top of page
1.
1.1.
1.2.
1.3.
1.4.

RULES & REGULATIONS

Last update: February 15ht, 2023

1. GENERAL

1.1. INTRODUCTION

The Chic-Chocs Ultra-Ski (Ultra-Ski or USKI) is organized by Choc Événements.

 

Only persons registered in accordance with these rules can participate in the challenges offered by the Ultra-Ski. The workshops offered during the weekend could be offered to the general public, depending on remaining spots.

1.2. SEMI-AUTONOMY

The Ultra-Ski events take place in a semi-autonomous environment. The term semi-autonomy is defined as the ability to be autonomous regarding the efforts made and the resources used between two checkpoints. These resources are : food, water, clothing and safety equipment adapted to particular problems during predictable or unpredictable circumstances (e.g.: snowstorm, rain, wind, extreme cold, avalanches).

1.3. ACCEPTANCE OF RISK AND STATEMENT OF LIABILITY

By registering for the Ultra-Ski, each competitor must be aware of the risks to his safety. By signing the agreement accepting the participant's risks and obligations, the competitor personally makes the following commitments:
I declare that I have read the rules and ethical principles of the race. I understand the conditions of participation set out in the rules and I accept them;

  • I agree to abide by the rules in all aspects.

  • I agree to strictly respect ethics and to promote their application.

  • I am aware of the medical risks incurred by participating in this event and I release the organization from responsibility for any medical problem that may arise during the event due to negligence on my part. Participation in the Ultra-Ski des Chic-Chocs challenges is the sole responsibility of the participants, with waiver of any claim against the organizers or the territory for any damage suffered or caused.

  • In the event of an evacuation[KL1]  by helicopter, the costs are the sole responsibility of the person concerned.

  • Any commitment is firm and final and implies full acceptance of the rules.

1.4. INSURANCE

LIABILITY INSURANCE- ORGANIZATION

Ultra-Ski Challenges are events sanctioned by the Fédération Québécoise de Montagne et d’Escalade. In this context, the organizer has taken out civil liability insurance for the duration of the race. This insurance covers the financial consequences of its liability, as well as that of its employees and volunteers.

INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE

It is mandatory for each participant to take advantage of “external” civil liability and accident insurance offered by the FQME. This daily insurance is included in the participation fee.

ATHLETES OUTSIDE CANADA (if applicable)

Tout athlète provenant de l’extérieur du Canada doit obligatoirement détenir une police d’assurance voyage valide pour la durée de l’événement. 

1.5. IMAGE RIGHTS

Each participant authorizes the organizers of the Ultra-Ski des Chic-Chocs and their subsidiaries - such as partners and the media - to use the images or videos taken during his participation in the event on which he may appear for any media, including promotional and/or advertising material, for the longest period provided for by law, regulations, treaties, including any extensions that may be added.

1.6. PRIVACY POLICY

By registering for Ultra-Ski, each participant consents to the collection of personal information for the purposes of statistics and validation of eligibility criteria. Its sensitive data is subject to the confidentiality policy of Choc Événements. Under no circumstances will this data be shared outside the organization.

2. REGISTRATIONS

2.1. END OF REGISTRATIONS

The registration period ends the day before the event or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

2.2. NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

200 participants are accepted on the Inland challenge.

2.3. REGISTRATION FEES

2.3 Registration fees
Registrations are made only via the SkiReg website and are payable by credit card only.
To learn more about registration fees and inclusions, please see the INFORMATION page.

2.4. REGISTRATION MODIFICATION POLICY

3. MODIFICATIONS BY THE ORGANIZATION

3.1. REGULATIONS

These regulations may be modified at any time and without notice by the organization. Any new regulations will be posted on the event website.

3.2. COURSE AND CANCELLATION

In case of unforeseeable events, unfavorable climatic and avalanche conditions or any other circumstance presenting a threat to the safety of participants, volunteers or the rescue team, the Ultra-Ski des Chic-Chocs reserves the right to modify the course, suspend or cancel the challenges. Such decisions can be made at any time, including after the start of one of the events. The Ultra-Ski is committed to inform participants of changes by any means appropriate to the situation.

1.5.
1.6.
2.
2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.
3.
3.1.
3.2.
4.
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4. RACE REGULATIONS

4.1. THE INLAND CHALLENGE

The Inland Challenge is a unique backcountry skiing challenge, inspired, in part, by backyard races. Participants will go through an initial approach of 800m before arriving on the course. The challenge therefore takes place on a loop that includes a 2-km climb and 400 m of elevation gain to reach the summit shelter where an aid station awaits the participants. The transition zone to the descent is also located there.
 
The downhill sector is located on the southwest side of the Vallée Taconique and includes several possibilities of clear lines with natural snow, for participants of intermediate to expert caliber. All the lines lead to a snowmobile track that participants follow to the transition zone indicating the start of the climb and the end of the loop.
 
The challenge starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Participants will try to complete as many loops as possible in the allotted time. The time barrier dictates the end of the challenge and the return of the participants to the arch of arrival, following the initial approach path.

4.2. CODE OF CONDUCT

The participant agrees to:

  • Know, understand and respect all Ultra-Ski rules.

  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and solidarity at all times.

  • Be responsible for their own safety and that of others.

  • Provide all the equipment and clothing appropriate to the conditions of a winter backcountry event.

  • Stay on the marked course at all times.

  • Leave no trace (equipment, waste, etc.) and adhere to the eco-responsibility policy.

  • Bring back the waste to dispose of it in the places provided for this purpose.

  • Avoid disturbing the fauna and flora.

  • Be semi-autonomous. 

4.3. ESSENTIAL AND MANDATORY EQUIPEMENT

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT

The Chic-Chocs Ultra-Ski is a ski touring challenge. Are therefore authorized:

  • Skis with edges

  • Splitboards

  • Telemarks

Participants are also required to have:

  • Bindings allowing the heel to be released when climbing, and to be fixed when descending

  • Adapted ski, telemark or splitboard boots

  • Removable skins

  • Pole

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

Please see the INFORMATION page.

AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER

Note that wearing a functional avalanche transceiver is mandatory for the entire duration of the challenge. You should also carry a shovel and probe in your backpack.
The list of mandatory equipment may change between now and the challenge. The updated list will be published in the Ultra-skier guide. Any changes subsequent to the publication of this guide will be reflected in our listings and published via our social networks.

4.4. MARKINGS

The various sections of the course will be clearly marked with flags and signs. Signs will be placed at strategic locations to indicate the uphill corridors and the downhill areas. It is very important, for safety reasons, to respect these sections! Failure to follow this markup may result in withdrawal from the challenge.

4.5. CHECKPOINTS (CP)

Each course has checkpoints allowing us to validate the number of loops made by each participant. It is the responsibility of the participants to give their bib number to the controllers at these points to validate their passage and allow us to correctly count the number of loops made.

4.6. TRANSITION ZONES

For safety and fluidity reasons on the course, transition zones will be clearly marked at the summit shelter and at the bottom of the slopes. Participants must perform the technical maneuvers necessary to transition into the descent (removal of skins, bindings and boots in descent mode) only in these areas. These maneuvers should be avoided outside these areas, unless there is an emergency (fall, injury, equipment breakage).

4.7. TIME BARRIERS

The challenges of the Ultra-Ski are based on cutoffs that will ensure that all participants return to the parking lot by 3:00 p.m., allowing everyone to enjoy the mountain at their own pace.  
 
The organizers reserve the right to modify cut-off times depending on the specific circumstances of the event.
 
When a participant arrives at a checkpoint at the end of the day after the time barrier, the challenge will be considered completed. The participant will have to return to the arrival arch in order to associate a stopwatch with his number of laps. for classification.

4.8. END OF CHALLENGE AND RETIREMENT

END OF CHALLENGE

If a participant wishes to complete his challenge before the time barriers are reached, he or she must present himself to the nearest controller, clearly identify his bib number and signal his intention to end his challenge before leaving the Vallée Taconique.
The organization wishes to remind everyone that the challenge is, first and foremost, designed to allow participants to have fun and push their own limits, at their own pace. It is therefore possible (and suggested) to stop for breaks at one of the transition zones and complete your challenge whenever you feel like it

RETIREMENT

The rules of the challenges offered by the Ultra-Ski ensure that the result of all participants is taken into account, regardless of when they reach the time barrier.


From this perspective, the notion of abandon only applies if a participant is absolutely unable to reach the finish line (injury, incident, broken equipment, etc.). The participants concerned will then be removed from the challenges and repatriated to the finish by the organization.

4.9. CHALLENGE WITHDRAWAL

Beyond the competitive aspect, the Ultra-Ski is intended to be a unifying event and the opportunity to spend a great day in the mountains. That being said, managers and volunteers will be empowered to enforce basic rules, enacted for your safety and for the protection of the mountain, and to report any offense to the organizers. According to the following list, a withdrawal from the challenge could be imposed immediately on the participant:

  • Lack of mandatory safety equipment

  • Non-functional avalanche transceiver

  • Failure to respect the environment (waste, destruction of nature, etc.)

  • Exit from the marked route

  • Alteration of marking

  • Deliberate disrespect towards the organization, volunteers or other participants

  • Deliberate failure to assist a person in danger

  • Refusal to obey an order from the race director, a volunteer, a doctor or an ambulance attendant

4.5.
4.6.
4.7.
4.8.
4.9.
bottom of page