About the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit
We are a backcountry skiing and split boarding race in far Southern Oregon, the the heart of the Siskiyou Mountains. The race starts and ends at the Mt Ashland Ski Area.
Whether you are a hard core skimo athlete or a recreational backcountry skiing enthusiast there is a place for you a the Mt A Skimo Summit! We offer two race course which are detailed below.
All participants will also be eligible to ski and ride for free on the lifts at the ski area after their race thanks to the generous support of the Mt Ashland Ski Area.
Full Course Description
The full course at the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit is a true backcountry event! We start and end on the manicured Mt Ashland Ski Area trails, but the bulk of the time you’ll be skiing and riding in untamed ungroomed terrain outside of the ski area.
While the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit full course is a race and does follow race formatting you need not consider yourself a racer to take part. This course will cover advanced skiing terrain and therefore requires both strong downhill skiing ability and endurance.
There are four major climbs and a fifth very short climb at the finish. The total vertical gain and loss is approximately 4,500ft. The distance is approximately 8 miles.
The course will be fully marked to USSMA standards with green flagging on the ascents, red flagging on the descents, yellow flagging for the bootjack, and blue marking for transitions.
Required Gear: Helmet, Avalanche Safety Gear (Beacon, shovel probe), skins, backpack which you can strap your skis/board to, food, water, extra layers.
Recreational Course Description
Our recreational course at the Mt Ashland Skimo Summit is perfect for newer uphill skiers or people looking for a shorter effort. The course will incorporate one major climb from the Mt Ashland Lodge to the Summit followed by a descent on piste, finishing with a short 250ft climb back to the Lodge to finish. All of our rec course will remain in the ski area boundary and racers will not be required to carry avalanche safety equipment. The course will descend a blue ski run and does not require expert downhill skiing ability.
The Total vertical gain and loss on the rec course is approximately 1,100ft and the distance is approximately 2.2 miles.
Required Gear: Helmet, Skins, water, food, extra layers
Our full course travels outside of the ski area boundary into the backcountry on the Siskiyou Crest. Avalanche safety gear is required (Beacon, Shovel, Probe).
Backpack (which you can attach your skis to for the boot pack section.
Food and Water
Our rec course will stay inside the normal ski area boundary and so avalanche saftey gear is not required.
Race Date: Saturday Feb 12th 2022
Registration Opens: Nov, 2, 2021
Online Registration Closes: Feb, 10, 2022
Race Day Schedule
6:15am-7:15am: Racer Check in
7:15-7:25am: Gear Check
7:30am: Full and Rec Course Start
First short course finisher: 8am
Last short course finisher: 9:30am
First long course finish: 9:45am
Last Long course finisher: 1:30pm
After Party: TBD
The Mt Ashland Skimo Summit does not offer refunds on race entry fees.
Local time: 11:52 PM
It's extremely unlikely that we'll cancel the race. We'll adapt our course in the event weather or avalanche conditions dictate rather than cancelling altogether.
If we do cancel our race for any reason we will roll over your entry to the following years race.