Great Ski Race coming in March |

Great Ski Race coming in March

On March 7, nearly 1,000 skiers from around the country will engage themselves in a remarkable athletic endeavor.

They will find themselves at Tahoe Cross Country Ski Center in Tahoe City to trudge across 28K of snow to Truckee in the annual Great Ski Race. Most of that group of 1,000 will be from the Truckee-Tahoe area and most will fling themselves up and over the shoulders of Mt. Watson and Mt. Pluto on skis. A few will zip over to Truckee in just over an hour, although most will take two to five hours to propel themselves to the dramatic finish on the hill above the Cottonwood Restaurant.

There are many reasons why skiers as young as 7 or 8, college athletes, middle-aged racers and even grandparents in their 80s embark on the Great Ski Race. There is a lunch and live band that greets them upon finishing the race. The proceeds support the venerable Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, which has hosted the race every year for the last 28 years. Racers also have the opportunity to be fed out in the wilderness at two “soup” stations.

The Great Ski Race is a cross country skier’s Rubicon. It is their right of passage; their grand quest to test themselves and to emerge victorious amidst the applauding throngs at the finish. It is also one of the grandest social events of the year – a celebration of winter and a nod to spring during a few moments of pandemonium and a few hours of toil, exhilaration and exhaustion rewarded by exciting descents and thrilling views.

There is still time to sign up, even if you only come away with a signature Great Ski Race T-shirt.

To sign up, go to or drop by Tahoe Cross Country on Country Club Drive in the Highlands subdivision off Highway 28 near Dollar Hill.

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