Enjoy the beauty of the high Cascades on the fantastic trails of the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center while challenging yourself in the 2021 Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour on our 16km single-loop course. The course begins on the Common Corridor and immediately rises to the high point of the course on Blue Jay’s Way. From here, the course makes a long and exciting 3 km descent to the low point of the network at the bottom of Oli’s Alley, via the Lower Devecka’s trail. Upon completion of Oli’s Alley, the course winds up and around Leslie’s Lunge and returns to Lower Devecka’s for the steady climb back up to Bob’s Bungalow. From Bob’s, it’s a moderate and gentle climb up Woody’s Way before the final climb up the Screamer Trail to the lap/finish on the Common Corridor. With excellent views, pristine grooming and a true test of skill, it will be an event to remember!
Please note: Mt Bachelor will offer a marked course Monday through Friday, Feb. 1-5, but not over the weekend. As well, all participants will require a trail pass or season pass, as well as a (free) parking reservation.
Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range near Bend, Oregon, the Mount Bachelor Nordic Center boasts the longest groomed ski season in North America and some of the best cross-country ski trails in the Northwest. This unique resort, located entirely on United States Forest Service land, is situated on a dormant volcano and surrounded by peaks of 7,000 to 11,000 feet. With 56 km of groomed trails and an average snowfall of 40 feet, Nordic skiers enjoy extensive and exceptional grooming from mid-November through late May. The Mount Bachelor Nordic Center is the spring training grounds of the United States Ski Team.
The Sun Valley Nordic Center has put together three great trails to make a 15km loop.
From the Sun Valley Clubhouse follow Trail Creek Loop out to Trail Creek Cabin. Once there, ski to the left of the Cabin and take the Boundary Loop out over Hyndman View and return back along the creek. When you return to the Cabin stay to the left and ski the Proctor Loop. Upon your return to the Cabin finish the Trail Creek Loop for 15km. Ski it twice for 30km.
Discover some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and a state-of-the-art clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40 km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides a head-clearing experience. Sun Valley’s trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Ski and snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent.
The BMT course will be the same as this year’s Tour of Meissner 30km classic, which will be held the Saturday before the BMT. The course starts at 5,797 vertical feet and wends its way up and down with the lowest elevation at 5,032 feet before finishing at 5,853. There is no finish sign at 15km, but it is marked with a 15km sign. Please stop your timer there. Monday is the day Meissner does not groom normally and they decided to not groom tomorrow, Feb. 1, but the course will be in great shape the rest of the week.
The Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails are located entirely within the Deschutes National Forest and operate under a Grooming Agreement issued by the United States Forest Service (USFS). Partnering together for over 20 years, Meissner Nordic Ski Club and the USFS provide winter recreation December 1st through March 31st to cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The groomed ski trails and snowshoe trails start at Virginia Meissner Sno-Park, located west of Bend on Cascade Lakes Highway near mile marker 14. The high point in the trail system is at 5,860 feet and the low point is at 5,020 feet.
The Boulder Mountain Tour course at Tahoe XC this season will feature fantastic grooming on varied terrain with inspiring views of beautiful Lake Tahoe. It begins in a meadow above our Trailhead Lodge and then quickly heads off into the forest. After a few kms of rolling terrain, a long, but gradual, climb will give you spectacular views of Lake Tahoe then it is back into the forest for more varied terrain to the finish. 1 lap of 15km, or 2 laps for 30km; either distance will challenge and invigorate you!
Tahoe XC is a community focused, public benefit entity whose mission is to promote healthy, outdoor-oriented lifestyles for children and adults through education, cross-country skiing, and other self-powered recreation. We offer 50km of expertly groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as lessons, rentals, and a welcoming day lodge. Tahoe XC is open year-round and offers trailhead mountain bike rentals in the summer.
The 15km Boulder Mountain Tour trail at Soldier Hollow is one of the most challenging and inspiring cross country ski trails you can find. Beginning and ending in the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic stadium, the route uses much of the FIS homologated Olympic trails offering active terrain with a constant variety of climbs and exceptionally groomed descents. Boulder Mountain Tour participants will face a unique and rewarding challenge at Soldier Hollow.
Nestled above the picturesque town of Midway and resting in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains lies Soldier Hollow Nordic Center at Wasatch Mountain State Park. Although it is primarily known as an Olympic venue, Soldier Hollow hosts a variety of activities throughout the fall, spring and summer. Athletes at world-class levels and weekend enthusiasts can enjoy the facility on a year-round basis.
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Virtual BMT racers at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center will contest their efforts on one of the Outdoor Center’s most classic skis, a 7.5km version of the Ruthie’s Run loop. Leaving the lower field and the lap has a mellow start, with a gradual climb and then fun descent down to the Black River. From there the climbing begins, with a two kilometer gradual climb up to the height of land. Another gradual rolling descent back to the Black River gives tired skiers an opportunity to recover. The final 2km include a fast flat kilometer along the river bottom before a series of stair step climbs bring skiers back to the lower field for another lap.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a 4-season trail center located in village of Craftsbury in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Our 104km trail network rolls through farm fields, crosses lakes and swamps, and dips in and out of the hardwood and softwood forests that make up the landscape of the Black River Valley. Our team of groomers works tirelessly to provide the best ski conditions for visitors of all ages and abilities, from first timers to World Cup champions.
RASTA has established a 13.5k race course for the Boulder Mountain Tour (BMT) that explores the varied terrain of the Washburn Lake Silent Sports cross country ski trails. All racers will start from the Perch Lake Shelter and follow a well marked race course that leads skiers out into a undulating course that we are sure all skiers will enjoy. Upon finishing a lap, the racer then completes additional laps to complete their 15k or 30k race. GPS tracks of the course can be downloaded at http://rastatrails.org/events/
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA) maintains the Oneida County, Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area cross country ski trails which are located adjacent to Perch Lake Park. The trailhead has a warming shelter that provides access to 20 miles of cross country ski trails that are groomed for both classic and freestyle techniques.
In the winter, the Wood River Valley transforms into Nordic Town USA. Boasting fantastic beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, excellent snow for Nordic skiing, and almost perpetual sunny skies. Thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District, the area offers over 200 kilometers of expertly groomed Nordic trails each year.
Please note: For participants familiar with skiing the traditional Boulder Mountain Tour course, this year’s self-supported BMT will not provide the following infrastructure: a groomed starting area at Senate Meadows, constructed or manned road crossing south of Galena Lodge, aid stations, course sweep, or expanded finish area across from SNRA Headquarters.
Also, the North Valley Trail System will be open to the public the week of the BMT. Dogs, recreational skiers and fat bikes could be part of your ski experience. Share the trail and share a smile.
Areas groomed by the BCRD with total kilometers (not including snowshoe trails):
Alturas Lake Trails – 17k
Billy’s Bridge – 9k
Galena Lodge – 38k
Harriman Trail – 31k
Lake Creek Trails – 9.6k
Park Creek Trails – 14.9k
Prairie Creek – 8k
Quigley Nordic – 22.4k
SNRA/North Fork – 11.2k
Sun Valley Nordic – 35k
Wood River Trail System (bike path) – 32k
Link to BCRD winter trail maps: https://www.bcrd.org/north-valley-trails-winter.php
In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Blaine County Recreation District manages, maintains and grooms over 160km of terrain including over 50km of trails around Galena Lodge located in the heart of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
The Gallatin National Forest’s Rendezvous Ski Trails offer a beautiful setting for cross country skiing. Easily accessible from the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, the Rendezvous Ski Trails consist of over 35 kilometers of gently rolling, beautifully groomed trails that wind through tall stands of lodgepole pines. The trail system is located entirely on U.S. Forest Service land and it is managed through a cooperative partnership between the Forest Service, the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF).
Details of the course are coming soon.
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will have a 7.5k loop at Lake Creek. Half-Boulder participants can ski it twice to reach 15k and four times to record a 30k distance. The public is strongly encouraged to avoid Lake Creek from 2:30-5 p.m. during the week due to lack of parking when SVSEF teams are in training. Thank you!
There will also be a 5k course at Quigley Nordic. Details will be posted when available.
Established in 1966, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation offers exceptional snow sport programs for the youth of the Wood River Valley. Disciplines include alpine, cross country, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing and big mountain for youth athletes, ages 5-19. For elite-level postgrads, SVSEF has the XC Gold Team. With a philosophy of Strong Minds, Strong Bodies, Strong Futures, SVSEF views the mountains as the world’s best classroom, where a child’s imagination is captivated and their potential for learning, growth and inspiration is realized.