Mountain Shop and Mt. Hood Meadows are proud to introduce the first ever Rams Head Randonee Race Festival, an uphill – downhill course laid out on the Stadium complex, with a loop that wraps around Rams Head. The Festival extends well beyond the race itself and encompasses ski demos, clinics, music, food and beer provided by Mt. Hood Meadows and Everybody’s Brewing.

Race registration begins at 7:30 AM in the Alpenstube Restaurant. There are four categories – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Masters (50 and Older) and Women’s Masters (50 and Older). The registration fee is $20 and includes:

  • Entrance to the Festival
  • Race Participation
  • Backcountry Demos
  • Clinics
  • Live Music
  • Food
  • Beer

Register online here!

Interested in racing but never done it before? You’re not alone, there are few races in the Pacific Northwest, so there are plenty of first timers. In order to help you prepare, we will have pro randonee racer Aaron Talbot in store for a Randonee Race Clinic Saturday April 20th from 12-1pm. The clinic is designed to help people understand the ins and outs of the race and a bit a strategy. What to wear, thoughts on climbing skin prep, waxing and ski structure, how to handle a mass start, pacing uphill (in a crowd that is hustling), pacing the flats, course code of conduct (i.e. when to pass, communicating with fellow competitors and so on).

For additional resources check out this document put together by the US Ski Mountaineering Association and their resource page for videos and articles on techniques, training and equipment for racing.

The Ram’s Head Randonee is on track to be sanctioned next year by the United States Ski Mountaineering Association. Please show your support by joining us for the festival and enjoying all it has to offer.


Saturday, April 20th
12-1 PM – Randonee Race Clinic @ Mountain Shop

Sunday, April 21st:
7:30 AM – Registration begins
9-11 AM – Warm-up
11 AM – Competitors meeting
11:15 – Race starts
3 PM – Awards on deck

Ram’s Head Race Course

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