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The Vertical Challenge is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the northeast during each winter season. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, attendees enjoy a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages, plus prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain.
We’ll let you in on a secret: our crew members have as much fun at the events as you do. When you participate in the VC, your family becomes part of ours.
Over our nearly 30 years of operation, we’ve made it a priority to make a difference in the lives of our attendees. We mentor our crew and they, in turn, mentor our young participants. They help an eight-year-old overcome trepidation about her first ski race; They show a child how he can help other kids through school fundraisers; They adopt families, often forming bonds that last well beyond the day at the slopes. Multiple generations have made the VC an influential part of their lives.
Yes! Sorry to interrupt, but we have age categories for everyone in both skiing and snowboarding, from boys and girls under six to men and women age 76+. We also have an adaptive category, everyone is included! So whoever you are and whatever you like to do, we welcome you.
If I win, do I get a prize?
Yes, we award gold, silver, and bronze medals across genders and age groups. Plus we have raffles (benefiting a VC charity of choice), prize drawings, and free samples of cool stuff.
How can I make the finals?
The top three finishers in each category qualify at every tour stop. If one of those people had already qualified at one of our previous races, the fourth-place finisher (and lower, if applicable) also earns a spot in the end-of-season finals.
Is it competitive?
Sure, it’s a race. But it’s a casual competition. It’s great for 1st time racers, as well as others who raced in years past! We have slopes for people of different ability levels and we keep the whole atmosphere upbeat and laid-back.
Is it free? What does it cost to enter?
It’s free! All you need to participate is a Resort Lift Ticket for the day! Our awesome sponsors pay all the costs.