Mt Bachelor, Oregon

Course Description

Enjoy the beauty of the high Cascades on the fantastic trails of the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center while challenging yourself in the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour on our 16km single-loop course.  The course begins on the Common Corridor and immediately rises to the high point of the course on Blue Jay’s Way. From here, the course makes a long and exciting 3 km descent to the low point of the network at the bottom of Oli’s Alley, via the Lower Devecka’s trail. Upon completion of Oli’s Alley, the course winds up and around Leslie’s Lunge and returns to Lower Devecka’s for the steady climb back up to Bob’s Bungalow. From Bob’s, it’s a moderate and gentle climb up Woody’s Way before the final climb up the Screamer Trail to the lap/finish on the Common Corridor. With excellent views, pristine grooming and a true test of skill, it will be an event to remember!

Please note: Mt Bachelor will offer a marked course Monday through Friday,  Feb. 1-5, but not over the weekend.  As well, all participants will require a trail pass or season pass, as well as a (free) parking reservation. 

About Us

Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range near Bend, Oregon, the Mount Bachelor Nordic Center boasts the longest groomed ski season in North America and some of the best cross-country ski trails in the Northwest. This unique resort, located entirely on United States Forest Service land, is situated on a dormant volcano and surrounded by peaks of 7,000 to 11,000 feet. With 56 km of groomed trails and an average snowfall of 40 feet, Nordic skiers enjoy extensive and exceptional grooming from mid-November through late May. The Mount Bachelor Nordic Center is the spring training grounds of the United States Ski Team.

Website: https://www.mtbachelor.com/plan-your-trip/nordic/overview

Sun Valley, Idaho

Course Description

The Sun Valley Nordic Center has put together three great trails to make a 15km loop.

From the Sun Valley Clubhouse follow Trail Creek Loop out to Trail Creek Cabin. Once there, ski to the left of the Cabin and take the Boundary Loop out over Hyndman View and return back along the creek. When you return to the Cabin stay to the left and ski the Proctor Loop. Upon your return to the Cabin finish the Trail Creek Loop for 15km. Ski it twice for 30km.

About Us

Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Sun Valley’s trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.

Website: https://www.sunvalley.com/things-to-do/nordic-skiing

Blaine County Recreation District Trails, Idaho

Course Description

In the winter, the Wood River Valley transforms into Nordic Town USA.  Boasting fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, excellent snow for Nordic skiing, and almost perpetual sunny skies. Thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District, the area offers over 200 kilometers of expertly groomed Nordic trails each year.

Please note: For participants familiar with skiing the traditional Boulder Mountain Tour course, this year’s self-supported BMT will not provide the following infrastructure: a groomed starting area at Senate Meadows, constructed or manned road crossing south of Galena Lodge, aid stations, course sweep, or expanded finish area across from SNRA Headquarters.

Also, the North Valley Trail System will be open to the public the week of the BMT. Dogs, recreational skiers and fat bikes could be part of your ski experience. Share the trail and share a smile.

Areas groomed by the BCRD with total kilometers (not including snowshoe trails):

Alturas Lake Trails – 17k

Billy’s Bridge – 9k

Galena Lodge – 38k

Harriman Trail – 31k

Lake Creek Trails – 9.6k

Park Creek Trails – 14.9k

Prairie Creek – 8k

Quigley Nordic  – 22.4k

SNRA/North Fork – 11.2k

Sun Valley Nordic – 35k

Wood River Trail System (bike path) – 32k

Link to BCRD winter trail maps: https://www.bcrd.org/north-valley-trails-winter.php

About Us

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Blaine County Recreation District manages, maintains and grooms over 160km of terrain including over 50km of trails around Galena Lodge located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

Website: https://wintertrailink.bcrd.org/

Virtually Amazing 2021 Tour

Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, Montana

About Us

The Gallatin National Forest’s Rendezvous Ski Trails offer a beautiful setting for cross country skiing. Easily accessible from the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Rendezvous Ski Trails consist of over 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pines. The trail system is located entirely on U.S. Forest Service land and it is managed through a cooperative partnership between the Forest Service, the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF).

Details of the course are coming soon.

Website:skirunbikemt.com

Zions Bank Remains Title Sponsor of Boulder Mountain Tour

The Boulder Mountain Tour is delighted to announce Zions Bank remains the event’s title sponsor for the fifth consecutive year.

Tracy Groll, Regional President of Idaho Resort Banking, remarked, “We enjoy partnering with the BMT because it supports the local community and we believe it’s extremely important to invest and participate in the communities where we have a presence.”

Bob Rosso, a longtime board member and local business owner, concurred, “We are really thrilled to have Zions back as our title sponsor. Zions has really terrific people who back us up, give us support, and share really creative ideas. It is an excellent relationship and one we are very appreciative of.”  

Boulder Board President John Reuter added, “Long-term sponsorship is incredibly important for the BMT because it allows us to make educated planning decisions toward growing the event and maximizing the positive impact of the BMT on the community as a whole. Specifically, Zions’ five-year sponsorship has allowed us to increase our marketing and outreach, improve our timing and results, modernize our website, and deliver a “presentation” to visitors that highlights this amazing valley in which we live.”

2019 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour champions Peter Holmes of Sun Valley and Erika Flowers of Bozeman. Photo by Nils Ribi.

Salt Lake City is the corporate headquarters for Zions Bank, which does business in 10 different western states in the U.S. In addition to Idaho and Utah, Zions and its subsidiaries have locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. There are two branches in the Wood River Valley in Ketchum and Hailey. (Tip: Check out the freshly-baked cookies offered every Friday).

Notable among Zions Bank’s BMT enthusiasts are Mark Garfield, Senior Vice President of International Banking, who participates with his whole family. This year, seven skiers related to the family were in the field, and Garfield semi-jokingly says that one of the criteria to marry into the family is being able to ski the Full Boulder.

“That is exactly the case!” Garfield exclaimed.

Of course, being a zealous cross country skier helps, and Garfield is a prime example of how Zions encourages its employees to exercise and take care of themselves and how that philosophy spreads to the greater community as well.  

“As a bank organization, we are encouraged to stay active and healthy and have incentives to do so. I believe the handful who do participate (in the Boulder) recognize the superb course conditions and beautiful landscape Sun Valley has to offer,” Groll said.

Community is at the heart of the Boulder Mountain Tour, and that is readily apparent in the remarks offered by both Groll and Reuter.

“Having Zions Bank remain as our title sponsor demonstrates Zions’ long-term commitment to supporting our local community. The BMT is technically just a ski race, but it’s actually a celebration of Wood River Valley – its natural beauty, its welcoming people, its local businesses. Zions Bank understands that supporting the BMT is really supporting the place we call home,” Reuter remarked.

“I think the biggest thing I would like people to know is that we really do support our community – whether it’s a sporting event, the arts, nonprofits, or cultural – it’s important to us. We are invested,” Groll said.

The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour is the premier cross country ski marathon in the western United States. Held annually on the first Saturday of February, the Tour’s 34k route travels from Galena Lodge on the historic Harriman Trail in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area to the finish line across from SNRA Headquarters. There is also a 15k Half Boulder that begins at Baker Creek. The event attracts upwards of 1,000 people with more than 50 percent of participants from out of town, representing 23 states and three countries. This year’s race is on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Registration opens on July 1 at www.skireg.com. 

Skiers make their way down the BMT course. Photo by Steve Butler.