16 August, 2010

2011 Upcoming Racing News

Well it looks like the 2010/2011 Winter Ski Mountaineering season is shaping up to be a really good one.  Here in North America there are an explosion of races being created and organized, and some unique events as well, some beginning to take on more momentum and becoming 'classics'. 
On the Canadian side of racing, expect to see a larger National circuit, but you should also know that Golden Alpine Holidays will be returning to host the Esplanade Epic (featured above).  The Esplanade, was and is an entirely heli in and out, backcountry ski mountaineering race.   Except instead of the mass start, GAH hosts the one and only time trial event, where racers take off alone and against only the clock.  The event will be returning this year on April 9th (weather depending).  But for those who can't wait to race, GAH will be hosting a second event, the Selkirk Classic Season Opener on December 5th.  Both races are $275.00 to enter.  Now there are other events, which will be announced shortly for Canada & the US, but expect a busy winter.

February 11-19th is the ISMF World Championships in Claut Italy.  Team Canada is currently preparing, with upcoming training camps, for another big step forward in the World Cup results.  It will interest people to know that the World Championships have been changed from the 2012 season to the 2011 season to ensure that it does not occur at the same time as the Olympics, gearing up for ski mountaineering to be an Olympic sport in 2018.  The entire World Cup schedule can be found here.    

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