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March 1st, 2015

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MT. WASHINGTON’S ONE OF A KIND WINTER CHALLENGE, THE “SKI & SHOE TO THE CLOUDS” RACE

Held at the base of Mt. Washington on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch. 8 miles south of Gorham, NH and 30 minutes north of North Conway, NH

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- “Ski & Shoe to the Clouds”, is in it’s 19th year! The event takes place on the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road and will be held this season on March 1, 2015. Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K Winter Race”, the Ski & Shoe to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12% over the last 6K as you climb the final 2,200 vertical feet. 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 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 5 minutes later. Ski & Shoe to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. This is NOT an event for inexperienced skiers or snowshoers!

Read Matt Heid’s first person account of racing in the 2012 Ski to the Clouds

ski & shoe to the clouds, cross country ski race, snowshoe race, mt washington auto road, great glen trails
Male Champion                                                               Female Champion
Justin Freeman  46:47                                                    Meredith Piotrow   1:04:14
7th consecutive title                                                                                           
ski & shoe to the clouds, cross country ski race, snowshoe race, mt washington auto road, great glen trails
Male Champion                                                                            Female Champion
Kevin Tilton 52:22                                                                        Leslie O’Dell 1:05:53