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The Great Ski Race
March 5, Truckee
The 40th annual Great Ski Race offers a 30K (18-mile) event that starts at Tahoe Cross Country in Tahoe City, winds through the forest and mountains of North Lake Tahoe on groomed trails, and ends at Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee. Hundreds of ski racers, touring skiers, and disabled athletes turn out for the race looking for achievement, adventure, and the famous finish-line party, with live music, hot lunch, refreshments and raffles.
The Race is the primary fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, volunteer skiers and snowmobilers who locate lost people in the Sierra Nevada. Race proceeds help purchase equipment and support winter survival education programs.
Fees are $60 through February 24, $70 until March 4, then $110 on March 5 (race day), and $25 for skiers 18 and under. Tax-deductible donations above these amounts to Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team are appreciated.
A race entry fee buys a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments at two mid-course stations and hot lunch at the finish. Shuttle buses begin taking skiers (by reservation) from Cottonwood to the starting line at 7 a.m. Afternoon buses bring skiers back to Tahoe City 12:30–2:30 on a first-come, first-serve basis.