General Rules for both courses (Required gear in bold print):
The race directors reserve the right to delay the start, alter the course, or cancel the race based on snow and weather conditions.
The race will take place partially in the Mt Ashland Ski Area, all racers are required to comply with any directives of the ski area staff or ski patrol.
Participants must wear a helmet
Snowshoes approach skis allowed for rec course, but must descend on skis/snowboard
Racers must use skins affixed to skis/splitboard on all ascents marked with green flags (no lightweight Nordic gear).
Racers must descend with skis/boards in “downhill” mode. You may not descend with skins on. Descents are marked with red flagging.
You must make sure transition crews see your bib number before exiting the transition zone.
You must transition within “transition zones” marked in blue. You must set poles flat on the ground in transitions (not upright for the safety of all racers and volunteers in the transition area).
You must carry your own food/water and extra layers. There are no aid stations on course.
If you turn around before the checkpoints or the finish, you MUST check in with a course marshal or the race directors at the finish area. Otherwise search and rescue may commence on your behalf.
For the full course we will have awards for SkiMo (single ski + binding weight <1500g), Heavy Metal, Tele, and Splitboard along with gender and probably a master's category. If the category doesn't have at least 5 folks by mid-Jan (when awards are ordered), they'll be grouped into another category.
Additional rules for the Full Course:
All participants on the full Mt Ashland Skimo course are required to have avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe) with them at all times during the race with beacon in “send” mode. This gear will be checked at the start of the race.
Racers must attach skis/splitboard to their pack during the “bootpack” marked with yellow flags. You cannot carry your skis over your shoulder, in your hands, etc.
Racers must be autonomous, carrying extra layers, eye protection, first aid supplies and anything else you might need to be out in the mountains for 2- 5 hours in variable weather conditions.
Be prepared for the unexpected.