The Al Johnson Memorial Uphill Downhill Telemark Ski Race popularity continues to grow. The race is named after a tough 19th century mailman who delivered mail in remote mining camps in Crested Butte. The race welcomes and encourages participants and viewers to wear costumes to add to the racing fun.
Organization: The Alpineer
Date: 03/24/2013 update info
Time: 12:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Event Cost: varies
Venue: Mt. Crested Butte in Crested Butte,CO
Contact: Al Johnson Memorial Uphill/Downhill Race
Phone: (970) 349-5210
The Al Johnson Memorial Uphill Downhill Telemark Ski Race popularity continues to grow. The race is named after a tough 19th century mailman who delivered mail in remote mining camps in Crested Butte. The race welcomes and encourages participants and viewers alike.
Races start at Noon with the tag team event and the individual race follows at 1pm. Best spot to watch is at the top of the Black Eagle run which is just off of the East River chair lift. The awards party starts around 4 at Butte 66.
- A telemark ski race held every March.
- The race was named for an old time mail carrier who traveled from mining town to town.
- Costumes and rough terrain make this competition a Crested Butte highlight!
Overview: The Uphill Downhill Race features hundreds of costumed racers who travel up 600 vertical feet to the summit of the North Face and then descend down double black diamond trails to the finish. The race is more about fun than hard core competition, though the route sends racers up and down rugged terrain. After the ascent along the access road, the skiers race down Hard Slab, Old Pro, Last Steep and finally finish on East River's Black Eagle Run.
When: The race occurs in late march every year.
Where: The race begins at the North Face lift of Crested Butte Resort
Cost: Race entry fees do apply. Pre registration is encouraged as well.
Details: You can register the day of the race, however pre registration is encouraged. This is a non-profit event with all proceeds going to local charities. you will be competing against over 200 racers in mens and womens race categories as well as a Tag Team Fun Race. Join us for raffle and awards party around 4pm at Butte 66.