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The 43rd Annual Colorado Peace Officers Ski & Snowboard Race

Welcome Peace Officers! It's that time of year again... Time to dust off your boots, tune those edges and see how fast you can rip down the mountain!

That's right! It's the 43rd Anniversary Colorado Peace Officers Ski & Snowboard Race! Event details and registration forms are listed below. Sign up today!

Select a category below to review all event details. To register you will need to download, complete and return your registration package and payment.  DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION PACKAGE HERE

Location & Date


Location & Date:

Join us at the world class ski town and resort of Vail, CO!

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 Vail, Colorado

Entry Fee & Registration


Entry Fee & Registration:

Be sure to register before February 28th, 2014 for the discounted fee! Register today!

  • $75.00 prior to February 26, 2016
  • $90.00 on or after February 27, 2016
  • Make checks payable to "Town of Vail" and place "Vail Police Ski Race" in the memo line
  • Checks or Cash ONLY please
  • Registration Deadline is March 7th, 2016

What's Included


Fees Include:

Your registration fee doesn't just get you on the mountain! It also includes:

  • 1 Full day of skiing or snowobarding!
  • Continental breakfast. Coffee, juices, fruit, pastries at the Colorado Ski Museum (3rd level of the Village Parking (Structure) during sign-in in the morning.
  • Two professionally timed runs!
  • Dinner and Odell beer at The Four Seasons main ballroom located in Vail Village.

Race Divisions


Race Divisions:

For Men and Women (Individual or Team)

  • Ski or Snowboard for three Divisions: Beginners – Intermediate – Advanced
  • Please try not to take yourself too seriously out there, have fun!
  • Be honest with your ability level. This is to insure you race against the same ability.

Event Schedule


Event Schedule:

  • 7:30am - 8:45am: Racer check-in at Colorado Ski Museum
  • 8:30am - 9:45am: Course inspection and warm-up (You can only parallel the course)
  • 9:45am - 11:30am: Race: Golden Peak
  • 11:30am – 4:00pm: Free Skiing, lunch is on your own
  • 3:30pm - 6:30pm: Dinner at The Four Seasons, Dinner at 4:00 and awards at 4:30




All participants must sign, individually, the (2) "Liability Release" prior to racing. Participants that have not signed the waiver will not be allowed to race. There are two waivers that need to be signed by each participant. You will only need to send in each signed waiver and do not need to return entire registration packet.

Complete all required information, sign two liability release forms, include payment and mail to:

Vail Police Department
Attn: Craig Westering/Ski Race
75 S. Frontage Road Vail, CO 81657



Individual Scoring:

The individual scoring system will be as follows:

  • *All Elite racers (those whose times are within 10% of the overall first place skier) will receive a medal, but will not be eligible for any other ability or age class medals.
  • Medals will be awarded to the top three racers in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced men’s and women’s divisions. These divisions will be calculated by dividing the total number of racers, in their gender and class, by three. This will represent the three main divisions.
  • There will be a masters category, consisting of male and female racers over 50.
  • The scoring system will apply equally to men and women's divisions. The best time of two runs will be used for individual and team placing.


Team Scoring:

The team scoring system will be as follows:

  • The best times of the team members will be added together for a team score. If a team member Does Not Finish (DNF) on both runs, the team is disqualified.
  • The total number of teams entered will be divided by three, with the top third qualifying as Advanced teams, the middle third, Intermediate and the bottom third, Beginner.
  • On the entry form please rate yourself as to your honest racing ability. These rankings will be used strictly for racecourse pairings. This is to ensure that novice racers will not be skiing against advanced racers.




  1. Each team will be made up of three racers. Racers can register without a team and race for individual rewards.
  2. All team members must work for the same agency.
  3. All racers must be full time or retired peace officers, dispatchers, code enforcement officers, or police personnel. Proof may be required at the sign-up post.
  4. All racers must sign in between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at Colorado Ski Museum. The sign-up post will close promptly at 9:00 a.m. Those not signing in by 9:00 a.m. will be disqualified.
  7. Racers must be at the starting gate when their number is called. Those failing to do this will start FOLLOWING ALL RACERS. (WILL BE ENFORCED)
  8. Any fouls must be reported to the timekeeper immediately following the run. Any re-runs will be at the discretion of the head official.
  9. NO TEAM CHANGES after March 8, 2016. All team changes must be made in writing and ABSOLUTELY NO TEAM CHANGES ON RACE DAY.
  10. Teams with members who ski or snowboard under assumed names will be disqualified.
  11. Individual racers are welcomed and encouraged. You will not, however, be eligible for team scoring.
  12. Individual Master’s entries will not disqualify you from team events. Master racers who place in the "Elite" category will be awarded "Elite" medals but will not be eligible for Masters medals.

Event Directions


Directions To Parking Structure & Awards After Party

To the Vail Village Parking Structure from I70 Vail: (Vail Village Parking Structure- 241 S. Frontage Rd E.)

  • From I70 East or West exit and turn toward the Vail Ski Resort side, south side, of the mountain.
  • From westbound I-70 at MM 176, turn left at teardrop shaped roundabout and then head under I-70, south. Then go around to the south side roundabout and take the 3rd road from it, which is South Frontage Rd East. You will be heading eastbound at this point. Go about ¼ mile and look for the Vail Village Parking Structure on the right side. You will pull into an underground entrance and turn to the right.
  • RACE REGISTRATION will be at the Colorado Ski Museum which is on the 3rd Level in the middle outside area, south side. The third level will be the level you are on after going through the gates at the entrance.


Awards Party at the Four Seasons (1 Vail Road):

  • You may park at either parking structure after 3 p.m. For free. You will have a free parking pass for 03/11/2016 only. You may take a free bus to the four seasons hotel via meadow drive or valet park at the four seasons for $15.00 for the first 3 hours and $5.00 for each additional hour. Ski gear and boots are not allowed into the four seasons.


Bus to The Four Seasons:

  • You can leave your vehicle at the Village Structure and get on the bus at the base of the south stairs of the Vail Village Parking Structure and take the bus toward Lionshead, west bound. Get off at the Vail Road and East Meadow bus stop near La Bottega/The Sonnenalp Resort. Cross the street to the west side of Vail Road. Turn right, north, on Vail Road and walk to North Frontage Road West and make a left. The Four Seasons is on your right. The main entrance is at the valet area.

*The Four Seasons does not allow ski or snowboard gear or boots inside the building so please plan accordingly*



Lodging Options

The Evergreen Lodge (across from the Vail Municipal building) (970) 476-7810

Example Discounted Rates:

  • Valley side 2 Queen Beds: $249.00
  • Mountain side 2 Queen Beds: $269.00 (rates do not include tax or $10.00 hotel/parking fee)
  • Rates are good for March 10 – 13, 2016, depends on availability and you must identify yourself as part of the “Vail PD Ski Race.” This is a good rate for Vail during this time. Rates are valid 3 days before March 11, rooms are not blocked so the earlier the better.


Holiday Inn (West Vail) (970) 476-2739

Example discounted Rates:

  • Two Queen Beds: $239.00 plus tax
  • Single King: $229.00 plus tax
  • Block Release: 2/12/2016
  • Must mention you are a part of the “Vail PD Ski Race.” Parking is also $25.00 per night.


Cindy Clement of Venture Travel Center

Cindy Clement of Venture Travel Center can assist you with your accommodation and destination needs. Please contact her at venturetravelvail@msn.com or call 970-949-6654. Cindy is one of our officer’s wives and can help you find a decent rate for your stay.

Event Quick Info

43rd Annual Ski & Snowboard Race


  • Friday, March 11, 2016 Vail, Colorado

Entry Fees

  • $75.00 prior to February 26, 2016
  • $90.00 on or after February 27, 2016
  • Check or cash only


  • Registration Deadline is March 7th, 2016

Download and complete form.

Mail Package & Check To

Vail Police Department
Attn: Craig Westering/Ski Race
75 S. Frontage Road Vail, CO 81657

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