The Start

The Great Ski Race® has gone from 60 racers being manually timed in 1977, to more than 600 racers with electronic timing in 1985, to more than 750 racers since 1993. In 2005 all records were broken, with 1109 registered racers, 1029 finishers, and the fastest men’s and women’s times yet! In 2022 the course was changed from a 30km point to point race, to a 26km loop from the Tahoe Cross Country Center with exceptional views of Lake Tahoe and fast, fun downhills!


There will be a dedicated bag tent at the Tahoe Cross Country Center for personal gear (clothes, etc). Please mark any bags with your name and bib number. And note that we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.


In the interest of public and environmental health The Great Ski Race is a flourocarbon wax-free race.  Please DO NOT wax your skis with anything containing flourocarbons.

Wave Starts

The start field is divided into waves; wave 1 starts at 9:00AM sharp and subsequent waves start at 3 minute intervals after that. Please be on the snow and ready to ski by 8:45, regardless of which wave you are in!