- Helmet, certified for ski or climb (or both): Worn at all times, both ascents & descents.
- Ascent: Stay on marked route (i.e, no routefinding, strategizing, etc.). Skin up on removable climbing skins on skis (160cm min length men, 150cm women) with full metal edges and alpine touring bindings that free the heel for the ascent yet lock the heel for the descent. Exception: telemark and splitboard are allowed for the Shorter Recreational Course. Prohibited (no exceptions): Dynafit Expedition and other AT bindings lacking lateral release, SNS/NNN "bar" bindings, mountaineering/climbing boots, leather telemark boots, nordic ski boots, snowshoes.
- Descent: Stay on marked route. On difficult terrain, be fair to racers passing you, i.e., no deliberate hindrance. On easier terrain, stand up (i.e., no elbows-in-front-of-knees tucks) and stay within ski patrol enforcement 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 and traverses.
- Self-Supported Race with No Gear Caching/Ditching: Finish with all gear you started, e.g., caching food/water at transitions is clever yet is cheating. Ditto for ditching 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 the snow. Leave zone only once skins are either reaffixed to skis or stowed away (whether in pack or clothing) with both hands free to hold poles.
- No outside assistance, e.g., no food or water, no help w/ skins, etc. Exception = can replace broken ski(s) or pole(s). And can ask questions/advice of anyone.
- Bootpack: Lash skis securely to pack (i.e., no holding onto skis w/ hands). Exception: Pack not required for Shorter Recreational Course without bootpack if your clothing can hold your skins, food, water, etc. Prohibited (no exceptions): mountaineering "sharps" e.g., ice axe, self-arrest ski pole grip, boot crampons, ski crampons.
- Except for bootpack and transition zones, no on-foot hiking, walking, booting, climbing, snowshoeing: all travel is on skis (or snowboard), both ascents & descents, i.e., 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 will help achieve a safe, fun, and fair event for all racers, as well as maintain our USSMA sanctioning. (New rules for 2017-18 season are in yellow highlighter.)