Mount Marathon 2015 Race Preview

Penny Assman falling down 'the cliffs' in one of the more serious accidents in the history of the Mount Marathon. Photo by Carol Griswold.

While the Mount Marathon Race in Seward Alaska is relatively unknown to most of the US and the world, it is a pillar of mountain running in Alaska. With a 80+ year history, it is one of (if not the) oldest mountain running races in North … » full article

Trofeo Mezzalama update: Eric Carter’s team placed 13th while Italians won


Here is a quick update I got Eric today after they finished Mezzalama. Photos are coming. The race went off despite only a 10h weather window between storms which the organizers nailed perfectly. Mezzalama lived up to its reputation of … » full article

Catching up with Eric Carter before Trofeo Mezzalama

Eric and Lars Erik atop Mont Blanc.

With Eric spending last couple of months skimo racing in Europe and waiting for the ever postponing Trofeo Mezzalama (newest date is May 2nd) I sent him a few quick questions to catch up. Coming off a successful Pierra Menta with Nick … » full article

Transitioning from Skimo to Summer Training


Spring arrives at different time in different years. Some of us finish the last race of the season in February or March and are ready to hang up the skis. Others, with sufficient snow or motivation, are able to push the ski season well into … » full article

Review of CEP Compression Progressive+ Ski Merino Socks: Great for ski touring


Quick overview: Usual full price: about $69.00 CAD Weight: about 90 g / pair Pros: Fit, Function, Comfort, Odor free Cons: Slightly warm on warm days Suitability: Ski touring, skimo racing, downhill skiing Bottom … » full article

Jeannie Wall interview: North America’s Skimo Pioneers Series

Jeannie racing somewhere in Europe, sporting the first generation of the legendary Scarpa F1 boots.

This is a second 5-question interview with someone that can be considered as one of North America's skimo pioneers. » The first one in this series was an interview with Andrew McLean. » Interview series archive - North America's … » full article

Northeastern U.S. Rando Action: Final Two Weekends of March

Jan Wellford leading George Visser at the entrance to the Long Trail (order was reversed at finish).

This report was submitted by our SkinTrack corespondent Jonathan Shefftz who is also the driving force behind the East Coast skimo series. After kicking off the Northeastern U.S. skimo season at Berkshire East MA on January … » full article

Report: 2015 Mondole World Cup – Elson, Bernier and Carter raced for North America

Nick Elson racing to 22nd in the vertical race.

Report by Eric Carter, edits by Stano Faban, all photos by ISMF. The Prato Nevoso venue for the World Cup finals was an exciting one. Being very close to the Mediterranean Sea in the very southern alps, it has a very coastal snowpack. … » full article

2015 Pierra Menta In-Depth Race Report by Eric Carter

Running through the streets of Areches.

This is an in-depth report from Eric about his and Nick Elson's amazing journey to 15th place at Pierra Menta few weeks ago. I have had a few people ask if the Pierra Menta is what I expected. The honest answer is partly yes. Stories … » full article

Videos from 2015 Pierra Menta

Today's stage took racers much higher in the Rhone Alpe region.

I thought it would be great to have videos from all four stages of the 30th Pierra Menta archived on one page so here they are. They might be loading slower than you are used to so just be little patient and enjoy ;) Stage 1 Time-trial … » full article

News Shorts: Powder Keg, US Nationals, Pierra Menta

One of the super climbs today.

The last two weekends were full of skimo racing action on both sides of the Atlantic. While many of the best US racers fought during 3-day long back-to-back racing weekends a couple of their colleagues and Canadians took Pierra Menta by the … » full article

Stage 4 – 2015 Pierra Menta: Carter & Elson 15th overall, Bon Mardion & Gachet and Forsberg & Mollaret won the final stage

Big crowds came out to see today's stage. Photo by Jocelyn Chavy.

Since the 2015 Pierra Menta started on Wednesday, instead of traditionally on Thursday, the usual Saturday's stage over and around Grand Mont was the final venue in this 30th edition of the race. Stage 4 The top positions shuffled a … » full article