Fire on the Mountain Ski Challenge Returns!


Fire on the Mountain ski challenge banner 2017

With all the snow falling up in the Sierra this winter, let’s get up there and take it all in!

We are very pleased to announce the return of Fire on the Mountain, a vertical challenge ski race, on March 31, 2017 at the prestigious Squaw Valley Resort. The race brings skiers together to compete on mandatory runs to accumulate the top score of vertical feet skied. The race’s popularity continues to grow, and we expect a big turnout this year, as the conditions will be the best they have been in recent memory.

The event starts with a pre-race continental breakfast where the teams gather and the race rules are discussed before a Le Mans start (an event in itself) kicks off the race. Participants will ski as many runs as possible, with the winning team being the one that covers the most vertical feet in total.

Achilles Wheel trioAfter the race, there will be a post race barbecue and no-host bar on the sun deck of the lodge, with tunes provided by our good friends Achilles Wheel Trio, performing a special blend of what has come to be called Americana/Roots music. They were so fantastic last year that we had to have them back! 

All this would be a very full day on the mountain—but there’s more!

WinterWonderGrass, one of the top music festivals on the West Coast, takes place at Squaw Valley the same weekend as our race.

The good folks who produce the festival, Bonfire Entertainment, have graciously invited our racers to come to Friday night’s festival, which promises to be an exceptional show with two of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit: The Infamous Stringdusters and Yonder Mountain String Band.

We want to thank our friends at the Squaw Valley Resort, WinterWonderGrass, The North Face and J.P. Morgan Securities for helping make this event possible. All net proceeds of the race will go to the Rex Foundation, and portion will be used for grants to non profits in the North Lake Tahoe Basin.

The conditions, location, music and camaraderie promise to make this year’s Fire on the Mountain the best one yet. We look forward to seeing you on the Mountain! 

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