- I’ve never raced before and I don’t really know what ‘Skimo’ is.
“Skimo” is short for “ski mountaineering” but most skimo racing isn’t as extreme as that term suggests. Like most ski racing, we race down the hill, but we also race up the hill, too!
- What equipment do I need?
You will need some sort of touring set-up that uses climbing skins – alpine touring, telemark, or splitboards all work. Unfortunately, no nordic gear is allowed even if you have kicker skins and no snow shoes. You’ll also need a helmet and a headlamp.
- So, no avalanche gear?
Not for the Tuesday night races! The courses are set in bounds at the resort. You are more than welcome to bring your avalanche safety gear if you want, but we do not require it.You will, however, need avi gear for bigger races like the Wasatch Powder Keg or Crowbar that go into the backcountry!
- How about a backpack?
Not required, but you can bring one if you like. The Tuesday night races are designed to take an hour, so bring whatever you think you might need for an hour of exercise. If it’s your first race a pack isn’t a bad idea so you have a place to stash layers you shed or bring extra in case you need them.
Sometimes the course setter will be sneaky and set a boot pack and will suggest you bring a back pack. In this case, wearing a pack will A) ensure you don’t drop you skis and B) be good practice if you think you want to do other races like the Powder Keg (which you should) where you will be required to wear and use a back pack.
- Oh yeah , what should I wear?
Skimo racing is highly aerobic and you will see people wearing literally nothing but a full body spandex suit. In the middle of winter. While it’s snowing. And the wind is howling. Yup.
But before you jump into the spandex, and good rule of thumb is start with what you could wear for a day of ski touring and then go a little lighter. On your first race or two, bring a few different layers so you can adjust as needed.Many racers will wear a warmer layer to warm up before the race and an area will be available to stash layers and backpacks before the race so you don’t need to be freezing from the moment you get out of your car. Everybody’s body is a little different, so it may take some adjustments, and what might work for your friend might not work for you.
- Wait, did you boot pack? What’s that?
The boot pack is the trail the course setters and other racers have put in that often has steps packed down to make climbing on foot much easier.
- How do I know if I won?
- How much does it cost?
- Where does the money go?
- Where are the races?
How do I find the start? Read our home page! We’ll do our best to put race info and start locations right on the landing page before each race so its easy to find.