CANCELED - Bolton Backcountry Carnival

Date: Feb 9 2019 - Feb 10 2019


Due to poor conditions and an unfavorable forecast the Bolton Backcountry Carnival is canceled. 

Apologies for the inconvenience...

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Showcasing North America's only 24-hour backcountry ski and splitboard race.
Now with a Three-Hour Tour division on Sunday


The 2017 race was covered in the Boston Globe's "All Downhill" newsletter and featured in Men's Journal as a "Bucket List" skimo race - the only skimo event on the east coast to make the list!

It's back on!  Native Endurance is excited to host North America's only 24-hour backcountry ski and splitboard race at Bolton Valley, Vermont as part of the Bolton Backcountry Carnival.  The race will be held February 9-10, 2019, and will offer two challenging courses - a daytime loop in Bolton's backcountry, and an overnight loop on Bolton's groomed terrain.  The 2017 race was a ton of fun with incredible competition at all levels, and while we had to cancel in 2018 due to weather, we now have an alternative loop at Bolton in case the backcountry is thin.

Not into the full 24-hour thing? No sweat - check out the "Three Hour Tour" division on Sunday or put together a relay team of two or four and enjoy the camaraderie!

Participants will compete for the most vertical feet skied in their respective division.  Randonnée (alpine touring/skimo racers),  tele skiers,  and splitboarders are welcome to test their endurance in Bolton Valley's incredible backcountry terrain.

Race Divisions

We have a ton of prizes to give away, and there are many ways to compete and win them. Check out the race divisions page to see which option fits you best.

Help us out

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with various tasks for the race. If you'd like to lend a hand, simply fill out our quick volunteer form to get started. It's a great way to score some free stuff!

Join the conversation

The best way to stay up to date about the event is to like our Facebook page and the 24 Hours of Bolton event page.  You can also join our mailing list for info on future events.

**Race details and FAQ are currently being finalized for the 2019 event.**

Who can race?
The race is open to the public for skimo racers, AT (randonnée) skiers, tele-skiers, and split-boarders.  Sorry, no snowshoes.

When is the race?
The 24-hour race will start at 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 9, 2019, and will finish at 12:00 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  The 12-hour race will start at the same time, but will finish at midnight (12:00 AM) on Sunday, February 10. The Three-Hour Tour division will begin at 9 AM on Sunday, February 10 and finish at 12:00 PM that same day.

Can I mix splitboarders and skiers on the same relay team?
Of course.  Simply select the "mixed" category on the registration page.

What type of equipment will I need?
You will need a pair of metal-edged skis or a split snowboard (no nordic skis), a set of climbing skins, randonee (alpine touring) or tele bindings, boots compatible with your touring bindings, a set of poles, and a helmet.  A backpack is recommended for carrying your skins on the descent (also for hydration and/or food), though many racers choose to put their skins in their jacket for the descent.  You will also need a headlamp for the overnight course.  Read more about what to bring.

Where is the course?
The course is on a mix of Bolton backcountry and downhill terrain.  Check out the course page for maps, distances, elevation profiles, and pictures.

Will there be aid stations?
Yes, there will be an aid station at the bottom of the loops.

Where will I sleep?
If you're doing the full event as an individual (hell yes!), you likely won't be sleeping much. But if you get tired or you're part of a relay team, Bolton Valley has a great base lodge with rooms right next to the course loops!

Is there any fundraising component?
Yes. Native Endurance has partnered up with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, a non-profit 501(c)(3), to raise money for their organization. Competitors will be forwarded to a website to set up their own fundraising page for the event after they complete registration.  Your registration fee covers the overhead of running an event of this magnitude. All of your fundraising dollars go directly to Vermont Adaptive.

Is fundraising required?
No, but we encourage you to raise as much as you can for Vermont Adaptive. They do amazing work for incredible individuals, and the fundraising is extremely simple.

What is the refund policy?
The up-front costs associated with producing a 24-hour event are large, so there will be no full refunds.  However, if you decide not to race, we offer a 50% refund until end of day January 9, 2019.  After 1/10/19, there will be no refunds issued. If we need to cancel the event due to an act of nature (lack of snow), refunds unfortunately are not available.

This is all good, but I have more questions.
No problem. Head over to our Contact page and send us a quick note.  We'll get back to you right away.


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