WELCOME AT SKIMO-VILLARS
Since its creation, SkiMo-Villars has never stopped growing and this race is now well established as reference race in the Swiss Ski Mountaineering field of race.
Through the awarding for Lausanne to organise the next Youth Olympic games, the Vaud Alps ski resort Villars has been chosen to host the Ski Moutaineering races in February 2020. This will let the Ski Mountaineering make its come back in Olympic program.
2015 Swiss championship by Trophées du Muveran
2017 Swiss championship
2018 World cup race
2020 Youth Olympic games
160 international athletes
TV and press
22 different countries
AND THE SKI MOUNTAINEERING
Villars ski resort is linked to those of Gryon and Diablerets with the Diablerets Galcier as the highest point around 3000m above see level. The total resort offers more than 125km of slopes designed for any kind of visitors. Other snow sports such as Ski Mountaineering, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing are well practised through the whole resort.
Villars is the nearest ski resort of Lausanne and Geneva, easily reachable by car or public transportation. Villars has been chosen to host the Ski Mountaineering races during the next Youth Olympic games, which will occur at Lausanne in 2020. The station as well as the village enjoys long hours of sunshine, thanks to the full south orientation, making of Villars a unique destination in the Vaud Alps.
Ski Mountaineering is still in full progress, making each year more and more enthusiasts around the world. In parallel, material development has been literally skyrocketing for the last 10 years making this sport very affordable and popular.
At the same rate than material evolution, many great races are born. The most famous and popular even have to put limits to the numbers of participants. Nowadays, as many other sport, Ski Mountaineering has its own international federation as well as its world cup championship.
SkiMo-Villars will be the second race of the 2017/2018 winter calendar.
Saturday, January the 20th – 1,2km loop with 105m of total climbing elevation
This is the shortest race in the Ski Mountaineering. It’s short, dynamic, with technical skills needed to execute moves such as conversions, carrying skis sections, and tricky downhill. It’s a concentrate of all aspects of Ski Mountaineering. Best athletes need around 3 minutes to make the loop.
Sprint starts with qualification run against time one by one. Then quarter finals, semi finals and finals with 6 athletes in a row.
This spectacular race will take place in Col de Bretaye, final train station and starts of ski lifts, allowing the public to embrace the whole race’s area in one look.
Sunday, January the 21st – 21km route with 1683m of total climbing elevation
Here we go for adventure and mountain spirit with individual race.
Athletes have to be fully skilled to face the race. They will need strong skills in technical transitions, athletics capabilities and downhill. The most versatile will win the race.
Individual race is a endurance trial giving uphill and downhill sections as well as carrying ski sections to the athletes. The whole route is easy to reach for public by ski or by feet.
Length of the race and important total meters of climbing elevation make that the race is never won until the finish line is crossed. Great suspense guaranteed !