- 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= tele & splitboard allowed in Shorter Recreational Course. Prohibited (no exceptions)= Dynafit Expedition and other AT bindings (e.g., Silvretta 300) w/o lateral release; SNS/NNN "bar" bindings; mountaineering, leather tele, or nordic boots; snowshoes.
- Descent: Stay on marked route; click HERE for details. On difficult terrain, be fair to racers passing you, ie no deliberate hindrance. On easier terrain, stand up (ie no alpine racing elbows-in-front-of-knees, no arms-behind-back), 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, No Gear Caching/Ditching: Finish w/ all gear you started, eg cached food/water at transitions is clever yet = cheating! Ditto ditched gear for post-race retrieval, eg primary skins that are not sticking must continue to be carried even after switching to back-up skins.
- Skinning<>Skiing Transitions: Stop completely at transition zone before removing skins (eg from skis, clothing, pack) then leave zone only once skis either reaffixed or stowed (in pack or clothing). Poles must be flat on snow during entire transition!
- No outside assistance, eg 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 (although Eastern races are exempt from the usual USSMA requirement for avy rescue gear).