Review of Pierre Gignoux Black Ski Mountaineering Boots: Light, Comfortable and Performance Driven

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Quick overview: Usual Retail Price:  €1330 Euro ($1600 USD) + VAT if buying within Europe Weight: 600 grams with liner (size 26) Sizes available: 23-30 with 26.5 and 27.5 Pros: Comfortable, Light even with full liner, … » full article

Important Differences Between Training Volume and Training Load in Skimo Training

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How can two training plans be the same overall volume but be designed for two completely different athletes? How can we quantify training in a sport where the track is always changing? You may recognize a few (or all) of the below … » full article

Effective Training Planning for Your Next Skimo Season

You might have heard Kilian Jornet say that he doesn't follow a structured training plan and trains more by feel. However, he still plans around his goals and does this after many years of high level experience.

Are you ready to ski yet? We bet a lot of you are. After all, the snow has been flying already. We are big proponents of planning your next season as early as May or June, however, unless you are shooting for the stars, you will most … » full article

Roller-ski Training For Skimo: Video, Drills and How-to tips

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Should I be including roller skiing in my summer and fall skimo training? And what should I even be doing? If you have been wondering about the benefits of roller-skiing as part of your fall skimo training then we have some how-to tips. … » full article

Skimo Racing in Poland, Stryn Rando 3000 and Lofoten Skimo in Norway: Eric and Stano travelling

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Since Eric and I are staying longer in Europe than other North American skimo athletes we searched for some "out of the beaten path" races to attend. He ended up in Stryn, Norway and I went to Poland. Originally, I thought I would make … » full article

Recap of Stage 4 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young seal 4th overall, Gaston & Taam top 20, Lenzi & Eydallin and Roux & Forsberg victorious!

Third climb today provided fine Mont Blanc views!

Although today's stage could not have gone over the mythical Grand Mont summit, due to still elevated avalanche danger, the melt-freeze conditions allowed organizers to layout the stage just below, with athletes crossing Col de Forclaz … » full article

Recap of Stage 3 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young close to 3rd, Gaston & Taam 16th today, Carter & Nelson abondon

Magical view of the Mont Blanc massif today.

Overnight cooling, some light winds high up, and a 7am start allowed organizers to finally take the athletes into the alpine today. These conditions also delivered very breakable crust on the first 2 descents, however, by 9am the sun was … » full article

Recap of Stage 2 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young holding 4th, Gaston & Taam 12th today, Kilian Jornet forcing the pace, Emelie Forsberg is back

Filippo in last skins-off transition.

All that new powder snow racers were enjoying in Stage 1 yesterday turned into watery mush overnight as freezing level moved above 2500m. Rainy morning was quickly replaced by sunny skies and the challenge of the day was written on the … » full article

Recap for Stage 1 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young 4th in women, Carter & Elson 17th in men, Lenzi & Eydallin and Fiechter & Pont Combe win

Janelle Smiley leading Jessie Young on their way to 4th place today!

With almost a metre of fresh snow on the ground, local organizers had to revise their plans for stage 1 due to high avalanche danger. Thankfully, the stunning mountains and meadows surrounding Areches-Beaufort offer endless options for big … » full article

Preview of 2017 Pierra Menta: 8 North American Teams and Biggest Podium Favourites

Bon Mardion and Gachet in the 2015 edition.

The 32nd edition of the famed Pierra Menta is just around the corner - starting on Wednesday, March 8 - and currently, snow is accumulating very quickly in the area, even at low elevations! This is great news for all athletes that just … » full article

Relay Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Mar 2: Switzerland wins men, France wins women, USA and Canada no luck today

France's women winning team. ISMF photo.

Traditionally, last day of the Championships belongs to relay races which are always lots of fun as so many technical aspects of skimo and all transitions are packed into a 10min lap - consisting of 80m skinning, then descent, the skinning … » full article

Vertical Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Mar 1: Kilian Jornet and Andrea Mayr claim gold, John Gaston 11th and Kristi Knecht 15th for North America

Quinn Simmons (cadet) and Ian Clarke (junior) - both very talented cyclists trying their hand in skimo in the winter. Photo by Matt Reid.

Today, most of us were waiting whether Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg can pull off a double as a couple, or whether it will be Damiano's Lenzi third gold medal of these World Championships. At the end, neither scenario came to fruition … » full article