|Winner Greg Hill crossing the finish line at the Whistler 2005 Randonnee Rally.|
Randonnee Rally Skimo Racing Department: Just spoke with Andrew McLean about the Whistler Rally (Andrew was 4th). He said the rally was well run, better than previous years. Winner Greg Hill broke trail for most of the race — with a smile! Greg must be incredibly gifted and also a devoted athlete. Apparently an average backcountry skiing day for him is between 8,000 and 11,000 vertical feet, and he plans on skiing ONE MILLION vertical feet this season. Inspiring! More, after years of my trying to tell people that randonnee gear really does work well for backcountry skiing, it’s fun to see the excellent performance and efficiency of Dynafit randonnee AT gear (which Greg uses) proving out in real life — both at the races and in the backcountry.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.