Ski Mountaineering Fall Training Camp

If you are looking to get a jump start on your ski mountaineering training this fall, consider the Ski Mountaineering Training Camp being put on by Stano and Eric Carter in September.  Watch for more details to come.


Quick overview

  • Training for three days around Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler, BC  with fellow skimo racers and members of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team.
  • Dates are September 12-14, 2014.
  • The agenda includes trail running, strength training at Challenge By Choice in Squamish, and roller skiing with video technique analysis.
  • Cost will be approximately $40 per person for all three days!
  • SMCC stands for Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada and is a section of the Alpine Club of Canada


Dynafit and Escape Route are bringing us two excellent evening presentations that we think will be interesting to skimo racers, ski tourers and trail runners. For those already attending the camp, there is no additional cost. For those who just wish to attend the presentations, the cost is $5 at the door. The presentations will take place at 7pm at the Escape Route in Squamish. Escape Route is also preparing special pricing for those in attendance to pre-order the latest and greatest skimo gear that is difficult to get our hands on here in North America.

If a skimo training camp like this interests you, please, email us to sign-up or to ask for more information via the form below.

Tentative Schedule

  • Friday
    • AM: Callaghan Park Rollerski Session OR Alice Lakes Run & Brohm Lake Swim
    • PM: Sea-to-Sky Gondola Vertical K*
    • Evening: Slideshow Presentation at Escape Route
  • Saturday
    • AM: Sky Pilot Long Run/Scramble & Murrin Lake Swim
    • PM: Britannia Rollerski OR Britannia Run
    • Evening: BBQ in Squamish & Slideshow Presentation at Escape Route
  • Sunday
    • AM: Strength at Challenge by Choice
    • PM: Garibaldi Park long run

Logistics and Gear

The camp will officially begin Friday morning but we understand work schedules may prevent some from joining us then. Feel free to come Friday night or catch up with us Saturday morning. Athletes are responsible for finding their own housing during the camp but we will do everything we can to help you find a place to crash. If you have friends to stay with in town, great, if not, let us know and we will try to figure something out! Below is a basic gear list for the camp:


  • Running Shoes
  • Training clothing
  • Sandals, post workout clothing, and beach gear
  • Ski/running poles
  • Food for fuel during workouts
  • Preferred snacks for meals
  • Helmet
  • Rollerskis (optional)
  • Mountain bike (optional)
  • Rock climbing gear (optional)


2014 ISMF Plenary Meeting

Pete Swenson represented the USSMA at the the ISMF Plenary meeting in Stockholm 13-15 June. The Plenary was attended by 21 federations, the new ISMF media partner TKS, an FIS observer, and the La Grand Course organizing committee. 

Ski Mountaineering Olympic Status

The IOC granted "Provisional Recognition" of the ISMF and ski mountaineering in April of 2014. This means the IOC will "audit" the sport and the ISMF for the upcoming two seasons and in 2016 will accept or decline ski mountaineering for the 2022 Olympics. While all parties involved are understandably excited by the prospect of the Olympics, my "off the record" conversations with people with experience/knowledge of the IOC decision-making process were sobering. At best the chances of inclusion are 50/50. Some individuals involved in the process feel 2022 is unlikely 2026 is more realistic.

  • The Olympic event format is undecided and under much discussion. Everything from a 45 minute 3-4 lap race to a traditional 1:45-2:00 hr race is under consideration. IOC concerns include: security, safety of racers, proximity of the venue, TV coverage, spectator access and environmental impact. The ISMF will satisfying the concerns of IOC but also put on an event that shows off the best aspects of ski mountaineering, is "true to the mountains", spectacular, and captures the interest of the public (and youth segment in particular).
  • The IOC wants to see 40 federations (up from the current 31).
  • The IOC audit of the sport is as concerned with the ISMF organization and it's structure/abilities as they are the conduct of the World Cup events.

Doping control is a significant expense; 24% (28,000 Euro) of the ISMF budget goes to doping controls. During the 13/14 season there were 55 tests in/out of competition, no positive tests. 


La Grand Course is now a part of the ISMF World Cup as a "Long Distance Team World Cup"  Beginning this coming season three LDT events will be added to the World Cup calendar. All LDT events are team events. Currently the Grand Course series is five events, but will expand in the future. I discussed the potential addition of a US GC event with the GC promoters and they were quite interested and will be visiting the US to review potential venues.

World Cup calendar events in 2014/15 will be five events, plus three LDT. 

The ISMF approved a "North American Continental Cup" that will likely include four events: Irwin Lodge, Crested Butte, Powder Keg and a Canadian race. 

There were no additions to the Equipment Pool of 19 members and no significant changes to ISMF race rules. Azerbaijan and the Netherlands were added to the ISMF member nations. 

TKS Media has been signed as the media/marketing partner of the ISMF. TKS has produced event coverage for soccer and auto racing markets, their focus will initially be on selling TV coverage to European markets followed by North America and Asia.


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