Skimo News Feb 3-5: US Nationals, Steep Dreams at Panorama, Burke Backcountry Adventure, Upcoming Events

Jon Brown with Rory Kelly chasing Gaston/Taam in the teams race.

It was a busy weekend for skimo racing and big snow storms in North America while many skimo locations in Europe continue to receive very little snow. However, more snow often means too much distraction in the form of powder skiing for many … » full article

Skimo News Jan 28-29: Controversy at the 2nd World Cup, Le Massif Race in Quebec, CROWBAR in Utah, Upcoming Events

Aiden Lennie on his way to victory in the short course. Photo David Moore.

Time flies and we are already into February of 2017, with World Championships only 23 days away! To read our last week's Skimo News go here - Skimo News Jan 21-22: Carter racing in Andorra WC, Canada and East Coast races USA Race … » full article

How to Taper and Peak for Your Goal Skimo Race: Volume, Intensity, Recovery…

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After months of training, it can be daunting when the time finally comes for your big race. While it’s not possible to ‘make’ your race by training in the last week or two leading up to it, it’s definitely possible to ‘break’ it … » full article

Skimo News Jan 21-22: Carter racing in Andorra WC, Canada and East Coast races, Upcoming events

Forsberg overtaking Mollaret and Orgue in the vertical.

With World Championships quickly approaching (Eric and Stano will be attenting as well) the athletes are entering their final preparations. Besides the west side of US, there were races happening in all corners of NA and Europe. To read … » full article

New Race On The Block: Steep Dreams at Panorama Mountain Resort on Feb 4-5

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We would like to point your attention to a new ski mountaineering event on the Canadian scene. Not just because it's a first time event but also because the format of some its events is new to ski mountaineering racing world. Steep … » full article

Skimo News Jan 13-15: 2nd USA Team Qualifier, Mountain Attack, Upcoming Races and World Cups…

From left: Quinn Simmons (15) and Scott Simmons (45) are going to represent US at Worlds. Jon Brown, right off them, is also going to Worlds after qualifying for teams race.

Last weekend was very busy for racing in Colorado while Canada took a break. In Europe, 18th edition of Mountain Attack in Austria served its traditional 3000m around Saalbach. Our previous skimo news can be found here. We attend some of … » full article

Review of Salomon MTN Lab Helmet: Certified for Skiing and Mountaineering

Early season training at Whistler Blackcomb. Nick Elson Photo

Quick overview: Usual Retail Price:  $200 USD Weight: 330 grams without liner (size medium) Sizes available: Small (53-56cm), Medium (56-59cm), Large (59-62cm) Pros: dual certifications (climbing & skiing), lightweight, … » full article

Skimo News Jan 7/8: Canadian Team Trials, COSMIC Racing, and National Championships in Italy, Switzerland, and Catalonia

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With a break from racing over the Christmas holiday, action resumed in all the usual places over the weekend of January 7th and 8th. The current storm hitting much of the West Coast, Utah and parts of Colorado are certainly going to make … » full article

In Memory of Ben Parsons: A Good Friend and an Athlete with a Big Heart

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Update: Please consider donating to a fundraising campaign started by Ben's friends. All proceeds will go to support his young son and family. Thank you. When my phone rang last night and I saw one of my best friends name on the screen I … » full article

Interview with the New USSMA President – Ram Mikulas: National Team, Youth Development…

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The US Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA website) recently announced a changing of the guard with Nick Francis and Chad Brackelsberg stepping down from their positions as President and Vice-President. Ram Mikulas of Summit County, … » full article

Gear Guide To Your First Skimo Racing Setup: Skis, Boots, Bindings, and more

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When it comes to shopping for your first-ever skimo racing setup there is no "fit-for-all" advice as each person's goals, budget and athletic background are different. Some are new to skimo racing or even ski touring altogether while others … » full article

Skimo News Dec 1-19: US Worlds Team Qualifier Races, French Vertical Champs, and more

Janelle Smiley racing to first place. Photo by Eric Hoff.

The last two weeks have seen big storms dumping snow all over North America and kicking the skimo race season into a full swing. The first North American event of the year was the Vert 180 at the Calgary Olympic Park, part of the … » full article