Mount Maichen Madness Hits Watson Lake

What do you do with a ski hill in the summer? You hold a relay race!

If you’re looking for a fun, exciting and challenging event to start off the summer, the Mount Maichen Relay Race is it.

Grab a few family members, friends, or co-workers and join us at the Mount Maichen Ski Hill for this unique relay race.

Teams of up to nine members will take turns racing up and down each of the nine runs on this popular Watson Lake ski hill. Runners will complete a length of the relay, and pass the baton to the next member of the team. The first team to complete all nine runs, wins.

As with all team sports, uniforms are needed; teams are encouraged to come up with their own version to stand out from the crowd.

The race is set to go, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 24th. Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer for your favourite team. The day will wind up with a barbecue on the ski lodge deck.

Meaghen Kimmitt, recreation programmer for the Town of Watson Lake, came up with the idea for the Mount Maichen Madness Relay Race.

The Mount Maichen Ski Hill is maintained and run by the Watson Lake Ski Club. This dedicated group of volunteers continues to develop, maintain and run the facility. Various fundraising events are held throughout the year, including the popular annual Mount Maichen Ski Hill Auction. Donations by generous local businesses and individuals make for a fun and entertaining evening of silent and live auctions.

From its inception 40 years ago to present, Mount Maichen Ski Hill is, and always has been, completely volunteer run.

Located only 7 km from Watson Lake, Mount Maichen has an elevation of 152 metres with its longest run approximately 1.5 kms long. There are nine groomed runs along with a multitude of trails for hiking or cross-country skiing; it’s an excellent, all-season venue.

The fully-equipped lodge provides a friendly place to visit and a venue for meetings and banquets. With its amazing views it’s also a popular location for weddings.

Participants of the Mount Maichen Madness Relay Race are in for a treat if they stop at the top for a moment to take in the view. Beautiful Watson Lake, with the island at the centre, is visible at the bottom of the hill with miles and miles of old-forest trees before snowcapped mountains complete the backdrop. Put a team together, sign up at the Watson Lake Recplex or contact Meaghan Kimmitt at (867) 536-8023, and enjoy a little Mount Maichen Madness.

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