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...]

Short and Long-term Skimo Training: Training to Train vs. Training to Compete?

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It’s appealing to follow the top athletes in our sport as many post all of their training on social media like Strava. It can be also incredibly … [Read more...]

Important Differences Between Training Volume and Training Load in Skimo Training

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How can two training plans be the same overall volume but be designed for two completely different athletes? How can we quantify training in a sport … [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...]

Roller-ski Training For Skimo: Video, Drills and How-to tips

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Should I be including roller skiing in my summer and fall skimo training? And what should I even be doing? If you have been wondering about the … [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...]

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...]