What is Skimo?

An Intro to ‘Skimo’ and Why It’s Becoming So Popular – Adventure Sports Network

Skimo (short for “ski mountaineering”), is the sport of ascending a mountain or course on “skinned” skis (occasionally carrying them) and blazing back down. Its roots are in long-distance uphill ski-travel tradition known as alpine touring (AT) or randonee. Read more…

What is Skimo? – Active Junky

Skimo—the best time you’ll have being miserable on skis. Skimo—Not Just a Misspelling of Eskimo. Skimo, or ski mountaineering racing, is exactly what it sounds like. Competitors race to be the first to the finish line using skis to travel up and down a mountainous course. It combines the innate challenges of climbing a mountain on skis with a format similar to a bike race. Events range from shorter races at ski resorts to long, unsupported backcountry races more akin are to ultra-marathons. Read more…

Skimo Scotland

Skimo Scotland are back for a 7th year of ski mountaineering racing. Six races over 4 weekends at 4 Scottish ski resorts.

Skimo Scotland’s aim remains the same: “to provide an introduction to ski mountaineering racing for recreational tourers and an exciting series of races closer to home for existing UK based racers”.

Skimo Scotland continues to be driven by a dedicated group of volunteers who enjoy nothing more than standing in the rain getting wet; getting blown over by gale force winds and traipsing over heather and mud so that they can stand on a mountainside cheering racers on. Occasionally there is snow, sun, blue skies and no wind.

Go to the Skimo Scotland site here..

International Ski Mountaineering Federation

The International Ski Mountaineering Federation is the International governing body for ski mountaineering competitions. Our main aims are promotion, regulation and development of ski mountaineering worldwide. Go to ISMF site here..

3 classic Skimo races:

Mezzalama Trophy – Italy – April (biannual)

Patrouille des Glaciers – Switzerland – April (biannual)

Pierra Menta – France – March (annual)

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