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Bear Valley Adventure Ski Race
April 6th, 2013
Bear Valley Adventure Ski Race

Do you have a desire to skin up, ski down and then do it again? If so, the Bear Valley Adventure Race is your venue for thrill and skill in both resort and backcountry terrain*. We'll offer two different courses of vertical challenges for novice and advanced racers. We're broadening this "randonee" race to include all hedonists: alpine tourers, telemarkers and splitboarders.

* - backcountry terrain is on the "Mt. Reba Challenge" course.

About the Adventure 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 has two courses that will challenge both serious and recreational participants.

The Bear Valley Adventure Race is as much about having a great day outdoors as it is about shaving seconds off your time. If you want to push your limits, we will be timing the event from start to finish. All participants should be comfortable descending advanced snow slopes.

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* (457MHz)
  • avalanche probe*
  • snow shovel*
  • helmet*

Recommended Gear:

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

* - rentable gear with MAS
** - check stations will be lightly supported with water and CLIF Bar products


race poster

randonee race

 Race Rules:
  • All participants must attend a pre-race meeting at 7:30AM on the morning of the event at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort.
  • Race starts at 8:30AM
  • 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.



Mt. Reba Challenge

  • 11 miles
  • 4500 feet of climbing,
    including 500 ft. boot pack
  • 6 checkpoints

Grizzly Classic

  • 6.75 miles
  • 3050 feet of climbing,
    including 500 ft. book pack
  • 5 checkpoints

Mt. Reba Challenge

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Grizzly Classic

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Apres Ski & Awards top

All participants are welcome to join us for a glass of beer and appetizers while awards are being recognized. Time and location TBA.

New Belgium



Registration top

All participants need to use our Online Registration Form. Registration fees include pre-race meeting, course map, marked & staffed transition zones, ski patrol support and event T-shirt.

Saturday Races: Mt. Reba Challenge $60
Grizzlly Classic $50
Saturday Guest Apres Ski $10
Discounted Lift Tickets (Sat & Sun)* $45 (regularly $62)
* - Lift tickets are not required during the race. Each race participant is allowed two discounted lift tickets per day



Event Carpooling top
Interested in sharing a ride with fellow festival goers? We have setup an account on a community bulletin board to assist folks in connecting for carpooling opportunities. It's easy to create an account and our group password is "adventure". carpool



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 out. If you are interested in becoming part of the team please contact us.