Loup Loup Randonee Race and Relay

February 2, 2019 (final permit pending)


Ski some laps at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl!

Our race features a narrow, steep climb up a forested slope before topping out at the summit of the Loup, nearly 1300' higher. Rip your skins and carve your way down Ridge Run to the Start/Finish/Lap zone, and head back up again (and again) if you so desire. New this year, join the 10,000ft club and do 8 laps (~1300ft/lap) so your overall vert is over 10,000ft, or form a team of friends and do the relay option.

Awards will be given for our top finishers in each category and distance. All racers will be entered into a raffle for BD poles and other equipment from our sponsors.


What: An all-welcoming randonee race on some fantastic NW terrain. Choose from four categories: 

  • 1 lap

  • 2 laps

  • 3 laps

  • 10,000 club (8 laps-solo)

  • 10,000 club (8 laps-relay of 2-5 people)

*Each lap gains and loses approximately 1300 vertical feet

**The downhill portion of the race is on a Blue run of alpine resort; no epic cliff jumps or narrow slot skiing necessary

Aid/food will be available between loops as well as heartier fare for after the race. Spectators and hecklers welcome!


When: February 2, 2019 (permit pending)

Start Times:

10,000ft challenge and relay: 8am

1, 2 and 3 lap racers: 9am

LOCATION: Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Twisp, WA

(~4 hours from Seattle; 2 hours from Penticton; 3 hours from Spokane

Registration is open!

Early Registration (by December 1st): $30

December 1-January 1: $40

January 1st - January 22nd: $50

Late Registration (until January 26th): $55

Day-of-Race Registration: $60

*prices include a day ski pass, and free Old Schoolhouse beer at the finish. Season Pass holders, use code "loup" for discounted race fee.


Questions, or want to volunteer? Email sam@cascadeendurance.com. 

 Photo by Seth Keena-Levin

Photo by Seth Keena-Levin

Want to learn more about ski mountaineering racing? Check out Stano Faban and Eric Carter's great book The Manual For Ski Mountaineering Racing; click on the image for more info

General Rules and Information:

  • The race director reserves the right to delay the start, alter the course or cancel the race based on snow, weather and safety conditions.

  • Racers are required to abide by all directives of the race staff and course marshals.

  • The race will take place on an operational ski area and all racers are required to comply with any directions or directives of the ski area staff.

  • Racers are to give the right of way to the customers of the ski area, failure to do so will result in an immediate DQ.

  • On uphill portions, racers are to stay in the established skin track or within 5 feet of the course markings. On the downhill, racers are required to stay within 30 feet of course markings.

  • Transitions must occur within 20 feet of transition point.

  • Racers agree to possible equipment check before race and at the finish line.

  • All racers regardless of category will have a ski retention device that can include brakes or a leash.

  • No lightweight Nordic gear is allowed in either category.

  • Helmets are required to be worn during the ENTIRETY of the race. (These can be bike, ski, climbing or ski mountaineering specific helmets).

  • If you opt not to finish the race you MUST check in at a course marshal or at the finish area. Otherwise we will be out looking for you.

  • Racers should be prepared for variable weather including but not limited to snow, high winds and cold temperatures.

Equipment Requirements:

  • Goggles, helmet shield or sunglasses

  • Windproof upper body layer must be worn or carried in pack

  • Participants must be on alpine style skis or split boards with metal edges. Randonee, tech, telemark or split board bindings are all acceptable in this category.

  • All participants are required to use climbing skins.

Cascade Endurance and The Loup Loup Rando Race operates under special use permit with the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Cascade Endurance is an equal opportunity provider.