Back to All Events

Green Mountain Skimo Training Camp

  • Bolton Valley Resort Bolton, Vermont (map)

On December 15th join Catamount Trail Association at Bolton Valley Resort to kick off the season with some fun, informative clinics and presentations related to the sport of Skimo. This event is intended for all ability levels and there will be options for both those who are brand new to the sport, and for athletes looking to nerd-out about transition sequences, gear, layering strategies, and training plans. 

Friday, December 14th
Location: James Moore Tavern at Bolton Valley Resort

5:30-7:30pm: Meet & Greet
Coming into town early? Join us at the James Moore Tavern at Bolton Valley to meet other skiers, have dinner, enjoy some refreshments, and socialize. 

Saturday, December 15th
Location: Bolton Valley Resort

6:00am: Morning Tour (on-snow & moving by 6:30)
If you’re going to get in shape for skimo you need to get used to getting up early and skinning before the sun comes up. Join us before the main event for a tour through Bolton’s Backcountry Area or a more casual ski up to the top of the Wilderness Lift. Route may change due to snow conditions. 

8:00-9:00am: Check In @ Nordic & Sports Center
Everyone needs to check in, sign a waiver, and pick up their trail passes for the day.

9:00-9:45am: Off-Snow Clinic Session #1 (2 options)

Introduction To Skimo… Here we will cover what skimo is and what it isn’t. We’ll talk about the different types of events, gear, and why you should try it out sometime. 
Instructor: Scott Berkley

Transition Tricks, Boot Packs & Kick Turns… In this clinic we’ll take a deep dive into moving uphill efficiently and minimizing time spent transitioning. These are extremely important skills, and refining your technique in these areas will help you find free seconds and give you a leg up on your competition or touring partners, aka your competition.
Instructor: Jerimy Arnold & Milan Kubala

BREAK (5 min)

9:50-10:35am: Off-Snow Clinic Session #2 (2 options)

Equipment & Clothing… This clinic will dive into equipment and clothing options for a variety of users. We’ll show off some of the latest and greatest carbon, nano-wonder gear, as well as equipment for those of us who are working within a budget. We’ll go over selecting skis, bindings, and boots. Pole options and sizing, and layering strategies and other tips and tricks. 
Instructor: Aaron August

Training & Nutrition For Maximum Touring/Racing Performance… Performing at a high level in skimo and alpine touring relies heavily on robust muscular endurance. This is not your typical brand of fitness, is harder to achieve, and requires some savvy on the part of the athlete. There are specific things you can do in training and with your diet to stimulate your body to improve ski specific muscular endurance. This session will cover strategies you can utilize to maximize your body’s ability to get strong, endure and perform!
Instructor: John Spinney – John is a lifelong alpine skier and endurance athlete and has been a high performance coach with QT2 Systems LLC for over 10 years where he coaches amateur and professional athletes across several sports: triathlon, cycling, skimo, marathon, and ultra-running.

BREAK (5 min)

10:40-11:25am: Presentation/Q&A – Racing The Pierra Menta
The Pierra Menta is a one of the most popular ski mountaineering races in the world. It take place every year in the French Alps and has been called the heart and soul of ski mountaineering. During this session Jerimy Arnold will share his experience attending and racing in the 2018 edition.

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch 
Lunch will be catered by Bolton Valley, and after lunch we will get ready to head outside to continue our learning on snow.

12:30-3:30pm: On-Snow Clinics
During the on-snow portion of the day we will relocate as a group to the upper slopes on Wilderness. In this area we will break into smaller groups to focus on skills related to transitions, moving uphill efficiently, and skiing back down the mountain on lightweight equipment. 

4:00pm: Wrap Up & Raffle in Nordic Center