POSTED BY JOEY - Went out to West Mancos yesterday to make a final call on the Valkyrie course. Conditions were excellent! The race is on and we're doing the full loop this weekend! I'd figured, since it had snowed a foot on top of the recent grooming in the area, that conditions would be very slow and soft. Instead, it appears most of the fresh wet snow has melted down, adding to the packed base. In conjunction with high snowmobile use, the route is in great shape. As such, we'll do the ~35 mile, ~4700' of climbing loop. Even though conditions are "fast" by snowbike standards, this ain't no easy race - I expect finish times anywhere from 5 to 12 hours. I've posted a GPX file and more details on the Valkyrie page. Check it out!