Ski to Sea is an annual race hosted in Whatcom County, Washington. It is a seven-leg race started in 1973 that happens annually on Memorial Day weekend. Teams traverse over 93 miles, starting in the Cascade Mountains on skis and finshing by paddling through Bellingham Bay. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and finishes by 6:00 p.m. In 2019, 419 teams competed. 


The race begins at 7:30 a.m. with a four-mile cross country ski up at Mount Baker Ski Resort. The cross-country skier hands off to a downhill skier or snowboard who then hikes up 900-feet in elevation to the top of the hill, North Face, and skis down to the bottom. They pass to a runner who runs eight miles down Mount Baker Highway to a road biker. The road biker travels 41 miles from the Cascade Mountains and into the Nooksack Valley to Everson, Wash. They meet two canoers at the Nooksack River who paddle nearly 19 miles down the river to Ferndale, Wash., meeting a cycle-cross biker. The biker rides and hopes over obstacles until they reach Squalicum Harbor in Bellingham, Wash. They meet a kayaker who traverses Bellingham Bay to Marine Park in the Fairhaven district. 

Left: Members of the all-women team, I'M NOT TIRED, listen to the pre-race meeting at 7:00 a.m. at the Mount Baker Ski Resort. Organizers discussed safety and race logistics. 

Left: Cross-country skier Kyra Yanny skates up a hill with the famous Mount Shuksan looming behind her. With temperatures in the 60s, the snow became a thick slush, creating less-than-ideal racing conditions. Yanny finished 207th in 44 minutes. 

Downhill skier Rianne Ellingwood skates off, heading for Chair 2, after a quick handoff with Yanny. Ellingwood climbed and skied back down the mountain in just over 31 minutes, bringing the team to 163rd. 

After a quick hand-off, the runner, Drew Morris, ran down the mountain in 57 minutes, bringing the team into 178th. There she met road-biker Haley Holliday who raced the 41 miles in just over 2 hours. 

Olivia Larson and Alice Hiebert paddle down the Nooksack River on the fifth leg of the race.