The North Face Backcountry Olympics

Categories: Competitions

Availability: Contact the Whitewater office at (250) 354-4944 for availability and ordering.



Sunday February 25, 2018


Price: $27 per team (price goes up to $37 after February 21)

** Price Does Not Include Lift Ticket ***

Think that you are the master the backcountry?  Then come prove it in The North Face Backcountry Olympics! Put together your team of 3 to hike, search and toboggan your way to victory!!   The teams must consist of minimum 1 skier per team of 3.  There is only room for 10 teams so hurry and sign up now!

Contest Description:

Phase One: The horn starts off the competition, which is a signal for competitors to put on their skins/snowshoes (no applying skins/snowshoes before start horn sounds!!). Competitors tour up to tower 4 bench on Lower Concentrator. Note that snowboards must be fastened to pack - no boot packing.

Phase Two: The first team member to reach the bench starts searching for 1 of 10 buried beacons which will be set out within 10 designated search areas separated by flagged bamboo poles.  There will be volunteer marshals to help facilitate this portion - once a beacon is found the competitors must turn it off and hand over the beacon to the marshals.**

Phase Three: Once all 3 members have reached the bench and their beacon has been found, only then can they start constructing their rescue t-boggan from the supplies that they have carried with them. 

Phase Four: Once it has been put together, they load 1 participant onto the t-bogg and start pulling them down the skiway under Nugget to the Quartz Ski Way, then down to the start area/finish line.

When all 3 team members arrive at the finish with the t-bogg intact the time will be recorded. The 'patient' must remain in t-bogg for Patrol and Nelson Search and Rescue (NSAR) to assess integrity of t-bogg and how secure/stable the patient was.  Bonus time will be deducted as below based on integrity of T-bogg after rescue:
5pts = 2 min will be deducted for the best and most practical t-bogg that held up to the rescue.
4pts = 1.5 minutes deducted off time, 3pts = 1 minute, 2pts = 30 sec, 1pt = 0 sec deducted.

Phase Five: The first 5 teams to the finish line with a patient in the t-bogg will then try and light a fire and fry a DEE-licious egg and, of course, eat it. Bonus points will be given to the 5 teams for the cook-off, point allocation is as follows:
1st - 5pts = 2 min will be deducted off the first team to cook and eat their egg.
2nd - 4pts = 1.5 minutes deducted off time
3rd - 3pts = 1 minute deducted off time
4th - 2pts = 30 sec deducted off time
5th -  1pt = 0 sec deducted off time

Registration: Online now or Sunday (day of event) from 9 am - 12 pm. Visit the Whitewater Information Tent in the Coldsmoke Village. Only 10 teams are allowed to register.

Check In: Sunday, February 25 (Day of Event) -  9:00 am - 12:00 pm on Sunday at the Whitewater YURT in the Coldsmoke Village.

Start Time: 1:00 pm outside of the Whitewater Daylodge at the base of Silver King next to the rental shop entrance/SK base

Mandatory Equipment: All teams must all have all the appropriate safety gear (beacon, probe, shovel, 1 rescue t-bogg between team) AND must have all of the supplies to create their toboggan. 

Prizing & Categories

Awards Ceremony: Awards for this event will be during the main ceremony 3:30ish on Sunday at Whitewater's base lodge.

*Toboggan Criteria: no pre-fabricated kids sliding toboggans allowed.

**King and Queen Beta: For those competitors that are competing for the King or Queen of Coldsmoke there will be a point system in place for how quickly you find your beacon. Remember about that super important stoke point!

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