Skimo News Dec 5 and before: Gaston and Valmassoi dominate in Eldora, Wolf Creek race Cancelled

Rory Kelly racing the individual race. Photo by Summit Endurance Academy.

Welcome to our first week of 2017/18 seasonal coverage for ski mountaineering racing in North America and abroad! We'll be doing our best to recap … [Read more...]

Profiling Three Specialized Skimo Stores in North America

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Not long ago, all of North America was struggling to buy light ski mountaineering and ski touring gear. We were ordering online from Europe, dealing … [Read more...]

Review of Pierre Gignoux Black Ski Mountaineering Boots: Light, Comfortable and Performance Driven

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Quick overview: Usual Retail Price:  €1330 Euro ($1600 USD) + VAT if buying within Europe Weight: 600 grams with liner (size 26) Sizes … [Read more...]

Effective Training Planning for Your Next Skimo Season

You might have heard Kilian Jornet say that he doesn't follow a structured training plan and trains more by feel. However, he still plans around his goals and does this after many years of high level experience.

Are you ready to ski yet? We bet a lot of you are. After all, the snow has been flying already. We are big proponents of planning your next season … [Read more...]

Skimo Racing in Poland, Stryn Rando 3000 and Lofoten Skimo in Norway: Eric and Stano travelling

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Since Eric and I are staying longer in Europe than other North American skimo athletes we searched for some "out of the beaten path" races to … [Read more...]

Recap of Stage 4 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young seal 4th overall, Gaston & Taam top 20, Lenzi & Eydallin and Roux & Forsberg victorious!

Third climb today provided fine Mont Blanc views!

Although today's stage could not have gone over the mythical Grand Mont summit, due to still elevated avalanche danger, the melt-freeze conditions … [Read more...]

Recap of Stage 3 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young close to 3rd, Gaston & Taam 16th today, Carter & Nelson abondon

Magical view of the Mont Blanc massif today.

Overnight cooling, some light winds high up, and a 7am start allowed organizers to finally take the athletes into the alpine today. These … [Read more...]

Recap of Stage 2 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young holding 4th, Gaston & Taam 12th today, Kilian Jornet forcing the pace, Emelie Forsberg is back

Filippo in last skins-off transition.

All that new powder snow racers were enjoying in Stage 1 yesterday turned into watery mush overnight as freezing level moved above 2500m. Rainy … [Read more...]

Recap for Stage 1 of 2017 Pierra Menta: Smiley & Young 4th in women, Carter & Elson 17th in men, Lenzi & Eydallin and Fiechter & Pont Combe win

Janelle Smiley leading Jessie Young on their way to 4th place today!

With almost a metre of fresh snow on the ground, local organizers had to revise their plans for stage 1 due to high avalanche danger. Thankfully, the … [Read more...]

Preview of 2017 Pierra Menta: 8 North American Teams and Biggest Podium Favourites

Bon Mardion and Gachet in the 2015 edition.

The 32nd edition of the famed Pierra Menta is just around the corner - starting on Wednesday, March 8 - and currently, snow is accumulating very … [Read more...]

Relay Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Mar 2: Switzerland wins men, France wins women, USA and Canada no luck today

France's women winning team. ISMF photo.

Traditionally, last day of the Championships belongs to relay races which are always lots of fun as so many technical aspects of skimo and all … [Read more...]

Vertical Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Mar 1: Kilian Jornet and Andrea Mayr claim gold, John Gaston 11th and Kristi Knecht 15th for North America

Quinn Simmons (cadet) and Ian Clarke (junior) - both very talented cyclists trying their hand in skimo in the winter. Photo by Matt Reid.

Today, most of us were waiting whether Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg can pull off a double as a couple, or whether it will be Damiano's Lenzi … [Read more...]