Put on your snowshoes… it’s yeti time • Snowshoe Magazine

This year marks the largest series of Yeti snowshoes in Canada to date since its inception in 2001. Good news for friends of the West Coast. The snow arrived just in time for the opening weekend of the season. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Yeti will test your snowshoeing ability and bring your passion for the outdoors to the trails. Along with a few hundred other outdoor enthusiasts and of course the iconic abominable snowman, the Yeti Snowshoe series is one of a kind.

Designed by the trail running gurus at 5Peaks, the course options are for everyone, of all skill levels and abilities. Sport (5 to 6K) or enduro (10Km) are clearly marked trails, semi-snuffed with a progressive slope. 2014 Race Director Solana Klassen describes the series as fun and engaging for everyone. Unlike many competitive races, you can even walk it. The Yeti vibe is really all about enjoying the outdoors without the pressure. Atlas snowshoe rentals are available on site if needed.

The beauty of snowshoeing is that it really is a family sport. Bring the whole family and take part in the free 1 km run for kids with your mini me’s. If you are new to the sport of snow running, be sure to try out a racquet model before the event. Much lighter than recreational snowshoes, running rackets are best worn with a traditional running shoe.

Keep an eye out for the Yeti’s Facebook page for upcoming pre-race clinics, a chance to practice and socialize before your race dates. Food, coffee and prizes await you at the finish line. The more the merrier, so invite your friends to join in with you. A few tips for beginners: Don’t over-dress, train on the trails or on your bike before the race, and don’t kill it from the start. Slow but steady wins the race.

Put on your snowshoes and try something new this season. Please note: snowshoe racing is becoming more and more popular and very addictive.

Online registration closes Thursday evening at midnight before each event. Register here!

2014 race calendar

Jan. 18, 2014 Devon rushing through the snow! Northern Alberta
Jan. 18, 2014 Yeti Mt. Washington Snowshoe Race British Columbia
Jan. 18, 2014 Yeti Sherbrooke snowshoe race Quebec
Jan. 19, 2014 Yeti ELEVATOR Snowshoe Race Central Alberta
January 25, 2014 Yeti Snowshoe X-Race Central Alberta
February 2, 2014 Yeti Oregon – SuperDave Super Snowshoe Race Oregon
Feb. 15, 2014 Snowshoe race Yéti Bromont Quebec
Feb. 15, 2014 Yeti Whistler / Snowshoe Race at Lost Lake British Columbia
February 16, 2014 Yeti Snowshoe 6k’r Snowshoe Race Central Alberta
February 22, 2014 Snowshoe race Yéti Coaticook / Estrie Quebec
February 22, 2014 Yeti North Race Alberta # 2 Northern Alberta
March 8, 2014 Yeti Cypress Snowshoe Race British Columbia
March 8, 2014 Yeti North Alberta Race # 3 – Chickakoo under the stars Northern Alberta
March 22, 2014 Mount Yeti Grouse Season Finale British Columbia

Admission fees

Early registration (3 weeks before the race or earlier) $ 42.00
Regular registration (3 weeks to 1 week before race day) $ 47.00
Late registration (1 week to 2 days before race day) $ 52.50

* prices do not include the site snowshoe ticket
* race day registration will be available in Quebec
* in Quebec the registration fees will be $ 25 for 5k and $ 35 for 10k

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