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Vail Grail Winter Race Series



Need motivation for those new years' resolutions? Get ready to skin, ski and shuffle your way to glory! The Bloch ancd Chapleau Vail Grail consists of three winter events – the Arrowhead Uphill and Skimo, a new skimo race at Meadow Mountain and a snowshoe shuffle - and participants can sign up for one, two or all three races. Due to COVID safety precautions, the Vail Grail will be three stand-alone events, rather than a series this year. Please see indivdual race pages for more information regarding our COVID safety protocols.

On Saturday, January 30, join us for the Arrowhead Uphill and Skimo starting at 7 a.m. The Vail Recreation District brings their winter race series to Arrowhead for the second time with an uphill and skimo competition. Competitors can choose the uphill or skimo (ascent and descent) option and can use any means to get up the mountain (snowshoes, skis, splitboards or winter running devices). Skis or a snowboard are required to compete in the skimo competition. Participants will ascend approximately 1,700 vertical feet and just under two miles from the base of Arrowhead Village to the top of Arrow Bahn Express Lift. The event will conclude with a grab-and-go breakfast from the Broken Arrow Restaurant at the base of Arrowhead. Cost for this race is $36 adults and $25 for students.

On Saturday, February 20, the Vail Grail moves off-piste for the first-evet Minturn Meadow Mountain Skimo race. The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Meadow Mountain Recreation Area and will feature a circuit race where participants can pick thier distance of one, two or three backcounty laps. Adults can register in advance at for $35 and student registrations are $25. 

The Vail Grail will conclude on Saturday, March 13 at the tenth annual Shamrock Shuffle Snowshoe Race presented by the Krueger Family. Choose from a 5K or 10K race and bring the kids for the 1K fun run to celebrate all things green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place on the Vail Nordic Center trails, this event includes race categories for snowshoes and Yaktrax, as well as a non-prize-eligible running shoe category. Pre-registration costs for the shuffle are $30 for adults and student registrations are $20.

Due to COVID safety protocols and public health orders, participation is limited to 75 people total and no day-of registration or series registration will be available. Races will not include after party, however complementary grab-and-go breakfast items will be available after each race, raffle winners will be pre-drawn and prizes mailed to category winners. 

Are you up for the Vail Grail challenge? For more information on any of these races, contact the VRD Sports Department at 970-479-2280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To register for one race or all three, click the links below:


Arrowhead Uphill and Skimo 7 a.m., Sat, Jan. 30, 2021 $36  $25  Online Registration
Minturn Meadow Mountain Skimo 8 a.m., Sat, Feb. 20, 2021 $36  $25  Online Registration
Shamrock Shuffle Snowshoe Race 
9 a.m., Sat, March 13, 2021 $30 $20 Online Registration