The Frigid Infliction

The Frigid Infliction is an 8-hour winter adventure race for teams of two or three. This race is scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd 2018 near Bolton Valley, VT.

This race features several winter disciplines as well as requiring you to continually navigate. If you have never done an adventure race before, this is a great choice. This was the first adventure race for about a third of the participants the past six years, so don’t be intimidated! That said: You may want to Test Your Nettle if you’re not sure about an 8-hour event.

Teams do not need support crews for this event. Outside of what is provided by the race organizers, teams must be self-sufficient. This is an adventure, after all!

Check out some of our past racers’ comments. If you’re looking for teammates, check our contact page for suggestions.


This year’s race will probably feature the following disciplines:

  • Navigation with topographical map and compass
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Perhaps a surprise – time will tell!

This year’s race you’ll have quite a bit of control over the balance between skiing and snowshoeing. We’ll stick with our “choose your own adventure” format from 2017, hoping for more snow this time around. If you didn’t hear how that race was structured, take a look at the writeup from last March. No matter how the weather turns out, the adventure must go on!

One bonus – in 2018 you won’t be forced to carry your skis at any time! They’ll either be on your feet or in a safe spot. You’re welcome.


Our host venue will be the Bolton Valley Resort. Registration will be on-site at the Nordic Center. Here are directions to the resort.

The restaurant and pub at the resort will be open Friday night as long as you don’t arrive too late.


The Frigid Infliction aims to be one of the most affordable adventure races in the northeast. We’re a non-profit, so all the fees go towards making the event awesome.

Important: Our cost structure is a bit unusual, please review:
  • There's an up-front non-refundable $48 registration fee.
  • There's a separate per-racer fee that we'll collect later.
Plan to pay the registration fee now to reserve your team's spot at current rates. Each racer will be contacted separately to fill out waivers, review shirt options and collect individual fees as follows:
  • Dec 21 - Jan 03: +$81 per racer.
  • Jan 04 - Jan 21: +$99 per racer.
  • Jan 22 - Feb 11: +$111 per racer.
  • Feb 12 - Feb 28: +$117 per racer. (No shirt choices at this point)
To be clear, that means a team of 3 signing up late will pay $48 + $117x3 = $399 total.
Only the $48 is due on signup though, the rest will be collected later.

Please take a minute to review notes on costs and refunds including important details about what happens if you withdraw closer to race day.

Race fees cover the following (some of this TBD for 2017 as we finalize the new format):

  • Race entry for your team – an opportunity to explore the outdoors in a new way, creating memories and friendships that last for years.
  • Race maps and instructions
  • Transport of gear or racers (if needed)
  • All insurance, permits, and safety staff
  • Pre-race navigation clinic from GMARA experts
  • One of the best post-race parties in the industry!
  • Thousands of full-size race photos, 100% free to racers.
  • Prizes for top teams in each division as well as a gear raffle for all racers at dinner
  • $400 sponsorship towards USARA nationals for the top 3-person coed team
  • USARA Regional Qualifier (top teams qualify for nationals)
  • Rope setup and management by Petra Cliffs
Additional costs:

We love it when you bring guests at dinner, but to help offset those costs we’ll have to ask for $30 each. It’s worth it, our post-race party is one of the best around, and the company can’t be beat. You will need to plan ahead, though, and let us know about guests early enough that we can order food. Ideally, just talk the guests into racing.

Shirts are optional this year since racers keep telling us they have plenty – registered racers will see the options on the post-registration info page, with costs starting around $10 for a wicking T.

We’re not making a profit on dinner or shirts – just passing along our costs to you.


It looks like you’re on a mobile device, and unfortunately our registration form is a bit of a mess on mobile. Volunteer web developers and so forth.

You’re welcome to try it anyway: Registration Form

If it’s unusable, please come back when you’ve got a larger screen available! If you want a reminder, please contact us and we’ll be in touch shortly.

Please head to the Registration Form to get started.

We’ve made some code updates recently, so if you see any issues by all means please contact us for assistance.

At this point, registration is still closed… you’ll get an email about it shortly, assuming you’re on the email list… Sign up here!


For your reference – please take a moment to review these documents (not finalized yet for 2018), specifically the required gear list. Note that you have to actually bring all your gear to registration for a safety check. We need to be sure that we’re not sending you out unprepared, and that means looking at everything from water bottles and whistles to skis and snowshoes!

Race Rules
Mandatory Team Gear List
Mandatory Individual Gear List

You’ll be required to sign Petra waivers online, but if you’re 18 or under, please print paper copies of those too, and have a parent or guardian sign them:
Petra Cliffs Climbing Waiver

We try to do most of our waivers online, but you may still have to sign a few paper documents at on-site registration.

Any racers under age 18 on race day will need a parent or guardian to sign waivers for them – in that case, we’ll reach out with specifics.


Due to the nature of the sport, you must be punctual. All race activities will start on time whether your team is there or not. Set multiple clocks, hire a wakeup service, buy a rooster, do whatever you have to do to get up and be on time.

Please note: Registration includes a mandatory gear check for all members of your team. Bring all your required gear with you!

Friday, March 2nd: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bolton Valley Nordic Center Tennis Courts
(Not a 3.5 hour meeting, just a ~20 minute drop in)

Free Navigation Clinic:
Friday, March 2nd: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pre-Race Briefing:
Saturday, March 3rd: 6:30 a.m.
Race Start:
Saturday, March 3rd: 7:00 a.m.
Race Finish:
All racers should be off the course by 3:00 p.m.
Food should be served around 4:30 p.m.


Here's the latest news about this race:


If your division ends in -WL, that means you are on the waitlist - our race is full, but if a spot opens up we'll contact you. You should still get all racer-related email, but don't pay us until you hear that we can actually accomodate you.

#DivTeam NameCaptainTeammateTeammate
1 3C Brrrrple CobrasCarl Richardson Kim Abell Jennifer Manley
2 3C Chaffing the DreamTom Martin Amanda Martin Jim Montague
3 3C Chaos MachineEric Wyler Paige Warren-Shriner Clifford White
4 3C Clear eyes full hearts need booze Miles Grimshaw Bay Gross Kelsey Gross
5 3C Directionally ChallengedRick Keilty Jr Greg Chokas Colleen Keilty
6 3M Directions not includedJohn Farley David Farley Marshall Farley
7 3M goose adventure racingTim Ratowski Rob Feissner Tim Howland
8 3M NH Trail VetsMason Holland Nick Cassotis Rob Hillman
9 3M North is EverywhereRoss Lieblappen Jeremy Cornwall Ben Deede
10 3M The Stupid AnimalsBrett Anderson Jay Campopiano Josh Ormsby
11 3M Ultra Brick Shithouses Philip Cody Brian Staveley Sam Wallis
12 2C Earth Girls are WeenieEmily Davis Taylor Burt
13 2C The TurduckiesJames Burgess Meg Broughton
14 2F Team KashKit Vreeland Ashley Eaton
15 2M Chaos RaidRick Keilty Dan Arpino
17 2M MercatorsScott Cocks Alexis Dallaire
18 2M MooseToothEmmett Peterson Conor Peterson
19 2M The O StarsJeremy Colgan Michael Samalis
20 2M Two BrothersPeter Sumners Jeffrey O'Connor

Division breakdown: 2 Person Coed: 2, 2 Person Female: 1, 2 Person Male: 5, 3 Person Coed: 5, 3 Person Male: 6 (19 teams)

Where racers are from: MA: 37%, VT: 27%, NY: 20%, NH: 6%, ON: 2%, QC: 2%, ME: 2%, NJ: 2%, WA: 2% (49 racers)

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a good race for a team new to adventure racing?
Absolutely. A 10-12 hour race is the standard length for a beginner adventure race. One thing we do really well is providing a enjoyable experience for the new teams. It’s even better for 2018! Only eight hours, smaller gear list, more control over disciplines. This is definitely the race to try.

Will we be plotting UTM coordinates?
No. We use pre-plotted maps. We made the decision as an organization that in a race of this length it made more sense considering the number of new teams we see. Never fear – the navigation will be challenging enough without this extra step.

What type of skis do you recommend?
Back country XC skis with metal edges are best, but regular Nordic touring skis will work. We do not recommend heavy duty tele or AT gear. Skate skis won’t work at all, as there will be travel off groomed trail.

Skins are sometimes helpful but not required, only a handful of teams ever bring them. Consider bringing them if you have them, but don’t run out and buy them for this race. If you have them, you’ll be carrying them through the entire race, not leaving them with your skis.

A few previous races have required carrying your skis for a time. You won’t know until race day if this is required, but you should be prepared for the possibility.