Nor’East Skimo Race Series – Bolton Valley & Berkshire East
Join us on Tuesday nights at Bolton Valley and Thursday nights at Berkshire East for some friendly uphill competition. The Nor’East Skimo Race Series is here to get you off the couch and out on snow! This winter after work don’t let the darkness take you down. Embrace it and come kick some uphill butt! Getting after it once a week is great for your fitness, and will help you ski more once the weekend arrives. Who doesn’t want to be faster on the up, and stronger on the down!
This Bolton Series is made possible with support from Dynafit – Speed, lightness, endurance, and technology… Julbo USA – Helping you see clearly in the mountains. The Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack, CAMP USA, VT Ski & Ride Magazine, and Vermont Sports.
Weekly Race Updates/Course Changes
Bolton Races: Please visit the Catamount Trail Facebook Page for last minute race updates or changes.
Berkshire East Races: Please visit the DHASH Facebook Page for updates and changes.
Pre-registration is not required. Participants can register on-site at these events.
$10/Race – CTA/DHASH/Thunderbolt Members
$15/Race – Non-Members
2019 Dates – Bolton
- Tuesday, January 15 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, January 22 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, January 29 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, February 5 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, February 12 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, February 19 – Bolton Valley
- Tuesday, February 26 – Cancelled
- Tuesday, March 5 – Bolton Valley
2019 Dates – Berkshire East
- Thursday, January 3 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, January 10 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, January 17 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, January 24 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, January 31 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, February 7 – Berkshire East
- Thursday, February 14 – Berkshire East
Berkshire East Resort – MAP
Registration: Uphill Pass – Main Lodge at Guest Services ($10 per evening / $50 per season, or free with evening lift ticket)
Registration: Race – Downstairs from Crazy Horse lodge expansion (ground level, skier’s left).
Race Start/Finish – Base of Wilderness Peak Quad
5:00-5:45PM – Registration
6:00PM – Race Start
7:30-8:00PM – Awards & Raffle! Grab a bite, have a drink, socialize!
Required Equipment & Safety Rules
- AT/Telemark Skis or Splitboard (snowboard and approach skis also acceptable)
- Climbing Skins (no snowshoes, no crampons, no running or walking)
- Appropriate Clothing
- Headlamp – Must be on at all times… Check Your Batteries!
- Helmet (any sport certification) – Must be worn on head at all times!
- Optional: backpack, goggles, water
All skis and boards must have metal edges. Nordic system bindings (NNN, NNNBC, SNS, SNSBC) will not be allowed.
Rental Equipment: Want to play with us, but don’t have the right equipment? You can rent AT equipment on-site at Bolton, or check out the Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack in Burlington, Mountain Ops in Stowe, or Clearwater Sports in Waitsfield. Down south check out the Magic Mountain Salomon QST Demo Center for your rental needs.
Raffle & Prizes
After every race we will gather on-site at the James Moore Tavern at Bolton, or the Crazy Horse Bar & Grill at Berkshire East to congratulate our fastest man and woman of the night, and to give away a bunch of gear donated by our sponsors. To be include all you have to do is come out and ski with us. This season we have items from Dynafit, Julbo, The Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack, VT Ski & Ride Magazine, Vermont Sports, Magic Mountain, Berkshire East, Salomon, NE Rando Race Series, Thunderbolt Ski Runners, and the Catamount Trail Association.
Timing & Results
These are casual events, but they are timed and results will be posted below after each event. We apologize in advance for any butchering of names. Our system is far from sophisticated and writing down info in the cold with gloves or mittens on can be challenging.
The fastest Man and Woman each night–in honor of their awesomeness–will each receive a special treat or first go at the raffle items, and everyone participating receives a raffle ticket which could score you some sweet gear from our partners during the raffle after each event.
2019 Results (There’s bound to be some really bad name butchering as we try to decipher our frozen, gloved, chicken-scratch… Sorry!)
Past Results Bolton Series: 2016, 2017 & 2018 Seasons
Courses (examples below)
Bolton: Each course is unlit and finishes where it starts. Routes are 1.5-3.5km long with 500-1000ft of climbing and descending. Racing will begin at 6pm sharp and participants will ski as many laps as they want, or can, in ~1 hour. After 6:45pm… beginning a new lap will not be allowed. Below are a few course examples. However, we do reserve the right to mix it up occasionally with new routes. All uphill courses will be marked with green LED wands, downhills will be marked with red LED wands, and the transition areas are marked with white LED wands. Participants should transition after the white LED wands and before the first green or red LED wands.
Berkshire East: The course on the wide Exhibition slope is lit and groomed, finishing where it starts. The course will not be marked, but is prominently defined by the lift towers. The start is ascender’s right of Tower #2, and the finish is the descender’s right of the same tower. The ski > skin transition is just below that same Tower #2 again. The skin > ski transition is above Tower #8: racers should enter the transition on the ascender’s right of Tower #8, then descend to the descender’s right of Tower #8. The course is thereby a counter-clockwise loop around Towers #2 & #8, with each lap measuring slightly under 500 vertical feet. Racers ascend on either side of the other towers, although stay as far as feasible to the ascender’s right as possible at all times (so as to avoid downhill traffic, whether racers or the general public).