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Team Captains are the first to register so that a TEAM NAME can be created. At this time, your Team Captain will select your division and create your TEAM by adding individual racers to the application using the Online Registration system.

The Team Captain is responsible for paying the registration fees for the entire team at the time the application is submitted and a Team Number will be assigned when your application is accepted. You must pay for your team in full to guarantee your spot in the race. Team Captains are able to make changes to anything except for your Team Number after registering. Prior to race day the team captain and all team members must acknowledge the hold-harmless release forms online.

  • Before March 1

  • Standard Team - $599

  • Corporate Team - $649

  • High School Team - $449

  • After March 1

  • Standard Team - $649

  • Corporate Team - $699

  • High School Team - $499


Online registration is strongly encouraged. Paper registration forms dropped off at the Ski to Sea offices will be charged an administrative fee of an additional $50.

One Timing chip will be issued per team; this chip is to be passed from one team member to the next. It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to give the chip to his or her team’s Cross Country Skier prior to race day. Unfortunately, teams that lose or forget their timing chips are ineligible for winning Awards.


It is important for all racers to show their bib numbers when crossing the exchange areas. Timing of individual legs may vary based upon exchange area layout. Therefore, personal time kept by racers may not correspond with official results.

In the event that the race needs to be stopped before the finish of the final leg (due to many reasons including weather and/or other safety related issues) the following guidelines will be used: The last leg of the race where three (3) teams in a division have recorded a finish time as of the time of the stoppage of the race, will be the official finish of the race for that division with regards to teams receiving podium awards.


1. Each team will be assigned one timing chip that will be included in their Race Packet. This chip is associated with your team bib number and cannot be switched with any other chip. This timing chip is to be treated as if it were a baton, by being passed from one team member to the next during the event. NO CHIP—NO TIME.

2. A Chip Timing test will be made during Race Packet pickup.

3. The team member participating in the Cross Country Ski leg will wear the chip. Each racer should secure the chip on their being (preferred method is on your wrist) in a way where it will not be lost. Team Members are responsible for securing the chip in a manner suitable for their leg of the race. If you flip in the river, your chip should be ATTACHED to you and not sinking to the bottom because it was loose in the canoe.

4.Once a team member finishes their leg of the race, there will be a finish line and a chip timing trigger area clearly marked with orange cones. As you cross the finish line of your leg you should have the chip in your hand, ready to pass to your next TEAM MEMBER. The chip sensors will be set up so that participants will be able to proceed through the timing gate normally. It is your responsibility to make sure your chip is recorded and passed off to your Next Leg Team Member. For information about how chips are handed off at each leg, see details of race legs. Check your Racers Information Packet for up-to-date Chip Timing information.

5. The last team member must return the timing chip after they cross the finish line in Marine Park. There will be volunteers to collect the timing chips. The timing chip is the responsibility of the team.


Early bird deadline is February 28, at 11:59 pm. After this time a late fee will be applied to the entry fee. Registration closes at 11:59 pm on May 25th but please note that there is a limit of 500 teams; applications turned in after the 500 team limit has been reached will be put on a waiting list in the order in which they are received and team captains will be notified if any space becomes available. Persons under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their online or paper entry form. No entry form will be processed unless it is completely filled out.

Please note that teams must be paid in full by May 1st to be guaranteed an official Ski to Sea competitor T-shirt. Teams paying after May 1st will still receive a T-shirt but sizes and styles are not guaranteed.


Substitutions must be made online by the team captain ONLY. All substitutions must be made by the end of race day (5/28) to have the correct name in the paper. There will be paper substitution forms at the race. It is the sole responsibility of the team captain to ensure that the correct names are submitted online.

Teams needing to make substitutions of team members must complete the substitution form (posted online at and send to the Ski to Sea Race, Whatcom Events. All spaces (including survey questions) on entry form must be filled out clearly (print or type) for the substitution to be entered in the race.


No refunds will be given unless there is a waiting list of teams over the 500 level that want to race. If a team is found from the Ski to Sea Waiting List that wants to take your place, then a refund will be given minus a $50 service fee.


The only way a team gets placed on the Waiting List is if: the race is full at 500 teams AND your team SUBMITS their application (NO PAYMENT IS NEEDED AT THIS TIME OF SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION).

Teams are moved off the Waiting List in the order of "1st come, 1st served". When a team that has already been Accepted informs Ski to Sea that they cannot race, a team from the Wait List will be contacted and asked if they want to be moved into the Accepted teams and race in 2017. If they do, then their credit cards will be charged the registration fee in effect at that time.


Applications will be filed online, but not accepted until payment and signed hold harmless agreements from ALL team members have been verified. Paper applications are available from the Ski to Sea Office and carry an extra $50 administrative fee. Please pick up and return completed paper application to: Ski to Sea Race, Whatcom Events, 2227 Queen Street, #6 Bellingham, WA 98229. Phone (360) 746-8861 or Fax (360) 746-8862

All racers grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, records, or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose and understand that their name will be listed in the results posted in media publications including but not limited online and newspapers. They further understand that one Timing Chip will be issued to the team and it is the responsibility of the team to ensure its return at the finish line of the event.


As a team captain, when you register you select which Division you will compete in. Three of the divisions (Competitive/Recreational/ Whatcom County) have sub-divisions based on age and/or gender.

When the registration is closed and the team rosters have been locked down, the teams registered in the Competitive, Recreational or Whatcom County divisions will each be separated into three sub divisions based on the age and gender of the members on their team.

  • These sub divisions will be:
  • *Open----(1-3 Women Allowed)
  • *Mixed---(4+ Women per Team)
  • *Female--(All Female)

To get exact finish times, add the above elapsed times to the 7:30 start time for the race. No division changes will be allowed after application is processed. Note: Each team may enter only one division on application.


    All team members must be employed by the same employer or civic group.


    Combined ages of all racers must be 385+ by Race Day.


    All team members must be in high school, any gender.


    All team members must have either (a) established Whatcom County residency more than 30 days prior to the race and physically reside in Whatcom County for the majority of the year or (b) attended a Whatcom County high school and be on active duty in the military or be a full-time student at an accredited Whatcom County educational institution.


    All racers, support team members, and all race equipment is transported to each race leg without the use of any auto, truck, or other motorized form of transportation.

  • 6. MASTERS

    All members of the team must be 40 years of age or older by race day.

Competitive Class

Division Name 2015 Teams 2015 Elapsed Times (1st Place) 2015 Winner
Competitive Open Division (1-3 Women Allowed) 50 6:15:29 Aeromech / Sensible.Technology
Competitive Mixed Division (4+ Women per Team) 8 7:14:45 Boomer’s Drive-In Mixed
Competitive Women Division (All Female) 9 7:19:40 Boundary Bay Brewery WOMEN’s
Corporate Division (*1) 29 7:16:18 Mt. Baker Ski Patrol
Car-Free Division (*5) 12 8:15:46 Resources Reseize the Day
Family Division (All Team Members must be Related) 10 8:15:48 Aunt Janies Road Trip
Masters Division (All Team Members must be 40+ by Race Day) 5 7:10:07 Archer Ale House
Veterans Division (*2) 7 7:10:10 InHealth Veterans
High School Division (*3) 6 8:49:19 Barely Heating ’16
Whatcom County Open Division (*4) (1-3 Women Allowed) 18 6:31:33 Klicks Running & Walking
Whatcom County Mixed Division (*4) (4+ Women Per Team) 11 7:40:50 Aven Construction
Whatcom County Women (*4) (All Female) 7 7:19:20 Kulshan Cycles

Recreational Class

(Some equipment limitations, see each Race Leg for details)

Division Name 2015 Teams 2015 Elapsed Times (1st Place) 2015 Winner
Recreational Open Division (1-3 Women Allowed) 112 7:16:17 The Greatest American Heroes
Recreational Mixed Division (4+ Women per Team) 51 8:06:02 BC Skri to Sea
Recreational Women Division (All Female) 14 8:37:04 The Real Housewives of Whatcom County


The Ski to Sea Race is a relay race open to all persons 15 years or older. The relay consists of cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross biking and sea kayaking. A team will consist of one person for each leg of the race, except for the canoe leg which has two paddlers per canoe. A person may compete on only one team, and in only one leg of the race. A team will be disqualified if one or more of the race legs are not completed, however, remaining race legs may be completed and times will be recorded. The Ski to Sea Race does not allow individuals to complete all the legs of the race, as in Iron Man and anyone found competing in more than one leg of the race will be removed from the course. The Committee reserves the right to disqualify any team who does not abide by established race rules or whose equipment is deemed to be unsafe for the event in which the person is entered. A team may also be disqualified if any team participant or affiliate displays unsportsmanlike conduct or brings illegal equipment into the exchange points.


The race will begin at 7:30 am at Mt. Baker Ski Area. Racing bibs will be color coded between Competitive and Recreational Divisions, and a Timing Chip/Wristband must be passed between teammates at each leg exchange of the race. A team will be disqualified if it does not finish the race with its team Timing Chip/Wristband. All participants must wear a bib designating the team number with the number clearly visible. For the safety of all participants, based on the judgment of the course monitors, if sufficient forward progress has not been made the racer will be disqualified and removed from the course. Any discrepancies will be addressed by the Race Committee. Decisions are final the day of the race.


Upon completion of his/her venue (leg) of the race, the racer has fifteen (15) minutes to notify the designated race official at the exchange area of his/her intent to protest and to request an official protest form. A protest may only be made by and against racers in the same venue (leg).

The official protest form will require information regarding the incident including witnesses for verification by the Ski to Sea Race Committee. The protester will be required to fill out the official form and turn it in to the Ski to Sea Race Protest committee with a $20 fee at the finish area (Marine Park) within thirty (30) minutes after the completion of the race by their team.

A quorum of the Ski to Sea Race Committee will be responsible for the final decision regarding any protest, including any notification by race officials or race monitors who have documented violations of race participant and those not specified in the race guide. Upon completion of the review, the $20.00 will be forfeited to the Ski to Sea Race if the protest is denied or refunded if it is upheld. The Protest Committee’s decision is final and unsportsmanlike conduct by any race team or their affiliates will disqualify that team from the race.


Team Race Packets MUST be picked on the days listed below.

Location: Bellingham Cruise and Ferry Terminal, 355 Harris Ave, Fairhaven
  • Friday, May 27, from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Saturday, May 28 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Athletes with disabilities are encouraged to participate in the Ski to Sea Race. Specialized or adaptive equipment and accommodation requests should be submitted by email to race officials at least 30 days prior to the race. Race officials will endeavor to accommodate all reasonable requests which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Race officials reserve the right to refuse requests if they may negatively impact the safety of any participant, volunteer or spectator or give the athlete a special advantage over other racers.

All applications must be turned in by Wednesday, May 11th. These prices apply to online entries only. There will be a $50.00 administrative fee for all manual applications. Manual applications can be dropped off at the Whatcom Events, Ski to Sea office at 2227 Queen Street #6, Bellingham, WA 98229. Online payment must be debit or credit card, one payment per team.


The Ski to Sea Race Committee would like to thank each racer for their participation in the Ski to Sea Race. It is you, the participants, who have made the race an exciting and growing success year after year. Although the race is produced by Whatcom Events, it would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement officers who make the Ski to Sea experience happen. These volunteers go out of their way to provide you with the finest and safest racing environment possible and they appreciate knowing that you had a good Ski to Sea race experience.


Thanks for your cooperation and GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS! -The Ski to Sea Race Committee

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