Clauson Classic Returns January 3rd, 2016

Kick cancer in the snowballs and honor John’s footsteps!  Join us for The Clauson Classic at Silverton Mountain on January 3rd, 2016.

“Be Like John.” That’s what is written on the whiteboard in the patrol shack at Silverton Mountain. John Clauson was our Assistant Snow Safety director, guide and ski patroller. No mission was too hard, no load was too much, and nothing couldn’t be done without a smile and a humble admiration for the beauty of the San Juan Mountains.

In honor of John’s legacy and to benefit those in need, Silverton Mountain is hosting the annual Clauson-style endurance race! See how many laps you can hike up the ridge while you raise funds for First Descents. The further you go and the more laps you get, the more points you will earn to win some awesome donated prizes. Points will be earned throughout the day at the base area as well so everyone can participate.

Registration is now open on EventBrite.


GRAND PRIZE FOR MEN & WOMEN’S CATEGORIES: Single Heli Drop for the 15/16 season at Silverton Mountain

RUNNER-UP: A day with Silverton Powdercats Cat Skiing & Boarding

SPIRIT AWARD: An Osprey Backpack from Pine Needle Mountaineering


Rum from Montanya Distillers in Crested Butte, Colorado

Spirits from Wood’s High Mountain Distillery in Salida, Colorado

A night at The Benson Lodge in Silverton, Colorado

Gift Certificates to The Eureka Station and The Rum Bar in Silverton, Colorado

Plenty of Swag from Backcountry Access, K2 Skis, The North Face, Smith Optics, Fischer Bindings, Venture Snowboards, Red Bull and more!

NEW THIS YEAR AT THE CLAUSON CLASSIC: We will be holding a Bone Marrow Registry Drive at the event assisted by BE THE MATCH. If John had lived long enough, his only hope for life would have been a bone marrow transplant. It’s as easy as filling out a short form and swabbing your check with a Q-tip! We will have lots of info there for you at the event or you can sign up online to be a donor.

First Descents is a Colorado-based non-profit providing life-changing outdoor adventures across the world for young adults impacted by cancer. Camps include activities such as surfing, kayaking, rock climbing, river rafting, mountain climbing, and more.


DATE: Sunday, January 3, 2016

COST: Race entry is $35 and includes a t-shirt this year! If you are registered for the event, you can buy a lift ticket the morning of the event for just $25. You must purchase a lift ticket or have a current season pass to participate in the race.

REGISTRATION: Register online until 6pm, January 2nd. You may also register at the mountain on the morning of the race beginning at 8 am. Please be checked in and registered by 8:30 am.

REQUIRED GEAR: Like any day at Silverton Mountain, you must carry beacon, shovel and probe. You must show these when you check in at the tent. This gear is available to rent at the mountain as well the day of the race. You must also sign a waiver and have a lift ticket or season pass. Registration fee for the race is $35, participants can buy a $25 lift ticket the morning of the event at the mountain.

HOW IT WORKS: Check in in the tent between 8 and 8:30 am, regardless of whether you’ve registered in advance. Race begins at 9 am when the lift starts turning and ends at 2:30 at the base area. We’ll have two “High points” for the race – one worth more points than the other.  Points are weather and snow dependent. (Last year, they were Tiger Claw and Billboard.) When you reach a high point, you will receive a colored bracelet. These are worth points that equate to vertical. How many laps can you do? At the end of the day, turn in your bracelets and the racer with the most vertical wins! A few extra fun challenges will be thrown in too…

Fun giveaways for participants at the end of the day!

Don’t wait, register now and help us honor John.