The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
(abbreviated MDVC) began in 1991 and is a series of free casual ski
races held on mountains throughout the northeast
during each winter season, sponsored by Mountain Dew
. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age group to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the race, prizes are given away throughout the day at a mountain for various reasons.
The MDVC is scheduled at many different ski resorts
during each season, with different circuits for the northeast and west. On the day of the event, participants fill out registration forms to sign up for the race in a certain category and receive a racing bib with a number on it. A white long-sleeved t-shirt is given as a bonus to the first 100 people who register. Registration begins at 8:00 AM, but there is usually a line at the desk prior to this so people can ensure they receive a shirt.
After registering, skiers and snowboarders can later begin racing on the trail where the racecourse is set up. This trail is usually rated green (easier) or blue (more difficult) so racers of all abilities can participate. The line for the race builds early, as well, as some prefer to race with more snow on the course rather than slipping on ice which develops later. Usually there are two courses, red and green, set up next to each other to keep the line moving quickly, but when there is not enough room, one course with... Read More