Kick-Double Pole is Your Friend

andrew johnsonThe last weekend of January 2010, I was fortunate enough to ski in the Noquemanon Ski Marathon in Marquette, Michigan. If you have not yet had the opportunity to ski this race, and you have a propensity for long ski races, you should put this event on your calendar for next season. The terrain, excellent snow, technical and demanding trails, and the one-of-a-kind U.P. scenery all combine to create a memorable weekend. Read the rest of Andrew Johnson's story here.

Ski Legend Nikolai Anikin Remembered

Nikolai Anikin, a three-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union and then a coach in the U.S. for 20 years, died of cancer November 14, 2009, in Duluth, Minnesota. One of his prize pupils was John Bauer, who won all four races at the U.S. Nationals in 1996 and skied in the 2002 Olympics. Bauer wrote an article for Cross Country Skier two years ago, which you can read here.

Snowshoe Update

By Lou Dzierzak

Once thought of as quaint decorations hanging crisscrossed over a winter cabin’s stone fireplace, today’s snowshoes reflect state-of-the-art designs, construction methods and materials.

According to the Outdoor Foundation’s “Outdoor Recreation Participation 2009 Topline Report,” 2.9 million people went snowshoeing in 2008. That represents a 21.8 percent increase from 2007. Read the story here.

Montana Development Aims at Sustainability

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. Aspen Ridge Ranch offers just 10 lots on 250 acres, with common ownership of the rest of the property. Read the rest of the story here.

The New Whistler Olympic Park

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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.



Tamarack Lodge:
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.

Dryland Drills

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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Billy Demong Unplugged

Billy Demong - winner of the first-ever Nordic combined gold - revealed some interesting and entertaining facts in an interview with USSA - his tattoo, his engagement and the coolest thing he thinks has ever happened to him.

Q: Where is your gold medal right now?

Demong: I had to take some pictures with Atomic and Swix in Oslo so it is actually wrapped up in my backpack. I have not gotten sick of taking that thing through airport security. It is so dense they always have to see what it is!

Q: What does being the first American in your sport to ever win a gold medal at the Olympics mean to you?

Demong: It's kind of hard to swallow - the first-ever part - personally, but I acknowledge the importance of it in terms of future possibilities. It is something we've chased so hard, but doing something for the first time ever seems much more daunting than doing it again.

Q: So you got engaged at the Olympics. Will your wedding be in any way "Olympic themed" now?

Demong: I'm thinking since a ton of people want to come to get it turned into a reality TV wedding. I think there is a Biggest Losers version where all we have to do is lose 30 pounds each! Then they can pay for everyone.

Q: Which side of the fence are you on: Help my fiancé pick the flower arrangements OR I'll be over here watching Tour de France while you plan the wedding.

Demong: I think we'd both like to just show up. Of course I just got an email that she's shopping for dresses right now.

Q: Speaking of Tour de France, when you see that Lance Armstrong has tweeted you, what did you think?

Demong: That's the coolest thing that has happened.

Q: Will you cycle this summer?

Demong: Of course! I'm just trying to figure out when my first ride will be.

Q: What do you do on the road to entertain yourself?

Demong: Watch TV series. I never turn on the tube at home but given the opportunity to burn out an entire series of a new show back-to-back is always a great option!

Q: Tell us the story behind your tatto and whether you would ever get another.

Demong: I, like a lot of people, never thought I'd get a tattoo - unless I came up with a great original idea that I could see enjoying forever. Last summer when I was with a bunch of friends they started joking that I should get a "no-diving" sign since I had a major accident diving into a pool in 2002. I actually liked the idea enough to shop around all the different signs and got it done on my ribs below my right armpit. The tattoo was way more painful than the skull fracture, but I laugh every time I look in the mirror. There is a much deeper meaning to me since the injury caused me to really take stock of life and, since then, I have enjoyed life more and been more focused.

Q: What are you looking forward to most in the off season?

Demong: Usually bike racing, but seeing as my calendar is pretty full for a while, I'm actually looking forward to taking a few weeks off from training for the first time in six years!


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