Lori Anne Donald is involved in a variety of athletics in Nelson, British Columbia including skiing, mountain biking, trail running and dance. Lori Anne applies her personal experience from training and competing as an athlete to her role as a Physiotherapist, working with a wide variety of athletes.
To hear about what she has been up to lately, check out her blog and articles!
Ski Mountaineering Racing
Lori Anne is a member of the Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team. Lori Anne started Ski Mountaineering racing in 2015. She competes in races throughout the winter in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northern USA. She attended the World Championships in 2017 that were held in Italy. She is training for the next World Championships that will be held in March 2019 in Switzerland.
Ski Mountaineering racing is a winter ski endurance event that involves multiple ascents and descents on skis. A typical Individual Race course will ascend between 1500-2000 m of vertical throughout the race. Races typically take between 2 and 3 hours. Lori Anne also competes in the Sprint Event, which is a condensed version of the long course that involves skinning up, boot packing, skinning, transitioning to ski down and then descending through gates against other competitors (all in about 4 minutes!).
To learn more about Ski Mountaineering in Canada visit the Skimo Canada Website
Click here to see Lori Anne’s race results – Ski Mountaineering Racing Results
Lori Anne loves downhill skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort. Her skiing has progressed significantly since moving to Nelson in 2013 (thanks to having to chase her friends down the mountain). She loves a good powder day, a stellar groomer day and she gets out touring in the backcountry a few times a week with friends.
Lori Anne loves the development that has been happening to the local trail network around Nelson. She enjoys biking around Nelson on her mountain bike and getting to one or two bike parks a summer for some chair laps. She is a proud member of the Nelson Cycling Club.
About a year after moving to Nelson, Lori Anne converted from road running to trail running. She loves the feeling of climbing to the top of mountains and then taking in the view. It’s amazing how far you can get with just the power of your own legs! You can catch her on the trails early in the morning before work.
She is starting to get into the racing scene a little more, having completed a few 21 km, 30 km and 10 km distance events, as well as her first vertical race.
Lori Anne has been whitewater kayaking for 13 years. She learned to paddle on the Ottawa River in Ontario. She was a whitewater kayak instructor at a Military Cadet training centre in Alberta for two years. She enjoys playboating, river running and creeking. Her favourite local run is Wilson Creek in Rosebery, BC.
Lori Anne was in a professional ballet training program throughout elementary and highschool. She has 17 years of classical ballet training. She still loves to dance and joins in a class with Dance Umbrella in Nelson when she can. She learned how to salsa dance in Toronto, Ontario and now assists in teaching Salsa lessons with Salsa Dance Nelson.
Sponsorship and Ambassadorship
Village Ski Hut
Village Ski Hut has been very supportive of my training and skimo racing since 2015. They are the go to store in town for boot fitting and downhill ski advice. I have been able to special order skis and other needed equipment with their help and they help keep my gear in top race shape! Thank you Ian, Heather and the whole crew!
Whitewater Ski Resort
Whitewater Ski Resort has made a big difference in my training over the past two years. I am happy to be a member of the Whitewater Athletes again for the 2018/2019 season! A big thank you to all the managers, ski patrol, lift operators and alpine team coaches for your help and encouragement in my training. Having a positive and safe training environment has been crucial to my continued progress in the sport of Ski Mountaineering.
I have been using Nuun Hydration products since 2013. I love being able to customize my water and electrolyte replacement for training. Make your water count and check out the variety of options they offer. I use Nuun Active and Nuun Plus during training and competition.