Final Results

Final Results have now been posted. Check them out here: Results

Thanks again to all our volunteers, partners, and sponsors who helped make this event a great success!

Event Photos

A big thank you to these kind souls who took photos to share with you all! If anyone else has a link to photos they'd like to share please let me know at ykfrostbite50 at

Steve Schwartz Photography - Google Photos

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nwtdarren - blog post

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Frostbite 50 - 2018

Saturday March 17, 2018
Start / Finish at Yellowknife Ski Club

Ski or snowshoe run a well marked 50k course in the stark beauty of the sub-arctic landscape surrounding Yellowknife, NWT. Bundle up, the event is credited as one of the coldest runs in Canada by Canadian Running Magazine!

What makes us different?

We embrace winter! And we would like to help you make the most of this winter with the Frostbite 50.

The Frostbite 50 is a 50 km continuous snowshoe or classic ski event on ungroomed trails near Yellowknife, NWT. Participate solo or as a team of up to five participants. There are four road-accessible checkpoints, and participants are welcome to have support along the way.

This is an event, not a race, and there are no prizes for first place. We want winter lovers of all abilities to join us, and for everyone to have fun and finish safely.

Happy Trails!

How it all began...

Many winters ago, a young trapper packed his supplies into a toboggan, and hitched it to the back of his new Elan. His was one of the first snowmachines in town. Although he missed his dogs, he was looking forward to trying this new machine. He left early one brittle cold morning, heading north from Yellowknife to his trapline. Almost at his camp, and 50 km out of town, the deep snow and deep cold got the better of the machine. Without his dogs, he had only one option. He strapped on his snowshoes, and started following his own trail back to town.

Ten hours later, he staggered into Yellowknife.

Cold. Tired. Hungry.