Such racing hearkens back to skiing’s early years, when skiers challenged the mountain both up and down, without the help of chairlifts: using climbing “skins” with bindings that free the heel for ascents yet allow fixed-heel downhill skiing sans skins for the descents, racers start at the base of the mountain, ascend it, then descend it, as fast as possible, over multiple laps, from approximately 4,500' to 6,000' cumulative vertical, in the truest test of the most complete skier overall.
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Times Union March 3, 2023
Country Journal March 2, 2023
24ssports August 23, 2022
New England Ski Journal February 19, 2022January 22, 2020, December 18, 2019
Vermont Ski and Sports January 3, 2019
Portland Press Herald April 2, 2017
WJBQ March 19, 2017
Boston Globe February 16, 2017
Berkshire Eagle January 4, 2017
Backcountry Magazine October 2015
Endurance News June/July 2015
Only a Game [nat'l radio broadcast] March 14, 2015
Berkshire Eagle February 28, 2015
WAMC February 27, 2015Berkshire Eagle February 9, 2015
Rutland Herald March 24, 2014
Wall Street Journal February 26, 2013
Boston Globe January 3, 2013
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