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 third gold medal of these World Championships. At the end, neither scenario came to fruition … » full article

Sprint Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Feb 28: Quinn Simmons claims bronze for USA, Arnold and Galicia win senior titles

Emelie Forsberg and Claudia Galicia in the bottom boot-pack transition during women's final. Photo Matt Reid.

I apologize for the delay with a report from yesterday's sprints. I was scouting the vertical course, waxing some skis for our athletes, cheering, and helping Eric with skins after he qualified in the rainy weather. Today, I raced the … » full article

Team Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Feb 26: USA women 4th, Lenzi wins another title, French women win without Laetitia Roux

Janelle and Jessie on the final descent. Photo by Mark Smiley.

Third day at the 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Championships brought another sunny day but thankfully it didn't get as hot as forecasted, thanks to a thin cloud cover, and so there were perfect conditions for senior athletes to tackle … » full article

Junior & Cadet Individual Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Feb 25: Quinn Simmons 11th in cadets, Everyone gaining experience

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Second day of racing at the 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Championships saw the future of skimo racing compete for medals today. With sunny skies back on the menu, and racing on shorter courses than the seniors, it wasn't any easier … » full article

Senior & Espoir Individual Race – 2017 Skimo Worlds – Feb 24: Lenzi and Roux win, John Gaston 15th and Jessie Young 13th for North America

Jessie Young (with a star on her chest) fighting for a good position briefly after the start with Janelle Smiley just behind her. Photo Mark Smiley - the famous mountain guide.

Today saw the first races of the 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Italy. Very thin snow-pack forced organizers to get extremely creative which resulted in very technical skin tracks and quite dangerous descents with lots of … » full article

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 the difficulty of training and racing. In this article, we will take you through a few … » full article

Skimo News Feb 3-5: US Nationals, Steep Dreams at Panorama, Burke Backcountry Adventure, Upcoming Events

Jon Brown with Rory Kelly chasing Gaston/Taam in the teams race.

It was a busy weekend for skimo racing and big snow storms in North America while many skimo locations in Europe continue to receive very little snow. However, more snow often means too much distraction in the form of powder skiing for many … » full article

Skimo News Jan 28-29: Controversy at the 2nd World Cup, Le Massif Race in Quebec, CROWBAR in Utah, Upcoming Events

Aiden Lennie on his way to victory in the short course. Photo David Moore.

Time flies and we are already into February of 2017, with World Championships only 23 days away! To read our last week's Skimo News go here - Skimo News Jan 21-22: Carter racing in Andorra WC, Canada and East Coast races USA Race … » full article

How to Taper and Peak for Your Goal Skimo Race: Volume, Intensity, Recovery…

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After months of training, it can be daunting when the time finally comes for your big race. While it’s not possible to ‘make’ your race by training in the last week or two leading up to it, it’s definitely possible to ‘break’ it … » full article

Skimo News Jan 21-22: Carter racing in Andorra WC, Canada and East Coast races, Upcoming events

Forsberg overtaking Mollaret and Orgue in the vertical.

With World Championships quickly approaching (Eric and Stano will be attenting as well) the athletes are entering their final preparations. Besides the west side of US, there were races happening in all corners of NA and Europe. To read … » full article

New Race On The Block: Steep Dreams at Panorama Mountain Resort on Feb 4-5

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We would like to point your attention to a new ski mountaineering event on the Canadian scene. Not just because it's a first time event but also because the format of some its events is new to ski mountaineering racing world. Steep … » full article

Skimo News Jan 13-15: 2nd USA Team Qualifier, Mountain Attack, Upcoming Races and World Cups…

From left: Quinn Simmons (15) and Scott Simmons (45) are going to represent US at Worlds. Jon Brown, right off them, is also going to Worlds after qualifying for teams race.

Last weekend was very busy for racing in Colorado while Canada took a break. In Europe, 18th edition of Mountain Attack in Austria served its traditional 3000m around Saalbach. Our previous skimo news can be found here. We attend some of … » full article