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All About Skimo: Max Taam Recaps the 2015 World Championships

Feb. 25th 2015

Between ski patrolling full time on Aspen Mountain, training for skimo and racing, SCARPA athlete, Max Taam, rarely has a day out of ski boots all winter and spring. And the 2015 ISMF World Championship in Switzerland this February was no different. This was the fourth Worlds for the 32-year-old representing the US National Team, where he and John Gaston placed an impressive 15th in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes.

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

Max Taam bootpacking up Sunlight Resort during the COSMIC Heathen Challenge. Photo credit: Joe Risi

We chatted with Max about his season so far, and highlights from Verbier:

“This was my fourth time racing at the World Champs, and it’s different every time. The Verbier courses had spectatular climbs and descents and were extremely spectator friendly. There were far more spectators than I have ever seen at the World Championships! This is just what the sport needs to help it continue to grow.”

What was the biggest highlights from Worlds?

“Racing highlights for me included advancing to the quarterfinals in the sprint along with Andy Dorais. Prior to this year, no American men had ever made it to the quarterfinals!” 

Max Taam Sprint

Max competing in the sprint.

How has our gear performed so far this season?

“I have been extremely happy with the durability and versatility of my Alien 1.0s. Not only are they a consistent and predictable performer while racing, but they also worked great for some post race free skiing in Chamonix and Courmayeur.”

Now that this was your fourth year representing the U.S., was there anything new of note?

“Having my girlfriend, Jessie Young, racing at her first worlds was particularly exciting. She did great, finishing 20th in the sprint (1st American), 23rd in the individual (2nd American), and 6th in the teams race (top American team and only one step off the podium)!”

Jessie racing at worlds

Jessie Young racing in the individual race.

Max and Jessie just after the teams race in Verbier.

Max and Jessie just after the teams race in Verbier.

Now that Worlds is over, Max has returned home and already competed in the Five Peaks race at Breckenridge where he dominated in the teams race with his partner John Gaston. So what’s next? Gearing up for the Wasatch Powder Keg Triple Crown Skimo Race this March in Utah.

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