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SMCC 2014 Race Calendar

Saturday 05 April 2014– VERT 180  



We kicked off the ski mountaineering competition season by cancelling this hugely popular evening sprint/relay/enduro event at Canada Olympic Park because of the cold. Now rescheduled with a party afterward and an instructional clinic with national team racers before. Details and registration at http://vert180.blogspot.ca

Saturday 11 January 2014 – CASTLE Mountain Resort



Sign up and light out for Castle Mountain and the first Individual race of the 2014 winter season. Both the Competitive and the Recreational race routes take you safely into the rugged alpine high over this friendly Southern Alberta ski area. Course-setting Friday, 10 January, if you want to volunteer.

Race registration available Friday night – walk in Saturday if you must. Race runs Saturday morning, skinning at 10 a.m. Cash prizing! Gear prizing! Draw prizing!

Registration form (if you download this form and open it using Adobe Acrobat you will be able to use the embedded fields to fill it out)

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February 8, 2014 - Ken Jones Classic - Lake Louise - CANCELLED


For a variety of mostly weather-related concerns, we are cancelling the Ken Jones Classic for Saturday.

We will be trying to find an alternate date later in the season. Stay tuned.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to all who have helped us so far with this year’s race. Those who have paid entry fees will be reimbursed. Please call if you have any questions at this time.

We’ll see you all when it gets warmer.

David Dornian & Ryan Johnstone


Registration form (if you download this form and open it using Adobe Acrobat you will be able to use the embedded fields to fill it out)

Click here for more race details

Saturday 08 February 2014 – 4th Annual Ken Jones Classic at Lake Louise: This is your year to find out what this sport is all about – come race, tour, volunteer, and cheer


Saturday 23 February 2013 – ROAM Randonnée Rally


An SMCC ranking event is always a central part of the annual Cold Smoke Powder Festival at Nelson, BC. Whitewater hosts. So much snow last year that we lost half the course flags overnight. Info and registration, as it becomes available, here: www.coldsmokepowderfest.com


Saturday, Sunday 16, 17 March 2013 –
The Dogtooth Dash Continental Skimo Championships

Race Results - ELITE

Race Results - ENDURO


In partnership with the Alpine Club of Canada and the US Ski Mountaineering Association, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will be hosting for the first time the North American Championships. This year, Gore-Tex will be presenting the event. Not just a race for the Elite athlete – this event is a bucket list occasion available to all competition categories and ability levels, with Individual course on the Saturday and Sprint / Relay fun on the Sunday. Ian Gale has designed and created one of the most challenging and scenic races on our calendar. Teaser video here: www.youtube.com


Saturday 23 March 2013 – KEN JONES CLASSIC

Race Results
  Click here for race details Read the report from 2013 Ken Jones Classic

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Celebrating its namesake with big backcountry, this race rolls out of Lake Louise Ski Area and tours the heights. The Pro Patrol likes to show off their great terrain.

Always great prizing! This year will be an ‘assessment race’ for consideration as an ISMF World Cup event in 2014. Familiarize yourselves now!




Don’t forget our sister hoedowns south of the border on the USSMA Calendar. Nor our Canadians who will be resident on the circuit in Europe for the whole winter. Let’s make this season a memorable one!

6 tips to get you ready for your first ski mountaineering race

National Team 2014 Announced
The Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Competition Team was selected for 2014 based on interest, potential, and ranking over 2013 races at home and abroad, they are:

Men's A

Stano Faban
Peter Knight
Brad Schalles
Steve Sellers

Reiner Thoni
Andrew McNab

Women's A

Martha Burley
Melanie Bernier Michelle Roberts

Women’s B
Marg Fedyna
Sheri Foster

SMCC Committee & Team Selection policy Stano Faban leads Whitefish Whiteout 2013

Last winter Stano, Peter, Brad, and Steve fought it out on the male side for the Canada Cup, and Martha dominated the females while Melanie was on the European circuit with Reiner and Andrew.  All the athletes’ investment and effort paid off, with personal-best results moving into the realm of international recognition. Track them this season via www.skimocanada.org, Twitter, or the good gossip on www.skintrack.com

Overall Canada Cup Championship for 2013 went to Stano Faban, who brought peak conditioning to exactly the right events to deliver a narrow win over resident American Eric Carter. A man who has grown up walking his talk, Faban also leads as a consistent mentor to junior competitors, a race organizer and official, and as the wrangler of the leading English language website for our sport. 

Young (24) and promising Peter Knight became our Canadian Ski Mountaineering Champion in March where he was able to edge a strong field at the National Championships at Kicking Horse, making good use of conditioning and the broader experience gained just a month before during the 2013 World Championships.

For 2014, National Team selection policy has been reviewed and fine-tuned, and those with ambition can find details here: www.skimocanada.org/national-team-members Cheer them on! Join them!

Thanks and eternal gratitude to Niall Gleeson and Ian Gale, retiring from team efforts, but never from mountain skiing and their commitment to adventure. Ian is handing over leadership of the Dogtooth Dash to focus on new family. Niall will push the Vert 180 for one more year, and continues in a committee position, managing national rankings.

Thanks as well to Rab, and The Alpine Club of Canada for their help and donations to the cause.


Goal: February 2015 – ISMF World Ski Mountaineering Championships in Verbier CH

Canada took a team of 8 to Pelvoux, France last season and turned in its best results ever. We finished 12th in the nations rankings (of 22 or 23 countries, many with many more athletes entered). Particularly strong performances were witnessed in Sprint, Relay, and Individual races. Click here for detailed results and rankings.

Next World Championships will be in Verbier, Switzerland in 2015, but there is still a complete calendar to contend in the 2014 winter season. Melanie Bernier will race World Cups in Western Europe in January ’14, including the European Continental Championships. Many of the Team will carry the flag to the North American Championships in Utah this March. Expect more! Our team will outdo itself.

Line up with rampaging locals, Canada's National Team and a whole bunch of backcountry fun hogs for an evening of short race events. These are for everyone who knows which side of their skins goes on the snow and are designed to party us into the big winter ahead. Let's get everyone's blood pumping. Wax 'em up and come on out!

Through the rest of the winter, the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Cup will build momentum and enthusiasm with more events in Alberta and British Columbia.

Not only for our elite National-level skiers and competitive Open Category athletes, these international format races all share a strong connection to local community and enthusiasm. Each event will award prizes for ‘recreational’ or ‘introductory’ classes over a reduced course - perfect for those who like to keep the fun quotient high, or are new to ski mountaineering competition. All rules, race formats, and course descriptions will be posted at the event websites, listed above.

Register for SMCC races via the form at the top of this page. Information for each event can be found at the dedicated event websites as they come on-line over the next weeks.

If you are interested, but don’t know if you can – or want to – race, why not volunteer? Every race needs personnel for starts, finishes, time-keepers, photographers, and course marshals. Contact us. Many of our supporters and sponsors work as hard as the athletes to make the events successful. Many of our supporters and sponsors ARE the athletes.

The race series for 2014 is set and organized by groups led by the Alpine Club of Canada, and run under slightly relaxed ISMF rules – a competition format that highlights ski skills on both the ascent and the descent, employing skins and Alpine Touring, Telemark, or split Snowboard gear. Snowshoe categories are being considered as associated events. Competitors carry necessary backcountry safety equipment such as avalanche transceivers, probes, and shovels, as well as supplementary clothing and emergency supplies over a course of more than 4000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Numerous changes in terrain reward technique and versatility equally with fitness and downhill ski skills.

Full result details, times, and current national rankings will become available on this website after each race. Rankings count toward the Canadian Cup championship and are considered when the National Ski Mountaineering Team is chosen each year.

Come out for the contest, the party with your friends, or just to learn more about this exciting and challenging new kind of ski racing. See you all at the races!

Contact info

David Dornian, Chair
Ski Mountaineering Competition Canada/ Competition de Ski Alpinisme Canada
The Alpine Club of Canada / Le Club Alpin du Canada 

Media & direct enquiries:

Contact: David Dornian
Phone: 1-403-969-9673
Contact: Ryan Johnstone
Phone: 1-403-813-6495

Registration information:

Contact: Sheila Churchill at the ACC
Phone: 403 678 3200 ext. 108

    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.