Short version: The Life-Link Ski Mountaineering Race is a backcountry race Feb. 8 that starts at Mad River Glen and ends at the Lincoln Peak Base area at Sugarbush.

Long version: Competitors begin at the Mad River Glen base and ski up the Antelope Slope. Once to the summit, they traverse the Long Trail to Mount Ellen, where they descend to the Slide Brook Basin via Rim Run, Lower Rim Run, and Lower F.I.S.

After ascending through the Slide Brook area on work roads, competitors take one of two routes: The recreational division ascends Village Run to the base of the North Lynx Chair while the race division ascends up work roads to the summit of North Lynx Chair and then down to the base of that chair via Birch Run.

The rest of the run is all downhill from this point, with racers in both divisions continuing on Castlerock Connection, through Header and down to the finish at the Valley House by way of the Lower Jester and Coffee Run trails.

The Randonnee Rally Race Series is a series of ski mountaineering races held at some of the premier resorts in North America. The Race Series tests the competitor's endurance, equipment and skiing skills while skinning up and skiing down some of the toughest terrain that these resorts and their surrounding mountains have to offer.