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JULBO NEVIS RANGE VERTICAL - Sunday 19th March 2017

The Nevis Range Vertical race is an acquired taste. As the title states, this is an uphill race only with no transitions.

Nevis Range is already world famous on the mountain bike circuit, and in winter this transforms into a playground for climbers and snow sport enthusiasts. Nevis Range is home to Britain’s only mountain gondola, which will transport competitors to 2,100ft on the slopes of Aonach Mor, neighbour to Ben Nevis - Scotland’s highest mountain.

Every year our course changes slightly due to the conditions but Ben Bardsleys time of 24:20 and Jozi MacKovas time of 29:05 both set last season are our fastest times to date.

Entries now closed.


Total ascent: 580m

Total descent: 0m

Distance: 2.3 km

In the event that there is insufficient snow cover at the bottom of the course, competitors will boot along the line of the race until indicated by the marshall where the transition to skis will take place.

The competitor with the fastest time for completing the route will be declared the winner.

Once competitors have finished the race, please make your way back to the start via the marked pistes.

Note: The Julbo Nevis Range Vertical race is the only race in the series that we do have some flexibility in the timing. We keep in close communication with both Management and Ski Patrol and we will try to race in the best weather window.


1000 Registration opens
1245 Registration closes
1320 Briefing at race start
1330 Race starts
1630 Food served
1700 Prize giving ceremony


Registration will take place in the Pinemarten cafe bar.

Once competitors have registered, they should make their way to the start of the race (outside the Snowgoose restaurant & bar) for the briefing at 1350.

It takes approx 15 mins on the gondola to reach the Snowgoose restaurant.

Entries on the day are unfortunately not accepted.

Uplift to the start of the race is not included in your race entry. This can be purchased direct from the ticket sales area.

Skimo Scotland will send out final information about race day after entries close.


The Nevis Range Vertical takes place on a secured ski slope. The following equipment is not required to be taken:

  • helmet
  • avalanche transceiver
  • snow shovel
  • snow probe
  • survival blanket

All other mandatory equipment must be carried.

£30.00 licenced Skimo Scotland Racers
£35.00 non licenced competitors

Skimo Scotland will provide a basic 2 course meal for competitors at the end of the race in the Pinemartin cafe bar. It is possible to book extra meals for supporters during online registration.

Gondola uplift is not included in the entry fee but can be purchased from the ticket sales area.

Getting there

Click here for instructions on how to get Nevis Range.


Spectators will be able to watch the start of the race from the Snowgoose Restaurant & Bar depending on weather conditions. You will be able to watch the race unfold along the edge of the pistes and the finish from the top of the Summit run. Note: there are no sheltering facilities at the end of the race.

Spectators must not provide physical assistance.