Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour 2018

Race Information  and  Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 1, 2018

NordicTown USA Sprints & Boulder Mountain Tour Welcome 

  • On the corner of 4th St and 2nd Ave, across for the Ketchum Post Office.
  • 3:30 Registration and Bib pick up.
  • 4:15 Welcome to the 2018 Boulder Mountain Tour!
  • 4:30 Youth Mass start: 1-lap event.
  • 4:45 Youth Mass start: 2-lap event.
  • 5:00 Paralympic Race: 2-lap event
  • 5:15 Main Event:  Team Relays.

For more information contact Rick Kapala 208 726-3899 or rick@svsef.org


Friday, February 2, 2018

Boulder Mountain Tour Race Packet Pick-up

  • Location TBA
  • 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Race Course Inspection all day -  Harriman Trail

  • BOULDER PASS required. See details below.

  • Course closed for race grooming 4:00 pm


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour

  • 34 kilometer event starts in Senate Meadows / Galena Lodge at 10:00 am.

  • No private vehicle parking at Galena. Bus shuttles run from Hemingway School in Ketchum.

  • 15 kilometer Half-Boulder starts at Baker Creek at approximately 11:30 am. Limited private vehicle parking at Baker Creek. Bus shuttles run from Hemingway School.


Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Awards Ceremony

  • Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Age class, Wave winners, Special Awards and Raffle.


Sunday February 4, 2018


Nordic Demo Day

  • Sun Valley Nordic Center, in Sun Valley

  • 10:00am - 2:00pm

  • Special $10 discounted trail fee required

  • FREE with BMT race bib or $49 Nordic Festival Trail Pass

  • Boulder Pass not valid at Sun Valley Nordic Center trails

Come try out the latest Nordic ski gear from BMT sponsors and enjoy the trails at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. Enjoy lunch in the lodge.



Distance and Course Information

The Boulder Mountain Tour starts in Senate Meadows and crosses Hwy 75 just below Galena Lodge to merge on to the beautiful Harriman Trail.  A 34 kilometer course, it is gently rolling, for the most part, and has an overall elevation drop of 1100 feet all the way to the finsih line at the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters north of Ketchum, Idaho .  The race is designated as an open skate race however there is a single track at the side of the course for those who prefer to use classic technique. 

The 15 kilometer Half-Boulder begins at Baker Creek and quickly merges with the BMT course, finishing at the SNRA Headquarters. The gentle terrain of the Half Boulder makes it a perfect introduction for the first time racer.  

Friday Course Inspection  The course will be open for inspection on Friday, February 2nd until 4:00 pm.

Your BOULDER PASS will be required on the trails.

 See the course map for more information.


Race Time and Place

The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour will begin with a wave start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018 in Senate Meadows, just east of Galena Lodge, 25 miles north of Ketchum.  

Buses will transport skiers and spectators from the Hemingway School, located on 8th St W, in Ketchum beginning at 7:00am to the start and back again from the finish at the SNRA Headquarters to the School. Please see Bus Schedule below. 


Wave Start Times 

Wave # 1          RED          10:00 am     Elite Men

Wave # 2          RED          10:02 am     Elite Women

Wave # 3        YELLOW   10:10 am

Wave # 4          BLACK      10:14 am

Wave # 5          BLUE         10:18 am             

Wave # 6          GREEN     10:20 am

Wave # 7          PURPLE    10:22 am

Half Boulder   LIME          11:30 am  (approximately)

You must start in your assigned wave.  Your race bib has a colored bar on the shoulder which indicates your wave number.  Your start time will be pre-entered into the computer therefore if you start in the wrong wave you will be disqualified.


Bus Transportation

The Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour operates on the North Valley Trail System / Sawtooth National Recreation Area and crosses State Highway 75. The permits that allow the race to take place are issued with the understanding that the BMT take all necessary steps to minimize impact on the state highway and create, a safe environment for the racers, spectators and general public. As a result, the race organization supplies shuttle buses for all racers and spectators to be transported from downtown Ketchum to the race start and back to Ketchum from the finish. Private vehicles are actively discouraged from transporting racers to the start. There is NO PUBLIC PARKING at Galena.  Drop-offs are allowed ¼ mile south of the lodge, however drivers must stay in the vehicle and will not be allowed to park or linger.  This rule will be strictly enforced to guarantee the continued issuance of the required permits. Parking at the last aid station (frost-bite flats) will be by permit only, to avoid dangerous congestion on  highway 75.  Blaine County Sheriff Deputies and Idaho State Police will be on the road to enforce all traffic regulations and to help keep the event as safe as possible.      In addition, there is NO PUBLIC PARKING at the finish area.  Violators will be towed at their own expense.  IMPORTANT -The policy of the BMT is that you may choose to take the bus up to watch the start or you may choose to watch the finish but you cannot do both. Parking on the highway at the finish area is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN / VERBOTEN AND AN UNFORGIVABLE NO-NO all violators will be ticketed and towed by law enforcement. There is parking at Barlow Road 1/4 mile south of the finish with shuttle buses running to the finish. Leave time to make this transition if your plan is to see the first finishers.  The race organization makes a huge effort to supply transportation for the racers. Please do your part and use the bus transportation.  

Hemingway school is located at 8th St W in Ketchum.

Bus Schedule

Hemingway School  to Galena Lodge – 7:00am - 9:15am

For Racers and Spectators.
Elite Waves 1 & 2 should catch the first buses.  Buses will depart as they fill.

Hemingway School to Half Boulder Start at Baker Creek – 10:30am - 11:00am

For Racers and Spectators.
Buses departing for Galena between 7:00am and 9:15am will not stop at Baker Creek for the Half BMT Start.

Galena Lodge to Finish at SNRA

1st bus will leave around 10:15, depending on how many people are on board. There will be 2 other buses, leaving every 30 minutes; last bus from Galena will be 11:15. 

Barlow Road shuttles running continuously from 9:30 - 2:30. 

There is no parking on the highway at the Finish.  If you try, your vehicle will be ticketed and/or towed.  


Timing Chips

Every racer will receive an electronic Timing Chip.  These chips are non-transferable.  Be careful not to mistakenly switch with a friend or family member.  Wrap the ankle bracelet around your left ankle before the start of the race and continue to wear it until you reach the collection point after crossing the finish line.  Volunteers will remove your chip for you, please thank them!  There is a $100 replacement fee for not returning the chip at the end of the race.  IF YOU DROP OUT OF THE RACE, PLEASE RETURN YOUR CHIP TO THE FINISH LINE.  If you're unable to return it to the finish, please call 208 720-4504 to make other arrangements, or put it in a padded envelope and mail it to:  Boulder Mountain Tour Ltd., P.O. Box 5868, Ketchum, ID  83340.

Extra Clothing and Race bags

Your BMT souvenir race bag should be used for warm up and post race clothing.  All race bags will be transported from the start to the finish by the race organization.  Everything must be clearly marked with your name and bib number.  Please make sure all of your belongings are in your bag before heading to the start line.  We cannot be responsible for loose items.  We strongly discourage you from leaving cell phones, wallets or valuables in your race bag.  Any additional items, such as ski bags, must be clearly marked with your name and bib number as well.  

Place your bag in the area assigned for your wave at the start area.  You will find similar signage areas at the finish and will easily be able to locate your gear. 


Lane Assignments

Start lanes will be assigned for the elite waves only. There are no lane assignments for waves 3 through 7. In an effort to eliminate the need for skiers to stand in the start area for a lengthy time to “save” a lane, the access to the start area for waves 3 through 7 will be restricted till 5 minutes before the start of the elite men’s wave. All waves will start exactly on time; you must be ready when the horn sounds.  The Start Area is set with tracks for the first 100 meters.  All skiers must start in a track and stay in it until it expires and skating is permitted.  

For Elite wave racers, There will be an Elite check-in at the start with lane assignments matching your bib number.  Please allow enough time to check in before your start.


Age Classifications 

All finishes will be electronically timed and recorded until 2 p.m., all remaining finishes will be manually timed and recorded. There will be awards in all age classes for individual men and women in the 34k race as well as the 15k Half Boulder. The skier’s age class will be determined by his or her age on Dec. 31, 2017. 

34k Age Classes            

Class 1     13 & under             

Class 2     14 - 17                    

Class 3     18 - 24                    

Class 4     25 - 29                    

Class 5     30 - 34                    

Class 6     35 - 39                    

Class 7     40 - 44                    

Class 8     45 - 49                    

Class 9     50 - 54                    

Class 10   55 - 59                    

Class 11   60 - 64                          

Class 12   65 - 69

Class 13   70 - 74

Class 14   75 - 79

Class 15   80 - 84

Class 16   85 - 89

Charlie's Class 90+

15k Age Classes

Class 1     12 & under

Class 2     13 - 19

Class 3     20 - 29

Class 4     30 - 39

Class 5     40 - 49

Class 6     50 - 59

Class 7     60 - 69

Class 8     70 - 79

Class 9     80 - 89

Charlie's Class 90+

Class 10   Parent/child 10 & under combo


Aid Station Locations and Cut Off Times

1st  Aid Station (Prairie Creek) 12km,  12:00 noon.  Sponsored by Community School.

2nd  Aid Station (Cathedral Pines)  22km,   1:30 pm.  Sponsored by Suns Hockey.

3rd  Aid Station  (Frostbite Flats)  27km,   2:30 pm.  Sponsored by The Wood River High School Mtn Bike Team and the WOW students program.

The last bus to Ketchum from the Finish leaves at 4:00 pm.  You may stay on the course beyond these times at your own risk.  Galena Backcountry Ski Patrol can and may ask for your bib after the Aid Station cut off times.  Should you not reach an aid station by cut off time, transportation to the Finish area will be provided for you.  The Finish Area will be taken down and support crew will be off duty at 4:00 pm.



Sportstats will record results until the last racer crosses the line or until the 4:00 pm closing of the finish.   An unofficial Awards Ceremony willl take place for the top three men and women at approximately 11:30 am.  Unofficial times will be posted at the finish area as soon as they are processed.  If there is a protest it must be presented to the race jury at the finish line before you leave the finish area.  Times are recorded in hours, minutes, and seconds.  

All Half-Boulder participants will be timed.  Unofficial times will be posted at the finish area as soon as they are processed.

All results will be available at the Awards Ceremony and bouldermountaintour.com shortly after following the race.  


Finish Area 

You will find soup, bread, hot drinks and cookies, provided by Galena Lodge and Bigwood Bread and staffed by Girls on the Run volunteers, for all racers at the Finish area.   A warming tent will be available should the weather be unfavorable. 

Awards Ceremony 

All race participants are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, in the Sun Valley Inn, in Sun Valley. 

Awards will include cash prizes for the top 3 male and female BMT finishers and medals for age class winners.  Other cash awards include the male and female Preem winners and the Zenergy awards, which are given to the top male and female skier in each wave.  

Half-Boulder age class winners will also receive medals. 


2018 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Prize money for top 3 men and women:

                     Men          Women


1st               $2500         $2500

2nd             $1000        $1000

3rd              $500          $500

2018 Preems:

     - Baker Creek ~15k       $100 to first male and female across the line.

     - Frostbite Flats ~22k  $100 to first male and female across the line. 

2018 Zenergy Awards:

$75 to the fastest male and female in waves 3 - 7.


All racers will be eligible for raffle prize drawings at the awards ceremony.  Please be sure to get a raffle ticket at the door and deposit it in the box as you enter.  You must be present to win!  Raffle prizes include skis, poles, clothing, bags and training aids from all the BMT sponsors and supporters.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy an evening on the town. Please support the restaurant community.  Reservations are recommended.


Lost and Found

If you lose an item on the course or at an aid station, every effort will be made to get the item to the finish.  Look for the Lost and Found sign adjacent to the timing area.  Any items not claimed will be taken to the Awards Ceremony; any items not claimed there, will be available at the Elephants Perch in Ketchum for approximately one week. The race organizers are not responsible for your equipment and you should not assume that all equipment left on the course will be collected.  Unclaimed Race bags and clothing will also be taken to the Awards Ceremony.


Phone Contact

In the event you need to contact the Race Organization, please use the email BoulderMountainTour@gmail.com.  If you have a pressing need and must phone, please leave a message at 208 720-4504 or 208 720-2641 and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Be sure to leave a return number, a good time to reach you and the reason for your inquiry. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to be a part of the BMT?  We would LOVE to have your help.  Please contact Ted Angle at tanglesun@aol.com or 788-9458 to  find out how you can get involved.   All volunteers receive the coveted BMT hat and a warm feeling in their hearts for having contributed to an awesome community event!


Ted is in charge of collecting and compiling the names of all volunteers that are used in the conduct of the BMT which includes activities that take place before, during and after the race. The BMT is supported by over 300 volunteers.  There are 18 Volunteer Committees with a Committee Head in charge of each.  As a rule, Committee Heads have their lists of volunteers they have worked with over the years.  Ted is the person they go to if someone is unable to help on any given year.  







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