March 1, 2015
Ski & Shoe to the Clouds: It’s North America’s Toughest 10k
Ski & Shoe to the Clouds includes a climb of more than 2,200 vertical feet over the final 6 kilometers.
Skier mass start at 10:00 am.
Snowshoe mass start 10:05 am.
*Official timing will end 2 hours after the snowshoe start, at 12:05 pm.
Entry fee for 2015:
Entry limit: 150 skiers and snowshoers.
If the race does not sell out, registration will be available Saturday and Sunday (Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2015) at Great Glen Trails. Day of registration will be from 7:30am -8:30am
Bib pickup: Saturday 2/28/2015 from 12:00-4:00pm and Sunday 3/1/2015 from 7:30am-9:00am.
Warm clothing (all racers must ski or snowshoe down) for the finish line must be in a marked bag and dropped off at registration as early as Saturday, 2/28/2015 and no later than 7:45AM on Sunday, 3/1/2015.
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 to the Clouds has an entirely new twist for this version of the Nordic ski race. The race now utilizes the Great Glen Trails Nordic system for 4 kilometers before beginning the steep ascent up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. In the past, the race used only terrain on the Auto Road, limiting the distance. 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 to the Clouds will certainly be a challenge for any skier, especially those who have enjoyed the Great Glen to Bretton Woods Nordic Adventure, which saw its finale in March of 2007.
Ski & Shoe 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
All competitors will receive a medal to mark their accomplishment.