Anyone out there done a skimo race on their splitboard? I was looking at signing up for the recreation option of the ski mountaineering race at the Teva Mountain Games http://www.mountaingames.com/event-detail-winter/Ski-Mountaineering.aspx this year, mostly just to have something fun to train for this winter since all the trail runs and adventure races are over for the year here in CO.
Well, I didn't see anything on their website saying I couldn't enter, but just to be sure, I sent them an email asking about it. This is the reply I got back:
We're saying no to splitboards for a couple of reasons: The biggest is we don't yet have an appropriate course for it. Most skimo courses (and Vail in particular) are low angle which makes for slow skinning on a splitboard due to the width and nylon skins. (most skimo skis are 64-72 mm underfoot and use mohair). And I'd like to see a board course have more direct (fun) descents as well. When we do it I want it to be a shorter, more fun on the down type course. Also, splitboards don't fit in the skin tracks on the narrow sections.
It's on the list to do a good splitboard course but it's no for this winter.
So, just wondering what you all think about this. Is there another avenue or venue where splitboarders have something like this? It is my impression so far that skimo'ers are a bunch of spandex wearing dopers and maybe I'm better off, but even so, maybe they could use a little "refreshment" from the splitboard community.
Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:44 pm Posts: 648 Location: The Magic City
Thanks for posting this Rogue. I got a good chuckle out of some of the reasons for keeping splitters out.
My take? Bogus! While I see the PR guy's point, I'd bet a case of Bent Nail IPA that Teva is more concerned with keeping splitboarders out of the event for superficial, image-based reasons.
Plenty of rando races out there have been done on splitboards. Examples include our own Nomad and Samh at the Bridger Bowl Skin to Win. Also, my friend Michelle raced splitmo style at the US Ski Mountaineering Championship in Jackson, WY last winter. Both are pretty famous, with the latter being one of the biggest skimo (maybe the biggest?) events in the country. Which makes it seem even fishier that this event would not allow splitters.
Good thing Chacos have always made a superior product... because otherwise I'd boycott Teva
I thought so. I could have swore I saw some info from this same organizer that showed splitboards being allowed at some races last season. In fact, splitboards are mentioned in the video on the site now that I rewatch it. WTF?
Joined: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:10 pm Posts: 1381 Location: UT
The skimo scene here in the Wasatch was super stoked when five splitboarders showed up to their first race of 12/13... http://slcsherpa.blogspot.com/2012/11/skin-turkey-recap.html As far as folks in spandex onsee's go, they are super efficient and the fitter athletes wear them for this reason. They may seem like serious sport nerds during the race, but they are just folks who have taken their mountain stylee to a higher level. Although I wouldn't wear one of those, I can understand why the serious competitors do. Trust me you will sweat your ass off if you are giving your all...
I just can't get motivated for this sort of suffer-fest anymore (used to race mtbs in tight shorts). Splitboarders have a serious dis-advantage on a groomed race course though (changing over-time and less efficient systems) thus the split catigory . I'd rather skin up through powder with multiple breaks and then not race down. I think the exclusion is probably about elitism same reasons Toas was skier only for so many years.
Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:20 am Posts: 256 Location: a mile high COLORADO
obviously splitboarders care a little bit about fitness.... or they would be riding a chair lift all the time. I entered a race type thing at arapahoe basin and it was rad. well didnt really enter, I started after everyone else so I didnt have to pay chased down a handful of people both split and skinny uphill skiers. But the true redando guys KILLED it, they went up and down in around 25 minutes!!! Good luck keeping pace with those dudes. they basically jog up the hill. It was month 3 of owning a split and I was trying pretty good, I made it in under an hour. It was fun,id be down to try another race like that for sure, its good to have someone to chase after.
Just as an update - I have since received a tweet from the Teva Mountain Games themselves telling me that they rethought their decision and are going to allow splitboarders in the "citizen" category. That's great news, except that it comes like a week before the event itself.
I may still end up going, but one of the big reasons I wanted to enter was to have an excuse to get out touring to "train" for this event.