Ski to Sea 2023 – Bellingham
The Ski to Sea 2022 event might not technically be a Pole, Pedal, Paddle event but it sure does cover all three disciplines as part of a 8 person team relay race. Located in Bellingham Washington this 93 mile event is a MONSTER of a relay starting up on the top of Mt. Baker and finishing in the center of town.
The seven legs are:
1 Cross-Country Ski
Starting at 7:30 sharp at Mt. Baker Ski area racers tackle a 4 mile course that is considered intermediate to advanced level.
2 Alpine Ski
From the staging area near the day lodge the skier will first ski directly down to the bottom of Chair 2, hike up Lower North to North Face, then hike to the top of Chair 1, ski down Gunner’s Ridge, down Blueberry Cat Track, down Home Run, down 7-Hills, and on to the finish line beside the ski shop.
Then the skier transitions to the runner at the base of Mt. Baker ski area running approximately 8 miles with a 2,200 ft drop in elevation transitioning just outside of Glacier, WA.
Beginning at the Shuksan DOT snow shed on the Mt. Baker Highway cyclists will wind down the mountain for 41 miles finishing in Riverside Park
At the park the next set of team members will canoe down the Nooksack River for 18 miles to Ferndale, and then pass it off to the Cyclocross Biker
6 Cyclocross Biker
After the exchange from the canoeists, there will be a series of obstacles in which riders will need to maneuver. From there it will be a mix of road riding, green trail paths, and single-track play zones with the course being around 13 miles in length rushing into Hovander Park in Bellingham.
7 Sea Kayak
Under acceptable Bay weather conditions, we will use the LONG COURSE for the race. The kayak LONG COURSE begins at the launch dock at Zuanich Park in Squalicum Harbor. It ends at the Finish Line on the beach at Marine Park in Fairhaven.
If you are anywhere near the Pacific Northwest we urge you to stop by have a local micro beer from one of the many amazing breweries and cheer these people on. If you are more into being an active participant check out the registration link below.