The 3rd Annual Snow Shoe Challenge.

in association with

Race update: Course looks great, more details closer to date!

Each race has a 5km, a 10Km and a 50 yard dash for cash.

$25 Dollar Pre­registration. $30 Day of registration, cash or check only. 

Race 1:
December 31st
Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass

Race 2:
March 12 2017

Independence Mine, Hatcher Pass

Nunataq Snowshoe Race for December 31, 2016 will take place at the top of
Hatcher Pass at Independence Mine. Race Course: Hatcher/Wi llow Pass Road up
to Summit Lake and Back down


Race Start Time!!! 11am Start!

Drive to the parking area where Independence Mine trail head starts. There will be a Five Dollar parking fee via the State Park! Rangers will be there to reinforce the pay requirement. Carpooling is recommended. They do not charge to park at the sixteen mile pull off, the parking area before the old Mother Lode Lodge, so staging cars there and transporting up to the upper parking area is advised. Day of Registration starts at 9:45am and stops at 10:45am. There will be a $30.00 race day fee.Bib pick-up and Race Day registration will be located in the Hatcher Pass Lodge (the red A-frame buildings at the top parking area). The start of this race will take place below the A-framed lodge. There is a small pull-off at the start area, but limited spots for parking. It is a short walk to starting area from the Hatcher Lodge.

50 yard dash for cash

​ 50 Yard dash for cash will be a sprint, in snowshoes, at the start/finish l ine area. There will be a separate women and men 50 yard sprint.First one to cross finish line wins!

Winners will receive payment at the award ceremony after the race.

One Course 4 miles long

Nunataq snowshoe race course description;
Course will be loop style, finishing where you start, beginning at the sledd ing hill area and continuing up to Independence Historical Mine. The trail will be a mix of h ard pack and deep snow. The course will run around the old mining buildings in a clockwise manner and then to the upper groomed ski area. It will continue further up into Gold Cord Mine area and then move onto the ski flats toward the base of the mountain in the grand bowl arena. The run will then separate from the hard pack trail at the old abandoned Gold Cord Cabin and will merge into a single track through open snow. It will continue on single track up to Gold Cord Lake at the base of Micro-Dot Mountain. The route will run south along the ridgeline of the lake and then will take a steep drop returning back to the hard packed groomed ski area. After continuing on the groomed surface for about 500 ft, it will again break off into fresh snow ascending 200ft to a rolling ridge line. The elevation gain is over 500ft within the first 1.59 mile s and will run on the ridge line area. This course will have up to four 100 yard off-piste section s through open snow. These sections will be two uphill and two downhill. It will include a few rol ling hills and a downhill finish. This course can be walked, walkers are encouraged to bring poles for the ungroomed surface areas
Cut off time will be 2 hours.  After Party at Hatcher Pass Lodge!! Wa hoo!

Information for athletes

All racers are required to wear snow shoes. There is no snow shoe size requirement. There will be no aid stations on the course, water will be provided at
start/finish area, along with an electrolyte drink from Hammer Nutrition.

It is recommended that you bring a change of clothes for after the race. Also wearing a neck gaiter or hooded jacket works well for keeping the snow from going down the back of your shirt.
There will be volunteers on the course incase aid is needed, only to be used in correlation of injury and navigation.

Online registration will end at 12pm, the afternoon of Thursday the 9th March, 2017. Register now to avoid
an additional $5 dollar registration fee. Pre-registration is $25, Credit on pay pal or cash and
check at Active Soles. Day of registration is $30. Cash or check ONLY! Race shirts will be sold day of race for ten dollars a shirt.

If you have already registered for the race and have Not paid please submit your payment to our pay-pal account before race day to avoid an additional $10 dollar cost.

We will update each course on this Web site, and inform racers of course conditions and weather.

Thank you for inquiring about our race.
You can register for race in the Register Section. If you are a 'Happy Runner'your username will work.
Or stop in at Active Soles Performance Footwear located in the Koslosky Center in downtown Palmer. Open 10am -6pm Mon-Sat. (907) 746-0600.