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February 4, 2018 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join us for the 5th Annual Rio Hondo Rando Raid on the COSMIC Race Series at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. This year the Rio Hondo Rando Raid will be home to the US Ski Mountaineering Nationals Sprint Race (February 3rd) and Team Race (February 4th). 

US Ski Mountaineering Nationals Team Race

  • Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Registration to open soon
  • Day of check in will open at 6.30am in the Looking Glass inside Tenderfoot Katie's
  • Racers meeting will be held at 7.50am at the start line
  • Race will begin at 8.00am at the base of Lift #1
  • You may check in the night before at the Phoenix Lodge (on the backside of the mountain, at the base of Lift #4) from 3pm to 6pm

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! If interested please contact Kaela at kaela.gillum@skitaos.com.

The race will have a Race Division, Recreation Division and a Juniors Division. The Race class will have around 8,000 vertical feet of climbing and descending. The Rec class will have approximately 3,000 vertical feet of climbing and descending. Juniors will follow the Rec course.

Registration to open soon.

“Race Category” Specific Rules and Gear Requirements:

  • RACE Cat will utilize a fixed line on course. Be prepared to use a VIA FERRATA kit (must have shock absorber and two lanyards & two carabineers), one additional lanyard, one hand ascender, (3 total locking carabineers ), harness
  • 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

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.