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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Tahoe Rim Tour January 27

Posted on December 29, 2012
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

These people are fit. Super fit. Ski skaters.

Even if you snowshoe you can enter the Tahoe Rim Tour on January 27, 2013 a point to point 26 kilometer race from North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City to the Cross Country Center at Northstar at Tahoe. This is a fundraiser for the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association’s Junior Ski Programs.

A one-of-a-kind event, the Tahoe Rim Tour is the only marathon distance classic race in the West.

There are classic, skate and snowshoe divisions so everyone can join the tour or compete.

This North Lake Tahoe event is open for everyone from serious racers to tourers who want to take their time and enjoy the spectacular route across the Tahoe Rim. There is an aid station near the mid-way point providing water, energy drink, and snacks to help fuel the participants through to the finish.

The race begins at the North Tahoe High School in Tahoe City and cruises through parts of the Tahoe XC Nordic Center before climbing up the “Fiberboard Freeway” over 7,700 ft. Starratt Pass. After the top of the pass, the race veers off from the familiar course of the Great Ski Race and instead heads east along the Tahoe Rim before connecting into the trail system of Northstar Cross Country. The course finishes by following the rolling terrain of the Northstar trails to the finish line at the Cross Country Center at Northstar. It’s a challenging 26 kilometers of skiing with approximately 2,000 feet of climbing, similar in difficulty to the Great Ski Race. After reaching the finish, participants celebrate their accomplishment at the post race party: hot food, drinks, raffle prizes and more take place right at the finish area and buses will be waiting to take finishers back to Tahoe City.

There are three great options for entrants in the Tahoe Rim Tour.  You can choose between classic style skiing, skate skiing, or snowshoeing. The classic skiers start first at 9:00 AM to take advantage of the fresh groomed tracks and the (hopefully) good waxing conditions. The skate wave starts at 9:30 AM and the snowshoers start immediately after the skaters. The course is groomed with classic tracks on the right and a wide skating lane on the left. There is plenty of room for everyone. Prizes are awarded for age group winners in each of the three categories: Stride, Skate, and Shoe.

A special emphasis is placed on the classic portion of the race as these results will count for points in the Fischer Cup Race Series. Both classic and skate divisions qualify for the Sierra Ski Chase and the Masters Challenge. The Tahoe Rim Tour is the only long classic race in the Far West division. This is your chance to see how your striding skills hold up over 26 kilometers!

The Tahoe Rim Tour is a fundraiser for the Far West Nordic Junior programs. Northstar Resort and Tahoe Cross Country generously donate their services to make this tour an incredible winter experience and to help raise money for Tahoe’s young skiers. It is a win, win, win event giving people a chance to challenge themselves on a new course, with three different choices of style, and all of the proceeds going to junior skiers.

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