March 1, 2018

Jasper’s first ski mountaineering challenge coming to Marmot Basin

Marmot’s Revenge will feature two ‘skimo’ races: a long, professional course and short recreational course.

Parks Canada Adam Greenberg

Parks Canada Adam Greenberg

Before there were ski lifts, before ‘earn your turns’ became a rallying call of backcountry ski enthusiasts, winter adventurers strapped seal skins to their wooden skis to scale snowy slopes.

Whether initially done for fun or just to get from A to B, ski mountaineering (skimo) has evolved to become a popular European sport involving both uphill and downhill skiing along with mountaineering skills (the ‘skins’ are now synthetic and the equipment made much lighter). Recently gaining traction in Canada, skimo is coming to Jasper on March 17 when Marmot Basin ski resort hosts its first official race: Marmot’s Revenge.

Sometimes described as a triathlon on skis, the race is a chance for people to push their boundaries to the edge of their endurance capability.

Skiers, snowboarders, telemark skiers and backcountry enthusiasts are all invited to test their mettle on the two courses, which will involve ‘skinning’ up the hill, hiking to other sections of the mountain with skis or board strapped to a backpack, and zooming down the mountain to the finish line for well-earned après bevvies.

The two races on offer this first year are:
1) Long Course: Elite men and women
2) Short Corse: Recreational, Juniors*, Split Ski and Masters**
*Juniors that want to race the long course will need to be at least 16 years old as of Dec 31, 2018.
**Masters who want to race the long course simply register as Senior racers.

Proposed Recreational Course Map


Proposed Elite Course Map

Note: In order to participate, racers must be fully equipped and have an avalanche kit that includes: transceiver, shovel, and probe.

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