Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley raises $1,800 for junior ski programs
For the past three decades winter athletes have gathered at the base of KT-22 in Squaw Valley to race up the mountain to High Camp.
The annual Billy Dutton Uphill was held last Sunday, bringing dozens of competitors to Squaw for the race, which raised $1,810 for the Far West Nordic Juniors.
Participants could choose to ski, use skins, snowshoe, or hike up the 3.2-mile course which features a total climb of 2,050 feet, but none could catch winner, Patrick Johnson, of Truckee, who powered to High Camp with a first-place time of 30 minutes, 58 seconds. Johnson’s time, according to Far West Nordic’s website, broke the course record of 31:46 set in 2014 by Wyatt Fereday. Johnson captured the title last year as well.
Fereday, a regular at the Billy Dutton Uphill, was part of the field during this year’s race, and broke his record as well, finishing in second place with a time of 31:20.
Colin Hull, of Sugar Bowl, was third to reach the finish line, and first racer not on skis or a splitboard. Hull finished with a time of 36:00.
Former collegiate Nordic skier Olivia Amber was next to the top with a time of 37:38, and first female competitor to make it to the finish line.
Another local athlete, Joshua Scholnick was the first to the top in the ski and splitboard metal edge division, finishing sixth overall with a time of 40:26.
Local athlete, Rory Bosio was the first woman on skis to reach the top, finishing the course with a time of 41:38. Another local, Rebecca Anderson was next with at time of 45:19, finishing first in the women’s ski and splitboard metal edges division.
The Billy Dutton Uphill marked the final competition of the 2018-19 Far West Nordic season.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.