Stud/Spike: Studs are allowed on tires regardless
Sharp Spikes are prohibited on tires regardless of category.
Ex: Wood screws may be used if the point of the screw is
facing in towards the rim (Head of screw is facing towards the
snow ). Or if screws are installed from the inside out
the point of the screw has been ground down to a flat
All Tires must pass inspection at the riders meeting.
Bike/Frames: Any style of MTB bike may be used (ex.
Hard Tail, Full Suspension, 29er). Skibikes are not allowed.
You have to have actual tires for this one!
Tire Sizing: All tire sizes are permitted, however we
wouldn't recommend anything smaller than a 2.1"
Helmets: Helmets are required for this event.
Start, 10:00 AM SHARP at the base of Golden Peak.
All riders must meet at the base of the finish arena in Golden Peak
at 9:30am for a rider meeting and to be shuttled via snow mobile to
the start area.
Course will be set with GS style gates.
All riders will be seeded in brackets via a combination of USAC and
previous years results. There will be no qualifying
All riders will race the first round on the same course and then
flip courses for elimination to the next round.
Riders will be shuttled to the top via snowmobiles.
Awards will take place following the competition at Golden Peak
The course is entirely on snow. Course conditions
will depend entirely on weather conditions leading up to the event
and the day of the event. The course is normally on a hard
packed groomed section race course on the mountain. However
if it is snowing day of or leading up to the event the course
conditions could vary.
There are natural undulations on the course, however, there will be
no artificial banks. We plan on cutting 1-2 drops, however,
this will depend on snow conditions the night before the
race. This is a wide open fast course.
The course length is approximately 1000 feet from top to bottom
with a significant elevation loss.
There will be approximately 15-18 gates to negotiate. The
course setter will determine the gate placement. Expect a
fast flowing top section followed by a tight technical middle and
Sorry but there will not be any practice allowed on the
course. We are limited on the time and use of snowmobiles and
will not be able to shuttle riders for practice.
Additionally, snow courses are subject to breakdown and we want to
keep the conditions as good as possible for as long as
General Rules and Information
ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to
all interested athletes regardless of state and/or country of
residency. Competitors who are under the age of 18 must
register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able
to attend all scheduled events. Athletes will be required to
provide all their own equipment. Further, athletes must abide
by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
during their participation in the Winter Mountain Games®.
PARTICIPATION: Athletes agree to be bound by these
Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve
the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or
otherwise abusing, any aspect of the competition as solely
determined by Organizers.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Organizers will appoint judges and
the decision of those judges will be final. There will be no
review of scoring / timing even with the presence of TV
cameras. Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges
will result in disqualification of that athlete.
RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: Organizers reserve the right to
disqualify any athlete for any reason, including, without
limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive
manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or
harm another person. All decisions with respect to the
disqualification of an athlete shall be made by Organizers and/or
appointed judges. Failure to comply with any term or
condition of these Official Rules may result in an athlete's
disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any
prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules
at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have no
recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether
inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated
rules. In the event that the competition is canceled prior to
the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded.
Any refunds are at the organizer's discretion. Athletes
will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses
associated with their participation in the competition.
ORGANIZERS: The Winter Mountain Games® will be
organized and produced by staff and contractors hired from and by
the Vail Valley Foundation. The decisions of Organizers
regarding the selection and elimination of athletes, the selection
of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of
Winter Mountain Games® related events, and all other aspects of the
event, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will
not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent
errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to