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Ultimate Mountain Challenge

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Who will be crowned king and queen of the mountain? The Maui Jim Ultimate Mountain Challenge is a test of athletic skill, power and endurance where athletes will push through some of the most demanding races.  Athletes will compete in three separate races taking place over three days.  The Pro races include Nordic 10k, Elite Ski Mountaineering & the Vail Uphill. The Amateur and Coed Team races include Nordic 10k, Advanced Ski Mountaineering & the Vail Uphill. At the end of the competition, the ultimate man, women and coed amateur team with the lowest combined time for all three events will be crowned and take home the cash.
Ultimate Mountain Challenge

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Friday - Sunday
February 8-10, 2013

TIME & CATEGORIES:
February 8, 10am - (10K Nordic Start/Pro)
February 9, 7:30am - (Ski Mountaineering Start)
February 10, 7am - (Vail Uphill Start)

LOCATION:
Vail Nordic Center
Vail Mountain
Lionshead/Gondola Yard

PRICE:

REGISTRATION FEE:
Pre-register only - see below for more info

Individual - PRO: $135 through Feb 3rd : $140 starting Feb 4th

Individual - AMATEUR: $120 through Feb 3rd : $125 starting Feb 4th

Team - AMATEUR ONLY: $150 through Feb 3rd : $155 starting Feb 4th

- Amateur Team must be COED

All comps at the Games have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure you receive an athlete gift bag. Late or on-site registrations may not receive SWAG.

DOCUMENTATION:

RACE CATEGORIES:
Pro - Man or Woman
Amateur - Man, Woman or Coed Team

POINT SCORING SYSTEM:
Place within each of the three events nets the following points:

1st: 100  11th: 10
2nd: 80   12th: 8
3rd: 61    13th: 6
4th: 46    14th: 4
5th: 32    15th+: 2
6th: 20
7th: 18
8th: 16
9th: 14
10th: 12

Example:  Sara is a UMC Pro Woman.  She places 1st in the UMC Pro Women Division for the Vail Uphill, 2nd in the UMC Pro Women in Ski Mo, and 4th in the UMC Pro Women Division for the Nordic Race.  Her points total would be:  100+80+46 = 226.

In the event of a points tie the fastest cumulative time of the three events will prevail.

PRIZES:

Men & Women Pro division equal prize list:
1st - $1200
2nd - $850
3rd - $450

** Please note that athletes participating in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge (UMC) are only eligible to win prizes or prize money associated with the UMC. UMC participants will only be competing against other UMC participants and as such will not be eligible for prizes or prize money within the individual events.**

Organizers reserve the right to change/alter these prizes



NOTES:

There is NO day-of registration for this race.  All interested individual athletes must pre-register on the event website @ www.mountaingames.com or at registration on Thursday, February 7th.

All athletes must check in at registration on Thursday, February 7th. Registration will be open from 8am - 6pm. It is located in the Lionshead Community Building; southwest corner of the Lionshead parking structure.

There will be a Ski Mountaineering athlete meeting on Friday, February 8th at 5pm in the Lionshead Welcome Center (southwest corner of the Lionshead parking structure). This meeting is optional but highly recommended especially for those who have never competed in a Ski Mountaineering comp.

There will be NO pro team entries for the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.

Athletes must compete as an individual OR on a team.  Athletes may NOT compete in both divisions.

If an athlete DNFs (does not finish) any of the three competitions they will be disqualified. There will be some cutoff times at some or all events.

All athletes, even those pre-registering on-line must sign liability and release waivers when checking in to receive their number.  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.

DIRECTIONS TO START LINE:
Nordic: Located at the Vail Nordic Center
Ski Mountaineering: Located at the Gondola in Lionshead
Vail Uphill: Location at the Gondola in Lionshead

RACE RULES:
Athletes must compete as an individual or on a team.  Athletes may NOT compete in both divisions.

The race is open to professional and amateur athletes

Athletes competing in UMC are only eligible for UMC prizes.  UMC athletes are not eligible for prizes within the individual events.

All individual race rules will be in effect.  Please consult the individual race competition rules for complete rules regarding each of the four events.

PRO & AMATEUR INDIVIDUALS COMPETITION RULES:
One athlete will compete in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge three (3) races: Nordic, Ski Mountaineering & Vail Uphill.

Athletes will be given three separate bibs / number plates specific for each race.  This number must be worn during all three competitions.  If a bib / number is lost, the competitor will be disqualified.

Following each race, athletes' places will be collected and assigned a point value.  At the conclusion of the event, the athlete with the highest point total will be awarded the winner.

If an athlete DNFs (does not finish) any of the three competitions they will be disqualified. Cutoff times will be announced before the race. 

AMATEUR COED TEAM RULES:
Teams must be coed (a minimum of 1 male and 1 female per team)

Teams must have a minimum of two (2) members and must not exceed three (3) members

Teams may enter only one team member per event. 

Teams will determine which team member will compete in each event prior to registering for the event.  Team members competing in each individual event must be identified on registration forms.

Teams will be given three separate bibs / number plates specific for each race.  This number must be worn by the team member participating in each individual race.  If a bib / number is lost, the team will be disqualified.

Following each race, athletes' places will be collected and assigned a point value.  At the conclusion of the event, the Team with the highest point total will be awarded the winner.

If an athlete DNFs (does not finish) any of the three competitions the Team will be disqualified. Cutoff times will be announced before the race.

RACE CLASSES:
Pro Men Individuals
Nordic 10k - UMC Pro Men Division
Ski Mountaineering Elite Course - UMC Pro Men Division
Vail Uphill - UMC Pro Men Division

Pro Women Individuals
Nordic 10k - UMC Pro Women Division
Ski Mountaineering Elite Course - UMC Pro Women Division
Vail Uphill - UMC Pro Women Division

Amateur Men Individuals
Nordic 10k - UMC Amateur Men Division
Ski Mountaineering Advanced Course - UMC Amateur Men Division
Vail Uphill - UMC Amateur Men Division

Amateur Women Individuals
Nordic 10k - UMC Amateur Women Division
Ski Mountaineering Advanced Course - UMC Amateur Women Division
Vail Uphill - UMC Amateur Women Division

Amateur Coed Teams
Nordic 10k - UMC Amateur Men or Women Division depending on athletes' gender
Ski Mountaineering Advanced Course - UMC Amateur Men or Women Division depending on athletes' gender
Vail Uphill - UMC Amateur Men or Women Division depending on athletes' gender

NORDIC RULES: EQUIPEMENT
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.

NORDIC RULES: COMPETITION
All USSA rules will be applied. Please visit the following link for more details: http://www.ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/sports/crosscountry/rules.html

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.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING RULES: EQUIPMENT
No nordic, NNN or similar "nordic touring" gear will be allowed, only AT or telemark gear. Split-boards are allowed in the citizen's category.

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

Citizens category mandatory gear: helmet and skins. 

Advanced/Elite category mandatory gear: beacon, shovel, probe, backpack, helmet, skins, windbreaker, hydration system/bottles.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING RULES: COMPETITION
All categories will start in the Lionshead base area at the gondola corral. All Categories finish at Gold Peak. Racers will be sent out in one mass start but grouped in category on the start line.

Normal Mountain Operations: Each racer must keep in mind that Vail Mt. is open to guests as usual. Thus, racers will encounter skier traffic moving the opposite direction of racers while on-course.

Racer safety: For the safety of every racer, each athlete is required to notify the closest marshal of any injury or racer in need of assistance.

This is a self-sustained race with two aid stations. The Advanced category's aid station will be positioned on Silk Road next to the exit of Pete's Stash and the Elite's will be at the top of Belle's Camp. Water and energy goo/bars will be available.

Course marking: Racers must use any set skin tracks and be within 20 ft. of markings when ascending. Racers must be within 50ft of any markings while descending.

Finish: the final run for all categories is a GS course. Racers must complete every gate; a 30-second time penalty will be assigned for a missed gate, racers cannot take a time penalty and advance in placing with any missed gates.

Other Important Ski Mountaineering Info:
There will be a gear check on the starting line at 7:15. Racer's warm-up clothing may be left at the start area, all will be transported to the finish.

Elite Course: If the combined weight of your skis/bindings/skins/boots is above 18 lbs. it is unlikely you will make the cut-off time to complete the course. Tech bindings (Dynafit, Sportiva, Ski Trab or similar) are highly recommended along with mixed or 100% mohair skins due to the distance and low angle skin tracks. The estimated fastest time for the winner of the race is 3:15. Descents are expert level and include ungroomed, steep slopes with backcountry conditions.

Advanced Course: Suitable for fit racers with gear weighing more than 18 lbs, or racers looking for a slightly shorter day than the Elite course. Descents are expert level and include ungroomed, steep slopes with backcountry conditions.

There will be a hard cut-off time of 1:00pm for both the Advanced and Elite categories at the Aid Station on lower Silk Road there is also a 10:30 cut-off time for the Elite Category just before the Blue Sky acent. The race will officially be over at 4:00pm. Any racers remaining on course after 4:00 will be DNF.

Elite and Advanced Categories are required to have avalanch gear: beacon, probe, shovel, and helmet.


There will be an optional athlete meeting held at the Lionshead Welcome Center. The Information center is located in the south west corner of the Lionshead parking structure on the first floor. This meeting will take place the night before the event - Friday, February 8th, 2013 @ 5pm. The athlete meeting is highly recommended for all Ski Mountaineering athletes especially those of whom have never competed before. 

VAIL UPHILL RULES: EQUIPMENT
OPEN CATEGORY: Please wear the proper type of footwear based on race day conditions. Boots, Running Shoes, Yak-Tracks & Snowshoes are all permitted.

HEAVY METAL: Any type of ski with a metal edge is permitted; this includes both AT (All Terrain) and Telemark. Split snowboards are also allowed in this category. Any type of skin is also permitted.

VAIL UPHILL RULES: COMPETITION
Start, 7:00 AM SHARP at the base of the gondola in Lionshead. 

We ask that athletes please seed themselves accordingly at the start…No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified. Beware of other skiers on the hill.

Course will be marked with blue or orange pin flags

Awards will take place on Sunday, at 8:45am, Eagle's Nest third floor.  Restaurant located at the top of the Gondola.

Additional Rules and Information
DIRECTIONS TO START LINE:
Nordic: Located at the Vail Nordic Center
Ski Mountaineering: Located at the Gondola in Lionshead
Vail Uphill: Location at the Gondola in Lionshead

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 the event.

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