Race Rules

  • THE THUNDERBOLT SKI RACE IS A CLUB-ONLY EVENT. YOU MUST BECOME A 2017 MEMBER TO REGISTER FOR THE RACE.
  • Racers who do not pick up their race materials at the pre-race dinner at The Elks Club must report to the Race Headquarters (located in the Glen) for racer check-in no later than 9:30AM on Race Day.
  • All racers MUST submit and have on file a Thunderbolt Race Liability Waiver Form prior to starting the race.
  • All racers MUST submit and have on file an Emergency Contacts Form prior to starting the race.
  • All racers MUST wear a helmet.
  • All racers MUST ascend Mt. Greylock via the Bellows Pipe. Skis, skins. splitboards, and showshoes are the only acceptable equipment for ascent. Boot-packing is not allowed.
  • No motorized transportation to the summit! Any racer who receives a ride to the summit will be disqualified.
  • The Bellows Pipe will be closed at 9:30 AM. Any racer who has not started up the mountain by that time will be disqualified from the race.
  • Racers will be assigned an approximate start time for their run, and must be on the summit a minimum of 20 minutes before that time.
  • No racer will leave the summit after 12:35 PM. Any racer who leaves the summit after 12:35 PM will be disqualified and will be considered a non-participant.
  • Snowboards and telemark skis must have leashes and/or some form of ski brakes.
  • Passing is allowed, but it must be done carefully. Racers are asked to announce the direction of the pass as either skier’s left or right.