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X-Country Snowshoe


From sprinters to speed shufflers, this 5k and 10k snowshoe race brings competitors to the top of Vail Mountain for a challenging x-country course that starts at 8,000 feet in elevation climbing quickly up and around Vail Mountain.

Expect variable snow conditions from corduroy-groomed to powder, smooth to steep, this sometimes single-track will leave competitors speechless, but not without bragging rights.

The 5K wave is dog friendly so don't forget to bring your furry friend!

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February 8, 2013

5:30pm - (10K Start)
5:30pm - (5K Start)
5:30pm - (5K Dog Wave Start)

Vail Mountain
Golden Peak Base Area


$35 through Feb 3rd : $40 starting Feb 4th

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.


10K: Men and Women - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over
5K: Men and Women - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over

Mass Start 5:30pm at Golden Peak


$4,000 total prize purse!

10K Mens & 10K Womens Divisions
1st -  $1000    
2nd - $750    
3rd -  $250

Prize money will be allocated to the first three men and first three women to cross the finish line in the 10K category. There won't be prize money allocated to each specific category individually. 

Only the 10k racers will be eligible for prize money.
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.

Snowshoes must be worn and must be designed for an adult and be no smaller than 7" wide by 20" long.

All competitors must have either a headlamp or carry some type of flashlight.

Start, 5:30 PM SHARP at Golden Peak.  Mass start followed by runners with dogs. 

All dogs must be leashed and poop scooped.

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.  All racers with dogs must start at the back of the pack.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Poop must be scooped or else you will be disqualified from the race.   

Course will be marked with reflective arrows and flashing lights.

All competitors must cross the finish line with both snowshoes firmly attached to his/her feet. Should a competitor loose a shoe during the race he/she must step off the track and reattach the snowshoe in order to finish the race.

Awards will take place on Friday, February 8th, 2013 following the race in Golden Peak at the start/finish line. 

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 the event.

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