Silverthorne, Colorado (July 5, 2023) – The United States Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA or USA Skimo) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Armstrong to serve in the newly-created position of Executive Director. In this capacity, Anthony will be responsible for leading USA Skimo as we prepare for the 2026 Winter Olympics and beyond.
Anthony is currently Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. He brings to USA Skimo over three decades of executive leadership having spent the majority of his career as one of the world’s foremost merger-and-acquisitions bankers. He also brings a love of the outdoors as an experienced backcountry skier, skimo racer and nordic enthusiast.
“Ski Mountaineering is an incredible sport that combines both a long, rich history with unprecedented growth” said Armstrong. “With the inclusion of Ski Mountaineering in the 2026 Olympics and the rapid growth of our sport in the USA, USA Skimo will play a central role in supporting our athletes and continuing to work to expand recreational and racing opportunities for our community. USA Skimo has been serving the US ski mountaineering community for over 15 years. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on the substantial work that has come before me and to lead the organization through the next phase of its growth.”
“We are ecstatic to have Anthony Armstrong as the Executive Director to lead the organization in the next chapter of growth and development, taking us into the Olympic era and beyond,” said Jerimy Arnold, President of USA Skimo. “Anthony has a tremendous track record and we feel that he can bring that same success to our organization.”
“I am confident that Anthony will bring a new level of energy and professionalism to USA Skimo. The sport and our US athletes will benefit from his ability to raise capital and thoughtfully grow the organization, building on the hard work of our dedicated volunteers over the last several years. The US is a key geography for ski mountaineering and I look forward to working with Anthony to leverage the expertise of our European partners to continue building the sport in our nation,” said Jim Moore VP of the International Ski Mountaineering (ISMF) Bureau, member of the ISMF Council, and Member USA Skimo Board of Directors.
About USA Skimo:
USA Skimo sanctions and governs competitive ski mountaineering racing in the US and promotes and fosters recreational ski mountaineering through access, resources, education and community. Sanctioned skimo races in the United States abide by a series of rules, by discipline, as directed by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF). USA Skimo is recognized by the ISMF as the national sport organization for the United States.
USA Skimo is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, entity. Funds generated from membership race licenses, corporate sponsorships and generous support from donors are used for athlete development programs and to grow the sport of ski mountaineering in the US. Please consider a financial donation to help support the next generation of USA athletes on the world stage.