Our Mission

Volunteer-driven sustainable management of events that showcase the diverse natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities Whatcom County has to offer while supporting local nonprofit organizations.

The Ski to Sea Race is owned and operated by Whatcom Events, which is a volunteer-operated community 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Whatcom Events also hosts the Tour de Whatcom charity bicycle event, the Mt. Baker Hill Climb and the Trails to Taps Relay. We rely almost exclusively on our incredible team of more than 1000 volunteers to pull off these vibrant community events. We have three employees, our full-time Race Director, our part-time, seasonal Operations Manager, and our part-time seasonal Volunteer Coordinator.

Our current Board of Directors has six members and our Ski to Sea Race Committee is made up of over 30 members of our community, all of which are uncompensated volunteers. Each year, we hope that our volunteer efforts and the generosity of our sponsors results in net profits that we can donate to local 501(c)(3) charitable beneficiaries. Thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, we were fortunate to be able to return a total of $113,900 to our community since 2014 alone, in the form of donations to the following local non-profits:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County
  • Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
  • Lydia Place
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington
  • American Red Cross
  • Bellingham Food Bank
  • Ferndale Food Bank
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Lynden Project Hope Food Bank
  • Nooksack Valley Food Bank
  • Incite! Cycles
  • Shifting Gears
  • Bellingham Canoe & Kayak Sprint Team
  • Sehome High School PTSA
  • Whatcom County Search and Rescue
  • Blaine High School District
  • Ferndale Band Boosters
  • ReUse Works
  • Boy Scout Troop 4028
  • Whatcom Community College Foundation
  • Exploration Academy