2019-20 Season Wrap-Up

Season Wrap up and Review:
The 2019-2020 skimo season started off strong with the Youth Olympic Games selections at Eldora, which also included the Sprint National Championships!

Jan and Feb were full of many races around the country, as well as the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland!
The Teams National Championship was at Aspen, the Youth National Championships were at Brighton and the Individual and Vertical Nationals were at Big Sky.

Sadly, due to Covid-19, our race season was cut short by USSMA/ISMF and many races were cancelled. But that just fuels the fire for next season!

2020 National Champions:
SPRINT RACE – Eldora Indian Peaks Rally

  • Senior Men – Cam Smith
  • Senior Women – Sierra Anderson
  • Master Men – Jon Brown
  • Master Women – Tricia Petzold
    (Because of the YOG qualifiers going on, Cadet & Junior National Champs were not included.)

TEAMS RACE – Aspen Power of Four

  • Senior Men – John Gaston / Max Taam
  • Senior Women – Kate Zander / Jill Seager
  • Master Men – Tim Faia / Dirk Friel
  • Master Women – n/a

YOUTH INDIVIDUAL RACE – Brighton Wasatch Powder Keg

  • Junior Men – George Beck
  • Junior Women – Samantha Paisley
  • Cadet Men – Rush Peterson
  • Cadet Women – n/a
    *Viking Boys – Emmett Itoi
    *Viking Girls – Corrine Higgins
    (*14&Under Unofficial Category)

YOUTH VERTICAL RACE – Brighton Wasatch Powder Keg

  • Junior Men – George Beck
  • Junior Women – Elliot Singer
  • Cadet Men – Sam Burke
  • Cadet Women – n/a
    *Viking Boys – Griffin Williams
    *Viking Girls – Anibel Erickson
    (*14&Under Unofficial Category


  • Senior Men -Cam Smith
  • Senior Women – Caitlin Patterson
  • Espoir Men – Jacob Dewey
  • Espoir Women – n/a
  • Master Men – Eric Bunce
  • Master Women – Michelle Ray

SENIOR VERTICAL: The Shedhorn, Big Sky, MT

  • Senior Men – Cam Smith
  • Senior Women – Caitlin Patterson
  • Espoir Men – Jacob Dewey
  • Espoir Women – n/a
  • Master Men – Jim Moore
  • Master Women – n/a

2020 Season Points Rankings:
Top Women and Men Below

  • Senior Men – Cam Smith
  • Senior Women – Michelle Ray
  • Espoir Men – Jacob Dewey
  • Espoir Women – n/a
  • Junior Men – Sam Wescott
  • Junior Women – Samantha Paisley
  • Cadet Men – Sam Burke
  • Cadet Women – Anibel Erickson
  • Master Men – Brian Johnson
  • Master Women – Michelle Ray

The membership team has been working on new member perks this season! Member benefits are listed on the website and include coaching discounts and hat/shirt option when you sign up! Have you taken advantage of your membership benefits this season?Need a new USSMA hat for summer training? Check out the link above!

Development and Fundraising:
We need help! Are you interested in helping USSMA on the development front? Please contact us if so at info@ussma.org.

Chair position is vacant and open for applications!

Sport and Performance:
Jason Staberg is the new chair.

We are reviewing the national team program via survey and input from racers. We’ve heard from three different youth winter sports programs this season looking to add skimo. USSMA has had several meetings to assist and is happy to be a resource to programs adding skimo. Do you know a program, club, or academy looking to add skimo? Let us know, we can help!

Push this season to increase social presence has been good. Please submit any relevant content for posting on social media to michela@ussma.org.

The website has been refreshed over the season and is looking good. Big thanks to Patrick Woods!
Working on a new newsletter content initiative to get more info out on a timely basis next season.
Brainstorming more ways to market skimo and help promote sanctioned races across the country. If you have ideas send them our way.

2021 World Championships:
Work is under way to review the team selection process, identify qualification venues, and determine what the team should look like going forward. Updates to come…
2022 World Cup:

Exciting news! The ISMF and many other nations staff and athletes are asking for the US to hold a world cup race.
In support of international growth and the path to skimo becoming an Olympic sport, the USSMA is working to determine the feasibility a World Cup in the US. The key is finding an existing race venue with a solid organizing committee / race director that can pull off a great race and also handle the large financial side of it. More to come on this in the coming months!

Athlete Advisory Committee:
We are working to compile international race information to provide for ussma members looking to race overseas!
We will be sending out an end of the season survey for all USSMA members to give us feedback. Athlete race feedback will be funneled to race directors.

See all the latest ISMF news!
Last World Cup 2020 called off due to virus
Shortened Season – Rankings Released
2024 Youth Olympic Games in Korea
2020/21 Race Schedule Announcement delayed to June
ISMF and La Grande Course Establish a New Partnership

Five Board Member terms are up at the end of June 2020. All five may submit for another term. New people may also submit to be considered. Per the USSMA Bylaws, the Nominating and Governance committee is responsible for selecting Board members. Please reach out to info@ussma.org for more information and to be considered!