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. We will send you the final course the week of the event.


Ski Area Map for reference to runs

Expansion Area Map is fun to look at

2022 - 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 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. The descent will take you 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 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 1,400 ft.

  • The distance is approximately 2.5 miles.

Course Map Here on Caltopo

2022 - 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. You'll need a beacon, probe, shovel, and a backpack that can carry skis. You'll also want to carry water, food, and extra layers. There will be volunteers at the transitions, but these are not aid stations.

  • The total vertical gain and loss is approximately 4,000 ft with four major climbs and two short climbs.

  • The distance is approximately 7 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.


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

  • First Skin (150 ft) - will take you up to the top of Sonnet Chair. Transition #1

  • First Descent - to the bottom of Windsor Chair via skier's right of the Sonnet Lift via Poma Run, maintain speed into Aisle Two and continue your descent to the bottom of the Windosor lift. Transition #2 - We will have the transition marked, and you will be required to skin up there. Do not skate past the transition zone.

  • Second Skin (1100 ft) - will take you from the bottom of Windsor Chair along the ski area boundary on Rodger's Way past the bottom of Aerial chair and will head up Caliban -> Upper Dream. The transition will be located at the top of Aerial Chair (7450 ft). Transition #3 - After this transition, you'll ski to the boundary and you will encounter dry patches that you'll have to run/walk/skip across unless you hate your skis/board.

  • Second Descent (1200 ft) - will follow the cat track off the backside of Mt. Ashland. You'll start skiing down towards the bowl and will soon encounter a dry patch (100 yards). The snow on the cat track is still holding up, and follow it around the first corner and look for flags to start the backcountry descent. Ski down the open meadow past a cat track down to transition #4 (6250 ft). Put your skins on here. This is also the 6th transition.

  • Third Skin (750 ft) - will follow the ridge through some trees past the cat track up to Rabbit Ears at 7000 ft.

  • Third Descent (750 ft) - Stay skier's right of the climber's track, making your way down the open meadow, as it gets narrower, traverse left back to transition #4/6. (6250 ft)

  • Fourth Skin (750 ft) - is the same as the third skin. There will also be a cut off here at 12:30 pm. This is due to safety reasons as this next descent will take you into hard to access areas for rescuers, etc. Transition #5/7

  • Fourth Descent (400 ft) will start off in a grove of dwarf trees that opens up to a meadow. Take the meadow down until you see transition #8 (6600).

  • Fifth Skin (500 ft) will meander through the forest to the bottom of the Bowl. Near the top of this skin track, we'll re-enter the ski area boundary, once you duck the rope, please be aware of resort skiers coming down the hill at high speeds (we'll have signs out and warn the public as much as we can - this area may be closed off, so you may not have to worry about it). You'll eventually get to the bottom of the "Bowl" where it flattens out and you'll cross the main exit of the bowl where skiers will be descending at high speeds. We'll have a volunteer stationed here as a crossing guard to make sure there'll be no collisions. Transition #9 (7100ft) - Rip your skins, and securely attach your skis to your backpack.

  • Boot Pack (500 ft) - will climb the shoulder of the bowl at the fence line next to Wong's run. This is a short boot pack, but if you are feeling dizzy or don't trust your feet at this point, we urge you to reconsider and just traverse over to Dream. Skis on your backpack is mandatory due to safety reasons. Reach transition #3/10 at the top of Aerial lift and transition (7450 ft).

  • Fifth Descent (1000 ft) - will begin from the top of Ariel and descends briefly down Ariel Charline before it hooks skiers left and over onto Dream. You will descend Dream all the way down past Ariel chair and ski to Windsor Chair base. Be aware of other skiers and ski in control! Ski past the Windsor Lift to transition #11. This area is congested and can be very busy, so slow down and avoid collisions!

  • Final Skin (300 ft) - Mt. Ashland has a designated uphill track starting from your final transition. This is on the outside of the boundary line, follow the boundary line until you are under the lodge, we'll have a section where the rope won't you'll finish behind the lodge. Have a seat, grab a beer, get your complimentary meal, cheer on your fellow skiers 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.


Course Map Here on Caltopo - GPX downloadable (click "export")

(Pending USFS Approval)