Amongst the fur, Italian ski wear and designer sunglasses, a different breed of men and women visited Vail, Colorado this weekend for the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games skimo race. These individuals clad in the brightest, lightest and tightest spandex one-pieces took on Golden Peak’s course to Blue Sky Basin and back with over 8,000 vert and 20 mile long course.
Racers and ski patrollers both agreed that the course would be challenging enough to keep both the pro nordic racers and seasoned skimo racers equally drained. A small addition of fresh snow Friday evening made Saturday’s race that much more enjoyable.
All the usual suspects were present including supermom Sari Anderson, who was there to defend her title as Teva’s Ultimate Mountain Challenge winner, summer and winter. She went head to head with past Olympians and pro nordic nerds to take first in the women’s elite class.
On to the results:
(defunct results link removed 2015)
Joseph Risi was raised on pasta and meatballs in the “backwoods” of Long Island before seeking higher education in the mountains of Vermont. Always looking for adventure, building treehouses, working too many odd jobs around the world he now lives in the Aspen area of Colorado.