Stano Faban

I am the founder and the main author of On the athletic side, I am proud to be a member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team. Beyond that I make my living as a freelance web designer and, no surprise, I spend most of my free time outdoors.

Like everyone, I am still learning and improving my skills but I like to share what I have learned so far. You are welcome to join me on this journey.

About Stano from Skintrack

From Swimming to Self-coaching at 16 to Ski Mountaineering

Canadian Ski Mountaineering Team

Racing with the Canadian team at one of the World Championships…

I started “skiing” when I was about four years old and started backcountry skiing when I was twelve. All this was back in Europe (Slovakia) where ski mountaineering has a strong tradition also as a competitive sport.

Between the age of 8 and 14 I was involved in competitive swimming and then fully transitioned to triathlon. In both swimming and triathlon I made it as far as becoming a Slovak National Champion.

Since 16 I was part of a bold 3 man (boys back then) group that tried to find and validate as much information about endurance training as possible. We trained together and shared lots of info. But essentially, each of us coached himself to some great results. I continue on this self-coaching path ever since.

After moving to Canada I was instantly amazed by the vastness and the wilderness of the outdoors yet I went hard at triathlon until 21 while ski mountaineering and cross-country skiing in the winters.

Then after a tough realization that sport probably wouldn’t be my bread maker I went to school and backcountry skiing quickly became my #1 passion. Free off pressure of summer competitions I could explore the outdoors much deeper. Ski traverses, great powder days and steep skiing were only a natural progression.

flying in the Rockies

…but ultimately this is what it’s about – freely moving through beautiful environments ;)

Then the start of rando ski mountaineering racing in North America presented me with a chance to compete once again. And since 2002 I was always (with a small break) involved in the development of this sport on this continent, whether as a racer or an organizer.

Currently, I am devoting most of my no-work time to preparing for the next winter season in which I want to continue representing Canada internationally.

Dreams of another Pierra Menta and new speed ski traverses are only more gasoline on this fire.

Achievements and adventures I value the most:

  • 1st Overall 2013 Canadian Skimo Cup
  • Member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team
  • competed in 2010 Pierra Menta, and 2010 and 2011 World Skimo Champs
  • Speedy solo Joffre-Matier-Slalok link-upFastest Known Time (May 19th, 2012 – British Columbia)
    vertical: 2520m, length: about 20km
    In 5h 58min from Duffey Lk road at the Ceeris Creek, to top of Mt Joffre, Mt Matier, and Slalok, ending the Lower Joffre Lk.
  • Speedy solo “Complete” Spearhead Traverse (April 6th, 2009 – British Columbia)
    vertical: 4230m, length: about 50km
    In 8h 11min from Whistler Village to Horstman Gl, to Blackcomb Gl, the Spreahead Traverse to Singing Pass, over Oboe and Flute, behind Piccolo to Whistler Pk, back to Village via Whistler Bowl.
  • Climbed and skied Muztagh Ata, 7546m (July, 2013 – Xinjiang, China)
  • Climbed and skied from 6600m on Peak Lenin, 7134m (July, 2013 – Kyrgyzstan)
  • organizer of Mountain Storm skimo race and helping others to organize as well
  • multi-day ski traverses and adventures:
    • Bostock Creek to Revelstoke – Selkirk Mountains
    • Bridge-Lillooet Divide – Coast Mounatins
    • Misty Icefield traverse – Coast Mountains
    • Bugaboos to Rogers Pass – Purcell and Selkirk Mountains (unfinished business)
    • couple of other 2-4 day mini-traverses
  • Avalanche Professional Level 1 certification
  • certified International Judge for Ski Mountaineering Competitions
  • former member of British Columbia and Slovak triathlon teams
  • 2012 Stanley Park Tennis Open winner at 3.5 category
Top 3-photo credits: left Tomas Cernicka, middle Linda Bily, my cousin.

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