24-Hour Backcountry Race To Be Held At Bolton Valley This Weekend

Race is first of its kind in New England and only one in North America this year

BOLTON VALLEY, VT (2/10/2017) -

Bolton Valley Resort has partnered with outdoor adventure company Native Endurance to host New England’s first 24-hour backcountry ski and splitboard race on February 11-12, 2017 to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. Competitors will test their stamina as they try to log as many vertical feet as possible in a 24-hour period on two challenging loops.

“We know this will be one of the most demanding and rewarding winter events of the year,” says Native Endurance race director RJ Thompson. “We also know that not everyone wants to be outside for 24 hours straight, so we added the relay and 12-hour division to bring in more members of the backcountry community - and to make sure everyone is having fun.”

Jonathan Shefftz of the NE Rando Race Series echoed the event's unique appeal. "It's the first ever anywhere in New England, and it's the only 24-hour up/down ski race in North America after the discontinuation many years ago of the very popular Sunlight, CO race."

Leading up to the race, competitors have been raising money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. “100% of all fundraising is going directly to Vermont Adaptive,” Thompson said. “The organization does incredible work for amazing individuals, and we are humbled by their passion to ensure everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.”

Josh Arneson, VP of marketing and sales at Bolton Valley is looking forward to hosting the race. "We've seen an increased interest in backcountry skiing over the past several years. This event will highlight, in a very unique way, the tremendous amount of backcountry terrain that Bolton has to offer."

About Native Endurance:

Located in Stowe, VT, Native Endurance ‘s mission is to offer unique outdoor events for mountain purists. More information can be found at www.nativeendurance.com

About Bolton Valley:

Bolton Valley first opened for skiing and riding in 1966 and this year the mountain is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The mountain offers 71 trails for alpine skiing and riding, over 1200 acres of high elevation backcountry terrain, 15km of groomed Nordic trails, a complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding. All-inclusive, true ski-to-your-door lodging packages are from $57/person/night. For more information visit www.boltonvalley.com or call 802-434-3444.

About Vermont Adaptive:

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. More information can be found at www.vermontadaptive.org.