Links & Info
Without the incredible State run snowmobile grooming program these trails would not exist. There are several Pisten Bully groomers that go out every single night to keep up with the snow fall and maintenance of this trail network – the most in all of the state.
Current Trail Grooming
US National Forest Service Headquarters / Ponds Lodge,
located approximately 75 miles north of Victor, ID, my home town.
Start / Finish – US National Forest Service Headquarters / Ponds Lodge
Checkpoints – Trail Tent
Start / Finish – US National Forest Service Headquarters / Ponds Lodge / Ponds Lodge
Checkpoints – Trail Tent, West Yellowstone, Man Cave
200 Mile Race
Start / Finish – Ponds Lodge
Checkpoints – Trail Tent, West Yellowstone, Man Cave
CHECKPOINTS & AID STATIONS
All competitors must check-in with a checkpoint volunteer at each distances affiliated checkpoints.
Checkpoint 1 – Trail Side Tent (approx. mile 8) – Hot/cold water, GU Brew, GU Chomps and gels, snacks, pop, a cup of soup, hot cocoa, salty and sweet snacks, warm PB&J…
Checkpoint 2 – Trail Side Tent (approx. mile 31, same as above, you hit the same one twice)
Checkpoint 1 – Trail Side Tent (approx. mile 31) – Hot /cold water, GU Brew, GU Chomps and gels, snacks, and a cup of soup.
Checkpoint 2 – West Yellowstone House (approx. mile 64) – Drop bag pick up. Hot soup/stew, grilled cheese, snacks, soda pop, hot drink, water, etc. provided. A well-stocked aid station, be careful to not get sucked in… Full services available in West Yellowstone.
Checkpoint 3 – ‘Man Cave’ – (approx. mile 97) Last warm-up before finishing up the last 27 miles. Pancakes and toppings, hot soup/stew, snacks, soda pop, hot drink, water, etc. provided.
Checkpoint 1 – Trail Side Tent (approx. mile 79 miles) – Drop Bag Pick up. Hot /cold water, GU Brew, GU Chomps and gels, sweet and salty snacks, and soup.
Checkpoint 2 – West Yellowstone Cabin (approx. 120 miles) – Drop bag pick up. Hot soup/stew, grilled cheese, snacks, soda pop, hot drink, water, etc. provided. A well-stocked aid station, be careful to not get sucked in… Full services available in West Yellowstone.
Checkpoint 3 – ‘Man Cave’ – (approx. mile 170) Last warm-up before finishing up the last 30 miles. Pancakes and toppings, hot soup, snacks, soda pop, hot drink, water, etc. provided.
WEST YELLOWSTONE CHECKPOINT
This is our grilled cheese and soup checkpoint. Located HERE.
LODGEPOLE MOUNTAIN TOWNHOUSE
On the corner of Iris and A Parkway as you come off South Plateau Trail into West Yellowstone continue straight until Yellowstone Ave. Turn Left. Continue until Iris St. Turn Right. Checkpoint is 1 block up on the right. You will see the signs. The 200km participants will exit the checkpoint back on to the route directly across the street. The 200-mile participants will need to work your way back to the east across town to pick the route/track back up.
This is an outside checkpoint on the route off to the side of the trail that you can not miss. It is also the location where you will do your Water Boil Test. There are several EZ-up shelters and heaters going but it is a camp that we set-up. Don't expect too much comfort here. If your looking to sleep I suggest getting up the trail a ways away from the checkpoint.
This is exactly what you might think it is and it is heaven before wrapping up the last miles before the finish. It is on route. Your GPX file will bring you there. Plenty of space to sprawl out and dry things off. We call this our breakfast checkpoint with pancakes, bacon, and eggs.
REMEMBER: Checkpoints are meant to be exactly that and act as an aid station/resupply. Race management did not organize these for you to sleep in but certainly rest if you need to.
First come, first serve with the available space. The same goes for the first one in is the first one out when it gets too crowded. You are carrying sleeping gear and can sleep outside, of course OFF trail. With that being said there is room to take time to dry.
Both the 200km and 200-mile participants must stop and bring 8 ounces
of water to a rolling boil at Checkpoint 1 before continuing on.
• You are only allowed to use the equipment and supplies you are carrying.
• You can use snow.
• You can not use the Checkpoint supplies.
• You can aid from the checkpoint before, during and after your water boil.
• The water boil area will be directly across from the checkpoint.
For 200’s only. 60km race does not allow drop bags.
Drop bags will be transported to both the “Trail Side Tent” and the “West Yellowstone Cabin”. The West Yellowstone Checkpoint bags will be stored indoors and the Trail Side Tent Checkpoint bags will be outdoors. Drop bags should include food only. No additional gear such as batteries, hand warmers, and clothing are permitted in the drop bag. You must start with all the equipment you need as well as finish with the equipment you start with. No dropping of equipment. Drop bags should be packed in a garbage bag. We do not guarantee drop bags will be returned. When the checkpoint volunteers close the checkpoint and return to the Ponds Lodge they will bring back whatever drop bags were remaining.
(this does NOT apply to the 60km distance event)
Tracking is mandatory. We work with Trackleaders.com for this service.
The cost of this is on top of the registration cost and must be done at registration checkout.
Reserved SPOT devices will be available for pick-up at racer registration. If you signed up for tracking and have your own device Trackleaders will email participants asking for your ESN number and shared page link.
The devices we supply are SPOT ‘Trace’ units (smaller and lighter) and operate on 4 AAA lithium batteries that you need to supply.
COURSE TIME CUT-OFFS
Participants must reach and leave these points by the specified time to continue. Race management will have the final call for someone to continue or not beyond the specified time. We must be considerate of our permit and the team of people it takes to make this event possible.
200km / 200 Mile
Checkpoint 1: Trail Side Tent – No cut-off in place. At this point, you will have a good idea of what you are getting into and I will let you make your own decision about carrying on. Of course, you need to pass the water boil test first.
Checkpoint 2: West Yellowstone – Sunday, January 12, 6:00 am
Checkpoint 3: Man Cave – Sunday, January 12, 6:00 pm
Finish – No cut-off. With that being said please respect the volunteers and organization by not bivvying all night after the Man Cave Checkpoint. With all your power do what you can to push through to the finish. It is ~25 miles to the finish for the 200 mile and ~17 miles for the 200 km. Thank you!
The goal is to see everyone finish but to incorporate cut-off times that keep the participant moving and strategizing to there own beat. I am somewhat lenient and it may be a case by case situation at times but so far these times have been sufficient.
NO cut off times but no bivvying allowed either!!