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9 Apr 2011

2. The Five Peaks

United States (Colorado)

Organizer: Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC)
Place: Breckenridge, CO
Event type: team (x2)
Description: North America\'s longest ski mountaineering race with 10,000 feet of vertical and five separate ascents in the Ten Mile Range behind and in Breckenridge Ski Resort. Eighty teams of two will skin, climb, ski and traverse Peaks 10, 9, 8 (from two sides) and 7. While The Five Peaks course will be demanding in terms of vertical and time, course loops are designed so that teams that don\'t wish to complete the final climbs will still enjoy a full day of high-alpine skiing.

Observations: If you\'re interested in racing The Five Peaks but have never raced a ski mountaineering race it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you race at least one of the COSMIC events in Colorado or any of the USSMA events.
Required gear: skis/skins/backpack/beacon/shovel/probe/helmet/wind layer/extra gloves/balaclava or Buff. Racers are REQUIRED to attach skis to backpack on the designated bootpack climb in the Lake Chutes area.

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