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Registration for The Great Ski Race opens

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Be a part of history.

On Sunday, March 6 cross country ski racers will gather to embark on the 35th annual Great Ski Race. The Great Ski Race covers 30 kilometers beginning at the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City to the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee.

Race registration is available now at Prices increase on Feb. 16 so sign up early.

The Great Ski Race is the main fundraising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a non-profit all volunteer organization. Team members, along with community supporters, organize The Great Ski Race, which continues to be one of the largest Nordic ski races west of the Mississippi. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Team and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the Team.

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 800 racers in 2001. In 2005 all records were broken, with 1,109 registered racers, 1,029 finishers, and the fastest men’s and women’s times yet.

“The Great Ski Race has been a favorite event among Tahoe locals as well as Nordic racers since its inception,” said Doug Read, the Great Ski Race director. “The race is not only demanding, but also lots of fun for all participants. Don’t forget to save some energy for the big party that takes place at the finish line, complete with live music and dancing.”

Registration fees are $55 before Feb. 15, $65 Feb. 16-March 5 and $75 if registering on race day; juniors 18 and under are $25. The entry fee buys a prerace package, a five-color T-shirt, refreshments and a hot lunch at the finish, a chance to win one of numerous prizes ad live music by Downbeat. And, of course, donations above and beyond these amounts to the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team are always appreciated. All donations above and beyond race fees are tax-deductible; non-profit tax ID No. 94-2737988. All race fees are nonrefundable.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2011, visit the website for more information.

Conceived in 1976, the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team has more than 100 members who fulfill many different functions in the organization such as rescuing lost Alpine and cross country skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, locating downed aircraft, rescuing stranded hikers and climbers, educating the public about mountain safety, and many other support functions.

For more information, contact Pam at 530-546-7393 or visit the race’s website at

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