It’s time once again. The Great Ski Race cometh! The 35th Annual Great Ski Race begins on Saturday March 6th at Tahoe XC at 9am. 30KM later it finishes in Truckee. A little history from the official website:
The Great Ski Race is the main fund raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team, a non-profit all-volunteer organization.
Conceived in 1976, the Team has over 100 members who fulfill many different functions in the organization such as rescuing lost alpine and cross-country skiers, locating downed aircraft, rescuing stranded hikers and climbers, educating the public about mountain safety, and many other support functions.
Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Team, and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the Team.
The Great Ski Race has gone from 60 racers being manually timed in 1977, to more than 600 racers with electronic timing in 1985, to more than 800 racers in 2001. In 2005 all records were broken, with 1109 registered racers, 1029 finishers, and the fastest mens and womens times yet!
Interested in having fast skis? Check out the wax clinic in yesterdays post or here’s the links to wax recommendations: