Dark Side Skimo Race: Presented by Escape Route

Skimo race is back!

The Coast Mountains’ only ski-mountaineering race is back in April! Will you be coming over to the Darkside?

We are proud to help this race come into existence.  Since our first sponsored race in 2007 at the World Backcountry Freeride Jam in Whistler, The Escape Route has been keen to see another series rise up.  At its very essence ski touring is about freedom.  Ski touring allows you to chase big  alpine powder lines if you want or have a great sunny walk in the mountains with the added bonus of a ski descent.  Racing allows you to explore the athletic side of the sport and test your skills.  The Darkside race has the added safety net of doing this race within the Blackcomb ski resort.  It is an opportunity for athletically minded individuals to get out and have some fun.

What is skimo exactly?

Below Brendan Armstrong explains it perfectly.

Skimo is a sport that I usually describe as essentially backcountry skiing racing. A preset course is raced in a mass start fashion where the best cumulative time wins. Other variations of races exist; however, the individual race (as described above) is the most popular. Technically, the sport of skimo may consist of fast folks running up and down hills with tight suits in a race style format, I like to think of the sport of skimo with a much broader view. Skimo to me has meant getting faster and going further. Faster going up, faster going down, faster transitions, and pushing the boundaries of what I thought I could do = more pow!

The skimo style of efficiency doesn’t have to mean suffering in the skin track. If often means using your energy wisely. For example, cutting hours of standing around at transitions from your day by learning new faster techniques. Having a small jacket accessible for quick descents or even fueling your day properly by eating and drinking before you get thirsty and hungry. Small tips and tricks that have been pulled from the racing world of skimo means that I can get more skiing into my day by travelling more efficiently through the mountains. Skimo racing has allowed me to practice becoming more efficient and it has allowed me to put my limits of what I thought was possible of myself!


Brendan Armstrong

Are you in?

The course has some steep climbs, descents and some spicy boot packs.   There will be something to challenge all participants.  Wrap it all up with a fun party on the deck at Glacier Creek and we know it will be a good time.  Isn’t that what a day in the mountains is all about?

To register click here.

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