DAY 1 – Vertical race details:

Friday’s vertical race (Mar 21) will start at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort under the Arch and will climb 800 m to the bottom station of Stairway to Heaven Chair, finishing at the Heaven’s Door Yurt.

MANDATORY gear and group ski down:

  • You will need your skis, skins, poles, sufficient race clothing, and wear your gloves at all times.
    There is no boot-packing, you have to be skinning at all times.
  • Have a pack/bag ready to drop off at the start area with your helmet, headlamp, jacket and pants (to be used for the ski down).
    You won’t be allowed to start without these.
    We will drive it up to the Yurt for you – no excess gear please.
  • For all details on gear and rules see ISMF rules (PDF), no cross-country skis allowed.

Group ski down is MANDATORY! Everyone will wait for the last competitor at the Yurt (which will be open to keep warm) and then we will all ski down in a group lead by one of the organizers. Helmets and headlamps must be worn and on during the whole descent.

Categories for vertical race:

There will be couple of different categories you can indicate during the online registration and at the bib pickup:

  • Male, Female
  • Youth – 20 years old or less


Product prizes for best racers in all categories + cash prizes in overall Men and Women:

  1. $100
  2. $50

DAY 2 – Individual race details:

Saturday’s individual race (Mar 22) starts at the very top of the resort with a lap around the award winning Eagle’s Eye restaurant at 2330 m. Then racers travel through all the bowls and peaks the resort has with steep skiing and technical uphills for the Elite Race category, and less challenging terrain for the Enduro Rec category on a shorter course.


  • Around 1600 m of ascent for the Elite Race category which usually takes 95% of racers 2-4 h to complete.
  • 800 m of ascent for Enduro Rec category that usually takes around 1.5-2 h to complete.
  • See the map below – Elite course is the whole thing, Enduro after the 2nd ascent which will take you back to the Start/Finish area.

Categories for individual race:

There will be couple of different categories you can indicate during the online registration and at the bib pickup:

  • Male, Female
  • Youth – 20 years old or less (only on Enduro course)
  • Separate split-board category (only on Elite course)
  • 40+ category (only on Elite course)


Product prizes for best racers in all categories + cash prizes in Men’s and Women’s Elite categories:

  1. $300
  2. $200
  3. $100
  4. $50

Mandatory gear and rules for the individual race:

» For all details on gear and rules see ISMF rules (PDF).

We will require you to have and carry this gear for both Elite and Enduro:

  • Skis or split-board with metallic edges, no cross-country skis allowed.
  • A pair of climbing skins, ski boots, and ski bindings (or split-board equivalent).
  • Wear a strapped helmet at all times.
  • Wear gloves at all times.
  • Working avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
  • Emergency/Survival blanket (
  • Sun glasses or ski goggles.
  • Backpack that can hold/carry all above inside.
  • 3 layers for upper body and 2 layers for lower body (2 have to be worn for upper body and 1 for lower at all times, carry the rest).
  • During all boot-packs skis must be attached to the backpack. (It’s a safety issue concerning racers below you.)
  • Bib number must be worn on your right thigh.
  • Beacon must be on during the whole race and worn under at least one layer of clothing.

» Penalties for not obeying the above, instructions given at the pre-race meeting, or from race marshals on the course will vary from 1 min to disqualification.


How challenging is the Enduro Rec course?

If you can ski down a black diamond run and climb by skinning in not-steep switchbacks then you will be totally fine. It doesn’t have to be pretty – just do it! If you struggle to finish running 10 km then this might be too much for you at this moment.

Isn’t this a pro level event since it will be the Canadian National Championships?

Everyone is welcome to participate provided they are somewhat proficient with using ski touring gear. If you feel intimidated by the fast racers in spandex then just line up at the back for the start to create your own comfortable space. Pace yourself to finish whichever course you choose under 5 h.

Will I be able to complete the Elite course under 5 h?

This is a hard to answer but here are some guidelines:

  • If you are able to ski tour in the backcountry and climb (and ski as well) at least 1200 m in 5 hours then you should be able to pull it off.
  • If you are able to run 10 km under 50 min, or 20 km under 2 h then you should be able to do so.
  • If you are able to complete an Olympic distance triathlon in less than 3 h then you should be able to so.
  • If you are a very fit runner, cyclist or hiker but are not somewhat proficient with ski touring equipment then perhaps consider the Enduro course for now.

What’s the registration fee if I own KHMR season ski pass? Can I register online?

If you own KHMR season pass then it will be $70 for all events at Dogtooth Dash (same if not doing the vertical race). Unfortunately, we couldn’t make registration for you available online, so please come by our registration office at 3-4pm on Friday, March 21st.


First make sure we have not answered your question somewhere above. If not, send us an email from contact page and put “Dogtooth Dash” in the subject line. Thank you.