In-depth La Sportiva shoes review and comparison: Akasha vs Bushido vs Helios SR


Overview: Suitability: Akasha - long distance trail and mountain running (lots of cushioning) Bushido - technical mountain running and scrambling Helios SR - trail racing and fast & light missions Usual full … » full article

2016 Fall Skimo SkinTrack Training Camp


The 4th edition of our training camp will be based around the beautiful small town of Lake Louise, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and the Banff National Park! As usual, the camp will partly serve as a fall training camp for … » full article

Important Changes to 2017 ISMF Race Gear Rules


Several important rule changes were adopted in that will impact racers competing on the World Cup and at World Championships level in the upcoming 2017 season. Sources inside the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) say that a … » full article

Interview with Michelle Katchur Roberts: From “not belonging in sports” to Canadian Skimo Team athlete


Only few years ago, I remember Michelle crossing the finish line at Canadian Skimo Nationals a long time behind the fastest women and being somewhat terrified whenever a race course featured more technical descents. Since then she has made … » full article

Interview with Kylee Toth Ohler: 2016 Canadian and North American skimo champion


Besides being the current Canadian Skimo Champion and the North American Skimo Sprint Champion, Kylee Toth Ohler is a mother of two and one of the nicest and most smiling people you can meet. I have known Kylee for about seven years and … » full article

2016 Mount Marathon race: Interview with 2nd Place Nick Elson

Nick climbing in the 2016 MMR (Philipp Reiter Photo)

The Mount Marathon Race is one of the most storied of North American mountain running races. It is one of the oldest races in NA (first ran in 1915) and also incredibly dangerous with athletes frequently becoming injured, maimed, or … » full article

2017 Skimo World Cup Calendar, World Championships, La Grand Course + Update on IOC recognition of ISMF/Skimo


Recent International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) annual meeting brought many important decisions and updates regarding our sport. The meeting took place last week in Albufeira, Portugal. Update on IOC recognition of ISMF ISMF … » full article

Review of Free Range Equipment Raven Pack

Climbing steep neve on the Coleman Headwall. (Nick Elson Photo)

Quick overview: Usual full price: $169 USD Weight: 540 g (one size) Volume: 25 L Pros: versatile, durable, spacious, lightweight, 2 ice axe loops Cons: back panel structure, no quick ski carry, not ideally sized for avalanche … » full article

Review of Adidas Terrex Skychaser Trail Running Shoes


Quick overview: Usual full price: about $160.00 USD Weight: 325 g (single shoe) Pros: Traction and Grip, Built quality, Breathable Cons: Bigger heel, lacing system (depends on preference) Suitability: Trail running in all … » full article

Biking Instead of Running? Proven Tips for Effective Summer Skimo Cross-training

This last winter, due to living in flat Edmonton, Peter rode his fat bike a lot as means of training for skimo.

The following article is a guest post by Peter Knight and is similar to our last week's post - How to Start Running After a Skimo Season Without Getting Injured - but with specialized information for skimo racers that prefer cycling and … » full article

How to Start Running After a Skimo Season Without Getting Injured


Although the ski season is not fully finished yet, we are all thinking about summer activities more and more with every sunrise. A year ago we published a post discussing a couple of general points for Transitioning from Skimo to Summer … » full article

Skimo Road to Olympics: ISMF Press Release


This is an official press release issued by International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) couple of weeks ago that landed in my spam box and I only found it now. It summarizes the latest positive developments of ISMF efforts in making … » full article