First run in 1973, the Ski to Sea is a multi-sport team relay from the Mt. Baker Ski Area to Bellingham Bay. The race is held annually on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in Whatcom County, Washington. A Ski to Sea team consists of three – eight racers competing in seven different sports: Cross Country Ski, Downhill Ski/Snowboard, Running, Road Bike, Canoe (2 paddlers), Cyclocross Bike, and Sea Kayak. Beginning in 2018, racers will be allowed to participate in up to three legs on race day, for one team or multiple teams. Teams will have a minimum of three racers and a maximum of eight. The Race course runs through the towns of Glacier, Maple Falls, Kendall, Everson, Lynden, and Ferndale, finishing at Marine Park in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham. Together with the Historic Fairhaven Festival, Ski to Sea is the largest one-day event in Whatcom County and Bellingham, drawing racers, spectators, and tourists from the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and around the country.

The Ski to Sea Race is owned and operated by Whatcom Events, a volunteer-operated community 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Whatcom Events also hosts the Tour de Whatcom bicycle ride in July, The Mt. Baker Hill Climb in September and Trails to Taps Relay in October. We rely almost exclusively on our incredible team of more than 1000 volunteers to pull off these vibrant community events. We have three employees; our full-time Race Director, our part-time seasonal Operations Manager and our part-time volunteer and equipment coordinator. Our current Board of Directors has eleven members (Mark Lee, Mike Trowbridge, Larry Bussinger, Tracy Gorham, Jessa Louden, Maureen Stewart, John Buckley, Tiffany Edlin, Magnus Nystrom, Kayla Weber and  Edoh Amiran) and our Race Committee is made up of over 30 members of our community, all of which are uncompensated volunteers. Each year, we hope that our volunteer efforts and the generosity of our sponsors results in net profits that we can donate to local 501(c)(3) charitable beneficiaries. Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, we have been able to return over $133,700 to our community since we began in 2011, in the form of donations to the following local non-profits:

Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County
Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
Lydia Place
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Girl Scout UK Travel Group
American Red Cross
Bellingham Food Bank
Ferndale Food Bank
Foothills Food Bank
Lynden Project Hope Food Bank
Nooksack Valley Food Bank
Sehome High School PTSA
Whatcom County Search and Rescue
Whatcom County Fire Districts
Blaine High School District
Ferndale Band Boosters
ReUse Works
Boy Scout Troops 4026 and 4028
Whatcom Community College Foundation
Explorations Academy
Bellingham Youth and Paddle Sports
Shifting Gears
Incite! Cycles