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

Innovative Ski Mountaineering and Skimo Racing Gear for 2016/2017

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Every year, manufacturers release fancy new gear to tantalize us. This is a selection of gear we think is innovative and probably worth having a look at for this season (as well as being actually available). We've got a mix of things for … » full article

Race Recap: Vert180 Night Skimo Race in Calgary

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The Canadian Skimo Cup kicked off with its first race of the season at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary last Saturday. With its unusual format - start at 6pm to do as many laps as you can in 3 hours - and working within the venue's … » full article

Video and Thoughts on Risks of Locked Binding Toes

Our thoughts are based on the talk by a biomechanical engineer Jeff Campbell. You can watch the 25min video further below.

We are all guilty of locking out our tech toe pieces while skiing downhill. If you are thinking "not me" right now then you are probably lying or you landed on this website by a mistake. My assumptions are that most skimo racers lock out … » full article

Two Winners of SkinTrack’s November Contest and $250 Prize Packages

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Until the very last day, entries were coming in for the SkinTrack November Gear Contest that we ran from Nov 1st to Nov 30th. Today, thanks to our gracious partners we are announcing the two lucky winners. Prizes and the Winners The … » full article

Interview with ISMF President about Skimo & Olympics and Anti-doping Efforts

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With many things going in the right direction for the sport of ski mountaineering racing, we reached out to Armando Mariotta - the president of the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) - for an interview with 10 questions we … » full article

Taking Science to Skimo: Skin Glide Testing

Photo: TAS-POMOCO

Montagnes magazine recently published an article detailing a scientific study sponsored by POMOCA and carried out by the Technologie Zentrum Ski und AlpineSport (TSA) laboratory in Austria. I’ll leave it to you to Google-translate the … » full article