Ski to Sea Race

If you’re visiting Whatcom County over Memorial Day weekend, you will be able to experience one of our most beloved and celebrated annual events. The Ski to Sea Race and celebration has been a part of Whatcom County history since 1911 and is our biggest local event.


Local teams train year-round to participate in this seven leg relay race. The competition begins with a cross-country skiing leg on the slopes of Mount Baker. It also includes downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclo-cross biking and ends with a kayaking leg that concludes on the shores of Bellingham Bay.


The race spans a 93-mile course, so there are plenty of great places for you to view parts of the race. Use the race course map to help you decide which leg or legs of the race you would like to view. Some popular viewing areas include the towns of Glacier, Kendall, and Nooksack. Riverside Park in Everson is also a popular viewing area.


Please be mindful of the participants and their support teams on the course and choose alternate routes when traveling from one viewing area to another whenever possible. This will help to keep traffic flowing and will minimize potentially dangerous situations for the participants.


If you prefer to catch the festivities at the end of the race, you can watch teams cross the finish line at Marine Park in the Fairhaven district of Bellingham. The finish line is a great place to celebrate victories while enjoying the beauty of Bellingham Bay.


The Fairhaven Festival, known by locals as “It All Ends in Fairhaven,” takes place on the Sunday of Ski to Sea weekend. It usually begins at 10 am and ends in the evening around 5 pm. This multi-street party includes live music, arts and craft vendors, multiple food options and a beer garden. The festival spans most of the Fairhaven district, including Marine Park and the finish line.


Marine Park is about a forty-minute drive from Oostema Farmstead. Parking is limited in Fairhaven, so leave early and expect to walk. Be sure to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. Whatcom County weather can be unpredictable in the spring, but is typically warm and sunny during the Memorial Day weekend, so bring sunblock.   


Official Website of the Ski to Sea:
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