2020/2021 TOWN CHALLENGE RACE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER 14 - Online Q&A Session

DECEMBER 16 - Howelsen Circuit | Circuit Race | Howelsen Hill 

JANUARY 13 - Vertigo Craze | Individual Race | Steamboat Resort

FEBRUARY 10 - Emerald Mountain Tour | Individual Race | Howelsen Hill Ski Area

MARCH 17 - Daze Field Blowout | Individual Race | Steamboat Resort

MARCH 24 - Sunset Vertical | Vertical Race | Steamboat Resort

COVID-19 MITIGATION PLANS / PROTOCOLS

As you can image, this year's series is going to look a little different. To keep our participants and community safe, we need everyone's participation and commitment to the following rules and guidelines. If we want to keep the series safe and enjoyable throughout the season, we need your help!

General COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself, and others, at all times.

  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. 

  • Do not shake hands, give high fives, congratulatory hugs, etc.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you are around others.

Ski Ascent Series Specific COVID-19 Protocols

  • MASKS - Racers will be required to wear a face mask/covering that completely covers their mouth and nose. 

    • A face mask/covering must be worn when checking in pre-race, warming up and in the start/finish area.​

    • Face masks/coverings may be removed while actively racing, but are required in the transition areas and when at least 6 feet of distance cannot be achieved between you and other racers. 

  • REGISTRATION - In an effort to minimize contact (paperwork, money, etc.) race-day registration will not be available this season. All participants will need to register online in advance. Race registration will close at 11:59 PM on the day prior to each race. 

  • GROUP SIZE LIMITS - In order to maintain group sizes of 10 people or less, bib pick-up, race start times, etc. may be staggered. In addition, depending on the number of racers registered in each division, the division may be divided into additional waves/start times where racers are assigned to a specific wave/start (e.g. Sport A, Sport B, etc.). Please review the RACES page and pre-race e-mails for specific instructions for each race. 

  • WAIVER - In addition to the standard liability waivers for the City of Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Resort, participants will also be required to sign/approve a new COVID-19 specific waiver at the time of registration. 

Click on the button below to review the full Town Challenge Ski Ascent Series COVID-19 Mitigation document. Please note that these requirements may be revised at any time based on changes to the current local/state guidelines. 

RACE DIVISIONS & PRIZE CATEGORIES

DIVISION OVERVIEWS

PRO/OPEN

  • Open to any racer 15 years of age and older

  • Participants 15 to 17 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian signature to participate

  • Open to 'heavy metal' racers (split board, AT skis, telemark skis, and skis over 100 mm underfoot) 

  • Strict course cutoff time dependent on wave start time (all racers must be off the course by 8 PM)

  • Racers in this division can expect:

    • Multiple climbs, boot packs and descents (approximately 3,000 ft to 3,500 ft of vertical ascent)

    • Off-piste ascents and descents w/ kick turns and moderately technical boot packs and varied terrain​​

SPORT

  • Open to any racer 15 years of age and older

  • Participants 15 to 17 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian signature to participate

  • Open to 'heavy metal' racers (split board, AT skis, telemark skis, and skis over 100 mm underfoot)

  • Strict course cutoff time dependent on wave start time (all racers must be off the course by 8 PM)

  • Racers in this division can expect:

    • Approximately 2 climbs and 1 boot pack (approximately 2,000 ft of vertical ascent)​

    • A course that mostly sticks to groomed runs for descents, cat tracks and some off-piste climbs with minimal or no kick turns needed

JUNIOR

  • Open to any racer 10 to 17 years of age

  • All participants in the division must have a parent or legal guardian signature to participate

  • Open to 'heavy metal' racers (split board, AT skis, telemark skis, and skis over 100 mm underfoot)

  • Strict course cutoff time dependent on wave start time (all racers must be off the course by 8 PM)

  • Racers in this division can expect:

    • Approximately 1 climb with 1 short boot pack (approximately 1,000 ft of vertical ascent)​

    • A course that sticks to groomed runs or directly next to groomed runs for both the ascent and descent

    • A "sweep" volunteer that will follow the JUNIOR division participants along the course and a "transition" volunteer that is available to assist in the transition area and make sure all racers descend safely

    • The option to have a parent/adult accompany the JUNIOR participant during the race

SERIES AWARDS/POINTS: 

 

OVERVIEW

  • Series awards will be given at the end of the season. There will not be individual prizes awarded after each race.

  • In order for a racer to be eligible for series awards, they must have competed in at least 3 of the 5 series races.

  • Only 4 of the 5 races will count for a racer's season total. If a racer competes in all 5 races, the lowest scoring race will be dropped from the cumulative season total. In the event a race is cancelled, one race time will still be thrown out.

  • If a racer changes divisions during the season, they will not carry any earned points with them to the new division for cumulative season totals. 

PRO/OPEN

  • Male | 1st, 2nd, 3rd 

  • Female | 1st, 2nd, 3rd 

SPORT

  • Male | 1st, 2nd, 3rd

  • Female | 1st, 2nd, 3rd

JUNIOR

  • Male 10-14 | 1st, 2nd, 3rd

  • Female 10-14 | 1st, 2nd, 3rd

  • Male 15-17 | 1st, 2nd, 3rd

  • Female 15-17 | 1st, 2nd, 3rd 

See OFFICIAL RACE SERIES RULES for additional details on the series points system. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS ON DEC 11

© 2020 by City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Recreation