The Highmark QUAD Games Ski and Snowshoe has a new home this year at Wilderness Lodge. Hailed by cross-country ski enthusiasts from around the country as “cross country skiing at its finest”, Wilderness Lodge’s 20+ miles of established cross-country trails are beautifully woven among wooded grounds which organizers say will make the trails more resistant to the changes in weather and temperature.
“The wooded setting helps the trails be more resistant to changes in our unpredictable weather,” said Curt Cardman, Highmark QUAD Games race director. “As an exclusive cross-country ski resort, Wilderness Lodge has made a significant investment in the maintenance of their course. This will help us have more control over weather delays.”
Race organizers have named Mike Collins, Jim Samuels and Dan Teed as course designers.
Another change to the event this year will be categories for elite athletes as well as racers taking off in age-group waves. “Typically, we have had a mass start for the ski, but this year, recognize the opportunity to stagger start times and add categories for elite athletes,” said Cardman. “The QUAD is a four-season fitness event for people of all fitness levels; that’s in part what makes it so special.”
Wilderness Lodge will offer a ski lesson package, ski rentals and day-of ski waxing. More information will be made available at www.highmarkquad.org