Last Skier Standing, presented by Norrøna
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We'll be hosting the fifth edition of the Last Skier Standing, presented by Norrona, event the weekend of February 9th, 2024 at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford.
Time: Registration Check-in 8 to 9:30am Friday Feb 9th, 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 (man / woman / non-binary) including skimo, splitboard, and heavy metal.
Amenities: We'll provide hot food and beverages throughout the event at our tent setup in the nordic zone of the base area.
Registration: $225 plus fees. If you have trouble raising funds, please let us know. If you drop out before 1/1 we will issue a $100 gift card to Ski The Whites. Otherwise we will donate your money to ESSC. Please respect others and the event by letting us know if you can't make it to the start line.
We've learned a lot over the past editions of LSS. This event is for everyone - set a PR for vertical, see if you can make it 6, 12, or 24 hours. Meet a ton of great people all working towards getting the most out of this experience. 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. Thank you and see you all Friday!
-Andrew and Monte
COVID / General Sickness
Health and safety is always our primary concern. Please be considerate to others and skip the event if you're feeling sick.
Parking is always an issue and to minimize our footprint, we have decided to start the event on Friday the 9th. Event parking will be in the overflow lot (DO NOT PARK IN THE PUBLIC LOT UNLESS DIRECTED). Please look for more details in the pre-race email.
Check-in is from 8 to 9:30am - registration will be located in the . You’ll get your bib and swag bag. We’ll be doing a group photo at 9:55 with a pre-event briefing.
Tent / Venue Area
We will have a large event tent where we’ll have tables, propane heaters, chairs, blankets, food and beverage, electricity, lights, and more. There will be additional venue space to set up a personal crew station.
We will be using the Allagash Trail (blue square). The course is approximately 1.5 miles up / 1,200 feet of gain. We'll have a detailed map closer to the event date.
We will be issuing bibs with a bib belt that must be visible and worn at all times, along with a reflective armband for those who make it into the first night (and second night!). Headlamps are required for nighttime laps. ski-rated helmets are required for EVERYONE, no exceptions.
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.
- Extra socks
- 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. No taking on course aid and "accompaniment" by friends on the course may be restricted at certain points of the event. 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 at the event venue (spectators my purchase beer at mountain base lodge and abide by mountain alcohol policies.)
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 Friday AM, a basic lunch (sandwiches) Friday and Saturday, soups for dinner, pancakes and bacon for Saturday breakfast, and keep the meal plan rolling as long as needed.
There will be six bathrooms up at the tents.
We will have category and recognition awards as well as other giveaways throughout the event.
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 or safer. 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.