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Skimo - 8 week - On-Snow - 12 hours/week - Individual Race


Summit Endurance Academy

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8 Weeks

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Plan Description




Designed for EXPERIENCED Skimo athletes who do have access to snow every day to prepare for a skimo race. 

Wolf Creek Sunrise

Hand-crafted by USSMA National Team Head Coach Joe Howdyshell, MS, this plan encapsulates his passion for the sport and his nation-leading knowledge of skimo coaching.

The plan provides an 8-week structured and periodized training schedule averaging 12 hours per week in order to maximize your performance on race day. Each week contains intervals, strength, transition training, and a long weekend workout. 

Prior to using this plan, you should be able to skin in steep backcountry terrain for 2 hours (without feeling like you're going to die).

Purchase of this plan includes our comprehensive Skimo Training Guide, which explains how to use your training plan plus email access to Coach Joe at any time for questions that you may have about this plan, videos explanations of strength exercises, and Badass Coaching style motivation. 

Questions? Please visit our website or email Joe directly at

**Warning: Plan notes contain profanity. Why? Because we f*&ing love it.




Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:50 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:37 hrs 0:20 hrs
1:30 hrs 1:00 hrs
Day Offx1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
9:50 hrs 4:00 hrs
0:37 hrs 0:20 hrs
1:30 hrs 1:00 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

All supported devices

Joe Howdyshell, M.S.

Summit Endurance Academy

Hi I'm Joe! I provide consultation, training plans, and one-on-one coaching for all levels of goal oriented endurance athletes. With a diverse athletic history and a masters degree in exercise physiology, I can help you reach your potential in mountain running, ski mountaineering racing, mountain biking, road cycling, or nordic skiing. Contact me for a free consultation!