The 22nd annual Buckwheat Ski Classic is set for Saturday, March 22.
Once again, there will be 50-, 25- and 10-kilometre races, all starting from Log Cabin on the South Klondike Highway. Pre- and post-race events will take place in Skagway, including the awards banquet and dance at the historic Eagle’s Hall.
The Buckwheat was named as one of the top 49 things to do in Alaska by the editors of Alaska Magazine, and the race serves as a fundraiser for the Skagway Ski Club.
Traditionally, more than 200 skiers from Alaska, Yukon and elsewhere descend on Log Cabin for the Buckwheat.
Entry forms are available at Coast Mountain Sports. There are different forms for Canadians and Americans, and adults and kids. Early registration deadline is March 15.
“This year’s race coincides with Easter, which means Log Cabin will be a multi-use weekend, not a skiers-only weekend,” said race founder Buckwheat Donahue. “There will be some Skidooers in the parking lot. We’ve never had any problems with them in the past and it should not be a problem this weekend.
“Just be as courteous as you always are, and we can prove to the powers that be that skiers and Skidooers can get along.”
Skiers are also reminded of the new document requirements for crossing the US border that go into effect on January 31. Government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s licence, along with proof of citizenship, such as birth certificate or naturalization certificate are needed.
Children aged 18 or under need to present proof of citizenship. Questions can be directed to the Skagway port of entry at (907) 983-2325.
Volunteers have set trails for the five- and 10-kilometre trails. Trail conditions are posted at the Skagway Visitors Centre, (907) 983-2854.
Additional volunteers are always welcome. If you can help with race-packet preparations, dinner or breakfast serving, race timing, T-shirt sales, and aid-station prep, call Buckwheat at (907) 983-3988 or Su Rappleye at (907) 983-2127.
Better Bodies 4
Medicine Chest Pharmacy 1
Landon Worsfold led Better Bodies with two goals, and Tristan Walsh and Cassen Fleshman added one each. Jamie Duke was named player of the game.
Andrew Scoffin netted the lone Medicine Chest goal. Delany Paul took the MVP nod.
Assante Financial 6
Physio Plus 3
Peter Jo Jensen netted four goals for Assante as they doubled up on Physio Plus. Trygg Jensen scored two, and Jakov Tokic was named MVP.
Jacob Schwinghammer, Tristan Inglis-Comeau, and MVP Anna Janowitz scored for Physio Plus.
Brouwer Claims Canada 3
Benjamin Grundmanis led Sportslife with a pair of goals, while Brendon Gendron, Jessica Wilson and Sam Bonar scored as well. Hannah Wirth took the MVP honours.
Brouwer’s scorers were Elijah Ens, MVP Evan Hoogland and Etienne Geoffroy.
Kal Tire 5
Henry Gulch 2
Kal Tire scorers were Chris Torgerson and Ti Nordahl with two each, and Cody Sims with one. Bradon Lefler was named most valuable player.
Kyle Wallace and Sarah Kearney scored for Henry Gulch, and Kearney was named MVP.
Women’s league (Sunday)
Kopper Kweens 62
Feature Foods 46
Michelle Massie led the Kweens with 22 points, Alcina Banks shot for an even dozen, and Megan Freese had 10.
Diedre Davidson had 18 points for Feature Foods, and Annette King recorded 10 points.
Takhini Gas 58
Airport Chalet 57
Sarah Crane had a 20-point night for Takhini Gas, while Annet Kralisch had 17 and Nathalie Gionet shot for 14.
Airport Chalet’s Julie Cossette led all scorers on Sunday with 24 points, and Corrinne McKay had eight points on the night.