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Bear Valley Adventure Race
March 28, 2015
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Do you have a desire to earn your turns in the mountains? If so, the Bear Valley Adventure Race is your chance to challenge yourself over both resort and backcountry terrain. Doesn't matter if your a seasoned backcountry traveler or new to the scene, this event is intended to both challenge and inspire winter enthusiasts.

About the Race top

The Bear Valley Adventure Race follows a traditional randonee (ski mountaineering) format with "... a timed event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain while passing through a series of checkpoints. Racers climb and descend under their own power using backcountry skiing equipment and techniques"(USSMA). The Bear Valley Adventure Race course will have two divisions: Heavy Metal for amateur entrants and Sport for more serious entrants.

It is a timed event from start to finish and includes uphill skinning, downhill, boot packing and a skate section. All participants should be comfortable descending advanced ski slopes.

Divisions:
Elite - lightweight randonee racing gear
Heavy Metal - traditional telemark, randonee and splitboard gear

Mandatory gear: racers must carry this equipment throughout the race and be prepared for an inspection the morning of the event.

  • Randonee*, telemark* or splitboard
  • climbing skins* (snowshoes prohibited)
  • avalanche beacon*n (457MHz)
  • avalanche probe*
  • snow shovel*
  • helmet*

Recommended Gear:

  • water/food as needed by competitor
  • wind-proof jacket or similar shell

* - rentable gear with MAS

 

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 Race Rules: top
  • All participants must attend a pre-race meeting at 7AM on the morning of the event at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort.
  • Participants should follow the course as close to the map as reasonably possible.
  • Helmets are mandatory during the entire race.
  • Skis must be securely carried on a backpack for the booting section.
  • The participants must use climbing skins for ascending, except for the designated boot-pack section of the course.
  • Passing is allowed in all areas, safety first.
  • Any competitor who is caught up to must immediately yield the trail to the faster participant.
  • All racers are obligated to come to the aid of a person in danger.
  • Check Points (transitions to or from skinning or skiing) will be marked with flags or banners, and will have a course marshal present.
  • At each checkpoint, participants must shout their bib number to the Course Marshal and confirm that Course Marshal replies with your correct number.
  • The Race Director reserves the right to modify the event and race course at any time for safety reasons.
  • In case of withdrawal during the event, the competitor must notify a Race Marshal (via the closest checkpoint) by any means and in the shortest time possible.
  • The Organizers reserve the right to force a competitor to withdraw for health or safety reasons.
  • Waivers must be signed by all racers immediately following the pre-race meeting.

 

Adventure Race Course top
Course Logistics:
  • ~6.5 miles
  • ~3000 feet of climbing
  • 7 transitions


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Volunteers top

The Bear Valley Adventure Race requires a lot of work before, during and after the event. We are looking for a small group of motivated and fun people to help us outt. In exchange we are more than happy to trade out such items as registration fees, lodging or other creative solutions. If you are interested in becoming part of the team please contact us.

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