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* 2 DAY NATIONAL CUP RACE * Indian Peaks Rally at Eldora

  • Eldora Mountain Resort (map)


The 2018 National Cup Race, Indian Peaks Rally, will take place at Eldora Mt. Resort on Friday, November 30th through Saturday December 1st.

Friday, November 30th

  • 5 pm Vertical Challenge Race (bottom to highest point on Eldora). Fastest time wins.


Saturday, December 1st

  • 7:30 am Individual Race - Traditional format 2500 to 4000ft vert ski-mountaineering race

  • On-going demos throughout the day.

  • 12:30pm Sprint Race – Sprint-style short race on single run. Very spectator friendly. 5-min-long race format.

Open to all levels of uphill racers, from first-timers to elites, Eldora’s Indian Peaks Rally is a celebration of skiing in its purest form: If you want to ski it, you’ll need to climb it first!

The I.P. Rally also happens to be the season's first event of the prestigious US Ski-Mountaineering Association National Cup series, drawing elite racers from around the country.

It will consist of three challenging uphill events between Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, as well as a gear demo, where you can try state-of-the-art uphilling and backcountry gear from manufacturers like La Sportiva, Dynafit, Scarpa, Backcountry Access, and more.

We’ll have live music, great food, and a fun, festive vibe—whether you’re racing or spectating!

Friday, November 30
5:00 PM: Vertical Challenge Race. Race from the base of Eldora to the top. Fastest time wins! Registration and bib pick-up open at 3:30 PM, downstairs in Indian Peaks Lodge.

Saturday, December 1st
7:30 AM: Individual Race. A traditional-format ski-mountaineering race with multiple climbs, descents, and transitions. Registration and bib pick-up: 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM, downstairs in Indian Peaks Lodge.


  • Race Division: 4 climbs, 4 descents, approximately 4,000 vertical feet

  • Sport Division: 2 climbs, 2 descents, approximately 2,500 vertical feet


10:00 AM to 2:00 PM: Demos! Demos! Demos! Try out alpine-touring gear from the world's best brands.

12:30 PM Sprint Race: Sprint-style short race with a five-minute-long course. Registration and bib pick-up same as individual race, above.


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General Rules and Information:

The race director reserves the right to delay the start, alter the course or cancel the race based on snow, weather and safety conditions.
Racers are required to abide by all directives of the race staff and course marshals.
The race will take place on an operational ski area and all racers are required to comply with any directions or directives of the ski area staff.
Racers are to give the right of way to the customers of the ski area, failure to do so will result in an immediate DQ.
On uphill portions, racers are to stay in the established skin track or within 5 feet of the course markings. On the downhill, racers are required to stay within 30 feet of course markings.
Transitions must occur within 20 feet of transition point.
Racers agree to possible equipment check before race and at the finish line.
All racers regardless of category will have a ski retention device that can include brakes or a leash.
No lightweight Nordic gear is allowed in either category.
Helmets are required to be worn during the ENTIRETY of the race. (These can be bike, ski, climbing or ski mountaineering specific helmets).
If you opt not to finish the race you MUST check in at a course marshal or at the finish area. Otherwise we will be out looking for you.
Racers should be prepared for variable weather including but not limited to snow, high winds and cold temperatures.

“Race Category” Specific Rules and Gear Requirements:

Racers are required to carry standard snow safety equipment: avalanche probe, avalanche shovel and 457 kHz avalanche beacons
A pack that can carry skis
Hydration source (bottle or bladder)
Goggles, helmet shield or sunglasses
Windproof upper body layer must be worn or carried in pack
Skis must be alpine style skis with metal edges (no split boards), randonee or 75mm or NTN telemark bindings are acceptable.
Climbing skins

“Rec Category” Gear Requirements:

Racers are required to carry a hydration source (bottle or bladder)
Goggles, helmet shield or sunglasses
Windproof upper body layer must be worn or carried in pack
Rec participants must also be on alpine style skis or split boards with metal edges. Randonee, tech, telemark or split board bindings are all acceptable in this category.
All participants are required to use climbing skins.

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