The 2nd annual Schutzenski Festival is set to be held at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah from October 10th-16th. This year’s Schutzenski celebrates the culmination of a full offseason calendar for Soldier Hollow and beyond, offering a full weekend of cross-country and biathlon rollerski racing on the world-class Soldier Hollow course. Held amid the beautiful Heber Valley fall colors, and featuring US Ski Team and US Biathlon Team members competing on home soil one more time before heading out for the World Cup in Europe, the Schutzenski promises to be a kind of Homecoming for US skiing; a unique gathering combining a full competition program with a host of other industry and community programs.
The week will feature a suite of top ski industry members showing off the latest innovations in equipment, and a series of athlete meet and greets and scheduled social gatherings will give festival attendees the chance to connect with members of the ski community from across the country. A full updated event schedule can be found here.
Schutzenski Race Weekend – Friday, October 13th-Sunday, October 15th
A full weekend of biathlon and cross-country roller ski races kicks off Friday, October 14th with a series of biathlon sprint races (7.5 k/10 k). Saturday, October 15th features distance biathlon races (7.5 k/10 k/12.5 k Mass Start) and distance cross-country races (6.5 k/10 k Mass Start). A 5 k and 10 k running race will also be held Saturday morning. In between Saturday’s racing, a King/Queen of the range biathlon competitions will be held, and an opportunity to try biathlon for festival participants will round out the day’s events. Sunday, October 16th finishes out the weekend with fast and fun action with a full cross-country classic sprint race.
The whole racing program is one that’s busier than most World Cup weekends, and combines the disciplines of cross-country and biathlon throughout. In each race, a set of matched skis will be available for top-seeded competitors, and racers can compete across Open, Elite, and Junior classifications.
Schutzenski is being held concurrently with US Ski Team and US Biathlon Team Fall camps, and a number of top pro club altitude camps, meaning the Schutzenski is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate and watch the top skiers in North America all in the same field. Friday’s US Biathlon races are part of the World Cup Team selection process, and the whole festival will be a unique preview into US Skiing going into an exciting 2022-2023 winter season.
Full details are available on the Schutzenski website.
Registration for all races is open now!