Since 1974, SAIT has been a leading competitor in the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. Each year, we strive to out-compete other universities from across Canada.


Our Mission

Our mission each and every year is to design, build, and race the highest-performing toboggan that will out-compete every other toboggan on the hill. We strive to win the King of the Hill race and aim for a top-3 finish each year. We act as though we are working in industry with a high level of competency and professionalism while keeping it fun at all times.

What Is GNCTR?

The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is an annual Canadian engineering competition created in 1974. Founded by SAIT, UofC, UofA, and NAIT, the competition challenges students to use their creativity to design and build a "toboggan" where the running surface is made completely of concrete. The Canadian wide competition is held annually every January in a city alternating between East and West Canada.

The competition brings together over 400 students from across the nation to showcase their skills in design, creativity, technical writing, project management, safety, and school spirit.

Over the four day competition, competitors will participate in a number of events:

  • Opening Ceremonies: The competition is officially opened and the judging begins

  • Competitor Activity Day: Teams are mixed together to promote networking and competition spirit

  • Technical Exposition Day: Teams are given the opportunity to showcase their design to the competition. Technical presentations and safety reviews by industry judges take place throughout the day.

  • Race Day: Teams race down a ski hill in a number of events including speed and slalom runs. Teams are judged of braking, steering, speed and overall performance. The race closes out with the King of the Hill race, where the fastest toboggan is crowned King.

What are the Rules?

While there are many requirements, here are some of the basic rules:

  • Any part of the toboggan touching the snow, the "running surface", must be made out of concrete.

  • The toboggan must weigh less than 300 lbs.

  • It must fit five riders within a roll cage safely.

  • Have a working steering and braking system.

For a complete breakdown of all the rules, click HERE.