What has almost 500 inches of snow annually, 35 kilometers of recreational trails and brand-new everything? If you answered the new Olympic Nordic venue in Whistler, BC, you win. Recreational trails? "It's much more about the legacy after the Games," says the venue's designer, John Aalberg. Read all about it in our new digital magazine. Also, see many more photos in our online photo gallery.
An Explanation of Balance
From the elite racer to the beginning five year-old, and everyone in between, balance can make the difference between skiing that is fun and skiing that is a chore. Along with core strength, technique training and mental visualization, improving balance is one of the essential skills for a cross country skier. Read more and see the illustrations.
Where History and Nature Collide
Tamarack Lodge, nestled in the Inyo National Forest of the Mammoth Lakes area of California’s Eastern Sierras, offers up a charming combination of history and natural beauty resulting in a delightful setting for cross country skiing. Read on . . .
New Equipment for 2009-2010
Every season, equipment manufacturers roll out their latest and greatest new gear.Cross Country Skier annually brings you a preview of the newest line-up of skis, boots, poles, waxes and accessories. We have the scoop on new developments in design and technology – in bases, flexes, cores, foot lasts, binding interfaces, materials and cosmetics. So if you are a techo-weenie gear geek, this is the article for you.
No snow where you are? Check out these dryland drills to keep you in shape (both physicaly and mentally) for the upcoming season. (Note -- the link will take you to our digital magazine.)
Pre-Season Strength Workout
October 10, 2009 - It's not too late to get started on strength training for the 2009 season - but you better start soon. Take a look at one training plan, and many suggested exercises, to help you have your best season yet.
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A new development near Red Lodge, in south-central Montana, will include a limited number of widely spaced homes, access to ski trails and will showcase sustainable living.
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Aspen Ridge Ranch offers just 10 lots on 250 acres, with common ownership of the rest of the property, including trails, hay fields, streams, open land and the highlight of the ranch – the equine center. Developers call it ranch living without the ongoing responsibility for the horses, land, trails and roads.
The ranch is near the town of Red Lodge, Montana, near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The Beartooth Recreational Trails Association maintains the Red Lodge Nordic Center on property owned by Aspen Ridge and grooms 15 kilometers of ski trails that are open to the public.
“We want this small development to be a showcase to demonstrate that beautiful land very close to a small Montana town can keep its rural and agricultural character while allowing people to live, ride, hike and ski among the aspen meadows, hay fields and beautiful riparian areas.” says Katherine Loo, CEO of Haughey-Loo, Inc., the owner and developer of Aspen Ridge Ranch.
Loo said owners will comply with reasonable limitations on building to assure the land remains the dominant feature. The homes will include such green features as solar systems, wind generation, radiant heat and natural cooling techniques. Existing waters are dedicated to agricultural uses and maintaining the wetlands, ponds and streams. The ranch also has a conservation easement with the Montana Land Reliance to protect nearly 200 acres of agricultural and natural land.
The state-of-the-art equine center gives owners the opportunity to own and ride horses without having to bear the full responsibility for their care. The center also a 150-foot by 300-foot riding arena, a 60-foot round pen, an automatic walker and horse showers.
Aspen Ridge Ranch includes miles of trails for hikers and riders, along with the groomed Nordic center trails in the winter.