Trail Time: Winter Ultra and Adventure Race Survey
You are being asked to take part in a research study about motivations for participating in winter ultra and adventure races in high latitude places. The goal of this study is to learn more about how ultra and adventure racers perceive their participation in regard to place and climate. You are being asked to take part in this study because you ski, run, bike or skijor in the mountains in winter, and have signed up for an ultra or adventure race. An ultra or adventure race is defined here as a human-powered event longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles, 42.2 kms), like the Susitna 100, Chena River to Ridge, Iditarod Trail Invitational, Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic, White Mountains 100, and so many more awesome events!!

Disclaimer: This survey is optional, and you can skip any questions you don’t want to answer. Note especially that although we ask for your name (so we can track responses over time), your survey responses will remain anonymous. Likewise, you must be 18 years or older to participate.
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Do you understand that your participation in this survey is optional and you can skip any questions or stop at any time? *
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Date of Birth
Region and country of residence
Race (check as many as apply)
Mother’s level of education
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Mode of travel (check as many as apply)
How many ultras or adventure races have you participated in?
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Do you take communication and orientation tools and if so which ones (check as many as apply)?
For you, how important are each of the following reasons to engage in skiing or other outdoor endeavors in high latitude places? Please mark one answer for each reason.
Not Important
Moderately Important
Very Important
I enjoy being outside.
I identify with environmental challenges.
I enjoy taking risks.
I enjoy being in small groups.
I enjoy setting and achieving goals.
I can afford the activity.
Circumpolar places are a last frontier.
Circumpolar places offer opportunities for wilderness experiences.
Circumpolar places are pristine and untouched.
Circumpolar places are different from elsewhere.
Circumpolar peoples are self-reliant.
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How well do your reasons for participating in winter ultras or adventure races agree with the statements below?
Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
I like the feeling of moving over snow.
I like the feeling of moving over snow only powered by myself.
I like the winter season because it lets me do activities only possible in winter.
I like competition.
Time on the trail is different than in regular life.
Trail time rejuvenates me; it makes me feel more alive.
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How well do your concerns about climate change agree with the statements below.
Strongly Disgree
Strongly Agree
Climate change affects my ability to participate in winter activities.
I feel anxious/ depressed in a winter setting without snow.
I feel disoriented in a winter setting without below freezing temps.
I want to help cap emissions but not at the expense of my winter ultra or adventure race participation.
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