32 & 11 km skate ski race & 11 & 5.5 km snowshoe race
Sorry no refunds or name transfers. We are in MN which means the weather can change drastically last minute, and director holds right to postpone or cancel race due to lack of snow and/or extreme weather circumstances if changes do occur. This decision can be made any time leading up to the race. Snowshoe race is dependent on ski trail conditions. If we can't hold the ski race the snowshoe race won't happen. We will use our best judgement to ensure a great experience for racers and volunteers.
Snowshoe course separate from ski trails
Schedule of Events
Sunday, January 14, 2018
9:15-10:30: Packet pickup/day of registration.
10:30: Pre-race meeting at registration area.
11:00: Skate race (Both 32K and 11K)
11:10: Snowshoe Stomp 5.5K/11K mass start
1:10: Skier cut-off time to begin 3rd lap.
1:45: Awards ceremony and door prizes at venue.
The course will be separate from the ski course, going through the northern part of Boulder Lake Management Area on groomed trails. One mass start will be after the last ski wave going opposite direction over start line, and finish will be at adjoining finish line to the ski finish to utilize chip timing. Those doing 11 km will do two laps lapping before heading across the finish. Part of the Braveheart Snowshoe Series.
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Come test your early winter endurance in the 32 or 11 km ski!
I would like to let skiers and snowshoers know that the Boulder Lake Ski & Snowshoe race won’t be happening this year. The last handful of years the race has struggled to cover costs as costs have increased and attendance has dropped. I would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors over the years that have made this event possible, including Salomon, Minnesota Power, SuperOne Foods, Ski Hut, St Luke’s Hospital, Rollerskishop.com, Country Inn & Suites, Continental Ski & Bike, Fitger’s Brewhouse, Duluth Running Company, Swix, and Visit Duluth. Most importantly, I want to thank the racers that came back year after year. As the race director for the past 13 years, I have really enjoyed putting on this race and it was my love for this event that made discontinuing it such a hard decision.
As an avid ski racer myself, I have noticed a steady decline in attendance at ski races over the past 5 years. In order for both large and small races to succeed, they need more than just the elite skiers to show up and participate. When it began, it was an event that drew the full spectrum of racers, from citizen skiers to elite racers. In general, there used to be several races to choose from each weekend within a several hour drive, but now most have folded up over the years for these same reasons. As a race director, I want to emphasize that skiers of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate in these ski races. With rising costs of insurance and chip timing, please know how much it means to races of all sizes when you sign-up.
Duluth has had great snow this year and the groomer always does such a great job on the trails, so I hope you all will continue to enjoy the Boulder Lake ski and snowshoe trails. I look forward to focusing on the growing sport of rollerskiing, but I hope to see everyone out at the ski races very soon.
11 km skate ski race:
· $25 until Dec 24 online
· $30 Dec 25-Jan 5 online
· $40 Jan 11-13 online
· $50 race day
Ski Race Awards: All 1st through 3rd place age group winners will receive commemorative race mugs. Age groups: 19 and under, 20-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+. Also back is the "32K Skate Middle of the Pack Award" which is a pair of Pursuit Fork Flex rollerskis to the one who finishes in the exact middle of the 32K skate race.
Snowshoe Awards: All 1st through 3rd place age group winners will receive commemorative race mugs. Age groups: 19 and under, 20-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65+
Door Prizes: We will again be giving away some great door prizes again this year including products from Pursuit Rollerskis (at least one pr for random drawing) courtesy of RollerskiShop.com, Ski Hut, Continental Ski, and other door prizes.
5.5 km Snowshoe:
· $25 until Jan 5 online
· $30 Jan 6-13 online
· $35 race day
11 km Snowshoe:
· $32 until Jan 5 online
· $37 Jan 16-13 online
· $42 race day
32 km skate ski race:
· $30 until Dec 24 online
· $40 Dec 25-Jan 5 online
· $50 Jan 6-13 online
· $65 race day