Registration begins for 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

Registration for the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour opens tomorrow,  Wednesday, July 1.

Formed in 1973, the Boulder Mountain Tour is a cornerstone event celebrating cross country skiing in the Wood River Valley. Starting at Galena Lodge and following the Harriman Trail through the Sawtooth National Forest, course distances are 34 and 15 kilometers. The 48th annual BMT is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Year in and year out, the safety of our racers, spectators, and volunteers is priority number one. With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, safeguarding the health and welfare of all involved with the event is even more crucial.

In light of present circumstances, we have made changes to our pricing structure for the benefit of our racers and respect for their decision-making process. Rather than tiered pricing, race fees will remain the same throughout the registration process.

2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Race Fees 
Full BMT:    Adult $95, Junior (17 & under) $50
Half BMT:    Adult $80, Junior (17 & under) $45
Half BMT Adult + Child under 10 Combo:  $95
Swix BMT Hat Only  (US shipping included) $40

It is possible that changes to the race format will occur to provide a greater level of physical distancing. To date, no decision has been made to limit the size of the race field, although it is a likely consideration. If it’s determined that capping the size of the field will provide additional safety or compliance with any jurisdictional mandate, it will be announced simultaneously via email to our entire mailing list.

We are enthusiastically and methodically envisioning a memorable 2021 event. We hope you will join us! To register, please go to www.skireg.com. For any questions or concerns, please contact BMT Race Director Jody Zarkos at bouldermountaintour@gmail.com or 208.720.1810.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, BMT board members are John Reuter, president, Martha Pendl, vice president, Muffy Ritz, secretary, Sue Hamilton, treasurer, Tom Bowman, Svea Grover, Jamie Lieberman, Paddy McIlvoy, Andy Munter, Ivana Radlova, Bob Rosso, and John Seiller.

General Training for the Boulder Mountain Tour

Whether you’re a novice, intermediate or even advanced skier, the following guidelines should help your training for the BMT. I like to get in on a weekly basis, my three “Cornerstone” workouts. If I don’t have time to do anything else on skis during the week, these workouts should suffice. Any more skiing is icing on the cake! Just be careful not to overdo it.

The three cornerstone workouts are these:

1. OVERDISTANCE 
I do this workout at a level 1-2 (fairly easy) and start around 90 minutes. Over the course of 6-8 weeks I gradually build up to about three hours. The intensity of the workout isn’t hard, it’s the time spent skiing that gets you a bit tired. Also, the time spent chatting with your friends as you ski might be draining. Ski at “conversation pace!”

2. INTERVALS
Intervals can be any form of short and fairly hard efforts. (Level 3 and 4 out of 5). These can be repeats over the same terrain or incorporated into a ski going anywhere, or whatever fits your needs. Adequate rest is essential between the hard efforts. Examples: 4 x 4 minutes with 2 minutes of rest between each effort, ladders of 2,3,4,5,4,3,2 minutes hard, with half the time rest between, or ski down or up the Harriman trail and ski hard every other kilometer or ski your own trail system and go hard on all the uphills and easy everywhere else. Be creative! Make sure to warm-up for 15-20 minutes before you start intervals and cool down afterwards.

3. TIME TRIALS
After a 15-20 minute warm-up, pick a distance (5, 10, 15, 20, 25k) and ski it as you would a race – at race pace. Early in the season, don’t go too hard, and gradually increase the intensi-ty and distance as you get more fit.

Get plenty of rest between workouts and don’t put in two hard workouts back-to-back. For example, don’t do intervals one day and a time trial the next day!

Bring water with electrolytes with you as you train. It’s hard to know in winter if you are dehydrated!

The week before the BMT, back off and “taper.” It really does make a difference!

I’ll see you on the start line on February 2, 2019!

By Muffy Ritz
Muffy Ritz, a former U.S. Ski Team Member and 38-year member of the Rossignol Ski Team, is a two-time winner of the American Birkebeiner, founder of the crazy VAMPS program, and multiple BMT podium finisher as well as a BMT board member.