Race Information, Rules, & Maps
  • All racers MUST wear a helmet.
  • Snowboards and telemark skis must have leashes.
  • All racers MUST ascend Mt. Greylock via the Super Highway.   
    Skinning, snowshoeing, or boot-packing are all acceptable. No
    motorized transportation to the summit!  Any racer who receives a ride
    to the summit will be disqualified.
  • Racers who did not pick up their race materials on Friday, February
    8th at the pre-race dinner must report to Racer Check-In (The Roost)
    located in the Glen no later than 9:30 A.M.
  • Racers must hand sign the race waiver in ink before the ascent.  
    Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  • Racers who fail to summit, or who fail to meet their start time will be
    disqualified.  No refunds will be given.
  • The Super Highway will be closed at 10:00 AM.  Any racer who has not
    started up the mountain by that time will be disqualified from the race.  
    Any racer who ascends the Super Highway after 10:00 AM will be
    considered a non-participant.
  • Racers will be assigned an approximate start time for their run, and
    must be on the summit a minimum of 20 minutes before that time.
  • Racers will leave the start line every minute.
  • Racers who miss their start time will be disqualified.
  • No racer will leave the summit after 1:00 PM.   Any racer who leaves
    the summit after 1:00 will be disqualified and will be considered a non-
  • Passing is allowed, but it must be done carefully.  Racers are asked to
    announce the direction of the pass as either skier’s left or right.
  • The Super Highway and the Thunderbolt will be swept at 1:30 PM.
Race Rules
Course Maps
Race Headquarters - "The Roost"  
  • Race headquarters (HQ) is in a small
    outbuilding on the Gould Farm called "The
    Roost."  This is where all racers MUST
    check in before their ascent.
  • Parking for racers and their families will be
    reserved along Gould Rd. in the Greylock
Detail of Race HQ - "The Roost."  
  • Racers head up Greylock via the Super
    Highway.  Spectators head up to the
    Thunderbolt on the The Bellows
    South Trail...labeled the Spectator
    Acces Trail on the map.
  • note: The Bellows South Trail was formely
    called the Apple Trail.
  • The Super Highway is about 3 miles
  • The Spectator Access Trail is 1 mile
  • The Bucket Trail is only for racers who
    want to ski back down to the Race HQ
    and the parking area after their run.
  • Porta-Pottys will be available at Race HQ
Detail of The Thunderbolt.
  • An average run is probably going to be
    around 6 minutes.
  • Race Marshalls will be positioned all
    along the trail for racer safety.
  • The ascent will take expert backcountry skiers in top shape a
    minimum of one and a half hours.  Intermediate skiers in good
    shape might take two to two and a half hours.  Novices and
    those who lack fitness may want to consider a different race.  
    This is not a beginner’s race.  Racers who fail to summit, or who
    fail to meet their start time will be disqualified.  No refunds will
    be given.  
  • The Thunderbolt Ski Shelter will be open and heated on race
    day for your use.  
  • The Thunderbolt Ski Run will not be groomed.  It will be left in its
    natural condition on race day. For the uninitiated, the
    Thunderbolt Ski Run is considered intermediate terrain, yet
    expert conditions.  Preparing yourself for the worst possible
    conditions is probably good advice.  
  • There will be NO netting, pads, or hay bales.  This is a
    backcountry ski race.
  • Race organizers are not responsible for transportation of packs
    or gear of any kind down the mountain.  Either wear it down, or
    have a friend do it.
Race Information
Rain Date and Cancellation Policy
  • The RAIN DATE for this race is March 2nd, 2013.  
  • No refunds will be given.  
For information about spectators, getting to the
Glen, and parking please see the
Spectator Info page.
Pre-Race Dinner, Post-Race Banquet, and Awards
  • There will be a pre-race pasta dinner in Adams at the Elks
    Lodge on Friday, March 1st.  This is an informal event where
    racers may pick up their race materials.  Racers may also pick
    up their race packets on Saturday morning at the Racer Check-
    In building (The Roost) starting at 7:30 A.M.
  • There will be a post-race awards ceremony and banquet the
    evening of the event starting at 3 PM at the PNA in Adams.  
    Prizes will be awarded 3 deep in each of the following
  • Alpine
  • Telemark
  • Snowboard
  • Women’s Overall
  • The Ascent
  • There will also be "King of the Mountain" and "Queen on the
    Mountain" trophies awarded to the racers with the fastest
    combined time on the ascent and descent.
Things to Remember
•       Check in at summit at least 20 minutes before your start time
•       Know the skier responsibility code – it is in effect in this race
•       This is a backcountry race – bring what you need to spend a day outside
•       It is your responsibility to navigate around obstacles,
  • including but not limited to, trees, rocks, skiers, spectators
•       Stay in control – trails are not groomed
•       Stay in control – no padding, netting or other barriers are installed
•       Stay in control – you must regulate your speed, there are no gates
•       Stay in control – high skier traffic may result in thin cover
•       Stay in control – trail conditions may change rapidly
•       Enjoy the mountain and have fun
A partial list of the National Ski Patrol Responsibility Code
•       Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
•       People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
•       You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
•       Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
•       Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
•       Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas
Race Day Trail Map...this will be printed in the official Race
HERE to download and print your own version now.
Race Weekend Event Map...click HERE to
download and print your own PDF file.
March 2nd, 2013
The 2013 Thunderbolt Downhill Ski Race is being held under
the auspices of The Thunderbolt Ski Runners.
times, and was last updated on December 14th, 2012.
Copyright 2013 Thunderbolt Ski Runners, Inc.
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