|All the cross country trails are filled with snow this year.|
The popular Great Ski Race for cross country skiers will take place March 6, 2016 without fear of the course melting away. The race has been plagued with cancellations over the past few years due to lack of snow. This year won't be a problem because the snowpack is at 130% of normal.
The Great Ski Race begins in Tahoe City and ends at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Skiers begin at 6,600 feet and reach a peak altitude of 7,700 in the first half of the race. The second half features some steep uphill portions with a net elevation loss to just under 6,000 feet at the finish line.
The race will attract about 750 racers of all abilities. The largest field was 1109 registered entrants in 2005. Skiers self-seed themselves in “waves” to reduce congestion at the start. Finish times range from the fastest of 1hr. 7 mins. to 7 hours.
The Great Ski Race is the main fund raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.
Register online for $60 dollars through February 20th. The price increases to $70 dollars February 21 through March 5th. Race day registration is $110 dollars.