Eric Carter BSc, MSc.
International Ski Mountaineering Federation 2017 Ranking: 62th Worldwide
I am a ski mountaineer based in the Pacific Northwest and the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. I am a member of the U.S. National Ski Mountaineering Team and competed for the U.S. on the World Cup circuit from 2014 to 2017 as well as competing in the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. In the off-season, I am an alpinist and mountain runner. Outside of athletics, I am a PhD student and the co-owner of a coaching business for trail and mountain athletes called Ridgeline Athletics.
The 2019 season will be a World Championship year so that is my primary goal for the next two years. During the ’17-’18 season, I will race in North America on the American and Canadian race circuits. The following season, I will start off racing US Team qualifiers before heading to Europe for the first World Cups of the year. I hope to compete again at World Championships and then race the famous Pierra Menta and the final block of World Cup races. My goals for the season include:
- Top 3 at 2019 US National Team Qualifying Races
- Top 15 World Cup Finish
- Top 8 finish at Pierra Menta
My priority in training will be to improve my downhill ski abilities as much as possible (a weakness that I recognized during previous seasons in Europe) as well as focusing on good race recovery and acclimatization to altitude.
Selected Results 2016-2017
- Only US athlete to qualify for all four events at 2017 World Championships
- World Championship Sprint: 19th
- Adamello Ski Raid (Italy): 11th
- Mt. Rainier – Liberty Ridge Fastest Known Time: 9hrs
Selected Results 2015-2016
- US National Championships: 4th
- Canadian National Championships: 1st
- Shedhorn (Montana) Individual Race: 1st
- McBride Traverse Fastest Known Time: 15hr 36min
- Mt. Rainier – Overall Fastest Known Time: 3hr 51min
Co-Owner – Ridgeline Athletics
I work with ultra-runner and race organizer Gary Robbins, preparing athletes to achieve their dreams in the mountains through running or ski mountaineering.
Contributor – Skintrack.com
SkinTrack is the larges ski mountaineering race website in North America. I am a regular contributor on training and physiology topics as well as gear reviews and race reports. Prospective sponsors can expect significant exposure via SkinTrack to the North American ski mountaineering community. Together with Stano, the owner of SkinTrack, we organize the Fall SMCC Ski Mountaineering Training Camp in Squamish BC. The training camp is intended to mix the elite National Team athletes with those just beginning the sport.
PhD Student – University of British Columbia
I am currently a PhD Candidate at UBC and am investigating the individual response to altitude exposure and its effect on endurance performance. I am also interested the physiological determinants of ski mountaineering and the vertical kilometre.