THE VERTICAL DROP
Silver State Hotshot Captain, Justin Cutler started this ski competition and community fundraising event back in 2008 and ever since it has been an extremely successful annual affair, running for over 10 consecutive years. In 2018 Black Mountain Hotshots generously offered to co-host the Vertical Drop event and we look forward to the years ahead working co-hosting this event.
The Vertical Drop can be teams of 3-6 or as individuals. We compete to safely ski as much vertical feet as possible in a 4-hour time period and in short, the team with the highest average vertical feet skied wins. There is a team prize for 1st place and individual prizes for males and females who
finish in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
The Vertical Drop has been held locally at Mt. Rose and Diamond Peak over the years; more recently, Sierra-at-Tahoe. This years event will be held at Kirkwood Mountain Resort Saturday, April 16.
There will be food and drink for all Vertical Drop VIP competitors—tickets are limited! This is the 13th year that the event will be running and the FIRST at Kirkwood. Food generally comes from local delis, such as Sierra Meats or Minden Meats and Deli, and local grocers. The beer is donated from Coors, Great Basin Brewing Company, and Brewer's Cabinet. After the race, there will be a silent auction and raffle.
All proceeds from the Vertical Drop go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides support to firefighters and their families in times of crisis. Today, the Vertical Drop is the longest running fundraiser that supports the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. Additionally, the Vertical Drop's early relationship with Coors sparked a nationwide campaign every summer in which a large portion of their profits from Coors Original beer is donated to the Foundation.