Individual Race


A backcountry hiking/climbing ski event where racers challenge each other to hike and ski the most challenging terrain at Ski Santa Fe. The course will offer single track kick turns, groomer skinning and downhill, challenging downhill tree skiing, and a stunning technical bootpack up Big Rocks.



Start 7:45am – Jan 26

Registration closes 7:00am Jan 26

Packet Pick Up 2:00pm to 4:00pm Jan 25, or 6:30am to 7:15am Jan 26 at Ski Santa Fe


$75 – Open/Vet

$55 – Heavy Metal – Short Course

$30 – Under 23/Under 18


Please be aware that your receipt will be from Sandia Peak Ski, the event is at Ski Santa Fe. Packets will include lift ticket for Jan 26.


Individual Race Starts @ 7:45am on Saturday

OpenRace/Pro/Vet/U23 Division: Approx 4000 vert ft of climb

Heavy Metal/Rec/U18 Division: Approx 2500 vert ft of climb

Bring Bag with Name for items to leave behind, items will be taken to finish line

Cutoff for Both Races 11:15am

Awards 11:30am at Totemoffs


General Rules and Information:

The race director reserves the right to delay the start, alter the course or cancel the race based on snow, weather and safety conditions.
Racers are required to abide by all directives of the race staff and course marshals.
The race will take place on an operational ski area and all racers are required to comply with any directions or directives of the ski area staff.
Racers are to give the right of way to the customers of the ski area, failure to do so will result in an immediate DQ.
On uphill portions, racers are to stay in the established skin track or within 5 feet of the course markings. On the downhill, racers are required to stay within 30 feet of course markings.
Transitions must occur within 20 feet of transition point.
Racers agree to possible equipment check before race and at the finish line.
All racers regardless of category will have a ski retention device that can include brakes or a leash.
No lightweight Nordic gear is allowed in either category.
Helmets are required to be worn during the ENTIRETY of the race. (These can be bike, ski, climbing or ski mountaineering specific helmets).
If you opt not to finish the race you MUST check in at a course marshal or at the finish area. Otherwise we will be out looking for you.
Racers should be prepared for variable weather including but not limited to snow, high winds and cold temperatures.

“Race Category” Specific Rules and Gear Requirements:

Racers are required to carry standard snow safety equipment: avalanche probe, avalanche shovel and 457 kHz avalanche beacons
A pack that can carry skis
Hydration source (bottle or bladder)
Goggles, helmet shield or sunglasses
Windproof upper body layer must be worn or carried in pack
Skis must be alpine style skis with metal edges  (split boards only in Heavy Metal Division), randonee or 75mm or NTN telemark bindings are acceptable.
Climbing skins
“Heavy Metal/Rec Category” Gear Requirements:

Racers are required to carry a hydration source (bottle or bladder)
Goggles, helmet shield or sunglasses
Windproof upper body layer must be worn or carried in pack
Rec participants must also be on alpine style skis or split boards with metal edges. Randonee, tech, telemark or split board bindings are all acceptable in this category.
All participants are required to use climbing skins.


Categories include:

Heavy Metal Men (Free Ride Touring, Tele, Split Board)

Heavy Metal Women (Free Ride Touring, Tele, Split Board)

Open/Race/Pro Men

Open/Race/Pro Women

U 18 Men

U 18 Women

U 23 College Men

U 23 College Women

Vet Men 45+

Vet Women 45+



For more information visit


You can register for the event here


OpenRace/Pro/Vet/U23 Division


Heavy Metal/Rec/U18 Division