The Great Ski Race – 2011 Video

WHO: Lis and some 800 other racers

WHAT: The Great Ski Race

WHERE: the 18-kilometers between Tahoe City and Truckee

WHEN: March 6, 2011

GEAR: Patagonia base layers, Black Diamond Pilot gloves, Smith interchangeable lens sunglasses

This post is a bit belated since the Great Ski Race was a month ago, but I figured the world should see this fast-motion video captured by Rylan Cordova. Conditions were slow this year, with the top racers coming in a good 20 minutes later than the course record. Downhill carnage was prime, too, as you can see from the video. Though as an undertrained first-timer, and with the conditions being what they were (slightly raining, slushy snow underfoot), I was unexpectedly stoked on the race. Super fun all the way through, and I only fell once—a feat it appears. I finished at just under 3 hours, and you can see me, wearing red, in Rylan’s above video at 1:26.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, ski, surf, climb, bike or Great Ski Race) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.



I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.


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