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Ski mountaineers chase chance to compete in Europe

Skimo competitors at Brundage for the Northwest Passage race. (Idaho Statesman)
Skimo competitors at Brundage for the Northwest Passage race. (Idaho Statesman)

WINTERSPORTS -- In bitter cold temperatures, ski mountaineers tested themselves against the mountain, competitors and themselves last weekend at Brundage Mountain near McCall.

The Northwest Passage Ski Mountaineering Race, Dec. 16-17 at Brundage Mountain, attracted some of the top backcountry skiers in the country. Skimo competition, as it's called, is garnering regional and international status with a shot at being an Olympic sport in the future. The McCall race was a world-caliber qualifying event.

Here's a video report on the race and interview with winner John Gaston from the Idaho Statesman:




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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