Skimo Training Location Series – Calgary Olympic Park – Alberta, Canada

Kylee racing in big sky country at COP.

The idea of this series is to highlight a local skimo training zones. Not the big, rad lines in the backcountry that you go to for huge missions, but the day in, day out, reliable training spots. It could be on piste or backcountry but … » full article

Jan 23-24 News Shorts: Racing news from the US West and East, and Canada

Jessie Young boots to victory at the Heathen Challenge. Myke H Photo

With more skimo events on the North American calendar this season than ever before, race packed weekends are becoming the norm! Let's take a look how things went down last Saturday and Sunday, USA Powderhorn Resort in Colorado hosted The … » full article

450 grams: New La Sportiva Stratos Hi-Cube Skimo Racing Boots

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"How much lighter can they get? How much longer to 300 grams?" That's what I keep asking myself every year now since new superbly light skimo boots are born almost as often as I change oil in my car. What do you think? How long will it … » full article

Preview of new Fischer Travers Carbon ski mountaineering boots

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There were a couple of new ski mountaineering and ski touring boots that caught my eye at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. In this post, I would like to introduce you to a light and very good looking boot from an Austrian … » full article

Jan 16-17 News Shorts: John Gaston races a World Cup while others battle back home, Kilian Jornet wins twice

Max Taam leads the 2016 COSMIC Sunlight Dynafit Heathen Challenge. Myke Hermsmeyer Photo.

Another full weekend of racing in the US and Europe while the Canadian Series takes a break. Read on for more news from last week in skimo! USA Heathen Challenge Racers convened at Sunlight Resort in Colorado for the Dynafit Heathen … » full article

Skimo Training Locations Series: Peak 10 – Breckenridge, CO

Peak 10

The idea of this series is to highlight a local skimo training zones. Not the big, rad lines in the backcountry that you go to for huge missions, but the day in, day out, reliable training spots. It could be on piste or backcountry but … » full article

Jan 10-11 News Shorts: Skimo racing weekend all over the World

The field takes off at Outdoor Retailer skimo event. Myke Hermsmeyer photo.

This past weekend was the first big racing weekend of the season with events happening all over North America and several National Championships in Europe. USA On Thursday, part of the huge Outdoor Retailer event in Salt Lake City … » full article

Review of Arc’teryx Procline Comp Jacket: Breathable and super light hardshell for snowy ski mountaineering

Storm skiing in Coast Mountains, BC.

Quick overview: Usual full price: about $399.00 USD Weight: 405 g Pros: Fit, Simplicity, Function, Breathable, Weight Cons: Longer sleeves Suitability: For ski mountaineering in snowy or wet conditions Bottom line: A … » full article

Long-term Review: Dynafit RC-1 Skimo Boots

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Quick overview: Usual full price: $2150 USD Weight: 507 g (size 27) Cuff Rotation: 75 degrees Forward Lean: 12/18 deg Material: Carbon Fibre Liner Type: Palu Race 400 Pros: lightweight, stiff Cons: fragile, binding … » full article

Race Recap: Vert180 Skimo Race

“Oh great, now I get to be beaten by two people wearing tutu’s...” - Peter Knight

The Vert180 is the annual season opener for the Canadian Skimo Calendar. While the setting may not be spectacular alpine peaks, there is no shortage of energy that descends on Calgary Olympic Park the first weekend in … » full article

Skimo Training Locations Series: Diamond Head Trail – Squamish BC

BC's South Coast and Garibaldi Provincial Park. The Diamond Head Trail is accessed from Squamish.

The idea of this series is to highlight a local skimo training zones. Not the big, rad lines in the backcountry that you go to for huge missions, but the day in, day out, reliable training spots. It could be on piste or backcountry but … » full article

2015 Wolf Creek Classic Race Recap

Scott Simmons and Marshall Thompson leading the charge at the 2015 Wolf Creek Classic. Myke Hermsmeyer Photo.

This weekend marked the opening skimo race of the 2015-2016 North American calendar. Held at Wolf Creek, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, 75 racers turned out (including a strong contingent from the U.S. Army and National Guard) for a … » full article