In Memory of Ben Parsons: A Good Friend and an Athlete with a Big Heart

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Please consider donating to a fundraising campaign started by Ben's friends. All proceeds will go to support his son Rowen and wife Jen. Thank you!. Update - January 5, 2018: I can't believe it has already been a full year since … » full article

Skimo News – Jan 2: Race Previews and Current Snow Conditions

Photo from our touring day earlier in December. Good snow conditions are continuing in the west parts of Canada.

No racing action took place over the holiday period in North America or on the World Cup circuit. In other ski news, Colorado has finally received a bit more snow but the entire US Rockies remain anemic. The Pacific Northwest and Canada … » full article

La Sportiva Sytron and Scarpa Alien RS: Boots Under 1 kg with Focus on Downhill Performance

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There are two light ski mountaineering boots talked about these days - La Sportiva Sytron and Scarpa Alien RS - both weighing under 1,000 grams per boot yet promising previously unmatched downhill performance in this category. In each … » full article

Skimo News Dec 19: World Cup in China, Cam Smith Takes His First Ever Win at Wolf Creek, First Descent on Mt Assiniboine, Upcoming Events

Top athletes fighting in cold conditions in the vertical race in Wanlong, China.

It was an exciting weekend in the skimo racing world with the first ever World Cup taking place in China! The Wanlong venue will be hosting some of the sports for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. The American Rockies continue … » full article

Best Terrain for Skimo Intensity Interval Training: Groomed Ski Runs or Skin Tracks?

Regularly including various technical aspects of skimo racing in your workouts is crucial to your improvement.

In any competitive sport, once you want to improve your speed beyond a certain plateau, you'll have to incorporate regular high intensity sessions - Zone 3 to Zone 5 - into your training. Skimo is no different and its various technical … » full article

10 Last-Minute Skimo Christmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas is quickly approaching and skimo athletes can be notoriously difficult to shop for. To help you out, we’ve got a gift list that you can send to your significant other and let them surprise you from there on :) Below are our … » full article

Skimo News Dec 12: Record turn-out at Vert 180, Loup Loup Rando race preview

6pm start makes a for an unique race setting. (And low light makes snapping pics difficult.)

Vert 180 - Calgary, AB - Dec 9, 2017 There was a historical turnout at the Vert 180 race in Calgary last Saturday with around 100 participants competing in solo and various relay categories. This is a great sign of future development of … » full article

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 all the events and preview upcoming races. We're always looking for more contributions so … » full article

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 tempting to try to mimic what Kilian Jornet or  other skimo stars are doing but it would be … » full article

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 with language barriers, and hoping nothing breaks because the warranty process would be … » full article

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 available: 23-30 with 26.5 and 27.5 Pros: Comfortable, Light even with full liner, … » full article

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 where the track is always changing? You may recognize a few (or all) of the below … » full article