San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Fire on the Mountain Vertical Challenge is not just a race, but a test of your endurance and strategy, where successful teams will ski/ride in excess of 100,000 vertical feet! Once you ski on all compulsory runs, take your pick of lifts and terrain to rack up vertical and enjoy one of the finest mountains in the world. All proceeds will go to The Rex Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, with 50% of donations being allocated to charities local to the Olympic Valley / Truckee area.
Event Schedule (Subject to Change)
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Registration (Bar One)
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Silent auction (Bar One)
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: Captains meeting (Bar One)
9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.: Competitor Meeting (LeMans start at Cushing Lake)
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Vertical Challenge
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Verify competitor statistics & BBQ Lunch (Bar One)
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Rex Foundation After-party and Silent Auction
with live music by Achilles Wheel Trio (Bar One)
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: WinterWonderGrass
- Download the “Ski Tracks” app to track your vertical accomplishments for the day; the duration of your session cannot be longer than 4 hours
- All teams must ride the lifts TOGETHER, so you are only as fast as your slowest skier/rider
- Every hour, you must take a picture of at least 3 of your competitors, to document that you are staying together; at least one of those pictures must be at Tucker Carpet
- Each team will appoint a captain who will be responsible for tracking vertical, taking pictures as required and escalating issues to the organizers, as needed
- Pre-event meeting is mandatory for all team captains and all competitors are encouraged to attend the briefing preceding the Start
- Helmets are required for each competitor
- Abide by all safety warnings, as slow skiing rules will be enforced; reckless skiers risk loss of their pass and disqualification from the event
The Vertical Challenge is not a race, but a test of your endurance and strategy, where successful teams will ski/ride in excess of 100,000 vertical feet!
- You must ski on all compulsory runs; if you finish early, take your pick of lifts and terrain to rack up vertical and enjoy one of the finest mountains in the world!
- Headwall: 2 runs (1750 vertical feet, each)
- KT22: 2 runs (1767 vertical feet, each)
- Granite Chief: 2 runs (1000 vertical feet, each)
- Solitude: 1 run (660 vertical feet, each)
- Squaw Creek: 1 run (1309 vertical feet)
- Siberia: 1 run (916 vertical feet)
- Tucker Carpet at Snow Ventures: 1 run (15 vertical feet; picture at bottom)
The Business End
- Cost: $900 til 2/29, $1000 starting 3/1 for a team of 4; or $200 (Squaw Valley season pass holder), $225 (non-pass holder) til 2/29, $250 starting 3/1 for individual competitors willing to be randomly paired up with a team.
- Every competitor will receive a North Face item, compliments of North Face.
- Included in your fee: Race registration, Friday Squaw Valley lift ticket, continental breakfast and post-event party including BBQ and live music, GA pass to the Friday WinterWonderGrass Festival on-site at Squaw Valley.
- All proceeds will go to The Rex Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, with 50% being allocated to charities in the Olympic Valley / Truckee area.
The fun will continue Friday evening at the WinterWonderGrass Festival.
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When & Where
In the fall of 1983, the Rex Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization by members of the Grateful Dead, their friends, and families, to further the long-established tradition of generosity the band was well-known for. Supporting programs that might otherwise be overlooked by mainstream funders, The Rex Foundation offers unsolicited small grants, generally in the $5,000 range, to organizations in the US and beyond who are doing innovative grassroots work in supporting the environment, education, arts for youth, social services, building community and other areas aligned with the Rex mission. Since 1984 the Rex Foundation has granted $8.9 million to over 1,200 recipients.