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World Championships of Ski Mountaineering

The World Championships of Ski Mountaineering are biannually held ski mountaineering competitions.

History

The events were originally sanctioned by the International Council for Ski Mountaineering Competitions (ISMC). The first official world mastership of the ISMC was carried out in the "International Year of Mountains" (2002), declared by the United Nations. The championship was held in Serre Chevalier, France, from January 24 to January 27, 2002. Prior the Italian Trofeo Mezzalama was held as "World Championship of Ski Mountaineering" with the classes "Civilians", "Soldiers" and "Mountain guides" in 1975.[1] Because the ISMC merged into the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) in 2008, the next championships were sanctioned by the ISMF.[2] In 2011, the originally planned 9th edition of the European Championships of Ski Mountaineering at last was held as 6th edition of the World Championships.

Medalist teams of the 1975 Trofeo Mezzalama
"civilian teams" File:Med 1.png 23x15px Renzo Meynet 23x15px Osvaldo Ronc 23x15px Mirko Stangalino[3]
File:Med 2.png File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg 
File:Med 3.png File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg 
"military teams" File:Med 1.png 23x15px Angelo Genuin 23x15px Bruno Bonaldi 23x15px Luigi "Gigi" Weiss[3]
File:Med 2.png 23x15px Gianfranco Stella 23x15px Aldo Stella 23x15px Leo Vidi[4]
File:Med 3.png 23x15px Willy Bertin 23x15px Felice Darioli 23x15px Fabrizio Pedranzini[4]
"mountain guides" File:Med 1.png 23x15px Oreste Squinobal 23x15px Arturo Squinobal 23x15px Lorenzo Squinobal[3]
File:Med 2.png File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg 
File:Med 3.png File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg  File:Flag placeholder.svg 

Further venues of the ISMC World Championships were the Aran Valley (Spain) in 2004, the Italian Province of Cuneo in 2006, and Portes du Soleil (Switzerland) in 2008.[5] The World Championships are supported by the national organizations of the carrying out countries.

Ratings

The disciplines are rated by gender and age groups. In 2002, only individual and team (2 racers) races were held and rated, added with a combined ranking. At the 2004 championship a relay event and a vertical race competition were added. The men's relay teams were of four racers and the women's teams of three. In the following years all relay teams were of four ski mountaineers. In 2006 the relay race was canceled because of bad snow conditions, and consequently there was no combined ranking. At the 2008 World Masterships a long distance race was added.

The national squads are often mixed with up an coming athletes of the "Espoirs"-level. Some nations do not have squads with enough racers for all disciplines.

Medalist nations and disciplines

(by point-awarding system)[6]

year venue 1. 2. 3. disciplines
individual team combination relay vertical race long distance
1st 2002 Serre Chevalier, FRA 23x15px FRA 23x15px ITA 23x16px  SUI X X X - - -
2nd 2004 Aran Valley, ESP 23x16px  SUI 23x15px ITA 23x15px FRA X X X X X -
3rd 2006 Province of Cuneo, ITA 23x15px ITA 23x16px  SUI 23x15px FRA - X - X X -
4th 2008 Portes du Soleil, SUI 23x15px ITA 23x15px FRA 23x16px  SUI X X X X X X
5th 2010 Gran Valira, AND 23x15px ITA 23x15px FRA 23x16px  SUI X X X X X -
6th 2011 Claut, ITA 23x15px FRA 23x16px  SUI 23x15px ITA X X X X X -
7th 2013 Pelvoux, FRA 23x15px ITA 23x15px FRA 23x16px  SUI X X X X X -
8th 2014 Verbier, FRA 23x15px ITA 23x15px FRA 23x16px  SUI X X X X X -

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