Boulder Mountain Tour 2015
Race Information  - Schedule of Events

Be sure to take advantage of all the events leading up to the BMT during the Sun Valley Nordic Festival

Friday Feb 6, 2015

Boulder Mountain Tour Expo and Bib Pick-up
  • Friday Feb 6 - 10:00 am till 8:00 pm
  • Nordic Town USA Headquarters: Giacobbi Square, Ketchum
  • Race Packet and Bag / souvenirs / sponsor booths
  • See additional information about bib pick up below
Boulder Mountain Tour Race Course Inspection
  • Boulder Mountain Tour Course Galena Lodge to SNRA Headquarters
  • No Trail Fee required on Friday, Feb 6 
  • Course closed for race grooming 4:00 pm


Saturday February 7, 2015 

40th Boulder Mountain Tour
  • 34.3 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.

Boulder Mountain Tour Awards Ceremony
Limelight Room in the Sun Valley Inn, 5:30pm.

Age class, Wave winners, Boulder Cup presentation, Special Awards and Raffle. 



Sunday February 8, 2015

Boulder Mountain Tour Demo

Try the latest ski equipment from BMT sponsors and enjoy the trails at the Sun Valley Nordic Center in Sun Valley.

Entry is available on our REGISTRATION page.  Don't delay!


Race Time and Place
The Boulder Mountain Tour begins with a wave start at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Senate Meadows, just east of Galena Lodge, 25 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho on Highway 75. Buses will transport skiers and spectators from the Hemingway School in Ketchum beginning at 7:00am to the start and back again from the finish at the SNRA Headquarters to the School. There will be no private parking available at Galena Lodge without an Officials Parking Permit, Strictly Enforced. Drop-offs are allowed ¼ mile south of the lodge, however drivers must stay in the vehicle and will not be allowed to park. There will also be permit only parking at the last aid station (frost-bite flats) to avoid dangerous congestion on the road way.  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.

Bus Schedule

The 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, as much as possible, a safe environment for the racers, spectators and general public. As a result, the race organization supplies shuttle buses for all racers and interested 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 and private vehicles will not be allowed to linger after a drop off. This rule will be strictly enforced to guarantee the continued issuance of the required permits. 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 go to the start and follow the race down the course 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 with 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 to Galena Lodge – 7:00am-9:00am

For Racers and Spectators.
Wave 1 (Men) & Wave 2 (Women) Elite waves will be given priority boarding until 7:45 and should be on these first buses. All remaining waves and spectators can board from 7:45 am until 9:00 am.

“40th Wave” Special Bus from Hemingway School to Galena Lodge – 9:00am-9:30am. Your Tour starts here!

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

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

Galena Lodge to Finish at SNRA

1st bus will leave at 10:15, in hopes of catching the first finishers. 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


Distance and Course Information
The 34.3-kilometer course is set from Galena Lodge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters north of Ketchum, Idaho . The course is gently rolling and has an elevation drop of 1100 feet over its 22-mile length. 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 start area has tracks set for the first 100 meters (no skating in the tracked area).

The 15 kilometer non-competitive Half-Boulder will begin at Baker Creek. After a very short start area heading north, the race will turn south and merge with the BMT course finishing at the SNRA Headquarters. NEW this year, Half-Boulder participants will have the option to be timed.  Official times will be posted however, no age class awards will be given. Each participant will receive the BMT souvenirs and clothing bag and will be eligible for raffle prize drawings at the awards ceremony.

There will be inspection of the course allowed on Friday, Feb 6 at no charge until 4:00 p.m. at which time the racecourse will be closed. Use of the trail before Friday and anytime after the race will require a North Valley Trails trail fee. See the course map for more information.


Entry Registration Information

Registration is available online.  You may also download and print a registration form.  

Please see the REGISTRATION page for details and BMT address.

The race will be limited to the first eight hundred participants registered.
entries must be accompanied by the correct entry fee to be processed, and MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE THE DATE DEADLINE . The entry fee includes participation in the race, transportation to the start and back to Ketchum from the finish, clothing bag with transport from the start to the finish, bail-out shuttles along the course, aid stations, finish area food and refreshments as well as race souvenirs and promotional materials. The entry fee also includes admission to the Awards Ceremony  and a raffle ticket for each entry. You must be present at the awards ceremony to be eligible for raffle prizes and cash awards. If you have an important inquiry you may e-mail your questions to

Entry Confirmation
Entry confirmations will not be mailed. Please click on CONFIRMATION SEARCH.  You will be redirected to the imATHLETE Participants page where you will find your confirmed entry, bib #, and wave assignment. You will be able to search the entire field to determine who is in your age class as well as who is in your wave. Please be sure to check that your information is correct.  If you find a problem with your information, please email with corrections.  

Seeding Rules and Wave Start Protocol

Elite Seeding Rules

1 Elite Seed Requirements
  A. Top 75 BMT Finish in 2013 or 2014
  B. Top 100 in current USSA Points List
  C. Top 100 in Birkebiner 2013 or 2014
  D. Top 25 in other AMS race 2013 or 2014

2 Skiers must indicate on their entry if they are applying for inclusion in the elite seed. Skiers are seeded based on their previous finish results ONLY, not previous start positions. The elite seeds are strictly limited to men and women skiers who qualify under these rules. The final determination for the makeup of the elite waves lies with the seeding jury. Lane assignments will be made on the Thursday before the race so the bib number indicated on the "confirmation search" will be different than the skiers lane assigned number.

Wave Size Limits

Wave #1 Elite Men Maximum of 100 skiers
Wave #2 Elite Women Maximum of 100 skiers
Wave #3 Group 2 Approximately 125 skiers
Wave #4 Group 2 Approximately 125 skiers
Wave #5 Group 2 Approximately 125 skiers
Wave #6 Group 2 Approximately 125 skiers
Wave #7 Group 3 Approximately 135 skiers

Wave 3 to Wave 7 Seeding Rules
Skiers will be assigned waves based on submitted results from previous races only, previous BMT results will carry more value in the consideration, however any result is acceptable. Results should include the race name, distance, your finish place and time as well as the total number of skiers in the race. Supplying the name of the race winner may indicate a more usable result. Skiers will be seeded from wave 3 through 7 as to their approximate rank in the overall field. The point of wave assignments is to alleviate congestion on the course and give all skiers an opportunity to ski their best race. Entrants with little or no prior race experience will be seeded in wave 7.

The Boulder Mountain Tour Organizing Committee’s goal is to give every participant in the tour the best possible experience. Having a clear field with the least amount of skier traffic for every racer is a priority. As a result the Committee has determined that the field for the 2015 BMT will be limited to the first 800 paid entrants. Please keep in mind that the Boulder Mountain Tour is a traditional mass start marathon ski race and as such involves strategy and a certain amount of skier traffic. The wave protocol is designed to alleviate but not eliminate the congestion and required strategy associated with a successful mass start marathon ski race.

The seeding process uses past finish results only to place skiers in the most appropriate start position. If the wave you start in is important to you please be sure to include on your entry an adequate amount of information to make an accurate wave assignment possible. It is not the responsibility of the race organization to research your race history and it will not be done. If after you have entered the BMT and you acquire a result that may change your seeding you may forward it along with a request for a re-examination of your seeding.

The waves have been limited in size in an effort to give each skier the clearest possible course. You may not start in a wave other than your assignment. Your start time will have been entered into the computer and if you start in an earlier wave you will be disqualified. All waves will start exactly on time; you must be ready when the horn sounds. The colored bars on the shoulder of your bib are for identification purposes by race officials in the start area to help insure a clean start.

If, after searching the entry database, you find you have been assigned a wave that is not where you think you should be assigned you may apply for a change by emailing the seeding jury at please be sure you include adequate information in addition to the race results you included on your entry. If you cannot email you may send a letter to PO Box 5868, Ketchum, Idaho 83340. The letter must arrive before Jan 28th, 2015 no exceptions.

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. The bag deposit area is located in the area adjacent to the start to lessen the distance to the start and improve communication. For elite wave skiers, the bib number you are assigned for the confirmation search is not the same as you will be assigned after the lane assignments have been made on the Wednesday before the race.

Wave Start Times

Wave #1 Elite Men RED 10:00 am
Wave #2 Elite Women RED 10:02 am
Wave #3 Serious Men YELLOW 10:10 am
Wave #4 Mixed BLACK 10:12 am
Wave #5 Mixed BLUE 10:14 am
Wave #6 Mixed GREEN 10:16 am
Wave #7 Mixed PURPLE 10:18 am

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 34.3 kilometer race only. The skier’s age class will be determined by his or her age on Jan. 1, 2015. 

Class 1 13 and 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 and over

Substitutions and Purchase of Pre-Existing Entry
In the event that a registered BMT skier is unable to compete in the race and chooses to give his or her entry to another person, the new participant must:

  1. Inform the race organization of the change, either by email or regular mail with your entry. 
  2. Fill out a new race registration form (available from the registration page) and sign a RACE WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY.
  3. The purchaser must include a signed note from the original entrant giving permission.  
  4. The new racer will be assigned to a wave according to his or her personal race history, not the seller.
  5. There will be an additional $15 fee for the change.

Failure to sign a RACE WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY will result in disqualification and denied racing privileges. The deadline for substitutions is midnight January 26, 2015 all required information must be received by this date. Email is accepted for permission notes. In a nutshell, the purchaser is buying the original entrant's entry fee only and the price should be negotiated between the two parties. The BMT accepts substituions as a benefit to participants so please do not abuse the priviledge. There is a strict cutoff date for substitutions. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy
There will be No Refunds on registration for any reason. Please do not ask! If you do not have a friend that is interested in buying your entry fee then you might consider placing your information on the BMT Entries for Sale located on the Home Page during the month of Jan.

The race organizers and sponsors cannot be responsible for accidents during or in conjunction with the competition nor the physical condition of the participants. Therefore, each participant enters at his or her own risk and all participants are responsible for the provision of their own insurance coverage. Each entrant must sign the “Waiver and Release of Liability” on the official entry form before being permitted to participate.

Pre-Race Bib / Bag Pick-up
All entrants will need to pick up their Race Bibs and Clothing Bags along with last minute race information, wave seeding information, souvenirs and promotional materials on Friday Feb 6 at the Boulder Mountain Tour Expo from 10:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. in our NEW location at 451 E 4th St, in the  lower level of Giacobbi Square in downtown Ketchum.  For entrants arriving in Sun Valley after 8:00 p.m. on Friday there will be late bib pickup at Galena Lodge till 9:00 a.m. on race day. If you would like to have a friend pickup your race bag, please supply them with a signed note giving your permission. Your official race bag is to be used for your warm clothing and will be transported from the start to the finish by the race organization, please be sure it is clearly marked with your race number and is placed in the appropriate drop-off area for your wave. Any additional items, like ski bags, must be clearly marked with your bib number and every effort will be made to transport them to the finish. Take a few extra minutes to be sure your bag is properly marked before you leave it at the start. Do not leave loose clothing, car keys, cell phone, small children, dogs, cats or anything except your marked race bag at the start as the race officials cannot guarantee it will make it to the finish. Please be sure your bag is closed properly and all the contents are secure.

Awards Ceremony
The Boulder Mountain Tour Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday February 7 following the race at 5:30 PM in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn. Each entry will include one raffle ticket, which must be deposited as you enter the Awards Ceremony and you must be present to be eligible for raffle prizes. There will be a large number of raffle prizes including skis, boots, bindings, clothing and training aids from all the BMT sponsors and supporters.

The Awards Ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30 PM and conclude by approximately 7:00 PM. There will be plenty of time for your dining pleasure after the ceremony. Please support the restaurant community and make your dinner plans early. The race organizers would like to invite you to attend the ceremony then have an enjoyable evening on the town.

Phone Contact

It is preferable that, in the event you need to contact the Race Organization, that you use the email 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 to  find out how you can get involved.



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