10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Skimo Racing

Uphill tips:

  1. Relax your shoulders, neck and face… or as much muscles as you can. Save your energy.
  2. Experiment with variety of strides on variety of angles.
  3. Good kick-turns technique allows for short moments of recovery. They add up.
  4. Have spare skins always handy, not in your backpack, at least one.
  5. If you estimate a race will take you more than 2h do not skip on fueling. Unless you feel like God that day.

Downhill tips:

  1. It doesn’t have to look pretty, just fast.
  2. Longer traverses between turns allow for more rest.
  3. Don’t just blindly follow racers in front of you. They might be skiing off course… and you with them.
  4. If you think you skied off the course immediately start traversing the slope in both directions and look for flags below as well as above.
  5. There is no shame in using a snow plow to get things done occasionally. After all, it is ski mountaineer’s best friend.

Bonus tip:

Some lessons need to be gained through personal experience; otherwise, they are highly underestimated ;)

Training Plans for Skimo Racing

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  1. Nice tips! I would add:

    - Practice transitions (and boot packs) on every outing.
    - Groomers are fine for interval training, but get off-piste as much as possible. Practice kick turns a lot! Practice climbing on soft snow through the woods, traversing sun glaze, etc.

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