Whatever you wear up the hill is what you descend with... For example if you snowshoe up you will snowshoe down... so you would be listed in the open class.
There is one exception to this rule and that is if you would like to use a snowboard you may carry it on your back up the hill and then snowboard down and you will be listed in the Heavy Metal Category. You can not leave anything stashed anywhere on the mountain! Whatever you go up with you must return with to the start line.
If you use poles up the hill then you have to go down the hill with your poles.
Helmets are highly recommended especially if you are skiing! Ski helmet or a bike helmet will work. Its for your safety!!
No sleds or blades will be allowed!
Acceptable devices are: XC Skis, Randonee or Telemark Skis, snowboard, snowshoes, Micro-spikes or stabalizers... just plain running shoes.
All categories above include a Challenged Athlete Division
- Open Category (Micro-spikes, running shoes, snowshoes, yaxtrax, etc)
- Track Skis (lightweight skating/diagonal gear)
- Telemark (full metal edged skis with a 3-pin or cable binding)
- Heavy Metal (alpine skis, randonee bindings, plastic boots)
Male & Female: 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Age group will be determined by your age on May 1st, of the racing season. We need to fix a firm age for the season so people will not race at one age in January and at a different age in March if they have a birthday in between. For example: if you are currently 29 on January 1, 2013, but will turn 30 on May 1, 2013, you will race in the 30-39 division the entire 2013 season.
Best 4 out of 7 races will count towards the season championships. Must compete in a minimum of 3 events to be eligible for series awards.
All finishers will receive points. If you do not finish or participate in an event, you will receive 0 points for that event. Points will be distributed as follows: 1st 100, 2nd 90, 3rd 82, 4th 75, 5th 69, 6th 63, 7th 58, 8th 53, 9th 49, 10th 45, 11th 41, 12th 37, 13th 34, 14th 31, 15th 28, All other finishers 25.
Ties in point standings will be settled by:
- Head to Head competition (order of most recent race that both/all competed)
- Highest placing athlete at final event.
- Athlete who participated in highest number of events.
Champions will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the final event of the season.
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