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11,053' Winter Ezakimak Challenge

Date / Time
Apr 15 / 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Lodge Base Area
Winter Events, Family Fun, Entertainment, Cross Country Ski, Après , Summer Fun, Summer Events, Summer Adventure, Mountain Biking


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"After running up and down mountains all over the globe, the Ezakimak remains one of the most excitingly beautiful events I've been a part of."

     -Tim Tollefson, 2015 Ezakimak King of the Mountain

Challenge yourself on a 5k race from the base to the summit of Mammoth Mountain at 11,053ft on cross country skis, snowshoes, or a fat bike. The Ezakimak event allows participants to climb up 2,000ft in elevation on the famed Kamikaze mountain bike trail - but in reverse. Spectators and family can join in to cheer on their athlete and have fun at the Sunset Summit Party with an evening gondola ride up to the top, music and kid-friendly activities.

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

About Ezakimak

Ezakimak is Kamikaze spelled backwards. The legendary Kamikaze mountain bike trail spans from Mammoth Mountain's peak, weaving through the "backside" of the mountain and finishing at Main Lodge. We're bringing summer fun to the snow with a backwards race, sending you uphill.

Save 20% on lodging when you register for the race.

Event Registration

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Advance Price

On-Site Price

General Entry

Entry to 11,053' Ezakimak Challenge



Cali4nia Passholder Entry

Available to all current Cali4nia Passholder. Pass status will be verified at on-site registration. Use code CALI4NIA at online registration checkout.



Student Entry

Available to students. Status will be verified at on-site registration. Please present a valid student ID, transcript or other for of proof of enrollment. Use code STU at online registration checkout. 



Entry fee includes race, finisher beer/cocoa, finisher shirt, bag check at registration and delivery to the top, gondola ride down after the race, on-course food and water stations, music throughout the course and the Summit Sunset Party activities at the finish.

Race Classes

Male Run/Fat Bike/Snowshoe/XC Ski
Female Run/Fat Bike/Snowshoe/XC Ski

Fat Bike Rentals
Fat Bike rentals are available for $25.  Please contact Caroline Casey at to reserve in advance as stock is limited.


Event Schedule**


  • 3–6PM – On-site registration and bib pick up in the Main Lodge ticket office
  • 5–6:30PM – Ezakimak practice on lower Minaret Mile (Chair 11), get your bearings on the snow.


  • 6:30PM – Panorama Gondola opens for race spectator/Summit Sunrise partygoers


  • 6:45PM – Participant meeting at race start


  • 7PM – Ezakimak Challenge starts in waves at Broadway Express (Chair 1)


  • 8:20PM – Ezakimak Awards at the summit


  • 8PM – Last ride up on the Panorama Gondola


  • 8:45PM – Feed Zone #3 time cut off (see important information below)


  • 9:30PM – Summit Sunset Party ends, last Panorama Gondola ride down


There is a mandatory time cut-off at Feed Zone #3 (top of Chair 14) at 8:45pm. Any participants who have not reached  the top of Chair 14 will be transported back to the start via snowcat. You are welcome to take the gondola up from the start and join the Summit Sunset Party at the top.


$2k Prize Purse


The first male and female competitors to reach to finish line will be crowned the King & Queen of the Mountain and take home $1k/ea in prize money.

Awards will be given to the top 3 men and women in each race category: XC Ski, Snowshoe, Fat Bike & Run.  These categories will not receive prize money payout.

Lodging Deal

Participants save 20% on their stay at Mammoth Lodging Collection Properties – the Mammoth Mountain Inn, Juniper Springs Resort or The Village Lodge.  Call 800.MAMMOTH for rates or to book and just mention Ezakimak or booking ID # 23922.

Event Questions?

Please call or email Caroline Casey at: or 760.914.0301


*Rates include all taxes and fees.
Student and Cali4nia Passholder status will be verified during registration on event day.Students must show a valid student ID, transcript or other proof of enrollment.  Passholders must present a valid Cali4nia Pass at registration.

**Subject to change


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Summit Sunset Party

Apr 15 / 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Ride the Panorama Gondola to the top of the Sierra at dusk to watch the sun set over the Minarets, then cheer on and celebrate with the 11,053' Ezakimak Challenge racers as they finish a 5K race.

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