U.S. Forest Service started work on the Sardine Peak Trail near Snowbasin Resort three years ago and for the first-time in XTERRA racing history, it is ready to ride. The new 7+ mile section of single and double track is the sweetest and smoothest piece of trail on the mountain, and makes the bike course “a true mountain race course that weaves in-and-out of aspen glades and pines,” said Snowbasin Resort sport event operations director Steve Andrus.

XTERRA USA Championship Course Quick Stats:

Swim course distance: 1,500-meters (0.93 miles) Combines two 750-meter laps (no run in-between)
Elevation at Port Ramp Marina for swim start: 4,900-feet
Water temperature: TBA, expected to be in the 65-degree range
Mountain bike course distance: 28-kilometers (17.7 miles)
Total climbing on bike: 3,400-feet
Elevation at highest point: 7,300-feet (top of Sardine Peak Trail)
Elevation at T2/Snowbasin Resort Lodge: 6,400-feet
Trail Run course distance: 9.8-kilometers (6.1 miles)
Total climbing on run: 700-feet
Total climbing on course: 4,100-feet

For the full tour, let’s start from the beginning when the cannon blast at 9am on September 24, 2011 signals the start of the 11th annual invite-only XTERRA USA Championship race.

More than 300 professional and amateur racers from more than 40 states will take off from Port Ramp Marina all-at-once for a 1500-meter swim (two 750-meter laps) in Pineview Reservoir, where water temps hover near the “wetsuit-required” range (Competitor note: a final determination on if this will be a wetsuit legal or optional swim will not be made until the water temperature is read on race morning, so be prepared).

Swim Prime Alert: The top amateur male and female, timed from swim start to the exit of T1, will win a XTERRA Vortex 3 Full wetsuit.

Once on the bike racers leave the swim-to-bike transition (T1) and head west towards the Wheeler Canyon trail head for the 28K mountain bike section. (Competitor note: The first 1.5 miles is on Highway 158, a major road. Ride on the shoulder inside the delineators that will be placed to separate racers from traffic.  The Utah Department of Transportation has said we cannot ride in the traffic lanes.  Stay inside the delineators.  We will assess a minimum of a two-minute penalty to riders caught outside of the lane delineators, and should the police handling traffic stop you, your race is done. When pre-riding we encourage you to park and start at Wheeler Canyon trail head (or park at Snowbasin and coast down to trailhead) because parking is not permitted at Port Ramp Marina.

OK, now to the fun part. For those that have raced the USA Championship in either of the last two years, the first 10-miles through the Wheeler Creek trail are the same. It starts with mild, steady climbs on dirt, rock, and root-ridden mountain trails that climb through the magnificent Wheeler slot canyon. The trail pops out at the Art Nord trail head where riders cross old Snowbasin road and climb up the East Fork trail, then drop down into some speedy descents to the Middle Fork trail, go across old Snowbasin road one more time and connect with the Wheeler Creek Trail. Single track dominates this 10-mile stretch and elevation gains from the water at 4,900-feet to about 7,000-feet before a descent on Middle Fork trail shoots you back down.

The new section starts where the Wheeler Creek Trail meets the Sardine Peak trail. Here riders are in for some more climbing that will take them to the ridgeline, rewarding their efforts with spectacular views of Pineview Reservoir to the right, and Snowbasin to the left.

Amateur video shot on Sardine Peak trail (reverse direction from how it will be raced)

“It certainly has that ‘wow’ factor, especially with the switchbacks that twist and turn through the fall colors,” said Andrus. “It’s a sensory riot.”

“The new section of the course is so sweet, a constant smooth climb and wide enough to pass,” added local age-group phenom Nick Fisher.

More wide-open vistas of Ogden Canyon lay ahead before the downhill onto Maples trail speeds riders through a meadow filled with wildflowers and back to the bike-to-run transition at the Snowbasin lodge area where spectators will have the chance to see their friends and family coming in.

On to the trail run, the 6.1-mile trail run is pure singletrack minus a wide section coming out of transition that takes runners to the start of Green Pond trail. The 10K single-loop run zigzags its way through aspen groves and fields of wildflowers. There are a few short, very steep uphill’s and about 700-feet of climbing then descending before the jubilation of finishing in front of loads of spectators, cameramen, and a live band jamming away right on the bricks of the fabulous Snowbasin Resort.

(Competitor Note: Headphones, headsets, earbuds, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players or any personal audio device are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Bike or run.  Variable time penalty for infraction).

XTERRA UTAH LONG COURSE: Starts at 9:20 a.m. and is identical to USA Championship course described above

XTERRA UTAH SHORT COURSE: Starts at 9:40 a.m. Same course as past years. The swim is half-distance, one 750-meter loop. The bike is 19K with roughly 2,300-feet of climbing (it turns back to Snowbasin Resort at end of Wheeler Creek trail instead of heading up Sardine Peak trail). The run is 5K, and cuts off midway through Green Pond trail.

Xterra Nationals Event Overview Sept 24-25th

Snowbasin Resort andOgden,Utah transform intoXTERRA Title TownUSA September 24-25 as all 140 of XTERRA’sU.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events culminate at Nationals in one magical weekend on the mountain. 


The two events will bring more than 1,200 of the nation’s very best amateur and professional triathletes and trail runners to battle for the title of XTERRA National Champion.


The off-road tri Nationals is Saturday, Sept. 24, along with full and half-distance XTERRA Utah races open to everyone.

The XTERRA Trail Run Nationals half-marathon is Sunday, Sept. 25, accompanied by 5K and 10K trail runs.  Both events will be filmed for nationally syndicated TV programs exposing the beauty ofUtahto millions.


In addition to the races, XTERRA will host an expo in downtownOgdenwith free kids races, vendor booths, a Paul Mitchell hair cut-a-thon for charity, and evening dinner parties. Simultaneously,Ogdenhosts its 10th annual Harvest Moon Festival with more than 25 family-friendly activities planned for all ages including live music, kid’s activities, and downtown criterium races.


“We are excited to bring our entire XTERRA Tribe together in Utah this September, the energy level is going to be off-the-charts,” said Janet Clark, president of XTERRA. “Ogden and Snowbasin are proven winners – between the facilities at Snowbasin, the great restaurants and atmosphere along Historic 25th Street in Ogden, the Harvest Moon Festival, and the unbelievably supportive community – we couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”


While the USA Championship off-road triathlon is an invite only race, the XTERRA Trail Run National Championship is open to the public, so one and all can challenge the best-of-the-best trail runners and race for a national championship.


Both events finish at Snowbasin Resort – a world-class ski resort that hosted the downhill and super G races for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and most recently served as the final stop of the Winter Dew Tour.  Located just 35 miles north ofSalt Lake City, and just up the road from the adventure capitol of Ogden, Snowbasin is an easy get to and increasingly popular adventure travel destination. It has an incredible collection of trails, which are nothing short of spectacular in late September as the fall colors start bursting in an array of red, pink, orange, and yellow.

For more information and links to registration visit xterrautah.com, or call toll-free to 877-XTERRA-1.


The XTERRA USA Championship weekend is sponsored by the Utah Sports Commission, and Paul Mitchell. Sponsors include GU, Gatorade, Zorrel, Snowbasin Resort, GOAL Foundation, MediaOne of Utah, U.S. Forest Service, KSL TV, and the XTERRA Alliance – Wetsuits, Vitality, Cycling, Fitness, Flex, and Footwear.



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XTERRA National Championships of Triathlon and Trail Running Event Schedule

Sept 23-25, 2011 // Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah




Friday, September 23

Opening Festivities in downtown Ogden @ Ogden’s Amphitheater Park (corner 25th/Grant)


12-6pm                  Expo and XTERRA Kids Zone Challenge Stations Open

12-6pm                 Registration and Packet Pick-up (All events – XTERRA Utah/XTERRA USA Championship/

XTERRA Trail Run Nationals, 10K and 5K)

12-5pm                 Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon, benefit for the Challenged Athlete Foundation

3:00pm                  XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes – also available at 6pm)

4pm                        XTERRA Kids Bike Race (free)

4:30-6pm               XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Art of XTERRA

5pm                        XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)

6:00pm                  XTERRA Race Briefing (mandatory for USA Championship triathletes, also available at 3pm)

6:30-9pm               “Night of Champions” Dinner, Grand Lobby, Union Station – Introduction of XTERRA Regional Champions & Mr/Ms XTERRA 2010.  Admission: complimentary for USA Championship competitors, $25 for guests/public.  Note that tickets are limited – first come, first served.


Saturday, September 24

XTERRA TRIATHLON at Snowbasin Resort


6am                      Shuttle operating to/from Snowbasin to Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

6:30am                 Late packet pickup at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir (no registration)

6:30am                 T1 open for set-up at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

6:30am                 T2 open for Set-up at Snowbasin

6:30am                 Body marking at Port Ramp Marina, Pineview Reservoir

8:20am                 Last shuttle from Snowbasin

9:00am                  XTERRA USA Championship Start at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)

9:20am                  XTERRA Utah Start – Long Course at Port Ramp Marina (1.5k swim, 30k mtb, 10k trail run)                       

9:40am                  XTERRA Utah Start – Sport Course at Port Ramp Marina (750m swim, 16k mtb, 5k trail run)

10am-2pm            Expo area open at Snowbasin – exhibits, live music, food service

10am-3pm            Registration and packet pickup for XTERRA Trail Runs – Nationals, 10K and 5K

10:30am-2:30pm Paul Mitchell Cut-a-thon - benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation

11am                     XTERRA Sport winner expected at Snowbasin

11:15/11:45am      XTERRAUSAChampionship Male/Female Winner Expected

12:00pm               XTERRA University, presented by Paul Mitchell – Trail Running

1:50pm                  XTERRA Cut-off at T2

2pm                       XTERRA USAChampionship/XTERRA UtahAwards Ceremony at Snowbasin

After Party at Harvest Moon Festival in downtownOgden

12-10:00pm          Harvest Moon Festival on 25th Street  -  kids activities, farmer’s market, food and beverage booths,

                                live bands – Headliner “Old Californio”.

8:30pm                  XTERRA USA Championship highlight video showing and introduction of Champions – Main Stage



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XTERRA National Championships of Triathlon and Trail Running Event Schedule

Sept 23-25, 2011 // Ogden/Snowbasin, Utah




Sunday, September 25

XTERRA TRAIL RUNNING at Snowbasin Resort


7:00-8:00am         Late Registration

7:00-8:30am         Late packet pick up

8:00am                  XTERRA Expo open

9:00am                  XTERRA Trail Running National Championship Half Marathon Start

9:05am                  XTERRA 5km and 10km Trail Run starts

9:00am-2:00pm  Paul Mitchell Cut-a-Thon, a benefit for the Challenged Athletes Foundation

9:20am/9:40am    5km/10km winners expected

10:06/10:19am     Men’s and Women’s National Championship male/female winners expected

11:00am               XTERRA Kids Sprint (free)

11:00am                                XTERRA 5km and 10km awards ceremony

11:45am                                XTERRA National Championship race awards ceremony

2:00pm                  XTERRA Expo closes


After Party in downtown Ogden

6:00pm                  XTERRA After Party (Location TBA)

7:00pm                  Video Highlights




Mt.Ogden 100K Lodging Options

Have you not booked your lodging for the Mt Ogden 100K bike race and Royal Bliss Concert with special guest Erik the Red?  Here are three great options for you!  Keep in mind The Event is at the end of this month!:

Marriott Ogden

Marriott Ogden, dedicated to elevating your next adventure to a higher level. Remarkable scenic beauty makes Ogden special, perfect for your next business trip, family vacation or whatever adventure brings you to this Mountain Metro city. The Marriott is located in the heart of Ogden, which has become a destination for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy skiing/snowboarding located less than 30 minutes away from Snowbasin. During spring, summer and fall guests enjoy hiking and biking on mountain trails; or boating and fishing at Pineview Reservoir. The Marriott Ogden is adjacent to Historic 25th Street. Majestic mountains reach for the sky to our east, and Utah’s Great Salt Lake is to our west. Elevate your life to a higher adventure at the Marriott Ogden!




Lakeside Resort Properties

Lakeside Resort Properties is the Closest Lodging to Snowbasin and offers luxury 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums with luxury master suites, fully equipped kitchens, private hot tubs, wi-fi, garages/covered parking and much more. We offer complimentary shuttle service to Snowbasin for our guests. Our office is on site and is open 7 days a week. Guest concierge services include pre-arrival grocery & liquor service, restaurant delivery, in room spa and massage services, dinner shuttle and much more.


The Red Moose Lodge

The Red Moose Lodge is a unique property located in Eden, just minutes from Snowbasin.  The lodge consist of 27 spacious rooms  including 3 luxury suites complete with fireplace and jacuzzi tubs.  Amenities include Wi Fi, light  continental breakfast, outdoor hot tub with stunning mountain views and on site spa services.  Concerige services are available to assist with shuttle service, restaurant reservations, and area information.  The warm and cozy  lobby has a large screen TV and the loft has a pool table for entertainment after a great day on the slopes. 



Mt. Ogden 50/100k Endurance Mtn Bike Race

Snowbasin is proud to host the 3rd Annual Mt. Ogden 50/100k Endurance Mountain Bike Race. The bike course consists of 2 (25K) loops for the 50K and an expanded 50K course for the 100k so the racers are not completing 4 laps.  Top endurance mountain bike races not only regionally but nationally will be attending and putting their strength and fortitude to the test.  For a full list of divisions and race times click on the URL below:


2nd Annual Basin Bash XC Mtn Bike Race(ICup Final Event)

Snowbasin, for the second year in a row,  is hosting the final stop of the Intermountain Cup Race Series.  This XC Mtn Bike race consists of a 8.5 mile loop of single track across the lower mountain with the start and finsih right above the Grizzly Center.  The race covers most age levels and expertise by divisions.  Their will be an awards ceremony, BBQ, and live music after the race around noon.  So come out to Snowbasin to cheer your favorite racer on or take the challenge yourself.  For more information on the ICup series and the Finals at Snowbasin check the link below:


High Temps and Rain End Summer Skiing/Snowboarding

After several days of high temperatures and significant rain Snowbasin will no longer continue its summer Skiing and Snowboarding.  We had two great weeks of Skiing/Snowboarding off the Middle Bowl lift however summer has finally arrived melting away the necessary snow amount to operate in the lower elevations.  Though we are closed for lift access skiing/snowboarding, Snowbasin will be hosting a Rail Jam on Sunday July 3rd at Earl’s base area for both skiers and snowboarders.  In addition, Snowbasin has many summer events and activities including mountain top dining, lower elevation mountain bike trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course currently open to the public. Snowbasin is looking forward to lift accessed Mountain Biking and Hiking in weeks to come.  Keep an eye on the blog for an official opening date.

**The Snowbasin Rail Jam on July 3rd is NOT cancelled**

2011/2012 Pre-Season Pass Rates

Snowbasin Resort is proud to announce the 2011/2012 winter pre-season passes will be available for purchase.  Snowbasin currently has a limited offering of 2011/2012 Pre-Season Passes Online.  Starting, June 11th, passes can be purchased in person at the tickets windows on Saturday and Sundays between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.  Due to great success, Snowbasin Season Pass Perks will be continued for the 2011/2012 season.  This means if you buy a Winter Season Pass early you will have unlimited summer gondola use, 6-days of skiing/snowboarding at Sun Valley, 15% discount on winter repairs in the Grizzly Center, two- 50% off buddy vouchers, and tubing hill discounts.   As of June 11st, a complete list of pass types and prices can be viewed by visiting www.snowbasin.com/winter/winter-rates/#/passes/

    Pre- Season 
Season Pass    Until 10/2/11
Adult   $995.00
Adult Midweek M-F  (No black out dates) $550.00
Youth (7-12)     $225.00
Teen (13-18)   $350.00
Young Adult  (19-26)   $575.00
Child (6 and Under)   $10.00
Military (Must show proof of active duty or retired military) $525.00
Senior (65-74 Must provide proof of age) $625.00
Senior (75+ Must provide proof of age) $15.00
10 Day Pass (can rollover to next season, restrictions apply) $500.00
Family Season Pass    Until 10/2/11
1st Adult   $995.00
Spouse (Legal Marriage recognized by the State Of Utah) $645.00
Youth (7-12)   $175.00
Teen (13-18)   $275.00
Child (6 & Under)   $10.00

*Prices Subject to Change. Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Snowbasin does not guarantee season length or weather conditions.

Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series at Snowbasin

The Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series is open to the public, and are held every Wednesday beginning June 22nd at Snowbasin. The series will run through the summer leading up to the Mt. Ogden 50/100k Endurance Mountain Bike Race and Festival at Snowbasin on August 27th.  Registration for the midweek races is from 5:30pm till 15 minutes before race start on the day of the race.

Mountain Bike Series:

Dates: Wednesday June 22rd 2011, Wednesday June 29th 2011, Wednesday July 6th 2011, Wednesday July 13th 2011, Wednesday July 20th 2011, Wednesday July 27th 2011, Wednesday August 3rd 2011, Wednesday August 10th 2011, Wednesday August 17th 2011, Wednesday August 24th 2011 Times: A  – 6:30 pm (Expert/Pro) B – 6:31 (Sport) A – 6:32 pm (Beginner) Prizes at 8:00pm

For more information, visit:


Adaptive Sports Foundation Announces Support from Mt. Ogden 50K/100K

The Mt Ogden 50K/100k is proud to support the Snowbasin Adaptive Sports Education Foundation!  $5 of each entry fee this year will be donated to the Foundation to support their mission. 

Snowbasin Adaptive Sports Education Foundation (SASEF) is a non-profit organization that provides support for adaptive snow sports programs held at Snowbasin resort.  Our program offers winter recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities to share with their family and friends in a world-class alpine environment. 

We began our program in 2009 and just finished our third season in 2010-2011.  This year we offered over 500 hours of adaptive instruction, with almost 200 of those hours being provided through scholarships.  For the 2011-2012 season, our primary goal will be to expand our scholarship program, and purchase additional equipment.  An $85 scholarship provides 3 hours of instruction, equipment rental and lift ticket for our clients.

Our instructors are passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities through sports and recreation.  Our mission is to support a quality sports experience for those who otherwise could not access the beauty of the mountain.  Our trained and certified adaptive instructors use the latest equipment and techniques to meet the variety of needs of our students. 

This year our instructors have worked with children age 4 to seniors age 88.  Their disabilities range from cognitive to paralysis to blindness to degenerative illness like MS.  The thing they all have in common is the thrill they get from being outdoors.  As one parent put it, “another piece of the world has been opened up for my daughter, and I can’t express what that means to us.”

The Foundation is a federally recognized 501(c) 3 non-profit.  We are supported by, but separate from Snowbasin Corporation.  If you know someone who might be interested in Adaptive lessons, please visit our website www.snowbasinadaptive.org.

Thanks to all the participants of the Mt. Ogden 100k for your support.  We’ll see you on the slopes!