JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club (JHSC) is pleased to announce the return of the Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race on February 11, 2023, with the support of Skinny Skis as title sponsor. The Moose Chase and the FCExcavation Jackson Hole Downhill, JHSC’s legacy events, are key fundraisers for the Club’s 500 student-athletes, many of whom participate in the races. 

JHSC athletes get festive at the 2019 Moose Chase. Photo: Jonathan Selkowitz

The Club invites all members of the community to participate in these races, which have community divisions, great prizes, fabulous costumes, and that Jackson-strong snowsports spirit. 

The Moose Chase features a mass start format. Photo: Jonathan Selkowitz

The Skinny Skis Moose Chase Nordic Ski Race welcomes people of all ages and abilities to the Trail Creek Nordic Training Facility for freestyle mass start races of 20K, 10K, 5K, 3K, and 1/2K distances. The 20K race will begin at 10 a.m., with starts for the other distances spaced out at 5–10 minute intervals. Registration opened on January 6th at skireg.com, and prices will increase on Feb. 10. On race day, please plan to take the JHSC shuttles that will run between the Stilson Lot and Trail Creek to alleviate traffic congestion on Highway 22 and parking on Old Pass Road. Lunch will be provided for all racers beginning at 11a.m., with food and hot beverages for purchase for all spectators. Awards and a raffle drawing with generous prizes from contributing sponsors will be held immediately after the races.

The Moose Chase awards ceremony is a celebration of athletes of all ages, all abilities. Photo: Jonathan Selkowitz

The FCExcavation Jackson Hole Downhill, which JHSC has hosted since 1982, is one of the few (if not the last) open, non-sanctioned community downhill races. In 2020, in collaboration with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, JHSC redesigned the entire race to be a high-caliber 3-day event, celebrating the sport and community of alpine racing in Jackson Hole and beyond. 

JHSC’s Sam Clausen prepares at the start in the 2021 JH Downhill. Photo: Stephen Shelesky

The Downhill takes place on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Crags-to-Moran racecourse off Teton Lift. The course runs just outside the boundary of Grand Teton National Park and boasts epic views. The Community Race on Saturday, March 11 is open to anyone interested in going fast: participants include skiers and snowboarders ages 12 and up. Competitors can race in up to three of the following categories: Pro, Amateur, Junior, Snowboard, Telemark, and “Fat & Baggy,” where a racer’s clothes must flap in the wind and their skis must be at least 86mm underfoot.

The FCExcavation Jackson Hole Downhill takes place on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Crags to Moran Run. Photo: Stephen Shelesky 

The Downhill culminates on Sunday, March 12 with the Pro Race, which includes a high-stakes team component. Each team is led by a “Champion” who has put together their all-star, four-person roster, including a VIP racer—former Olympians and US Ski Team members—and each team must include at least one female racer. This year’s VIP roster is jam-packed, with Devin Delaney, Steven Nyman, Dustin Cook, Abby Ghent, and Robbie Dixon, among others, already on the list. Sunday’s race offers an equal cash purse for the women’s and men’s pro categories. All proceeds from the Downhill support JHSC’s exceptional programming and provide opportunities for over 500 local student-athletes.

About the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club (JHSC)

The JHSC is Jackson, WY’s oldest nonprofit organization, established in 1938. JHSC strives to inspire and develop student-athletes through innovative and accessible ski and snowboard programs that provide opportunities to pursue personal excellence in snowsports and life. Annually serving over 500 student-athletes in alpine and Nordic ski racing, freeski and snowboard competition, and backcountry education, we have been building champions in sport and life for 84 years by focusing on our five core values: Fun, Commitment, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, and Competition.