Mental Skills for Racing: Visualization

Lenzi leaving for a boot-pack in front of Jornet. ISMF photo.

Mental training is a commonly overlooked aspect of preparation for athletic competition. At best, most of us use only a few mental skills to cope with … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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

Italian Championships

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 … [Read more...]

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

Ram Sunlight

The US Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA website) recently announced a changing of the guard with Nick Francis and Chad Brackelsberg stepping down … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Innovative Ski Mountaineering and Skimo Racing Gear for 2016/2017

innovative-skimo-gear

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

New Skimo Race & US Team Qualifier on Dec 16-17th: Northwest Passage in McCall, Idaho

NW Passage poster

With the upcoming 2017 World Ski Mountaineering Championships to be held in Transcavallo region of Italy, the US Ski Mountaineering Association has … [Read more...]

Skimo Training Locations Series – Summit County, Colorado

A-Basin Rise and Shine Rando Race

The idea of this series is to highlight local skimo training zones. Not the big, rad lines in the backcountry that you go to for huge missions, but … [Read more...]

Guide to Overtraining for Mountain Athletes: What it is, Symptoms, Causes, Effects, Treatment, and Prevention

triad

We originally published this post in November 2013 but it with the new season at our door it is highly relevant. As highly enthusiastic mountain … [Read more...]

Useful Tips for Traveling: Skimo Racing and Ski Touring in Europe

mondole-skimo-world-cup-2

For North Americans, skimo racing in Europe is not only a humbling and awesome sporting experience but also an adventure into different cultures, … [Read more...]

Important Changes to 2017 ISMF Race Gear Rules

nopieps

Several important rule changes were adopted in that will impact racers competing on the World Cup and at World Championships level in the upcoming … [Read more...]