- Helmet, certified for ski or climb (or both): Worn at all times, both ascents & descents.
- Ascent: Stay on marked route; click HERE for details. Skin up on removable climbing skins on skis (160cm min length men, 150cm women) w/ full metal edges and alpine touring bindings that free heel for ascents yet lock heel for descents. Exception= telemark & splitboard allowed in Shorter Recreational Course. Prohibited (no exceptions)= Dynafit Expedition and other AT bindings w/o lateral release, SNS/NNN "bar" bindings, mountaineering/climbing boots, leather telemark boots, nordic ski boots, snowshoes.
- Descent: Stay on marked route; click HERE for details. On difficult terrain, be fair to racers passing you, i.e., no deliberate hindrance. On easier terrain, stand up (ie no alpine racing elbows-in-front-of-knees tuck and no arms-behind-back pseudo tuck), stay w/in ski patrol enforced speed.
- Right of Way: Public - not you - has right of way. Yield to public traffic and be aware of skiers around you, especially at transitions & traverses.
- Self-Supported Race with No Gear Caching/Ditching: Finish w/ all gear you started, eg cached food/water at transitions is clever yet = cheating! Ditto for ditched gear for post-race retrieval. (But no need for avy rescue gear.)
- Skinning<>Skiing Transitions: Stop completely at transition zone before removing skins from skis, clothing, or pack. Poles must be flat on snow!
- Leave zone only once skins are either reaffixed to skis or stowed away (whether in pack or clothing) w/ both hands free to hold poles.
- No outside assistance, e.g., no food or water, no help w/ skins, etc. Exceptions= can replace broken ski(s) or pole(s); can ask q's/advice of anyone; duty to assist other racers in emergency.
- Bootpack: Lash skis securely to pack on back (i.e., no holding onto skis or pack w/ hands while moving). Exception= pack not required for Shorter Recreational Course w/o bootpack if clothing can hold skins, food, water, etc. Prohibited (no exceptions)= mountaineering "sharps" eg ice axe, self-arrest ski pole grip, crampons (boot or ski).
- Except for bootpack and transition zones, no on-foot hiking, walking, booting, climbing, snowshoeing: all travel is on skis (or snowboard), both ascents & descents, ie if skis off, you're stationary at a transition area (or you crashed…).
- No cut-off time, but if you quit, inform patrol or a racer so we know you're ok.
Rules (including gear)
Reading and adhering to these rules will help achieve a safe, fun, and fair event for all racers, as well as maintain our USSMA sanctioning.