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Mountain skiing, known as Skimo, arrives at the 2026 Winter Olympics

Do you watch skiing in the Alps and say, “Big deal – they take the ski lift up the mountain”? If so, ski climbing is for you. And in four years, you’ll be able to watch it at the Olympics.

Mountain skiing, or skimo for those who love it, Going to the Winter Olympics in 2026 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. It’s like Alpine skiing, except athletes start the race by climbing to the top of the mountain on their own.

Understandably, the climbing section makes up the bulk of the race and includes cross-country skiing and hiking sections as the snow gets deeper and rougher.

After that challenging workout, it seemed like downhill skiing. However, not always in skimo. Downhill sections can be rougher and less manicured than well-manicured Alpine ski runs. The results are like off-piste skiing, almost like breaking new trails in remote areas. After all, a typical slalom course doesn’t have rocks and boulders to move around, or varying depths of snow.

As in triathlon, transitions are important in skimo. Athletes rush to remove, replace or adjust their skis multiple times during a race.

The 2026 Olympics will host five ski mountaineering events. In the sprint, skiers rush up a mountain and then back down, perhaps just 100 meters each way, and the race is over in a few minutes.

The individual race is the event you’ll want to watch, an grueling one and a half hours consisting of at least three inclines and three recesses.

The fifth event will be the new favorite of the Olympics: the men’s medley relay.

Why was ski climbing added to the Italian Olympics? Most likely because Italy is probably the best team in the world at that. The Swiss and French can also compete for medals.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/18/sports/olympics/skimo-ski-mountaineering.html Mountain skiing, known as Skimo, arrives at the 2026 Winter Olympics

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