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The Great Ski Race – Fundraiser for Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team

March 1, 2023 | Member Submitted

Registration for the 2023 race is open!

The Great Ski Race® is the main fund raising event for the Tahoe Nordic Search & 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 2023 The Great Ski Race will follow the same race course from 2022! 26 KMs (16.2 miles) around Mt Watson: up to Soup Station 1, right (east) on the 73 road (Fiberboard Fwy) to 4 Corners, down the 74 road back to Carnelian Bay and onto the Blue Trail at TXC.


was conceived in 1976 as a response to the death of a boy lost off the back side of Northstar-At-Tahoe ski area during a blizzard. There was, at the time, no organized backcountry ski team to help search for the boy. Desperate phone calls to some local Nordic skiers produced a search party that eventually located the youth, but only after it was too late. This group of skiers, along with the boy’s father (who today still remains one of the Nordic Team’s most active members), learned there was an important void to be filled. Thus, the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team was born. Based in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, the Team has matured considerably after these many years but the goals remain the same: Conducting fast, safe rescues and educating the public on winter safety.

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