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Bear Valley Freeheel Race Series
Jan. 30 • Feb. 27 • Apr. 2, 2016
Bear Valley Freeheel Race Series: Randonee, Telemark and Splitboard

The Bear Valley Freeheel Race has expanded into three separate events which tackle a different courses for each race. Come for one, come for all, just come and treat yourself to an alpine adventure. 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 & Series top

Each Bear Valley Freeheel Race follows a traditional 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).

New is 2015 are three separate races. Each event will travel overa a different course which will will be announced at a latter date. Particpants are welcome to join one, two or all three events. Prizes will be awarded for each race, including accummulative rewards for those participating in all three.

Elite - lightweight ski mountaineering racing gear
Heavy Metal - traditional telemark, alpine touring, and splitboard gear

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

  • Touring skis, 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

race poster

randonee race

 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.
Race #1 top


Race #2 top
Race #3 top
Registration top
  early Enrollment within 14 days of event
Individual Race Registration $TBA $TBA
3 Race Series Registration $TBA



Volunteers top

The Bear Valley Freeheel 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.