Breck Ascent Series on rise |

Breck Ascent Series on rise

The sun hadn’t yet climbed above Baldy Mountain as 39 skiers raced up Four O’Clock Run on Breckenridge Ski Resort at 6:15 on Wednesday morning.

No, you read that right – they skied up the hill. Then, of course, back down it.

It was the first of five races in the Breckenridge Ascent Series, a skin-up, ski-down competition that is already growing in popularity in its second season.

“Considering the early morning start and cold temperatures, we were very excited to see 39 people come out to race,” race director Linsey Kach said. “We’re seeing some new faces in the crowd, so we’re happy to see some growth in the event from last year.”

The series is a collaboration between the Breckenridge Recreation Center and the ski resort. Kach, the sports and special events coordinator for the rec center, and the rest of her staff handle the registration, timing and results. The ski resort takes care of the “mountain logistics,” Kach said.

The course took racers from the bottom of Four O’Clock (across Park Ave. from the Gondola South Lot) up to the Vista Haus which sits near the top of the Colorado Super Chair. Then, everyone headed back down to the finish line at the base of Peak 8.

Local outdoor enthusiast – and two-time Olympic rower – Greg Ruckman won the race, completing the course in a swift 30 minutes and 16 seconds. Brad Larochelle was second at 32:59, and Pete Swenson was third, another minute and 16 seconds back.

Nikki Arcieri was the top female finisher and was 11th overall with a time of 44:37. Laura Dickinson was second, and Sarah Rawley was third.

The next race is Feb. 16 with another 6:15 a.m. start.

Visit for more information on the series.

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