Skiing Snowbird in the dark!.. for 12 hours

By Powderhound Matt Feb 22, 2011
First ever 12 hours of Snowbird, where skiers and riders road from 7pm - 7am under the full moon.
Skiing Snowbird in the dark!.. for 12 hours

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. I even heard rummers that skiers were being clocked at over 70mph!  That is just crazy.

The race was measure by, and the person or team who accumulated the greatest amount of vertical feet during the course of the twelve hours was deemed the winner. The results are as follows:


  1. Matt Mullin, 125,643'
  2. Nathan Rafferty, 125,532'
  3. Scott Berry, 124,587'



  1. Kuhl Guys -- Andy Hunter & Willy Mueller, 251,315'
  2. Viice Skis -- Sarah Scott & Nelson Fortier, 249,274'
  3. Team WELD -- Trevor Marsh & Jordan Marsh, 247,150'