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17th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge

Mon, Mar 9

Time: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Admission: $75
Contact Person: Corey Madden
Contact Email: cmadden@attitash.com

Scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020. Field to be limited to 45 participants and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please read and see registration info below for more details.


Held annually on a Monday in March, the Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 16 years of the event have reached OVER $1 million directly benefiting Make-A-Wish ®  New Hampshire and their endeavors. The event is unique to Wildcat Mountain coupling the accessibility of the Wildcat Express high-speed, summit lift and the ski area’s greater than 2,000 vertical feet.

This is a charity event that supports Make-A-Wish New Hampshire and challenges skiers/riders to log a total of 48 runs (maximum 50) on the Lynx Trail to achieve 100,000 vertical feet over the course of the day, non-stop. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $300 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day.

Since 1986, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through granting the heartfelt wish of each qualifying child. The organization's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, volunteers, donors, sponsors and entire communities. For more information, please visit  Make-A-Wish New Hampshire  .

Event Rules and Regulations

THIS IS NOT A RACE, it is a fundraising event. There is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. This equates to approximately 11 minutes and 15 seconds per run. The lift can reach the summit in less than 7 minutes, which leaves almost 4.5 minutes to complete each run. This is plenty of time to ski down the mountain in a safe controlled manner, for the duration of the day, and reach the 100K mark. This is not an all-day downhill type race and anyone deemed to be endangering themselves or others will be removed from the challenge at the discretion of event staff or ski patrol. Participants will be allowed to complete a maximum of 50 runs and will be required to stop for the day when that total is reached.

All previous participants and any new interested participants will be notified via email when registration has opened and spots will be filled via online registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-registration fee is $75 for all participants and the field is limited to 45 participants. When registration does open, you will be able to register online. If you are registering more than one participant, you will need to complete contact and date-of-birth information for each participant. If you are interested in being notified via email when registration opens, please email Corey Madden   cmadden@attitash.com

Event Day Check-In

On the morning of the challenge, the check-in table will open at 6:15 a.m. All pre-registered challengers will provide their donation totals, sign a liability release, be provided an event bib, and checked for a helmet. All participants will gather at the base of the summit quad lift prior to beginning the event at 7:30 a.m. Helmets are required for this event. If you do not have one, you cannot participate.

Lift Privileges

Entering the 100K Challenge will provide you with priority lift access for the day.  This will help participants maximize their time spent trying to complete the 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge. AGAIN, this is not a race. Anyone deemed to be endangering themselves or others, including reckless behavior entering lift loading area, will be removed from the challenge at the discretion of event staff or ski patrol.


The course for this event is scheduled to be Wildcat’s Lynx Lair to the Lynx Trail.  This expert to intermediate trail combination takes a rather direct route down the mountain and covers approximately 2,100 vertical feet.  It will be closed to the general public at all points of entry, so only challengers will be on the trail, but please “Know The Code” and remain in control at all times with the ability to stop. Snacks, food, water, will be provided to you through the day. Any personal food, clothing, or other items you might want available for the day can be kept at the event corral set up at the lift base.

Follow the Code

You are responsible for knowing and adhering to the Skier Responsibility Code. Challengers deemed to be skiing in a reckless manner will be removed from the challenge at the discretion of event staff or ski patrol.


We are all set for volunteers at this time and do not need additional help staffing this event.


The top prizes will be awarded to the challengers who raise the most money for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Make-A-Wish New Hampshire will provide you an easier online means to collect donations from family, friends, co-workers, etc. If you are among the registered participants, you can sign-up directly through Make-A-Wish New Hampshire  Https://friends.nh.wish.org/100K2020 to set up an online fundraising page and account. For any questions please email Nikki Lyons Lahey at Nikki.lyons@nh.wish.org or call the office 603-623-9474.

Cash or check donations: If participants have pledge sponsors that wish to donate with cash or check, please organize and collect fund amounts prior to event day. You may then bring those donations with you to check-in. Checks can be made payable to Make-A-Wish NH.

Please note, all donations will need to be submitted and presented on the morning of the event to be considered for top donation prize winners. Of course, additional donations received after the event day will be welcomed by Make-A-Wish New Hampshire.

Dinner and Awards

After the Challenge is over, all participants and volunteers are invited to the awards party dinner in the Wildcat Pub. There will be a pasta dinner, cash bar and prizes. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle.