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Team Crested Butte Episode 3: A Teva Mountain Games Podium Party

Feb. 23rd 2012

Randonee racing requires more than just physical stamina and strength. It also requires mental quickness and emotional toughness. Plus, ski mountaineering racers need to be quick on the uphill and downhill, and even quicker on the transitions in between. Team Crested Butte trains hard to be in the best shape possible for races, and all the hard work paid off recently. An all-Team Crested Butte podium was the icing on the cake at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.

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SCARPA North America to distribute the world’s most innovative randonee racing boots – the SCARPA Alien and Alien 1.0 – for Fall 2011.

Mar. 3rd 2011

Randonee racers are their own breed of skiers.  Tights-wearing, gram-counting, lung-busting animals with an unnatural capacity to RUN… not walk, not skin… RUN uphill.  SCARPA-shod rando racers have long dominated ski mountaineering races in Europe with our F1 series boot. So much so that the starting line in European racing is commonly referred to as the Linea Verde, the Green Line, due to so many F1’s lined up and down the start!)

While North America is still a relative newcomer to the ski mountaineering race scene, the number of North American-based races and racers continues to increase, as does the availability of rando racing products designed specifically to meet the unique performance demands of the sport.

Witness the new benchmark in rando racing boot technology, SCARPA’s new Alien and Alien 1.0 boots, to be available in North America in Fall 2011.

A little background: As is always the case, if you want the best feedback on any kind of product, the best source is the folks who put that product to the pinnacle test. So it was a given that SCARPA would put the Alien 1.0 to the test on its top rando racers as part of the development process, for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 World Cup race seasons.

The results? The Alien 1.0 has consistently been on the podium in the EU racing scene. In the last two seasons, racers using the Alien 1.0 have rounded up 12 first-place finishes and 10 seconds. The Ski Mountaineering World Championships happened last month in Claut, Italy, and the top-finishing men’s and women’s racing teams were on this boot.

And so, after SCARPA debuted the Alien/Alien 1.0 at ISPO last month, SCARPA North America can now present the Alien boots though only to a limited number of specialty retailers for Fall 2011.

With that, here’s the dirt on the Alien 1.0 and the Alien:

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Catching up with…Polar Explorer and Climate Change Champion Eric Larsen

Feb. 24th 2011

This last November SCARPA athlete and polar explorer Eric Larsen completed his Save the Poles expedition – and epic trip involving reaching both the North and South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest in a calendar year to raise awareness of Global Warming.

He placed himself in the some of the world’s most remote, and otherwise most inhospitable environments to show why they’re worth saving. Through his efforts he’s garnered attention on the world stage. Now, months after his journey, we got him to answer a few questions about what it means to realize a major life goal.

Q – You’ve successfully completed the expedition. You’ve been interviewed and celebrated in the media. Was it what you expected? Do you feel you drew the kind of attention you sought for regarding global warming?

EL – Honestly, I expected I would be able to promote more climate change initiatives—solutions to the problem of global warming. Instead I spend a lot of my time simply verifying that, yes, these places are indeed melting. I had substantial media coverage, but there is definitely more I can do. This story isn’t finished yet.

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Video Report: U.S. Ski Mountaineering Championships in Jackson Hole

Jan. 12th 2011

What is it about skiing…

What is it about skiing that drives us waaaay beyond that which would normally qualify as Best Practice, and what conventional wisdom would call reasonable.

We could all just rock comfy Bogner one-pieces while stem christie-ing perfect corduroy and act, like, civilized. But, no. That would be far too easy. Skiing’s siren song dares us to enter into some of the most dangerous environments and unreasonable situations imaginable…in skin suits. And we accept, willingly. In fact, we pay money for it.

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