Make your tracks on snowy single-track and ski trails in our popular snowshoe race. With 5K and 10K divisions, the Moose Tracks is one of the first snowshoe races of the season.
Sunday January 8, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Called one of the “most challenging,” “most scenic,” and “best-marked” 5 km race courses, Moose Tracks is sure to keep you on your toes! Stay refreshed and safe with one on-course aid station and Ski Patrol coverage.
Family members of racers may purchase Daily Passes for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, and ice skating at half-price all race weekend!
The Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race begins with a mass start and makes one or two laps on a 5 km loop. Here is a list of all races:
- 10 km Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race
- 5 km Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race
Both the 5K and 10K races have male and female divisions with 10-year age classes.
- 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
- Official event policies regarding non-transferable bibs, cancellation, refunds, and more.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
9:00 AM – Visit Winter Park at half-price for all racers and family members!
11:00 AM – Mass Start of the 4th Annual Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race
5:00 PM – Park Closes
Official timing and scoring will be conducted by a dedicated group of volunteers, many of them with scientific research and athletic race backgrounds. They are well-trained to take precise, accurate records of participant finishing times, and they understand the importance of delivering race results quickly.
During an awards ceremony, medals will be awarded to the top three overall finishers in each division in a first-past-the-post format. Awards will also be given to the first three finishers in each age class. Top overall award winners will be exempt from age class awards.
The race course is a 5,000-meter loop, run once or twice, depending on your race. The first 500 meters are on 12′-wide groomed ski trail that is moderately hilly. The next 2,000 meters are very hilly and include a mix of single track and ski trail. A 500 meter flat stretch on ski trail gives you time to pace yourself before reaching an aid station. Then, 40 meters after the aid station, the course returns to single track that is moderately hilly for approximately 1,900 meters. At this point, you will be back in the stadium area for a final 60-meter sprint to the finish or the beginning of a second lap of the course.
All ski trail sections will be groomed as late as 9:00 AM on race day. Single track snowshoe sections are ungroomed, and may remain powder for up to three days before the race (depending on when the course is flagged and marked).
5Km & 10Km Race Course Map
Park Info for Non-Racers
Nearly all cross-country ski trails will be open during the Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race, with tracking rules in effect until about 1:00 PM. If you see a racer, please yield to them.
The course is a combination of ski trails and our Snow Stomper snowshoe trail.
Caution should be exercised during the entire race, lasting approximately 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The following ski trails will be effected during the race:
- The first half of VO2 Max will be closed.
- When the race starts at 11:00 AM, Creek Trail, Lynx, and a very small stretch of Red Pine will be closed for 10 minutes.
- Segments of Creek Trail, Lynx, Red Pine, and X-C Express will be shared by skiers and snowshoers there after.
Snowshoers are encouraged to use Breaking Free and Mountain Goat trails during the race.
Snow tubing and ice skating will not be affected by the Moose Tracks Snowshoe Race.