December 2008

The Fine Art of Skiing

The Fine Art of SkiingOnce a year, Cross Country Skier becomes your best source for art -- all sorts of fine art related to our favorite sport. Never before have we presented such a diverse collection of media and styles: oils, woodblock prints, fabric and fresco ... Read more >

Hidden Gem: Sylvania Wilderness Area

Hidden Gem: Sylvania Wilderness AreaSylvania Wilderness in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula is one of those places that keeps calling me back. Just about every year, I say to my wife and skiing buddies that, this winter, "we have to get back to Sylvania." Fortunately, last March we were able to answer that call.

Sylvania is not a high-profile destination area, nor is it even a sophisticated, well-appointed Nordic center. In its 18,000 acres there aren't even ... Read more >

December 2008

Devil's Thumb Ranch

Training & TechniqueNot even the best skiers can climb every hill with the diagonal stride. The alternatives, the herringbone and the side step, appear to be simple techniques, but, in fact, many skiers struggle to use them effectively.

The herringbone uses the edges of the ski to grip the snow when the wax or waxless pattern is inadequate to the job. To use the edges, place your skis in a V position with the back ends at the point of the V and the front tips spread. Turn your toes out from the hips to spread the tips of your skis. By rotating your entire leg, you keep your knees aligned over your feet as you flex your knees and ankles. This position is both ... Read more >

Racer Profile: Bill Demong

Racer Profile: Bill Demong The 28-year-old, originally from Vermontville, New York, ranks among the best Nordic combined athletes to ever compete for the United States. Yet his sport, which combines ski jumping and cross country racing, barely makes it on the radar screen of American athletics.

“We are a small sport with lower numbers of participants,” admits Demong, “but we have built a legacy of success in the past decades with dozens of ... Read more >

December 2008

a Canadian Rockies Christmas

a Canadian Rockies ChristmasIt was Christmas in Calgary in 1972. I was seven years old. Christmas in our household was usually anticlimactic. Lots of hype and hard work with little delivery. Harsh but true. My mother was brilliant in preparing ice-cream-bucket-loads of treats and goodies for us to eat. This was perhaps her language of love, though I did not understand it at the time. She was too busy trying to be the perfect mom. For me.

Months beforehand she would be busy making cookies, fruitcake, perogies, cabbage rolls and meatballs; all for the greatest ... Read more >

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoe Directory

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoe DirectoryIn this Directory are members of the Cross Country Ski Areas Association. Whether it's called a cross country ski area, an outdoor center, an adventure center, a nordic center, a ski resort or a touring center; these places specialize in winter fun and invite you to their trails for the best cross country skiing and snowshoeing. .... Read more >

December 2008

CXC: Intensity Training

CXC: Intensity TrainingIncorporating intensity into your training is a great way to improve your skiing. Ski training is based on the theory of stress and recovery. Intensity training stresses your body and breaks down your muscles, and recovery helps build your body back stronger than before. Knowing how to incorporate intensity into your training will help you use your training time more efficiently.

Last month, Brian Gregg wrote about determining training intensity zones. Now that you know your zones, here are a variety of workouts to .... Read more >

Technique & Training: Three Steps to Skating

Technique & TrainingSkating is sexy, skating is fast and skating is easy! Endless articles on what to do and how to do it make it seem complicated, but it needn’t be. Skating is easy and fun when you follow these three steps: prepare, move over and extend. Let me explain.


Skating feels more like cycling or downhill skiing because your skis never stop sliding forward, unlike the grip-and-glide cycle of the .... Read more >

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