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Fred Noble Challenge

The Fred Noble Challenge is NEW this year for the Ski to Defeat ALS. The challenge is designed to capture the fun-loving spirit of Fred Noble and challenge you, as Fred would, to explore your limits. 

Everyone who participates in The Fred Noble Challenge will stretch their abilities in fun and challenging ski runs throughout the day including a race course. At the end of the day, those that complete the challenge runs AND the race course will be awarded trophies for the best finishers, men and women, based on ability; beginner, advanced and intermediate.

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"Make the world a better place for others, and you make the world a better place for yourself." ~ Fred Noble, 1937-2014


The Fred Noble Challenge consists of two elements- a race course and challenge runs. When you check in on the day of the event, you will receive a card telling you the schedule of your challenge runs, which are determined on your ability, and a bib number to keep track of your time through the race course.

You will have four challenge runs during the day; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The card will tell you where and when to go.  Each run will be open only for 1 hour and staffed with volunteers who will guide you. At the completion of the run, our volunteers will stamp your card signifying you have completed your challenge. At the end of the day, you turn in your completed card to be eligible for awards in your category.

The race course will be open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. You can take as many runs as you like to get your best time through the course. The race course is not difficult so focus on skiing and edging smoothly to get the best run through the course. Your best time through the course and the completed challenge runs will determine final standing in your category.

Anyone who is registered for the 2018 Ski to Defeat ALS presented by Senva can participate in this challenge. Any information that you will need will be given out when you check-in on the day of the event. 

We hope you participate, challenge yourself and have fun!

Please note: ONLY registered participants for the 2018 Ski to Defeat ALS presented by Senva can participate in the Fred Noble Challenge. 


Stay tuned as we finalize the exciting and awesome giveaways for this challenge. 


What are the challenge runs? I don't see them listed on the website. 

Part of the fun is that you will not know what your challenge runs are until you check-in on the day of the event.

I’ve never raced before, I don’t think I could handle a race course, should I sign up?

Absolutely! The course will be set on a green run, so if you can turn on a green slope, you can make it through the course! The challenge will be focused on turning smoothly without losing speed to make your best time.

I am living with ALS and am participating on a sit-ski with OAS. Can I participate?

Yes! Participate however you can during your allotted time slot with OAS. We understand that you might not be able to participate in every challenge run, but don't worry. Do what you can and have fun. You will be eligible for some great prizes. 

I snowboard. Am I able to participate? 

YES, of course! 

How do I determine my ability level?

It’s up to you to determine- but here is a guideline:

Beginner- You prefer slow to moderate speeds, you ski/snowboard mainly green runs and the occasional blue run.
Intermediate-You ski/snowbaord green and blue runs with confidence. You ski mostly in parallel and can link turns together smoothly while controlling your speed. You ski/snowboard almost always groomed runs but can occasionally ski/snowboard in varied, ungroomed terrain.
Advanced -You ski/snowboard mainly all blue and black runs with confidence. You ski/snowboard in control in all terrain and conditions.

How will I know who will stamp my pass on my challenge run?

Our volunteers will be wearing vests to make them easy to identify. They in turn will be watching for your bib as you come down the hill.

Do I have to wear the bib assigned to me at check-in?

Yes - if you want to be tracked in the race and on the challenge runs. Please use the safety pins to secure it to the front of your jacket. 

What if I fall on my challenge run?

First, ski safe and in control, we don’t want you hurting yourself and if the challenge run is too difficult, please don’t attempt it. Having said that, things happen and if you fall, get back up! All you need to do is make it to the bottom of the challenge run. There are no style points!

What if I don’t complete all my challenge runs?

No biggie! It’s a challenge so we don’t expect everyone to do them all! Try the next one and see how many you can do! Have fun! Be safe! We will have a drawing for some fun prizes for all those that participate, not just the top finishers. Explore your limits, but be safe doing it!