March 3, 2013
It’s North America’s Toughest 10k: Ski to the Clouds presented by Maxiglide
Ski to the Clouds includes a climb of more than 2200 vertical feet over the final 6 kilometers.
Skier mass start at 10:00 am.
Snowshoe mass start 10:10 am.
Entry fee for 2013:
$25.00 by 1/2/13 (College and high school racers $25 regardless of date entered.)
$35 until 3/2/13 or until sold out
Entry limit: 150 skiers and snowshoers.
Online registration closes on February 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm. If the race does not sell out, registration will be available Friday and Saturday (March 1&2, 2013) through Great Glen Trails. There will be no day of race registration.
Bib pickup: Saturday 3/2/2013 from 12:00-4:00pm and Sunday 3/3/2013 from 7:30am-9:00am.
Warm clothing for the finish line must be in a marked bag and dropped off at registration as early as Saturday, 3/2/2013 and no later than 7:45AM on Sunday, 3/3/2013.
$1,600 Prize Purse
Men: 1st-$250; 2nd-$150; 3rd-$100
Women: 1st-$250; 2nd-$150; 3rd-$100
Top Male Over 40: $200
Top Female Over 40: $200
Men: 1st – $100
Women: 1st – $100
Even though it was first held in 1996 and is part of a history of racing up Mt. Washington, Ski 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 to the Clouds will certainly be a challenge for any skier, especially those that have enjoyed the Great Glen to Bretton Woods Nordic Adventure, which saw its finale in March of 2007.
Ski 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.