The Course

Our courses are subject to change due to weather, avalanche conditions, visibility, or any other reason the Mt Ashland Ski Area or Mt Ashland Skimo considers necessary to put on a safe event.

Rec Course (est. 30 min - 2 hrs):

This is the race for you if you are newer into the sport and want to dip your toes in the water. Our recreational course at the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit is perfect for newer uphill skiers or people looking for a shorter effort. The course will incorporate one major climb from the Mt Ashland Lodge to the Summit followed by a descent on piste, finishing with a short 250 ft climb back to the lodge to finish. The rec course will be entirely within the ski area boundary, so racers will not be required to carry avalanche safety equipment (no beacon, probe, shovel necessary). The course will descend a blue ski run and expert downhill skiing ability will not be a requirement for this descent. You'll be finished before or shortly after the resort opens, so with your complimentary ticket you can enjoy the rest of the day sampling the goods at the resort.

  • Total vertical gain and loss on the rec course is approximately 1,100 ft.

  • The distance is approximately 2.2 miles.

Course Map Here on Caltopo

Full course (2 - 6 hrs):

The full course at the Mt Ashland SkiMo Summit is a true backcountry event! We start and end on the manicured Mt Ashland Ski Area trails, but the bulk of the time you’ll be skiing and riding in untamed, ungroomed terrain outside of the ski area boundary. While the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit full course is a race and does follow a standard SkiMo race format, being a SkiMo racer is not necessary to take part. This event will be a great way to explore the side country options that Mt Ashland has to offer! This course covers advanced skiing terrain and will require strong downhill skiing ability and endurance. If you are have wanted an excuse to go do a longer tour checking out the surrounding terrain around Mt. Ashland, this is it.

  • The total vertical gain and loss is approximately 4,500ft. There are four major climbs and a fifth short climb at the finish.

  • The distance is approximately 8 miles.

  • The course will be fully marked to USSMA standards with green flagging on the ascents, red flagging on the descents, yellow flagging for the bootpack, and blue marking for transitions.


Course Map Here on Caltopo

(Pending USFS Approval)