Sponsorship of USSMA allows sport to flourish in the States
Golden, Colorado, December 1, 2008 - The American Alpine Club has recently signed on the support the US Ski Mountaineering Association (USSMA). In doing so the AAC is sponsoring the USSMA 08/09 winter season with insurance for ski mountaineering events. Says USSMA Competition Director Pete Swenson, "This is hugely important for us as insurance costs are the majority of an event budget. AAC support allows us to continue staging existing events as well as add a few new events this winter." Ski mountaineering races have long been popular in Europe and the AAC's contribution supports their growth in the States.
About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club inspires and supports and the climbing community and protects its playgrounds around the world. The AAC is perhaps best know for publishing the world's most sought after annual climbing publication, the American Alpine Journal, caring for the world's leading mountaineering library and offering annual climbing, conservation and research grants to budding adventurers. Learn about additional programs and become a member at www.AmericanAlpineClub.org.
About the US Ski Mountaineering Association
The US Ski Mountaineering Association is the non-profit sanctioning body for ski mountaineering events in the US. The 2009 USSMA Event Calendar includes 22 events with new races in Maine, Idaho, Colorado and Vermont. Interested participants and event promoters can find events and information on ski mountaineering/rando racing at USSMA.org. The USSMA may be contacted directly at
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