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Ski Mountaineering Race coming to Nevis Range

Published: 03/08/2012

Ski mountaineering racing coming to Scotland.

Winter 2013 will see ski mountaineering (SKIMO) racing being introduced to Scotland for the first time. Ski mountaineering racing is already a well established sport in the Alps and North America but as yet has not spread to the United Kingdom - until now.

Skimo Scotland plan to hold 4 individual races during the coming season:

Saturday 29th December 2012 - Lecht 2090
Saturday 19th January 2013 - Glenshee Ski Centre
Saturday 23rd February 2013 - Glencoe Mountain
Saturday 23rd March 2013 - Nevis Range

Ski mountaineering racing combines athletic skiing with mountaineering skills incorporating technical ascents and descents. There are different types of courses ranging from vertical sprints where racers skin uphill over a set distance to courses that have short steep sections which require the racers to put ski’s on their backpacks; all combined with technical downhill sections.

The races are short (60 - 90 minutes) and are held towards the end of the normal ski piste day which are ideal for people with busy lives and the weekend warrior amongst us. Each race has been exclusively designed around the specific resort, using the extensive knowledge of the ski patrol to ensure racers ski the best conditions in a secure setting.

Competitors are supplied with an equipment list which must be carried over the distance. Competitors all start at the same time, and the fastest person to complete the course is the winner.

Skimo racing is suitable for serious and non serious ski mountaineering enthusiasts. Skimo Scotland’s aim is to provide an introduction to the sport for those who haven’t raced before, without having to travel too far. The races are open to ski mountaineers, ski tourers, split boarders, boarders and telemark skiers - lycra is not a prerequisite to enter, just enthusiasm for the sport.

Skimo Scotland would like to get as many peole as possible involved; they believe that if you have a sense of adventure and a desire for new challenges then you are half way there. Scotland may not have the elevation, deep snow and high mountains of the Alps, but what Scotland will offer is a uniquely challenging few hours in the mountains with great support and an introduction to this potentially highly addictive sport.

Skimo Scotland’s races follow the format and regulations of the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) as close as possible but have adapted some rules to meet our unique and challenging environment.

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