Skiing Snowbird in the dark!.. for 12 hours

Powderhound Matt

By Powderhound Matt \ February 22 2011

It's unfortunate that I had to work last Friday night because I would have loved to partake in the 12 hours of Snowbird charity event. This was the first time this event had been held to benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. Participants started skiing/riding at 7 p.m. on February 18th and ended at 7 a.m. on February 19th. The 18th was a full moon. The event started at the Tram base then up to Hidden Peak, then down to the bottom of Gadzoom. Gadzoom was then utilized from 7 p.m. – midnight. After midnight the skiers and riders then headed over to the Alpine Room in the Snowbird Center for check-in and flaik tag exchange between midnight and 1 a.m. Peruvian Express lift then ran for participants from midnight to 7 a.m.

All the event feedback was really positive and it was for a great cause so everyone really came away winners.  Ski Utah's very own Nathan Rafferty was able to rack up 125,532 vertical feet during the night, this earned him a second place finish in the individual stats. To see all the results click on the following link  I even heard rummers that skiers were being clocked at over 70mph!  That is just crazy. My good friends at Park City TV covered the event and put together a nice package below. Enjoy!