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ISMF Press Office - The second stage of the World Cup is won by sheer determination of the younger athletes (FR)

The second stage of the World Cup is won by sheer determination of the younger athletes.

Sun and chill marked the second stage of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup, which took place in Gavarnie, France.
This small ski resort on the eastern side of the High Pyrenees, a world heritage site, is so surprising that the landscape could be described as "Alpine". High rocky mountains stage in the background with a thick layer of snow covering the peaks set at 1800 meters of altitude.

Sunshine and clear skies were bright through this morning, but the temperature was really tough, -12 ° Celsius at the moment the race started. It was a wonderful track, but the snow was rock-hard.
An applause goes to the volunteers who did an outstanding job in preparing the track with their shovels on the toughest and most dangerous hills, adding strips to allow a safe passage for the athletes.

Yesterday, the 'sprint' test established the ranking for the race start. The top ranking from the sprint race started today separated progressively, according to their placement.

Switzerland dominated the first ranks with top placements for four out of six athletes. In the men's category the pole position went to Marcel Marti (Switzerland), followed by
Alexandre Pellicier (France) and Martin Anthamatten (Switzerland). For the women Nathalie Etzensperger and Gabrielle Magnenat (Switzerland) arrived first and second, and third
place went to Laetitia Roux (France). Mirela Miro Varela, who won the first World Cup race, held in Pelvoux, started behind and had to chase the leading group.

This was the start ranking order, but it changed after a few hundred meters.

14/01: Life from Saalbach: Kilian Jornet won Mountain Attach (AT)

Kilian JornetKilian JornetFinal RESULTS of the RACE
Kilian Jornet won this evening another race: the famouse MOUNTAIN ATTACK with a time of 2h35min08sec, with more that 8 minutes difference with the second and third, the austrian racers Stefan Kloger and Johan Wieland. Kilian Jornet started this season with 6 victories on 6 races.
At this moment, in female category, the catalan Mireia Miró is leading confortably the race as will arrive as winner very soon to the finish line.

Ski Mountaineering Cup in Norway

Ski Mountaineering in NorwaySki Mountaineering in NorwayThis weekend is the start of the Ski Mountaineering Cup in Norway. It’s totally six competitions in different places in Norway, and the first at Kårvatn in middle of Norway.
Saturday 15th January is the individual competition with a mass start at 11:00 on Kårvatn Farm. Good technical trail up 4 climbs and 4 descents, totally 1600 meters climb.
Sunday 16th January is the team race with mass start at 10:00. Team races are not included in the cup.

The website of the 2011 World Championships is online (IT)

The organiser of the 2011 World Championships that will be hold in Claut (Italy) have publiched the website (Italian, English, French).
On the English and Italian version you can see alreadz the regulations, the programm and the national teams can register and organise accomodation. The complete pack o registration and 8 nights accomodation (HB) costs 580€ for senior and 540€ for youth.

www.claut2011.org

08/01: Jackson Hole: Brandon French & Janelle Smiley - US National Champions (US)

Women's Pro
1. Janelle Smiley
2. Sari Anderson
3. Monique Merril

Men's Pro
1. Reiner Thoni (CAN)
2. Brandon French
3. Luke Nelson

2011 Tiki Torch Dash (CA)

The Golden Skimountaineering Team partnered with Kicking Horse Mtn Resort are thrilled to introduce the evolution of the Tiki Torch Dash January 15th as part of the Avalanche Awareness Days at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

The Tiki Torch Dash is a night race with two separate heats:
Heat 1 -A short track teams or solo relay race
Heat 2 -A King of the Hill vertical race where each racer goes head to head for SMCC points.

Germanys DAV Skitourencup is in the starting blocks

In 2011, the DAV Skitourencup consists again of four races – the three German classics Dammkarwurm, Hochgratrallye and Jennerstier plus the Austrian Vertical Race Champ or Cramp. The series will start with the legendary and hard Vertical Race Dammkarwurm the 15th of January in Mittenwald. The race goes uphill on the longest German (8km) freeride descent through the spectacular Dammkar valley. One week later, the DAV cup stops at Austrias longest black piste, again a lactic acid pumping Vertical Race in Spittal.

Selkirk Classic video (CA)

Here you can find a report from the Selkirk Classic ski mountaineering race held on British Columbia (Canada) last 4 december: Golden Ski-Mo Team's blog

Results

And here is a little video:

CS Irwin Lodge rando race successful first event (US)

Racers in goulotteRacers in goulotteThe first event of the Colorado Cosmic Series took place this last saturday the 11th of December at Irwin, a remote snowcat-ski location near Crested Butte. During the night before the race it snowed about 20 inches (50cm) of snow, creating some challenging and beautiful conditions for the races. The snow professionals from CS Irwin, the company that manages the snowcat operation at Irwin, did some avalanche control in the early morning hours and by race time the conditions were deemed safe.