I don’t think the course has updated on the website yet but they did email this out to previous participants:
Mostly double track, smoother than the prior two years and less climbing. The course will take you up, over and around the highest peak on the ranch. Saddle up- you’ll face a mixture of rock, dirt and gravel. Beautiful views and unique terrain throughout the course.
IMO this would be a good change. I did not particularly enjoy last year’s course as it did not play to my strengths and I did not have the right tires. I do better with longer sustained climbs and rockier terrain in general. I was not prepared for the looser soil and constant up-down, off-camber as others described. I just couldn’t keep any momentum or flow. For tires, I rode my normal XC race tires (2.25 Mezcal) and those were a bad choice for that soil. Agree with the others about the Forekaster being a decent choice. I’d definitely ride something with more float in in a 2.4 width.
All that said, I’m glad I did the event last year and I’d consider it again but can’t this year due to family obligations.