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Team Captains are the first to register so that a TEAM NAME can be created. At this time, they will select a division and create a team name. Once the Team is paid in full, your Team Captain will create your TEAM by inviting individual racers to the Team 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 & Corporate Team - $664

  • High School Team - FREE

  • After March 1

  • Standard & Corporate Team - $714

  • High School Team - FREE


All registration is online.

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 you collect at Packet Pickup after you collect your team bag. 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 ends February 28, at 11:59 pm. After this time, the entry fee will increase $50 per team. Registration closes at 5:00 pm the Wednesday before the Race. Please note that there is a limit of 500 teams. Persons under 18 (on Race Day) 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 receive a Ski to Sea Beanie in lieu of a T-shirt. Beginning in 2019, participants who are not interested in a T-shirt or beanie will have the option to donate the cost of their shirt to Bellingham Youth Paddlesports.


Substitutions must be made online by the team captain ONLY. All substitutions must be made by the end of race day to have the correct name in the paper. 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 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 for any reason once a team is paid. The Message Board is an excellent resource to find racers to complete your team if you have a cancellation.


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

Location: Bellingham Ferry Terminal

  • Friday, May 27 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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


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. All applications must be turned in by May 9th. 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

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 gender. Currently, there is not a separate division for teams that have less than eight racers. If a team chooses to race with three to seven racers, they pick the division they wish to compete in and must comply with the rules of that division. While we do enforce compliance based on reports, we also rely on The Honor System and ask Team Captains to make sure their entire team is in compliance with the chosen division.

Note: Each team may only register for one division. However, prior to registration closing on Wednesday, team captains can edit their division as needed. After registration is closed, team captains can contact us.

  • These sub divisions will be:
  • *Open----(0-3 Women per team or 0-3 legs assigned to female racers)
  • *Mixed---(4+ Women per team or 4+ legs assigned to female racers)
  • *Women--(All female team)

To get exact finish times, add the elapsed times from below to the 7:30 start time for the race.


    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. First 20 Teams fully registered get FREE entry, contact us for details.


    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 either be on active duty in the military or be a full-time student at an accredited out-of-county educational institution.


    All racers, support team members, and all race equipment is transported to and from 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.

  • 7. FAMILY

    All team members must be related in some way. This may include but is not limited to step-relations, cousins, in-laws and long term partners.

Competitive Class

Division Name 2019 Teams 2019 Elapsed Times (1st Place) 2019 Winner
Competitive Open Division (1-3 Legs by Women) 59 6:05:55 Boomer’s Drive-In
Competitive Mixed Division (4+ Legs by Women) 9 6:54:33 Cobalt Grill
Competitive Women Division (All Female) 6 7:32:27 Barkley Village Family Dentistry
Corporate Division (*1) 36 6:55:25 Bellingham Firefighters
Car-Free Division (*5) 7 7:40:13 Trek Car-free
Family Division (All Team Members must be Related) 10 7:20:43 Lazy Lloyds
Masters Division (All Team Members must be 40+ by Race Day) 6 6:51:28 The Monkey Wrench Gang
Veterans Division (*2) 13 6:50:53 Mountain Baker Ravens
High School Division (*3) 11 7:17:51 Baker Babes
Whatcom County Open Division (*4) (1-3 Legs by Women) 16 6:14:47 Beavers Tree Service
Whatcom County Mixed Division (*4) (4+ Legs by Women) 9 7:14:29 HardCore Physio
Whatcom County Women (*4) (All Female) 4 7:04:27 BNP Realtors

Recreational Class

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

Division Name 2019 Teams 2019 Elapsed Times (1st Place) 2019 Winner
Recreational Open Division (1-3 Legs by Women) 132 7:11:22 The Unorthodocs
Recreational Mixed Division (4+ Legs by Women) 80 8:07:54 Zombie Llamas
Recreational Women Division (All Female) 21 8:33:05 The Beastie Belles


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. Racers are allowed to compete in multiple legs of the race. A team must have a minimum of three racers and a maximum of eight, with a maximum of three legs per individual. The canoe leg must have two participants regardless of the number or racers per team. The Ski to Sea Race does not allow individuals to complete all legs of the race, as in Iron Man. 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 a racers leg, that racer has fifteen (15) minutes to notify the designated race official at the exchange area of their intent to protest. A protest may only be made by and against racers in the same leg.

The official protest form can be acquired from a Race Official at the Finish Line and 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 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.


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


Teams may consist of three to eight racers. Individuals may compete in up to three different legs for one team or multiple teams. If a team chooses to have a racer compete in multiple legs, the travel and gear logistics will be the sole responsibility of the team and their support crew.

The team price remains the same regardless of how many racers are on a team. At this time, there is not a separate division for teams with less than eight racers but teams of all sizes will be eligible for Awards in their registered division. Chip timing will continue during any gear and clothing transitions by an individual racer doing multiple legs in a row. As you cross the finish line of your leg, trigger the chip to complete that leg and start the next, the time will begin as you prepare for your next leg. Team support will be relied on to gather equipment, clothing, personal items, etc at transition points for any individual doing multiple legs.

Traffic conditions and travel times should be carefully considered when planning to compete in multiple legs. For teams planning on three or four racers, please be aware that Highway 542 is closed until the sweeper van departs from Mt Baker at approximately 11:00am and racers competing in multiple legs will be released from the mountain along with all other racers behind the van. The Whatcom County Sheriff does not allow any bicycles on the Running Course so the only way to do a Ski Leg and the Road Bike Leg, is to also do the Run Leg and have your bike staged at the DOT station. Time will not allow racers doing either Ski Leg or the Run Leg to get to Everson to compete in the Canoe Leg due to the highway closure. This means that both ski legs, the run, the road bike and the canoe leg will need to be completed by two racers for a three person team or three racers in the case of a four person team. The average time to complete the canoe leg is 2-2.5 hours so this should allow for a racer driving from the mountain to get to Hovander Park for the Cyclocross Leg or Zuanich Park for the Kayak Leg. Logistics are the most challenging for teams contemplating only three racers, please feel free to contact us for more details if needed.

If you are participating in multiple legs, you must attend the mandatory safety meeting of your first leg on race day. Please check in with the Race Official (bright orange vest) of your second/third Leg to receive up-to-date information on Race Day.


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.

  • Peoples Bank
  • Peace Health
  • Mt Baker
  • Fred Meyer