Johnny Curtis Memorial Race

Johnny Curtis Memorial Race

When: December 16-17, 2016

Where: Trail Creek Ranch, Wilson, Wyoming

Sponsored by:

List of Volunteers

List of Volunteers is available on this page

Schedule of Events/Important Dates

  • Week of December 1st, 2016 – Race entry here. Friday Course MapSaturday Course Map. Stadium Map
  • December 12th 2016 9 p.m. – Registration due to Race Secretary
  • December 14th, 2016 6 p.m. - Late registration due
  • December 15th 2016 10 a.m. – Courses open for Inspection (Teams please check-in prior to course inspection)​
  • December 15th 2016 5 p.m. Course Closed for grooming
  • December 15th 2016 6 p.m. – Team Leader’s Meeting at Snow King Resort, Lodge Room 100. E Snow King Ave.
  • December 16th 2016 10 a.m. Race
  • December 16th 2016 5 p.m. Course Closed for grooming
  • December 17th 2016 9 a.m. Race
REMINDER! All coaches are asked to visit the race office, located at the JHSC Training Cabin at the Trail Creek Nordic Center on Thursday December 15th  BEFORE  you inspect the courses to confirm your entries. This will help to keep the Team Leaders Meeting as short as possible.
Timing and results by Summit Timing
Inclusion of Collegiate/U23/Senior/International Guest athletes in IMD JNQs:
By incorporating collegiate, senior, and international guest athletes in IMD Junior National Qualifiers the goal is to help raise the athletic development of our junior aged athletes.
Individual Start Distance Races:
Collegiate/Senior/International Guest athletes may compete in Junior National Qualifying individual start distance races with a USSA and/or FIS license. All Collegiate/U23/Senior/International Guest athletes that do not obtain an IMD junior license and therefore are not competing for IMD Junior National Team selection will be seeded according to their USSA and/or FIS points amongst the IMD junior field.
Mass Start Distance Races:
Collegiate/U23/Senior/International Guest athletes may compete in Junior National Qualifying mass start distance races with a USSA and/or FIS license. All Collegiate/Senior/International Guest athletes that do not obtain an IMD junior license and therefore are not competing for IMD Junior National Team selection will be seeded according to their USSA and/or FIS points amongst the IMD junior field.

Friday, December 16, 2016 Race Day! 10 a.m. Classic Interval Start (30 seconds)- Men then Women

30 Second Interval Start. Exact class start times up soon. Classes will race in the following order with 3 min gap between Senior, U23, U20, U18 and U16. Each Gender will run through consecutively for U16 and up.
  • U10 & U8-1k
  • U12-2km
  • Novice & U14-3 km
  • U16 Women-5km
  • U18/20 Women-5km
  • U23/Senior Women-5km
  • U16 Men-5km
  • U18/20 Men-5km
  • U23/Senior Men-5km
*Awards held at the banquet*

Saturday, December 17, 2016 9 a.m. Freestyle Races – Mass Start  - Women then Men

Athletes that aren't USSA scored will be seeded based on their previous days result. Each gender will run through consecutively for U16 and up. Start times for each class will be available Friday evening.
  • U10 & U8-1k
  • U12-2km
  • Novice & U14-3 km
  • U16 Men-5km
  • U18/20 Men-10km
  • U23/Senior Men-10km
  • U16 Women-5km
  • U18/20 Women-7.5km
  • U23/Senior Women-7.5km
*Awards immediately following the completion of the Race*


One waiver is required per racer.  The JHSC Electronic Waiver.
Payment of fees must be completed at the team leaders meeting. Please make your check payable to Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club (JHSC). No race bibs will be given unless entries are paid. Participants must sign the JHSC Waiver.  Late entries will be accepted until Thursday, December 15th, 2016 4 p.m.

All athletes must have a USSA license. To find which license is appropriate for you visit USSA's membership description page 

Entry Fees Both Races One Race After December 14th
U16 & Older $70.00 $35.00 Add $10 per Race
Novice, U14 & Younger $40.00 $20.00 Add $10 per Race

Team Leaders Meeting:

The Team Leaders meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at the Snow King Resort Hotel 400 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY 83001. Upstairs in the Timberline 1 Room. Entries and race info for both Friday and Saturday events will be presented at this meeting.


Awards will be directly after the race on Saturday and at the banquet on Friday 


Jackson Hole High School. 1910 High School Road. 5:30 p.m. Please purchase your banquet tickets through your team registration form. Team leaders will receive banquet tickets after checking in with the race secretary on Thursday at Trail Creek.

Medical Response Plan

Wax Regulations 

The Intermountain Division has specific regulations on race waxes for all IMD sanctioned events.  Please carefully read the following wax rules and ensure that you understand the IMD waxing policies.
For all IMD Series/JNQ races:
  • U16s, U18s, and U20s, U23s and Seniors may ONLY use Hydrocarbon, LF and HF waxes as base layers
  • U14s and younger may ONLY use Hydrocarbon waxes as base layers (no Fluorocarbon wax)
  • U16s,U18s, and U20s, U23s and Seniors may ONLY use pure flouro solid waxes that can be rubbed on as top coats. Powders and Liquids are not permitted. 
  • U14s and younger may not use top coats
Cross Country Skiing can be an expensive sport and the philosophy behind IMD's waxing regulations is to eliminate some of the financial burden on teams and parents by disallowing some of the most expensive waxes at our qualifiers without eliminating fast skis.  Remember that wax is only a small part of the equation and is no substitute for good technique, a high level of fitness, and a great attitude on race day!  

Competition Venue:

All races will be conducted at the Trail Creek Nordic Center, located 1 mile west of Wilson up HWY 22 at the beginning of Teton Pass.  The official race office will be located at the JHSC Training Cabin at Trail Creek.  All team leaders are asked to check in at the race office before going skiing on Thursday Dec 15 to confirm entries.  Participants should be aware that parking at the venue is limited to race officials and designated team vehicles.  Team Vehicle Parking Passes will be distributed at Team check-in and at the Team Leaders meeting on Thursday, Dec 15.  For Parent, spectator, and extra team vehicles there will be shuttle service available from the Stilson Fields parking area. This is located about a mile east of Wilson at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 390. More details on the shuttle will be available at the team leaders meeting.
There is limited water available at Trail Creek, so please instruct your athletes to bring an ample supply of water for each race day.  There will be portable toilets adjacent to the race stadium.  There is no power available in the stadium.  There will be indoor access to the JHSC Training Cabin available on an emergency basis only. The green bully barn tent behind the cabin will be open to athletes that are suffering from potential cold weather.
Courses will be open for inspection and training Thursday, December 15,  2016 at 10 am.
Courses will be closed for grooming both Thursday Dec 15, 2016 and Friday Dec 16, 2016 at 5 pm.

About Johnny Curtis

Born in Jackson in 1938, John Curtis started skiing Snow King at age six under the watchful eye of Neil Rafferty.  He spent nearly every winter day on the town hill.  In high school he became an alpine racer and ski jumper and had no fear when it came to soaring.  His coach, Bill Ashley, would say of Johnny, “no one can jump better or longer and Johnny was one of the finest skiers that Jackson Hole produced.  Coach Ashley gave him a lifelong love for the sport and the mountain.
After racing throughout high school and college, John returned home to coach to some of the valley’s finest athletes.  Jeff Crabtree, Martin Hagen, Lesley Clark, Trudy Owen, Rusty Scott, Gordon Lange, Peter Ashley and so many others made Johnny proud throughout his life.  In 1970 John became the coach of the first US Women’s Olympic Ski Team and traveled the world with them.
Skiing dominated most of Johnny’s life and in addition to supporting the Jackson Hole Ski Club, serving as its president and on the Board, he helped shaped the valley’s cross-country culture.  In the late 1960’s he and Jon Elliot approached Betty Woolsey about building a world class ski course on her ranch at Trail Creek.  Legions of skiers have since benefited from their effort.  In 1967 he and Jon started the first annual Snow King Marathon—another tradition that continues to this day.


NRL (National Ranking List) – Racers wishing to be scored on the NRL must hold a current USSA competition license prior to competing and note the USSA number on the entry form.  Contact the United States Ski Association Membership services at 435.647.2666 or for information on how to join USSA.

Race Crew:

Chief of Competition: Ben Morley
Technical Delegate: Tomas Gedeon
Assistant Technical Delegate: Les Gibson
Race Secretary: Julie Klomparens & Stacy Gries
Chief of Course: Rody Hagen / Steve Swan
Chief of Timing: Ernie Page. Summit Timing 
Chief of Stadium: Rody Hagen
Chief of Start: TBA
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