Episode One of a web series chronicling SCARPA/SKI TRAB Team Crested Butte 2012 season. In this episode Bryan Wickenhauser, Brian Smith, Jon Brown, and Jari Kirkland talk about their training for randonee racing. Team Crested Butte’s training days last anywhere from two to nine hours and include skiing, touring, climbing and practicing transitions. They stress the importance of interval training as well as resting.
Randonee racing (also known as ski mountaineering) is extremely popular in Europe and is quickly gaining popularity in North America because of the intense physical and mental challenge. In addition to strenuous endurance training, ski mountaineering requires the lightest equipment available, such as the SCARPA Alien 1.0 or SCARPA F1 Carbon. A typical ski-mountaineering course has 3,500 to 5,000 feet of elevation gained/lost over a nine to fourteen mile course. Within that marked course profile, athletes encounter three to seven skin transitions, a possible boot pack and steep, fast descents.
The athletes from Team Crested Butte compete in the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC) Race Series which includes the biggest races in North America. The athletes also compete at Nationals and the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse which is a 40 mile backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen. The next episode will document the team’s home ski mountaineering race at Mount Crested Butte, the ISMF North American Championships.