The Mammoth Descent, the (almost) annual mountain dash from the summit of Aonach Mor at Nevis Centre Ski Centre, in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, on skis, snowboards and foot is set to take place on Sunday 13 February as part of the tenth Fort William Mountain Festival.
The mass participation race starts at approximately 4.30pm (the exact time will be decided on the day; conditions dependent) close to the Ski Patrol hut on the summit and finishes at a location to be confirmed (likely to be either Meall Beag or Sgurr Finnisg-aig).
The rules are simple and everyone able to ski or snowboard competently from the Summit down is invited to join in. Ski or snowboard as far as you can get down then exchange your ski gear for your trainers, or not, and start running for the finish.
Mammoth Descent is free to enter and applicants must be in possession of a valid zone A ski pass, available from the Nevis Range ticket office.
Racers are encouraged to register their interest by contacting Nevis Range in advance on 01397 705825 or email email@example.com. Registration will take place on the day at 2.30pm in the Snowgoose Restaurant where race bibs will be provided. Helmets are advised.
The prize giving will be in the Snowgoose bar immediately following the event.
All operations weather permitting
Mammoth Descent is one of the highlights of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2011, a five day feast of lectures, workshops and films for residents and visitors who want to learn about and celebrate mountain culture; during the best winter walking and climbing conditions of the year – http://www.mountainfestival.co.uk/
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01397 705825 / 07900 224068