Two years went by very fast since the last World Ski Mountaineering Championships!
On Sunday, March 10 athletes will line up for the first event of the 2019 Skimo Worlds in Villars, Switzerland.
We have prepared the following overview – including names on the US and Canadian Teams – to make it easier for you to follow events every day… and a little bit of controversy too.
World Ski Mountaineering Championships take place every second year and usually take over a region or a valley somewhere in Europe for 6-7 days.
Here is the events schedule for 2019 Skimo Worlds:
- March 10 – Sprint Race – All categories
- March 11 – Individual Race – Junior & Cadet
- March 12 – Individual Race – Senior & Espoir
- March 13 – Vertical Race – All categories
- March 14 – Day Off
- March 15 – Teams Race – Senior
- March 16 – Relay Race – All categories
Controversy: Pierra Menta dates clashing with World Championships
Over the years, there have been many issues regarding collaboration between the ISMF (International Ski Mountaineering Federation) and the Grand Course races (big traditional team races) such as Pierra Menta.
This year, the two biggest skimo events, the World Championshisp and Pierra Menta, take place in the same week – Pierra Menta goes from March 13 to 16.
While both sides tried to work this out to some degree it shows that skimo as a sport is still very small that no one has the luxury to move the dates infinitely.
The following athletes were named to the US National Team after qualifying races in February, however, there could be last minute changes due to athletes’ abilities to fund themselves to participate.
This is the largest US Skimo Team ever with 20 athletes being less than 21 years old!
Athlete Demographics by State:
- Colorado – 28
- Utah – 7
- Montana – 3
- New Mexico – 2
- Washington – 1
- Jon Brown – Crested Butte, CO
- Jason Dorais – Salt Lake City, UT
- Mike Foote – Missoula, MT
- John Gaston – Aspen, CO
- Tom Goth – Salt Lake City, UT
- Rory Kelly – Boulder, CO
- Jack Linehan – Aspen, CO
- Cam Smith – Gunnison, CO
- Max Taam – Aspen, CO
- Michela Adrian – Bozeman, MT
- Sierra Anderson – Breckenridge, CO
- Jamie Brede – Breckenridge, CO
- Sarah Cookler – Silver Fork, UT
- Annamae Flynn* – Marble, CO
- Sara Kadlec* – Boulder, CO
- Nikki Larochelle – Breckenridge, CO
- Chelsee Pummel – Bozeman, MT
- Jesse Young – Aspen, CO
- Kate Zander – Breckenridge, CO
- Peter Butler – Port Angeles, WA
- Jeshurun Small – Gunnison, CO
- Max Bonenberger – Breckenridge, CO
- Jacob Dewey – Gunnison, CO
- Peter Hajdo – Gunnison, CO
- Henry Hanes – Albuquerque, NM
- Finnegan Remias – Breckenridge, CO
- Sam Wescott – Silverthorne, CO
- Morgan Fortin – Albuquerque, NM
- Victoria Olson – Salt Lake City, UT
- Connor Albin – Breckenridge, CO
- George Beck – Woody Creek, CO
- Sam Burke – Dillon, CO
- Paul Hans – Breckenridge, CO
- Mark Jardim – Breckenridge, CO
- Caden Klein – Aspen, CO
- Rush Peterson – Silver Fork, UT
- Jeremiah Vaille – Dillon, CO
- Elsa Bates – Breckenridge, CO
- Ada Fendler – Silver Fork, UT
- Samantha Paisley – Silver Fork, UT
- Grace Staberg – Silverthorne, CO
We have not received an official press release from the Canadian Skimo federation neither the World Champs team is announced on their website but these should be the athletes representing Canada this year.
Men’s Team – All categories:
- Matt Ruta
- Tyson Smith
- Peter Knight
- Scott Semple
- Noah Schuh
Women’s Team – All categories:
- Kylee Ohler Toth
- Lori-Ann Donald
- Ema Chlepkova
- Courtney Post
- Katarina Kuba
- Caroline Reid