Course Description

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

Ski Area Map for reference to runs

Expansion Area long read

2023 - Rec Course (est. 45 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 is perfect for skiers new to going uphill or people looking for a shorter effort. The course will start with a short climb up to the top of Sonnet lift and a ski down to the bottom of Windsor lift.  From there the big climb begins and will take you 1100 ft up to the top of Aerial lift via Caliban and Upper Dream, this part of the course is the same as the Full Course. At the top of Aerial, there will be a transition area where you'll say good bye to the full course racers. You'll descent the way you came up, down Dream (be aware of your fellow racers!) and back past Windsor lift where you'll do your final transition to a short 250 ft climb back to the lodge to the finish area. For this last climb, you'll be skinning up the "uphill route" just on the other side of the boundary rope. There will be a transition captain guiding you to the start of the skin track.  

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 finish as the resort opens, so you'll be able to enjoy the rest of the day heckling the full course racers from the lift with your 30$ add on ticket.   

Course Map Here on Caltopo

2023 - Full Course (1.5 - 5 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 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 a requirement to participate. This event is a great chance to explore the backcountry options that Mt Ashland has to offer! This course covers advanced skiing terrain and will require strong downhill skiing ability and endurance. If you need an excuse to go do a longer tour and maybe check out the surrounding terrain around Mt. Ashland, this is your ticket. You'll need a beacon, probe, shovel, and a backpack that can carry skis. You'll also need to carry water, food, and extra layers as if you are going on a normal backcountry outing. There will be volunteers at the transitions and Jackson County SAR will be on the course, but these are not aid stations, so you'll need to be completely self sufficient.  If you decide to turn around for any reason, you MUST let a transition captain, a volunteer, a ski patrol, or Yu or Travis know that you turned around. 

Detailed Description of the course (open the CalTopo link below and follow it along as you read the description)

Enjoy your moment of glory, catch your breath so you can grab a beer and a meal. Then start cheering your fellow participants as they come in! If you don't make it back by the cut off, you'll still have finished the "short course" on time... Be sure to come back for the awards ceremony at 1:30 pm by the finish area.  

Course Map Here on Caltopo - GPX downloadable

2022 Course (modified due to low snow pack) - Pat Parsel Strava; Max King Strava

2023 Course - Max King Strava