What is ski mountaineering racing?

Ski mountaineering (skimo or randonnée racing) is an exciting winter sport that combines athletic skiing uphill and downhill with mountaineering skills over medium distances. There are various events and categories that involve skiing as an individual or as a team through a series of check points to the finish line. Some parts of the course require skinning up snowy slopes, some involve bootpacking (hiking) with the skis or board attached on a backpack and other parts of the course involve downhill skiing. First person or team to the finish line wins!

Ski mountaineering is widely popular in Europe and there is a rapidly growing community in North America. Most races offer recreational and elite level courses so that racers of different skill and fitness levels can compete.

Most events welcome skiers, snowboarders, telemark-skiers and back-country enthusiasts.

Events include: Individual, Sprint, Vertical, Team and Relay. For more detail on each of these events please see our page – New to Skimo?

Check out our race calendar and give ski mountaineering a try this season!