Sunday March 9, 2014
MT. WASHINGTON’S ONE OF A KIND WINTER CHALLENGE,
THE “SKI & SHOE TO THE CLOUDS” RACE
PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- The event formerly known as the “Ski to the Clouds” has a new name: “Ski & Shoe to the Clouds”, reflecting the growing number of snowshoers who have joined the ranks of cross country skiers challenging themselves and the Northeast’s highest peak each winter. The event has taken place for the past 18 years on the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road and will be held this season on March 9, 2014.
Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K Winter Race”, the Ski & Shoe to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12%, though there is a vertical climb of more than 2200 feet over the last 6K. While there will be competitors who are seeking to make or break a record, for others it is the ultimate way to personally test themselves in one of nature’s most spectacular environments. The Ski & Shoe to the Clouds race is limited to a field of only 150 skiers and snowshoers and these racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves as remarkable views of the Presidential Range and beyond reveal themselves.
On race day, there will be a mass start of cross country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start 10 minutes later. Ski & Shoe to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing.