We’ll be hosting the second edition of the Last Skier Standing event the weekend of February 6th & 7th at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH.
Time: Registration Check-in 8 to 9:30am Feb 6th, event start is at 10am.
Format: For those not familiar, each participant must finish the course within an hour and be in the starting area prior to the next lap start. The race is over once there is only one person left in the starting area and that person completes their final lap.
Weight Categories:We will recognize performances in several categories including skimo, splitboard, and heavy metal.
Amenities: We’ll provide hot food and beverages throughout the event at our tent setup above the Black Mountain base lodge.
Registration: $125. If you drop out your entry fee will be donated to the ESSC.
After the success of last year’s event, we’re excited to step things up for year 2. You’ll all be rewarded with stacked vert, generous prizes from sponsors, lots of food and beverages, plus the chance to hang out with a bunch of other “like-minded” people. Here’s a comprehensive list of what to expect, a few suggestions, and some tips to make sure you have the best event possible. Please send questions our way and we’ll update this FAQ page as necessary – Listen to the event preview podcast if you haven’t already. Thank you and see you all Saturday!
-Andrew and Monte
Health and safety is always our primary concern. We will be following state guidelines to ensure we are minimizing exposure risks and will have specific details closer to the date. By now most of you know the drill but if the state doesn’t allow us to have outdoor gatherings there’s a chance the event could be canceled. In this case we would refund entry fees (minus processing fees).
There will be plenty of parking available at the resort. There is some parking in the upper lot by the event venue. Please see a parking volunteer for questions. Carpooling is encouraged!
Check-in is from 8 to 9:30am – registration will be located in the tent above the horse corral. You’ll get your bib and whatever swag we can round up. We’ll be doing a group photo at 9:55 with a pre-event briefing.
Tent / Venue Area
We have a 40’ by 20’ event tent where we’ll have tables, propane heaters, chairs, blankets, food and beverage, electricity, lights, and more.
We will be using the mountain’s uphill route during daytime hours. It’s approximately 1.1 miles / 1k’ to the summit and we’ll be skiing back down the same route to keep our ski patrollers happy. There’s chatter of a coin flip boot pack this year.
We will be issuing bibs that must be visible and worn on the left leg and reflective armbands for those who make it into the first night (and second night!). Headlamps are required for nighttime laps. Helmets are required for EVERYONE.
Suggested Items to Bring:
Personal Food and drink items that you know work for you.
A spare set of skins. We’ll do our best to help with skin failures.
Blister Prevention kit. We’ll supply what we can but suggest some glide stick, moleskin, tape, or whatever works for you.
Extra / backup everything (socks, liners, gloves…)
We’ll have volunteers helping with keeping you warm, fed, and hydrated along with helping with any gear issues. We’ll do our best to help dry out boots and skins. We have a couple propane heaters for the tent plus several boot heaters. There will be a charging station for phones and we’ll have power bricks to hand out to charge batteries on the fly. We want you to be able to focus on the event and not worry about these items!
We want this to be a level playing field. Safety is our priority and most of these rules are meant to ensure that. Pacers are not allowed and you can’t take outside aid on the course. No tucking or unsafe skiing – if you are perceived to be skiing in an unsafe manner by ski patrol, mountain operations, or event personnel, you are subject to disqualification. We will also have a medic onsite at all times. There is no alcohol allowed outside of Lostbo Pub and no BYOB.
Food & Beverage
We will be providing the following – Hot water, hot coffee, hot tang / gatorade, soup, chips, chocolates, and other typical aid station food. We’ll serve a mix of bagels Saturday AM, a basic lunch (sandwiches) Saturday and Sunday, soups for dinner, pancakes and bacon for Sunday breakfast, and keep the meal plan rolling as long as needed.
There will be three bathrooms up at the tent – participants have priority. We also have access to the lodge bathrooms for crew and spectators.
We have a tiered finisher award system based on the number of laps you finish.
As with life, things don’t always go as planned. We might make on-the-fly modifications to the event if we feel it can make the event better. This might include a course change or delayed lap start time. We don’t plan on this happening but understand there could be some slight changes day of the event.