Here's what you'll need to have a good time on race day.
Though we've done our best to mark the essentials, this list is not exhaustive. Know what works for you and have fun!
- AT/Tele Skis or Splitboard setup (must have metal edges)
- Boots compatible with your mode of transportation
- Skins for your setup
- Helmet (required)
- Headlamp with extra batteries (required for overnight loop)
- Goggles/sunglasses (recommended)
- Backpack or fanny pack to carry your food/extra layers/hydration during the race (we require you to at least carry a water bottle).
- Extra layers. You're going to sweat, so be sure you have some extra base layers with you.
- Wind/waterproof jacket for the descents (recommended, especially overnight)
- Insulated jacket for waiting for your teammates at the transition zones (if doing a relay)
- Hat and gloves (and at least one extra set of each - remember the sweat factor)
- Extra pair of socks (again...the sweat)
- Newspaper to help dry your boots while resting between laps (if doing a relay)
- Buff/neck gaiter/balaclava (in case it's super cold)
- Extra undies (need we say more?)
- Water/sports drinks/salt tabs/electrolyte tabs (staying hydrated is key!)
- Food you are comfortable eating while being active (stuff that's easy on your stomach)
- Consider energy bars with simple ingredients (some people still prefer Snickers, and that's fine)
- There will be aid stations with plenty of hydration, but they should not be considered your primary source of food (though we will have snacks).
Race Day Down and Dirty Details
- Mass start at 12 PM: The race will begin at the Nordic Center and head over past the bottom aid station and up Bryant to begin your first lap. The loop will not go past the Nordic Center at any other time.
- Checking in/out of laps: If you are leaving the course at any time, day or night, you may only do so at the bottom aid stations. You must notify the volunteer(s) in the aid station hut that you are checking out by telling them the following: "Bib number 456 checking out", and you must check back in before continuing your next lap. It is your responsibility to ensure the volunteers have marked you out/in. All they need is your bib number, and they'll give you a verbal "OK."
- Relay teams: The above rules hold true for your team exchanges. When you are tagging in a teammate, be sure to let the volunteers know you are checking out. Your teammate does not need to be present in order for you to check out, but he/she must check in with the bottom aid station before starting their climb. Relay members are not required to exit the course after each lap (IE - each team member may ski as many consecutive laps as they'd like, so long as one team member does not ski more than 50% of the team's total laps).
- Home Base: The Bolton Nordic Center will remain open for the duration of the race so competitors can use the bathroom down there, keep additional gear/supplies warm, and warm up between laps if they'd like (you may also warm up in the aid station huts). The Nordic Center will be your closest bathroom during the day loop. Do not use the out house at the Bryant Cabin.
- Overnight loop bathroom access and warming area will be in the main Bolton Valley lodge below guest services. Entry will be through the main doors to the lodge that are in the breezeway area. We will have signage for you. The Nordic Center will also be open overnight.
- Other drop zones: Additional gear/food/supplies drop bags are permitted at the base aid stations (bottom of Bryant trail during the day, and bottom of Wilderness during the night). These zones will be marked, but they will not be heated, and they will be exposed to the elements. Please plan accordingly. Remember - competitors are allowed to use the Nordic Center to stash gear for the full duration of the event as well. No drop bags anywhere else.
- Bolton Valley and Native Endurance are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- The bottom aid stations will have hydration and snacks (bottom of Bryant trail during the day, and bottom of Wilderness during the night). You should not rely on the aid station snacks for your complete sustenance. Bring your own food, and mark it in a way that you will remember so you can easily find it.
- Bring extra clothes and gloves. I can't stress this enough. You are going to be sweaty, and you will want dry base layers to put on, especially if you plan to take a break during the race. Hypothermia is life threatening.
- Safety: This goes without saying, but safety is our top priority. If you begin to feel faint, dizzy, disoriented, or extremely cold, please don't try to be a hero and finish the race. Take a break in one of the warming areas or pack it in. It is better to call it quits and be able to race another day than to push through and jeopardize future endeavors. Be smart. You don't need to compete for the full 12 or 24 hour period in order to receive a finishing score. In the event of an injury that prevents you from skiing downhill, please notify a passing racer so we may send a rescue team. We will also have course judges skiing the day loop for your safety.
- Scoring: The racer with the most vertical wins. The elevation gain of each daytime lap will be scored as 1,055 vertical feet of climbing. The elevation gain of each overnight lap will be scored as 900 vertical feet of climbing. We will simply multiply the number of laps you complete during the day and night by their respective vertical feet, then add them together to get your total vertical skied during the entire race. Who thinks they can break 24K?
- Cheating: If you are caught cutting the course, you will be disqualified.
- Littering: If you are caught intentionally littering anywhere on the mountain, you will be disqualified. Place your trash where it belongs - in your pack or the nearest receptacle.
- Course signage: Orange arrows will mark the correct direction of the daytime loop, and black/yellow signs with an "X" on them will indicate wrong way. At night, you will follow the blinking LEDs on the alpine trails to guide you up/down the mountain. These flashers are not bright enough to allow you to see where you're going. Headlamps are required. Bring extra batteries.
- Post-race meal: Beginning at 12:30 PM on Sunday, enjoy a warm meal in the Nordic Center - you earned it!
- Any questions?: Email firstname.lastname@example.org