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Ski Mountaineering (SKIMO) Races

Castle Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the 8th annual weekend of Ski Mountaineering events. This year it will be part of the ISMF North American Race Series and will include a Sprint Race and an Individual Race (long and short courses). Castle is one of the four races in the Canada Cup that will be used for National Team Selection for the 2020-2021 Season.

What is Ski Mo?

Ski Mo is short for ski mountaineering. and is a skiing discipline that involves climbing mountains either on skis or carrying them, depending on the steepness of the ascent, and then descending on skis.

Competitive ski mountaineering is typically a timed racing event that follows an established trail through challenging winter alpine terrain while passing through a series of checkpoints. Racers climb and descend under their own power using back-country skiing equipment and techniques.

Want to learn more about ski mountaineering? Here’s a great blog post on the topic.

Race Information

The Castle races have recreational and competitive divisions for men and women with categories for youth (<19) and Masters (>40). Race Timelines are subject to variances based on weather and/or Officials Safety concerns.

Sat Jan 4, 2020 Estimated Schedule

  • 10:00-12:00 Lift tickets, waivers, Sprint course open for training
  • 12:00 Tech briefing Sprint race,
  • 1:00-3:00 Sprint race
  • 4:00 Results posted/appeal period
  • 7:00-8:00 Day Lodge: Podiums (Vert/Sprint) & Skimo Open House and Silent Auction

Sun Jan 5, 2020 Estimated Schedule

  • 08:00 – 09:15 Individual race start lists, waivers, lift tickets.
  • 08:45 Individual race tech briefing
  • 09:45 Racers to start corral, beacon check, personal bags
  • 10:00 Individual race start and move start to create finish corral
  • 12:30 Cut off for Competitive division racers to reach transition at top boot pack on Haig Ridge.
  • 2:00 Individual race finish, food/beverage day lodge
  • 3:00 Draft results posted/appeal period
  • 3:30 Awards ceremonies day lodge