Meadow Mountain Skimo


Contact the Sports Department

700 S Frontage Rd. E, Vail, CO

Phone: 970-479-2280

Fax: 970-479-2281

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The Vail Recreation District Sports Department is located in the Vail Tennis Center on the second floor. From I-70, take the Vail exit and head east on South Frontage Road.

Online Registration Course Map & Parking | 2024 Results | 2024 Race Photos

Date: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024
Time: 8 a.m. Expert Categories, 9 a.m. Intermediate & Beginner Categories
Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m.

Where: Meadow Mountain trailhead, Minturn

Price:   Early registration - $36 adults/$25 students
           Week-of registration - $42 adults/$30 students
           Day-of registration - $50 adults/$37 students

Online registration closes at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Pre-Race Bib Pickup: Cripple Creek Backcountry, Avon. Friday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.

Bag Drop: Extra clothing can be stored at the gear tent adjacent to the race start/finish area

Categories: Expert (three loops), Intermediate (two loops), Beginner (one loop) 

Age Groups: 19 & Under; 20-39; 40-59; 60+

Awards: We will recognize the top three finishers by Category/Age/Gender. Awards and raffle prizes will be distributed on-site following each race. The first place finishers in each category will receive a t-shirt from the Minturn Mile Co! Participants are invited to warm up at Vail Mountain Coffee in Minturn after the race. Show your race number for complimentary coffee and empanada!

Update (2/7/24): The USFS has determined the original Bull Wheel Skin Track that we have raced on in years past does not violate the wildlife closure so we will be utilizing that course on Saturday after all. The tree section of the course is currently marked with hot pink ribbons and the course will be marked in its entirety by midday Friday. 

Course: The course is a 1.75-mile loop with 800 vertical feet of elevation gain. Racers will begin and finish on the bench just above the Meadow Mountain parking lot and race up the open slope to looker’s right (west). Approximately, 100 feet above the Everkrisp trail closure, the skin track leads into the trees and includes a mandatory boot pack section. 

Expert skiers will be required to attach their skis to their packs during the race. Intermediate and beginner racers can shoulder their skis. The skin track leads to the top of the old chairlift. The course then traverses to the south before descending to the ridge and down to the start/finish area.

Each lap will include uphill skinning, downhill skiing and boot pack hiking. Helmets and metal edges are required for this race. Avalanche gear is not required. No snowshoes or winter running devices. 

Online registration is available prior to race day and day-of registration and bib pickup will be available at the Meadow Mountain parking lot prior to the race starting at 7 a.m.

Race entry fees are $36 through Feb. 3, $42 for the week prior to the event and $50 the day of the race. 

Beginner Skin Track Clinic - Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 Please - Note Date Change! 

Need to work on your skinning skills before you race? We've got you covered! A beginner skin track clinic will be held at Meadow Mountain on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. for those new to skimo racing. Taught by local backcountry enthusiast Dawes Wilson, the clinic will go over basic skin track skills including kick turns, traction at the limit, pole use, boot packing and transitions as well as a preview of Saturday's race course, time permitting. The clinic is $25 and preregistration is encouraged as participation is limited. Bring required race gear: helmet, backpack, tension devices. Register HERE

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