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Shedhorn Skimo Race at Big Sky Resort

  • Big Sky Resort Big Sky, MT USA (map)



 Pre-race meeting is on Friday, March 13, at 5:30 PM located in the Jefferson room of the Shoshone Conference Center. The entrance to the conference center is across from the mountain mall entrance by the steps where the 15 minute parking lot is located. Upon entering the basement level of the building, walk down the hall and hang your first right down the hallway past the bathrooms. From there it will be obvious. The pre-race meeting is not required, but highly recommended for first time racers. Participants will also pick up their racer packets at this location. This room will be locked for safe keeping until the 6:30 AM the following day. 

  • All participants will need to arrive at 6:30 AM the morning of the race to the Jefferson room in order to get their mandatory gear checked off. This room will be locked at 7:45 AM for safe keeping until 6:00 PM. The race will begin at 8:00 AM.

  • All participants looking to preview the course will be able to purchase a $72 discounted ticket by contacting Rachael at (206) 979-8916. These can be purchased two days in advance. This is a voucher ticket and must be exchanged at the ticket window for a live ticket.

  • All participants who have family members with them will be allowed to purchase a $92 discounted ticket for the day of the race for their family members during the pre-race meeting or the morning of the race, no later than 7:30 AM. This is a voucher ticket and must be exchanged at the ticket window for a live ticket.


The Big Kahuna!  


This event is around 16-18 miles, and has a 8,600' - 9,500' elevation gain.



This event is around 7.5 miles, and has a 4,000' - 4,600' elevation gain.

pronghorn course map

Due to the nature of alpine terrain, and the highly variable conditions that may be present during the day of the race, we have included a potentially required gear list that will be decided upon the morning of the race, as well as an A and B course for the SkiMo race. Come prepared with the entire gear list.

This is a technical ski mountaineering race and is designed to test multiple skill sets:

• Mountaineering skills:
o 4 alpine climbs with exposure over cliffs and/or above 1,200 ft avalanche paths with falls resulting in serious injury and/or death
o knife edge climbing
o 50+ degree boot packs

• Ski ability: 4 Alpine ski descents:

o 4 alpine ski descents
o Be prepared to ski 45+ degree terrain with ski/fall potential of up to 1,200 ft. Falls in these areas, depending on conditions could result in serious injury and/or death.
• Endurance:
o This race course reaches 11,166 ft.

Required gear list:

• Skis: Minimum length women-150cm; men-160cm
• Bindings: Toe and heel pieces must be same brand
• Poles
• Skins: At least one pair
• 3 upper body layers: 1 layer must be a wind proof layer
• 1 lower body layer
• Beacon: Conforms to standard EN 300718 457kHz frequency
• Shovel: No snow claws. Minimum length 50cm
• Probe: No probe poles. Minimum 240cm
• Helmet: Must meet UIAA 106 or CE EN 12492 standards
• Gloves
• Pack
• Eye Protection
• Ice Axe/Whippet: REQUIRED
• Crampons: REQUIRED ; must conform to UIAA standard 153 with at least 10 spikes.


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