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The dates and venues have been annouced for the World Cup events for 2017/18. But what is Ski Mountaineeing? NEW

China, Switzerland, Andorra, France and Italy – these are the venues for the five ISMF (International Ski Mountaineering Federation) World Cup weekends this coming winter season.

China is a newcomer, a result of the ISMF’s determination to take the WC events outside the usual host countries at least once a season.

It will differ in that it will not have a junior competition, keeping the event to Senior (23 years +) and Espoir (20-23) athletes only.

Andorra is a recurring venue and a pleasure to attend, well organised with an experienced Local Organising Committee.

Switzerland’s venue is Villars, which will also host the sport in 2020 as part of the Junior Olympics.

The final two events will take place in Puy-Saint-Vincent in Haute Alpes in France and Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomites in Italy.

This will make for a more varied geographical spread than last season, which saw three events in the Pyrenees (albeit in three different countries).

But what is ski mountaineering?

Check out my earlier report here:

Ski MountaineeringSki Mountaineering - under starters orders















2018 is a European Championships year and this year they will take place on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily.

Another new and exciting venue for this growing sport.

It will be interesting to see who, in a PdG (Patrouilles des Glaciers) season, makes their mark on the World Cup circuit.

Will Kilian Jornet still have the passion for it after his spectacular achievements this year, summiting Everest twice in a week?

Can Laetitia Roux, “The Queen of Skimo”, retain her title up against a strong, up and coming younger field?
Ski MountaineeringSki Mountaineering - All women's skimo team




















Talking of the PdG, entries opened on the 1st September for teams of three (plus a reserve) to tackle perhaps one of the most famous races in the skimo community.

Finishing in Verbier, teams start either from Zermatt or Arolla and it is a huge test of physical and mental strength.

Entries close at the end of this month and the teams lucky enough to be picked (there is ALWAYS huge over subscription) should know by the beginning of December whether their season will mostly involve yomping uphill in ridiculously lightweight skis!

Keep your fingers crossed for my team and me – Les Blondes de Bagnes – as we attempt to gain a place in the “big” PdG from Zermatt!

2017/18 ISMF Calendar2017/18 ISMF Calendar












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