Snowbird Ski Resort will take night skiing to a new level in February.
The inaugural 12 Hours of Snowbird begins Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in an effort to raise money for the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center. Twenty individual ‘boarders or skiers and 40 two-person teams will compete for the most number of vertical feet covered by 7 a.m. Feb. 19.
Competitors will be required to wear headlamps, helmets, and transceivers, and the event will further be lit by a full moon during that night. Each individual and team will pay a $25 registration fee and must commit to a minimum $250 contribution to the center. The course will be determined several days before the event.
Teams and individuals with the most vertical feet or the most money raised will receive a pair of Black Diamond skis. Spectators can attend the event party for $25 at the Forklift from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18.
The event is similar to the former 24 Hours of Aspen downhill race that began in the late 1980s to raise money for skiing-related charities.
The Utah Avalanche Centers has issued avalanche and mountain weather forecasts for the past 30 years, as well as training for backcountry enthusiasts.