Snowboarding, Skiing, and Outhouse Racing?


If there’s one thing the residents of The Divide at Bald Rock and the greater Sapphire Valley know how to do, it’s finding new ways to have fun. While our hiking trails and mountain views are beautiful beyond belief, many of our residents have taken to exploring them and enjoying them in new ways. And thus, the Sapphire Valley Resort Outhouse Races were born.

While hitting the slopes strapped to snowboards and skis is always a good time, this unique, annual event requires some extra pizzazz for this run. Locals and tourists alike are welcome to create a one-of-a-kind mobile outhouse to race toward the end of ski season. The 2019 Great Outhouse Race is set for tomorrow, February 16th and it’s an area event you won’t want to miss!

This event is exactly what it sounds. Racers construct one-of-a-kind outhouses to race down the slopes of the resort. The outhouses can be made of anything from wood and plastic to cardboard and fabric. The only requirements are a seat with a hole and a roll of toilet paper. Teams compete head-to-head on a two-lane course around 120 feet in length. Racers are allowed to push their outhouse – and “driver” – for the first portion but then gravity and physics have to take over to help them cross the finish line.

While hokey and a little unorthodox, this event is a local favorite that never seems to disappoint. The resort offers a variety of food, music, and other activities that help make the day one to remember. So come on out to catch this event (or you can stream it online here). Best of luck to all competitors!

Photo Courtesy: Discover Jackson County

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