Helmets Don’t Prevent Concussions


With the news of ISMF rule changes regarding skimo racing helmets (see my article here) I have been looking for more information about how well the helmets work against concussion. Probably like most of you, I just assumed that they help … » full article

Is Your Skimo Helmet Legal for Racing? New ISMF Rule and the EN 12492, EN 1077 and UIAA 106 certifications


Several weeks ago, we hinted that some new ISMF rule changes will affect the gear skimo athletes will need to use at ISMF sanctioned races starting in the 2016/17 season. Since then one of the most debated topics among athletes revolves … » full article

Useful Tips for Traveling: Skimo Racing and Ski Touring in Europe


For North Americans, skimo racing in Europe is not only a humbling and awesome sporting experience but also an adventure into different cultures, customs and rules. While most of that is very pleasant, there are times that the language … » full article

Skimo Training: How to Transition to On-Snow Training


Summer is firmly in the rear view mirror and the days are starting crisp and dark. Snow is flying in the mountains and, depending on where you live, it's time to finally start skiing. Before you do, here are our tips to make the transition … » full article

Short Movie: Skiing the Hardrock 100


In theory, skiing 100 miles should be easier than running them. But this all depends on terrain, snow conditions and overall winter challenges. In this short fun movie, a couple of fellow skimo and mountain running athletes (Paul … » full article

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