Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour Coming to a Town Near You

Your trail. Your choice. Your Boulder.

While many of the hallmarks of the 48th annual Zions Bank Boulder Mountain Tour remain in place, there are a few key changes this year in response to the Covid pandemic and desire to keep racers and the community-at-large as healthy as possible.

The first is the date. Instead of one day, participants can ski any day and any style between Monday, February 1 and Sunday, February 7.

The second is the place. BMT organizers are encouraging racers to use their imagination to create and complete self-supported 15 or 30-kilometer races. To this end, many ski areas and organizations have established courses in conjunction with the BMT. Course partners are located throughout the United States. They include Soldier Hollow Nordic Center, Utah, Tahoe XC, Calif., Mount Bachelor, Ore., Meissner Nordic Community, Bend, Ore., Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Vermont, Washburn Ski Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Rendezvous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone, Mt., Sun Valley Nordic Center, and the Blaine County Recreation District.

“We appreciate everyone rallying to make the Boulder happen. The response has been amazing. We want to emphasize you can ski anywhere. It doesn’t have to be an official course. It is whatever and wherever makes you happy. If you want to ski 10k at three different venues that is awesome,” BMT executive director Jody Zarkos remarked. 

Registration runs through January 31 on SkiReg.com. The cost to “Rock the Boulder” is $39 for adults, $25 for 18-under, and $125 for teams of four. The entry fee includes an official 2021 BMT race hat by SWIX, raffle entry, sponsored items, BMT collateral, and a general training plan geared to novice, intermediate and advanced skiers. 

The Boulder Mountain Tour, sponsored by Zions Bank with substantial support from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Sue Engelmann of Berkshire Hathaway, Sentinel Security, and Blaine County Title, believes in the power and passion of nonprofit organizations performing vital work during these difficult days. To this end, the BMT will expand its “Ski It Forward” award, in recognition of the vital work these organizations perform. This year, the BMT will donate $5,000 to nonprofits throughout the United States. Registrants vote on the charity of their choice, and organizations receiving the most votes will receive donations at the BMT’s culmination. 

Prizes will be awarded via raffle on an almost daily basis throughout the week via livestream at vimeo.com/2021BMT. Prize categories are Oldest/Youngest Racers, Best Costume (based on photos), Team Spirit (based on photos), and Pacesetters. Some of the great prizes up for grabs include skis from Salomon and Madshus, a pour-over coffee bar from Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, boots, and outstanding cross-country gear from industry standouts. 

Event sponsors also include Atkinsons’ Market, Backwoods Mountain Sports, Clear Creek Disposal, Davis Embroidery, Elephant’s Perch, Engel & Völkers Jones Grover Team, EnjoyWinter, Fischer, Hammer Nutrition, Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, Power Engineers, Rex Wax, Rossignol, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Associates, Salomon, Swix, TOKO, Zenergy, with support from Blaine County Recreation District, Bluebird Solar, Boulder Nordic Sport, Cellar Pub, Conrad Brothers Construction, Dons, Galena Lodge, Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Morgan’s Fine Finishes, Mountain Rides, Nourish Me, Perry’s, Rickshaw, Sawtooth Avalanche Center, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Sun Valley Community School, Sun Valley Company, Sushi on Second, VAMPS, Wrapcity and Wood River YMCA. 

Details? Please contact race director Jody Zarkos at or visit the BMT website at www.bouldermountaintour.com.

Ready, set, go.

Meissner Nordic Community, Bend, Oregon 

Course Description

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.

About Us

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.

Website: https://meissnernordic.org/tour-of-meissner-map/

Washburn Lake Ski Trails, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Course Description

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/

About Us

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.

Website: http://rastatrails.org/events/