The Wetterhorn, Mittelhorn and Rosenhorn Ski Mountaineering Tour

Climbing the Wetterhorn's normal route

A friend referred to this as the “Horny Tour”. Starting from Rosenlaui, between Meiringen and Grindelwald, it’s a ski mountaineering tour that links up ascents of the Wetterhorn (3692 meters), Mittelhorn (3703 meters) and Rosenhorn (3688 meters). In the world of ski mountaineering, this one has a bit more mountaineering than ski. In fact, word has it that it’s an endurance exam …

Skimo for the Mountain Runner

Pascal Egli, one of Switzerland’s top Skyrunners, explains how he uses SkiMo for big winter days.   A mountain runner in love with skimo For me, skimo is the pendant to winter mountain running! As a true mountain lover I don’t quit the mountains in winter and start running only on the road. Climbing mostly the same mountains as I …

Me Ski Pretty One Day

A woman ski mountaineering, or skimo training, in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland.

I’m cautious to admit that I don’t love to downhill ski. I don’t though. I’m from the flat plains of middle America where skiing doesn’t fit the topography or the culture. And so, I didn’t grow up a skier. I moved to France with no mountain experience. I didn’t speak the language, couldn’t admire the local cuisine (being vegan), and …

How I fight the cycling winter blues with skimo

Ski randonee racers training in the Italian Dolomites

In winter, cyclists either get fat or undergo a training regime that sounds like torture. They ride outside in absolutely miserable conditions; and when they can feel their fingers again, they post epic pictures on social media and pretend that they had a fantastic time. Sometimes, they go to the gym and look ridiculous as they try to lift weights with …

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Essential SkiMo Gear

Skimo Gear

What’s inside my skimo pack? The beauty of skimo is that it really is like going for a run. You can go alone, you can get an intense workout in with little time, and you really don’t need much gear. But, you do need the right gear, and you need to understand what that is and if it’s right for …

What is SkiMo?

Ski mountaineering in the Swiss Alps

SkiMo Explained Uphill skiing? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Who skis up? According to a recent article at Outside online, skimo is one of North America’s hottest winter sports. Apparently lots of people are pointing their skis uphill. After ten years living in the Alps, skimo is now a regular part of what I do each winter. It’s completely normal to go for a ski …

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Basic Ski Mountaineering Race Gear and Ski Rando Technique Explained

Ski Rando Race Gear Thanks to being inundated with questions about ski rando race gear all winter, we put together a short video to explain what I’ve learned racing in Europe. I am by no means an expert, but I was immersed in the Euro race scene all season and managed to do well in some races, including the famous …

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Ski Rando Race Gear

Ski Rando Racing : What gear is needed? While packing for a weekend of Ski Rando Racing (Ski Mountaineering Racing) in the Italian Dolomites, I though to snap a quick photo to present exactly what it is that goes and is typically required. I have two races to choose from tomorrow and am prepared for each. One is a frantic, …

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Ski Rando Training Photos

Perfection : |pərˈfek sh ən|noun : the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects : • a person or thing perceived as the embodiment of such a condition, state, or quality Sometimes it envelopes us and we know we are doing what we were meant to do. Sport, in the mountains, free of flaws because we are fit, healthy …

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Tour de Sas | Ski Rando Racing

A Delightful Spanking If you enjoy backcountry skiing where you feel as if your being chased, and you are never allowed to stop and rest, I have just the sport for you. Euro ski rando racing. I have been talking about the Tour de Sas for the last week because I was excited to try this sport and much of …

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Skiing in the Dolomites | Tour de Sas

Tour de Sas prep As the Tour de Sas fast approaches Saturday 21 February – I have been on the course twice to have a little look at the terrain and conditions. For those skiing in the Dolomites, one thing is obvious – there is a ton of snow up high but given the conditions, not a lot of tracks …

Spanked | Welcome to the Dolomites

Welcome to the Dolomites I left the house in the dark, 6:45 a.m., the street stone silent and glazed with a layer of ice. Rain drops came down confused about whether or not they should be snowflakes. Our third story house was getting snow, at street level, rain. We were snowline. “Buon Giorno”, I looked up from my feet to …