PARK CITY, Utah. — Adam Loomis has been named to the national team in the sport of skimo, ski mountaineering, where athletes race uphill and downhill on backcountry gear, sometimes with skis and skins on their feet and sometimes on their back.
He told me, “Making the team is definitely a huge honor. It’s a really fun sport and a great sport culture and community.”
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Loomis was on the Nordic Combined National Ski Team for years traveling the world and competing in that sport which combines nordic ski jumping and cross country ski racing. He qualified in two competitions, one in Northern British Columbia, Canada, and the other in Northern Utah. Loomis has been ski touring for 12 years and extreme mountain running.
Currently, he also works as a coach and program director of multiple sports at Park City Ski and Snowboard, which is based out of the Utah Olympic Park. That’s when he’s not volunteering for USA Nordic.
Play this video to see the precision and quickness with which Adam and his competitors switch from skis-on to skis-off mid-race.
“Every sport should strive for equality,” Loomis said when asked about the fact that skimo includes women at the highest levels yet nordic combined doesn’t.
USA Skimo is headquartered in Colorado. The sport is set to make its Olympic debut in the 2026 Milan-Cortina Games.