Mat-Su Ski Club’s
Race to the Outhouse
The Race to the Outhouse in the fall it may be the North American opener of the ski race season. In previous years there was also a spring race to close out the local racing season (but not the skiing season!), but now there is only an RTTO#1 and no RTTO#2.
Archangel Road at Hatcher Pass is the traditional venue. The approximately 7-km Archangel course climbs 1000 feet from the start at 2160′ elevation to the State Parks outhouse before the Fern Mine gate. The first half is gentle, the second half is steep. Classic and Skate options are available.
Alternate venues include: the nearby trail system at Independence Mine, slightly but quite significantly higher, with the start at 3100′ elevation and a 3.4 km course; and GPRA where several different race course options have been used. The alternate venues may be used if there is insufficient autumn snow cover at Archangel Road or if snow machine traffic continues on the upper half of Archangel Road into the Spring.
2023 RTTO Registration
Race to the Outhouse 2023
Saturday, November 25th, 2023
CANCELED – due to unsafe conditions on the Hatcher Pass Road
Registration is from 9:00AM to 9:30AM on race day.
Classic and freestyle divisions available.
The race starts at 10:00.
Wave starts every 2 minutes.
Registration is free!
This years course is 3.4km, but skis like a 5k due to the climbing.
(Remember – the State charges for parking at Independence Mine)