Vertical Challenge Family Ski Tour Hits the Slopes

The Vertical Challenge Presented by Chevrolet tour announced its season schedule of family ski and snowboard races along with a new scoring system designed to provide racers with new opportunities. The racing began January 4, 2020 at Windham Mountain in upstate New York.

“We’re excited to return to New York this year, and also visit our friends in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine this season,” said VC founder Frank Tansey. “We’ve added some of the Northeast’s top resorts as we continue to grow the tour.”

The Vertical Challenge Presented by Chevrolet is a series of free casual ski and snowboard races open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. All entrants need to do is purchase a lift ticket from the host mountain and complete a registration form, which can be done in advance at ski-vc.com. The top three finishers in each category qualify for the finals, which Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort will host Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The VC has partnered this year with NASTAR (NAtional STAndard Race), a division of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Federation, to utilize the organization’s race scoring system. Its adoption means competitors’ results at VC tour events will earn points toward NASTAR rankings.

“We’ve thought for a while that we’d like to show our top competitors a path to expand their racing options,” said VC founder Frank Tansey. “We’ll always provide a fun environment for everyone from first-time racers to accomplished veterans, and we appreciate Bill Madsen and his crew at NASTAR for letting us work with them to provide additional opportunities to top finishers.

In addition to the racing, each event has a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prizes given away throughout an enjoyable day at the mountain. To complement the fun and fitness, the tour aims to connect with its participants at a deeper level.

“Our crew looks to mentor young racers,” said Tansey. “We help them realize they can achieve something in the sport, and also that kids can help kids though our charitable partners, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and Cynthia’s Challenge.”

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Pepsico will continue its longtime support of the tour and attendees can look forward to sampling the company’s exciting beverage flavors. Chevrolet returns as presenting sponsor and the official vehicle of the VC.

After Windham, the tour makes its first of six visits to New Hampshire on January 11, at Cranmore. Besides Windham, new additions to the schedule since last year include Smuggler’s Notch, Catamount, Lost Valley, Suicide Six, and Berkshire East. Whiteface Lake Placid will again host The Chevrolet Experience January 18 and 19, 2020. The annual Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour ski-a-thon and fundraiser happens March 13-14 at King Pine in New Hampshire.

For more information about the Vertical Challenge Presented by Chevrolet, families can visit the tour’s official website at ski-vc.com.

Full VC Schedule

Windham Mountain, NY Saturday, January 4, 2020
Cranmore, NH Saturday, January 11, 2020
Mt. Abram, ME Sunday, January 12, 2020
Whiteface Mountain, NY Saturday-Sunday, January 18-19, 2020
Smuggler’s Notch, VT Sunday, January 26, 2020
Cannon Mountain, NH Friday, January 31, 2020
Gunstock, NH Saturday, February 1, 2020
Pats Peak, NH Sunday, February 2, 2020
Jiminy Peak, MA Saturday, February 8, 2020
Catamount, MA Sunday, February 9, 2020
Bolton Valley, VT Saturday, February 15, 2020
Nashoba Valley, MA Sunday, February 16, 2020
Black Mountain, NH Friday, February 21, 2020
Lost Valley, ME Sunday, February 22, 2020
Ski Butternut, MA Saturday, February 29, 2020
Berkshire East, MA Sunday, March 1, 2020
Suicide Six, VT Saturday, March 7, 2020
Bromley Mountain, VT Sunday, March 8, 2020
King Pine, NH Saturday, March 14, 2020
Jay Peak, VT – Finals Saturday, March 28, 2020