"Skimo" is short for ski mountaineering. The sport is also called randonee racing, although this name is more commonly used in Europe than North America. It is a type of ski racing where competitors race both up and down hills. It is very popular in Europe, and is steadily gaining popularity in North America.
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During a skimo race, competitors must be self sufficient and they are required to carry certain gear, including an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, some extra clothing, food, and water.
Types of Skimo Races
Another race format that is gaining popularity, particularly in Europe, is the sprint race. It is great for spectators because of its short and high speed nature. This format also works well for TV, an important factor in helping to get skimo into the Olympics. Sprint races contain all the same elements as the individual race compressed into 3 minutes and 80 meters of elevation gain.
In the vertical race, athletes are timed from the bottom of the race course to the top. It is simply a hill climb, with no descending or boot packing involved. A vertical race will have around 500-1000 meters in elevation gain. Top athletes will complete the course in 25-35 minutes.
Other race formats include the team race and the relay race.