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Nordic Freestyle


Arguably some of the fittest humans on the planet, professional and amateur Nordic racers test their endurance, strength and technical skills in a 10k race with the spectacular Gore Range as a backdrop. Not for the faint of heart - or mind and body. These finely-tuned skate or classic ski athletes prove that mellow ski touring is a thing of the past.

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2012 Madshus

Official Nordic Ski of the Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer.

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February 8, 2013

10am - (10K Mass Start)

Vail Nordic Center


$40 through Feb 3rd : $45 starting Feb 4th

All comps at the Games have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Late or on-site registrations may not receive SWAG.


10K - Men/Women 19 and under
10K - Men/Womenn 20-29
10K - Men/Women 30-39
10K - Men/Women 40-49
10K - Men/Women 50-59
10K - Men/Women 60+


10K Men:
1st: $1,000
2nd: $600
3rd: $400

10K Women:
1st: $1,000
2nd: $600
3rd: $400

* Organizers reserve the right to change/alter these prizes


All athletes, even those pre-registering on-line must sign liability and release waivers when checking in to receive their number.  We advise all athletes check in for their event the day prior to competing or at least two (2) hours prior to the start of their competition.  Event Registration is in the Grand View Room at the Southwest corner of the Lionshead Parking Structure.

All athletes must be present at check in to receive their number.  Numbers will NOT be given to friends, coaches or family members.

Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware.

This is a Nordic Freestyle event where both Nordic Skate Skis and Classic Skis are permitted.

All athletes must where required bib(s) or will be subject to disqualification.

All USSA rules will be applied. More details.

The start and finish will be located just north of Clubhouse - Driving Range.  We will have a double pole mass start with 11 lanes.  100 meter double pole zone. The course will be largely made up of flat, fast terrain from kilometers 6-10 there will be 3 substantial climbs with some technical descending. 

There will be a jury made up of chief of course, race secretary, and coach. All athletes must adhere to their guidelines or may be subject to disqualification.

No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified. Please beware of other skiers on the hill.

Awards will take place at the Nordic Center immediately following the race.

General Rules and Information

DIRECTIONS TO START LINE: The Start will take place at the Vail Nordic Center a.k.a. the Vail Golf Club Driving Range. From Vail Village exit 176, head East on the South Frontage Rd for 1 mile. Take a right onto Sunburst Drive. The Nordic Center will be on your left after a ¼ mile. Parking marshals will direct you to the appropriate parking spot. Please note that parking is limited; carpooling and skier drop off is greatly appreciated.

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: There will be a jury made up of chief of course, race secretary, and coach. Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed jury will result in disqualification.

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 the event.

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