What is The Ski Challenge?
THE SKI CHALLENGE began in 1985 as a Twin Cities Metro Area recreational ski racing program allowing adults to ski on teams in leagues, similar to softball or bowling leagues. Approximately 35 members raced in the first year of the program, today more than 1,800 racers of all ages participate per week. The Ski Challenge has evolved into the finest and largest team oriented recreational ski racing experience anywhere! As far as we can tell it is the largest league of its type anywhere in the world! Ski Challenge's continued growth, and long time commitment of its members, is testimony to the exciting racing and quality experience that it provides.
THE SKI CHALLENGE generated nearly 20,000 skier visits in 2012-13 including regular race participants, guest racers, friends, and family members. More than 125 events are planned for the upcoming season. The Ski Challenge will have 15 ski leagues at three ski areas: Buck Hill, Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area, and Wild Mountain. Each league has 10 to 16 teams, with 10 racers per team. In the regular season starting in January, races will be held once a week for seven weeks. Four of our leagues include kids. We will also continue our pre-season leagues in December at both Buck Hill and Wild Mountain, with kids included in some leagues. An Individual Championship is held at the end of the season for the top individual racers in each age group. The season culminates with a championship race at Giants Ridge where over 900 racers participate in one weekend with teams racing teams of similar point scoring during the season.