All of us here at FasterSkier were saddened this weekend when we read in the Salt Lake Tribune that the Wasatch Overland backcountry ski race will no longer be held.
The Overland was a backcountry race from Brighton to Park City, Utah, which took participants up and over the crest of the Wasatch Mountains. Racers could use any method of self-propulsion (ski, snowshoe, ski-bike, sled, etc) and any route to make the crossing. Over the years, it had become established that a cross country skier using the Hanscom cut-off route would usually win the race.
During the race's existence, FasterSkier staff captured a number of wins. John Aalberg has won the race at least twice and holds the course record, Cory Smith has won it twice, and Torbjorn Karlsen has won it once.
Salt Lake Tribune:<Course concerns derail Wasatch Overland ski race