Winter Rim Romp

Winter Rim Romp

Saturday, February 2, 2019  @ 10:00 AM   •  5m, 10m, 8K Snowshoe or Freestyle Ski OR 16K Classic/Freestyle Ski Race


Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park South Rim Visitor's Center, Montrose, CO    view map


This is a challenging and fun out-and-back course with options for distance and style.  Choose a 5 mile snowshoe race or a 10 mile freestyle (skate or classic) ski race.  Non-competitive timed 5 mile freestyle ski also available. Awards for winners.  Apres-ski party with free beer and bowl of chili.  Lots of swag and lots of fun. All this to benefit Mended Little Hearts of Western Colorado, a non-profit group providing support and friendship for families with children born with congenital heart defects (1:100 births, it is more common than most people know!).  No park admission fees.  Groomed course on the South Rim Road.


 Event Timed

 Food and Drinks




Course description:

The course is groomed over the South Rim Road and maintained by the National Park Service.  The course is an out-and-back with rolling hills and views of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  The race is self supported with refreshments provided at the start and finish, but not along the course.  The course is exposed so sunny or windy conditions can dramatically change snow temperature on race day or even change during the duration of the race.

Directions to start:

Race begins and ends at the South Rim Visitor Center.  All events start at 10:00 a.m.  The Visitor Center opens at 9:00 a.m. and provides heated space for check-in and registration.  Registration and packet pick-up is from 9:00 to 9:45 race day morning at the Visitor Center.  No entrance fee to the park.  To get to the Visitor's Center, travel 10 miles east on Hwy 50 out of Montrose.  Turn left on Hwy 347 (marked with brown National Park sign) and continue on winding paved road to dead-end at Visitor Center.


Free parking available at the Visitor Center; overflow parking follow ranger instructions/signs to park along Rim Road.  Do not block fire lanes.


Awards info:

Medals for first place winners male and female for each of three events, 5 mile snowshoe, 10 mile classic ski, and 10 mile skate/freestyle.  Additional medals for youth participants and age groups as registration numbers allow.

Additional info

Hot and cold refreshments provided at the race finish.  Post-event party in Montrose.  Directions will be provided in race-day participant's packet along with a coupon for a free beer and bowl of chili.  Other menu options available for purchase.  After-party begins at 12:30.  Awards presentation and swag givaways to follow.


Race clock to provide time for results.

Entry Fee

Online pre-registration is $20 until noon on February 1, 2019.  Race day registration is $25.

Packet pickup:

Race day check-in and registration at the Visitor Center from 9:00-9:45 a.m.

Registration info:

$20 until noon on February 1, 2019.

$25 on race day, February 2, 2019.


 Hurry, there are only 98 entries remaining for this event.

• 16K (10 Mile) Classic/Freestyle Ski Race (10:00 a.m. start)

$20.00    Expires 2/1/2019 11:59 AM

 Limited to 100 entrants, 99 remaining.

• 8K (5 mile) Snowshoe Race (10:00 a.m. start)

$20.00    Expires 2/1/2019 11:59 AM

 Limited to 100 entrants, 100 remaining.

• 8K Non-competitive Freestyle Ski Event (10:00 a.m. start)

$20.00    Expires 2/1/2019 11:59 AM

 Limited to 100 entrants, 99 remaining.

• All events on race-day (10:00 am start)

$25.00    2/2/2019 9:00 AM to 2/2/2019 9:45 AM

 Limited to 100 entrants, 100 remaining.