Casper Mountain roller ski race may be first of its kind

Courtesy of the Casper Mountain Biathlon Club

CASPER, Wyo. — A roller ski race will wind its way about 5 miles up Casper Mountain, with racers set to climb 2,182 feet in elevation.

The race is called “Rolling Into Summer” and will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8. The Casper Mountain Biathlon Club is organizing the race and there will be six different events.

Cathy Rosser, the club’s managing director, said that the race may be the first roller ski race in Casper’s history, as she’s unaware of previous races taking place.

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Rosser explained the concept of roller-skiing.

“It’s the closest thing to getting the feeling of skiing on snow,” she said, explaining that skiers use the sport to train for their winter activities.

Early registration for the race needs to be completed by 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 5. (Registration information is available at the event’s website). The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for kids.

Registration can also be completed the day of the race from 7:15-7:45 at the races starting point, Lord of Lords Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 5028 Casper Mountain Road.

Day of registration costs $40.

Competition classes include the following:

  • Women’s and Men’s:
    • Junior (U16/U18)
    • U20/U23
  • Senior
  • Master (30+)
  • Kid’s: U14 Boys and Girls

Men’s and women’s classic-style and skate-style races will crawl 7.9 kilometers, about 5 miles, uphill. The women’s races begin at 8 a.m. with the men’s races set to follow at 8:05 a.m.

“U-14” youth races begin at 8:10 a.m., but will have a shorter distance. They’ll travel 1.5 kilometers up the mountain.

When racers reach the top of the mountain, the finish line will be near the mailboxes at 8455 Casper Mountain Road. Racer will then be shuttled to the Casper Mountain Outdoor Center at 1110 East End Road.

There they will have the chance to indulge in a BBQ and an awards ceremony will be held.

Rosser added that in the off-chance snow remains at the Nordic trails, racers could finish off the day with a snow skiing session.

Racers will be given two hours to complete the race. If they have not finished within that window, shuttles will take them up the mountain to the BBQ and awards ceremony.

People will not be allowed to roller ski back down the mountain due to safety concerns.

Parking will be available at the start and finish of the race and spectators can pull-off at look-out point to cheer on the roller-skiers.

People are asked to park off the road before 7:50 a.m. in order to keep the race track clear. Casper Mountain Road will not be closed to non-race traffic so competitors and spectators are urged to use caution.

“We have graciously received permission from Natrona County to race on their roads,” the biathlon club said. “Although we will be marshaling the entire course skiers must treat the roads with caution.” 

“We request that all warm up takes place on and parking takes place at the parking lot at Lord of Lords Evangelical Lutheran Church, for which we have received permission to hold event parking.”

Once the awards ceremony and BBQ have wrapped up, racers will be shuttled back down the mountain to the starting area.

Safety helmets and high visibility shirts will be required, but will be available for purchase at the starting space.

The Casper Mountain Biathlon Club will also have a van available at the start-line for racers to put a bag in that they’d like shuttled to the top of the mountain.