We will be at the Calgary MEC Snowfest

mec-snowfestCome celebrate the snow with us!

MEC Snowfest is taking place on Saturday, November 16th at the MEC Calgary Store, and the Vert180 and Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada is going to be there!

Activities include: a gearswap, kids’ activities, snow clinics, ski/board consignment sale, ski waxing, avalanche safety workshops and much more!

Full details can be found at: events.mec.ca

See you there!

MEC Vert180 Race and Clinic – 2013

vert-180-poster-thumbThe 4th Annual MEC Vert180 is back this year!  Dust off your touring gear, grab some friends and head to Canada Olympic Park on December 7th from 6-9pm.

The concept is simple the most ascents and descents in 180 minutes in each respective category wins.

Registration includes a post race meal, a lot of fun and a good challenge!  Registration is $45/person. Please visit http://vert180.blogspot.ca/ for more information and to register.

Date: Saturday December 7 ,2013

Location/Venue: Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, AB

Event page or website: http://vert180.blogspot.ca/

Registration page: http://vert180.blogspot.ca/p/registration.html

Race type: Solo, 2 or 4 person relay teams

Categories: Prizes for solo male, solo female, 2 male relay team, 2 female relay team, 2 person co-ed relay team, 4 male relay team, 4 female relay team, 4 person co-ed relay team, Top Junior Male and Female solo and/or team

Race course:

  • Vertical: vertical decent of approx. 394 feet
  • Length: 180 minutes (3hrs)
  • Number of ascents and descents: As many as you can complete in 3hrs
  • Special equipment required: Do to the nature of Canada Olympic Park and the format of the race, racers do not need to carry, beacon, probe, shovel for this race.  They must have alpine touring gear, no snow shoes or cross country equipment.  They must also have a backpack that they can strap skis on.


Want to learn how to backcountry ski race?

Members of Canada’s Ski Mountaineering National Team will instruct a fun and informative clinic December 7, 2013 at COP from 12-4pm. Sessions will be held both inside and on the snow. The clinic is for people new to ski mountaineer racing as well as those who want to fine tune and polish their race techniques.

Topics covered will include proper gear use, specific ascent and descent techniques as well as speed transitions.  With the use of proper technique and the fine tuning of these skills maximum efficiency and increased speed can be achieved whether backcountry skiing recreationally or ski mountaineer racing competitively. Registration is $45 as an add on to your race registration or $50 for just the clinic. Please visit http://vert180.blogspot.ca/ for more information and to register.

2011 National Championships: The Dogtooth Dash at KHMR in Golden, BC

The Dogtooth Dash race has been the diamond on the Canadian skimo racing circuit for some time now, and it hosted the National Championships for a third consecutive year. That says it all about the passion of the organizing crew and the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort itself.

The racing

There were three race courses to choose and the main one went over numerous climbs, ridges and descents to total about 5300 feet of climbing.

Canadian National Skimo Champions for the 2011 are Reiner Thoni and Melanie Bernie. They were followed by Andrew McNab and Ian Gale, and by Julie Matteau and Billie Velisek.

The results and rest of the report will be added soon.

Race day in video

Filming and editing done by Stano Faban (feel free to embed in your blogs):

Ken Jones Classic – Lake Louise Race, Apr. 2nd 2011

Ken Jones Classic
Ken Jones Classic

Registration online at the Alpine Club of Canada

The Lake Louise ski area is excited to partner with the Alpine Club of Canada and to present the inaugural Ken Jones Classic Ski Mountaineering Challenge on Saturday, the 2nd of April, 2011.  With great prizing, support from local businesses, and $1,000 cash up for grabs, everyone will have fine odds of walking away with more than just memories of a good time.

World Championships 2011, Sprint Race

The following race report is courtesy of Skimo Canada team member Alex Wigley via www.skitheory.blogspot.com

Another race done for the Ski Mountaineering World Championships 2011, the Sprint Race.  The Sprint is a fairly new event in Skimo racing, but really encompasses every skill into one lung busting 120m climb, with a fast downhill and skate ski section. (Photo Below:  Josef Rottmoser during his insanely fast sprint race)

The course start with a 40m climb that is fairly low angle, to a 20m switchback section, into a 20m bootpack, then another 20m climb, transition and downhill into a slightly uphill skate ski.  Transitions, racing, and descending times are always expected at around 3-4 minutes.  The more technical a racer can be the more time he/she can shave off of this short course, but don’t forget the mega power endurance that comes from training for specificly for an event like this.

The race starts with racers being sent off every 30 seconds, running solo on the course, and trying to hit their top speed for a cutoff for a quarter final round, semi final, and final round devised of six heats.  The best way to describe it would be to do some long intervals, that would have bootpacking, switchbacks and transitions, at your best pace or until you taste blood.  (Photo Below:  Melanie Bernier (CAD) in the Final Heat)

The fastest times were unbelievably fast, as the long distance enduro athletes North America produces, wasn’t up to par with the Sprint Specialists that Switzerland, Germany, France, and Spain brought.  That being said, Canada’s Melanie Bernier was the exception (again).  Mel, came blasting out of the start gate, making it into the Semi Finals right off the bat.  In the Semi’s she then led out of the start, resting slightly on the bootpack, but then tearing by the rest of the women in the transition gaining three positions putting her into the Final Heat.  In the Final heat, she started out strong, but when the Women who had been training specifically for this event put on the gas she just missed a high level finish.  Coming in at 5th, is the best result for North America at a World Championships ever (which was recently broken yesterday at the Vertical by Janelle Smiley placing 7th).  A strong race for Mel, and another step up for North America!