INCLINE VILLAGE – Diamond Peak Ski Resort is encouraging everyone to take part in what will be the newest sport of the 2026 Winter Olympics, ski mountaineering, during its annual Luggi Foeger Uphill/Downhill Festival and its SkiMo race which will take place on Saturday March 26th.
Competitors race to the top of the mountain using whatever human-powered method they prefer – skins, snowshoes, running shoes, etc. – then ski, snowboard, snowshoe or descend to the finish line. For those looking for a less demanding course, a recreational course will be available. Winners are awarded for all categories.
The weekend will also include activities including a Sunday morning snowshoe hike, live music and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
Entrants can enter the non-competitive Mountainbeering Division (aka Pint O’ Luggi), designed for those who love the mountains and local craft beer, but aren’t interested in competing for prizes. Mountainbeering participants will receive two locally brewed Alibi Ale Works craft beers and a souvenir Mountainbeering pint glass after the race.
A Masters division has been added for ages 5 and up for the Big Luggi (2.6 miles).
SkiMo Racing Divisions and Classes:
Elite Luggi = 4.6 Miles (Elite runners do a double lap to the top)
Big Luggi = 2.6 miles (1.3 miles uphill to summit, one lap)
Big Luggi (Masters) = 2.6 miles (1.3 miles uphill to summit, one lap, 50+)
Lil Luggi = 1 Mile (.4 miles uphill mid-mountain)
Mountainbeering = Any course you choose, non-competitive
Ski mountaineering has been proposed as a new Winter Olympic event and is set to make its debut at the 2026 Games in Milano Cortina, Italy.