Frosty Mountain Ultra

On behalf of the Gottfried Grosser family, we express our deepest appreciation to all of you for your remarkable support and dedicated volunteer efforts throughout the Frosty Ultra race.

I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to my team Courtney Burt McQueen and Dayna Egyed for their countless hours of tireless effort, unwavering commitment, and meticulous teamwork. Their contributions played a pivotal role in ensuring the flawless organization of this event.

Furthermore, I want to express my appreciation to all the runners who lent their support to this race.

I’m looking forward to our reunion next year, anticipating yet another remarkable event. Your presence is instrumental in our community, and it truly makes a significant impact.

Thank you for being an integral part of our success together, we have honored Gottfried and his family’s legacy with pride.

2023 Results:

Click on pictures below to view (see the full set of 2023 pictures in the Gallery):


Race Details – Saturday, September 16, 2023

Taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2023 – the Frosty Mountain Ultra will lead you to the peak of Frosty Mountain and through unbelievable alpine meadows. With 360 degree views throughout and a start/finish at beautiful Lightning Lake, this race is an unforgettable journey!

There will be a post-race BBQ at the Lightning Lake finish line for all participants.

Race Day Timeline: September 16, 2023

  • 6:15am package pickup/check in & gear check opens
  • 7:15am 50k pre race speech
  • 7:30am 50k starts
  • 8:45am 27k pre race speech
  • 9:00am 27k starts
  • 9:15am 13k pre race speech
  • 9:30am 13k starts
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm there is a wedding going on at Lightning Lake
  • 2:30pm cut off time for 50k’ers at 27k, aid station 3
  • 7:00pm finish line clean up begins


Start time is 9:30am.


Start time is 9:00am. There is mandatory gear required for this race.


Start time is 7:30am with a cut off of 2:30pm at Aid Station 3 (27km – 7 hours.) There is mandatory gear required for this race.



  • Regular – $85 – SOLD OUT
  • Race Day – $110** – CLOSED


  • Regular – $100 – SOLD OUT
  • Race Day – $125** – CLOSED


  • Regular – $130 – SOLD OUT
  • Race Day – $155** – CLOSED


Registration pricing is in CAD and includes an event t-shirt, race bib, fully stocked aid stations, finish line food, finisher’s medal and a $5.00 donation to RAPS (Regional Animal Protection Society). Register before July 12, 2023 to guarantee an event t-shirt size.


The race is held in Manning Provincial Park at the Lightning Lake Day Use area. Manning Park is a 3 hour drive east from Vancouver, BC.

How to Get There

From Vancouver, take Highway 1 to Hope, then Highway 3 to Manning Park. Follow the signs to Lightning Lake “DAY” parking. It takes about 2.5-3 hours to get there. Allow plenty of time on race day or spend the night before at the campground or lodge.

Where To Stay

Manning Park Resort is ideal for lodging, however space is very limited during the summer months, so you must book as soon as possible.

Camping is available: Lightning Lakes campground is in the Reservation system from June 3 to October 11. Other campgrounds are approximately 50% reservable and 50% first come, first served. All reservations must go through the BC Parks Reservation Service.

Aid Stations

Due to the remote location of the race, aid will be limited. Please be prepared and plan to carry lots of water and nutrition. First Aid personnel will be onsite.

Aid stations will include pop and water, energy gels and bars, various candy, chips and fresh fruit.

Aid Stations13km Course27km Course50km Course
Water Station #18km8km
Water Station #220km20km
Aid Station #33km27km
Water Station #434km
Aid Station #544km


  • Aid Station #3 – 3km


  • Water Station #1 – 8km
  • Water Station #2 – 20km


  • Water Station #1 – 8km
  • Water Station #2 – 20km
  • Aid Station #3 – 27km
  • Water Station #4 – 34km
  • Aid Station #5 – 44km

Race Package Pick-Up

  • Friday September 15, 2023 – Lightning Lake parking lot from 5:00 PM to 8:00pm
  • Saturday September 16, 2023 – Race Day – Pickup @ start/finish line opens at 6:30am
  • All participants are required to check in on race morning before the start time of your event. This is mandatory, even if you have picked up your race package the night before. We will also be checking mandatory gear for those doing the 27k and 50k.

The Route

The race will start in Lightning Lake Day Parking Lot, Manning Park, BC. The route will travel on a trail beside the road to the 20 Minute Lake Trail turnoff, and then goes left (East) along Little Muddy Trail (which is through a field). Follow posted signage to Similkameen Trail and then turnoff on Windy Joe Trail. After climbing part way to Windy Joe Peak, follow signage for Frosty Mtn. Ascend to the forested areas, open meadows, single track, and rocky sections to wooden signs just before the summit of Frosty Mountain which is the highest peak in Manning Park at 7900 feet (2408 meters). After reaching the wooden signs, the race will descend to the right (North) through a short rocky section then into meadows followed by easy switchbacks before reaching the south side of Lightning Lake. The 27km race will turn off to finish back at Lightning Lake parking lot just past Aid station 3, while the 50km race will continue around Lightning Lake followed by a relatively easy climb up Skyline Trail 1 returning via Strawberry Flats to Lightning Lake parking lot. The 13km course goes around Lightning Lake and along Flash Lake.


This course has an elevation gain of 185m.

Download the 13km route .gpx file


This course has an elevation gain of 1250m.

Download the 27km route .gpx file


This course has an elevation gain of 2090m.

Download the 50km route .gpx

Gear Checklist

Mandatory for 27km and 50km

  • Collapsible cup to be used at all aid stations for beverages and food. We are trying to limit our environmental impact by being a cup-less event.
  • Minimum of 2 liters of fluid capacity is carried with you. 
  • Headlamp in working condition. Bring spare batteries for your lights.
  • One emergency survival blanket.
  • Whistle attached to outside of pack or clothing.
  • Extra food in reserve. Minimum 400 calories extra (not to be consumed unless emergency).
  • Waterproof jacket with taped seams and hood.
  • Long running pants or leggings or a combination of leggings and long socks which cover the legs completely (optional waterproof pants).
  • Insulating layer long-sleeve shirt.
  • Hat and gloves.

Also Recommended:

  • GPS navigation device with the race route loaded. This must be charged and operable for the entire event. To keep charged, many runners use battery packs in their drop bags. This could be a cell phone or other device.
  • Water bottle equipped with filtration, or water treatment tablets if you plan to use streams for water.
  • Soft flask in case your water bladder breaks/leaks.
  • Zip-top bag if you wish to take food with you from an aid station.
  • Personal medications – we cannot administer any medications, even Advil!
  • Sunscreen and lip balm.
  • Fire starter.
  • Bug spray.
  • Extra pair of socks in your pack.
  • 1 compression bandage for sprains or other injuries.
  • Compact first-aid and foot care kit.
  • Toilet paper/wipes and a zip top bag to carry it out with.
  • Moleskin, band aids, duct tape.
  • Vaseline or other anti-chaff product.
  • Bear spray or air horn if you are concerned about bears.
  • Finish line warm clothes packed in a waterproof drop bag.

Poles are allowed in all of the race distances.


  • Top Male and Female competitor in the 13km race will each receive CAD$25 gift certificate
  • Top Male and Female competitor in the 27km race will each receive CAD$50 gift certificate
  • Top Male and Female competitor in the 50km ultra will each receive a CAD$100 gift certificate
  • All finishers will receive a Finisher Medal

Once the top three in each distance have crossed the finish line we will have a brief podium ceremony presenting the gift cards and 1, 2, 3 medals. There is no set time for each ceremony; however, they will be shortly after the top three are in!

Race Records

  • 13km
    • Male: Ewan MacKenzie – 0:59:03 – 2019
    • Female: Megan Bissky – 1:04:03 – 2019
  • 27km
    • Male: Chris Barth – 2:27:42 – 2014
    • Female: Stacey Cleveland – 2:47:49 – 2017
  • 50km
    • Male: Marcus Ribi – 4:50:14 – 2017
    • Female: Tamsin Amstey – 5:25:38 – 2009

Event Policy

For information about bib transfers, cancellations and deferrals for this race, please refer to our Event Policies.

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