Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds includes 4km on Great Glen Trails Nordic system followed by a climb of more than 2,200 vertical feet up the Mt. Washington Auto Road over the final 6 kilometers.
All competitors should be to the start area by 9:45 for pre-race announcements.
Skier mass start at 10:00 am
Snowshoe mass start 10:05 am
Fatbike mass start 10:10 am
*Official timing will end 2 hours after the fatbike start, at 12:10 pm.
Entry fee for 2017:
Registration is open
(Competitors who signed up for 2016’s cancelled race have been emailed a code to use when registering)
Registration will be available Saturday and Sunday at Great Glen Trails.
Day of registration will be from 7:30am – 8:30am, if available.
Saturday from 12:00-4:00pm and Sunday from 7:30am-9:00am.
The first 4 km of the course that wind around Great Glen Trails will be skate groomed in the middle with one track set on the outside edge. Depending on weather, the Auto Road will be flat groomed the night before in order for the surface to set up as firmly as possible. There will not be tracks set on the Auto Road.
Warm clothing (all racers must bike, ski or snowshoe down from the finish line)
This is very important, if you would like to have warm clothes at the finish, you need to bring the items to Great Glen on Saturday afternoon or by 8:30 am on Sunday morning. The support vehicles (SnowCoaches) will head up the Auto Road with clothes bags shortly after. Plastic bags and tags will be provided by Great Glen but you can bring clothes in your own bag with your name on it if you choose. All racers must bike, ski or snowshoe down from the finish line. It can be quite cold and windy near treeline (finish area) on race day.
Postpone Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds Rules:
– Nordic ski equipment only.
– USSSA legal snowshoes only.*
– Fatbikes ONLY-Both tires must be wider than 3.7 inches and tire pressure must be less than 10 psi.
– Skiers warm up on course in race direction only. Snowshoers warm up on practice loop. Fatbikes: TBD
– The mass starts will be self-seed, please judge your ability honestly so as not to hinder other competitors’ progress.
– Competitors must stay on race course and follow signs.
– Competitors may wax their skis during the race. Competitors may be handed tools and wax but must do this outside of the track and without the help from any other people.
– When over-taking another competitor whether biker, skier or snowshoer, it is up to you to make the other competitor aware of your presence.
– Snowshoers and bikers must stay out of the groomed ski tracks and warn skiers if they are overtaking them.
– A competitor who is overtaken must give way on the first demand. For classic technique competitors this applies even when there are two tracks. For skate technique competitors, the skier being overtaken may have to restrict their skating action. When overtaking, competitors must not obstruct each other.
– Racers who have finished may slowly and in control, bike, ski or snowshoe down the Auto Road but may not hinder an uphill biker, skier or snowshoers way.
– When biking, skiing and snowshoeing down the Auto Road please stay to the right and out of the set tracks.
* must be a non-prototype snowshoe designed for an adult that meets or exceeds 120 square inches of functional surface area AND can be no smaller than 7” wide by 20” long. United States Snowshoe Association
All finishers will receive a medal at the finish line!
Awards will follow the race at approx 1:30pm in the dining room in the base lodge.
Thanks to one of our sponsors, Polartec, the first 100 entrants will receive a fleece blanket!
Even though it was first held in 1996 and is part of a history of racing up Mt. Washington, Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds now utilizes the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for 4 kilometers before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The race will finish just before the halfway point of the Mt. Washington Auto Road at about 3,800 feet above sea level. Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds will certainly be a challenge for any biker, snowshoer or skier.Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is a true freestyle event: skiers can use either skating or classic technique. There will not be separate categories for each ski discipline. Also, competitors may only use one pair of skis in this mass start race. Snowshoers must be competing using USSSA approved snowshoes: must be a non-prototype snowshoe designed for an adult that meets or exceeds 120 square inches of functional surface area AND can be no smaller than 7” wide by 20” long. (Even though this is NOT a sanctioned race)
United States Snowshoe Association