Januray 2009

Catamount Trail

Catamount TrailIt is a bluebird sky day and the temperature on the outside thermometer reads 15 degrees (F). The fire is warm and crackling and the coffee is hot and rich. No need to rush your breakfast of blueberry pancakes, served with warm Vermont maple syrup, at your cozy inn. The three feet of snow that blankets the outside landscape is obviously not going anywhere on this bright winter morning, leaving you plenty of time to fuel your ... Read more >

UnSung Heros

UnSung HerosEvery year since 1973, come mid-February, a small, highly trained and motivated citizen army begins to stir. They come from the small communities of Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin; and across the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and the entire Midwest to take their positions.

This talented army includes more than 2,000 volunteers who provide the manpower, ingenuity, expertise and human resources that power the American Birkebeiner.

Called the largest cross country ski race in North America, the Birkebeiner registered more than ... Read more >

Januray 2009

Canmore Nordic Centre

Canmore Nordic CentreIn 1988, a young Canadian named Sara Renner watched the cross country skiing events at the Calgary Olympic Games in her hometown of Canmore, Alberta. It was then, she says, “I caught the Nordic bug.”

Skip forward to December 2005 and Renner medaled at the FIS Cross Country World Cup on those same Canmore Nordic Centre trails. By January 2008, after the completion of a ... Read more >

Climate Change, from a polar explorer's Perspective

Climate Change, from a polar explorer's perspective What are Training Zones?

There are five basic zones or levels used to classify different intensities of training. There are a number of indicators for different training intensities including blood lactate, breathing, heart rate and VO2/CO2. The following table provides a general overview of how these different indicators relate to each other and training zones. Every person has slightly different training zones and corresponding indicator levels, however, this table can .... Read more >

Januray 2009

Competitive Edge: The Teen Years and Beyond

Competitive Edge: The Teen Years and BeyondThis is the final column in a three-part series about the competitive development process, starting with youth skiers. Part one looked at youth skiing and part two considered skiing programs aimed at middle schoolers and adolescents. Both columns looked at how skiing development programs need to accommodate the needs of each particular age group.

In developing this season’s columns, I knew that it would be important to emphasize general points for each phase of development rather than push a specific agenda with lots of details. Why? As I’ve said in past seasons, right now we arguably have the greatest level of .... Read more >

Training Tips: Distance Training

TOff TrackThere are many physiological systems that play a role in performance gains. Total conditioning can be a result of cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength and power, coordination, speed or flexibility. To optimize performance in cross country skiing, it is necessary to train all systems with the appropriate balance that is specific to the sport. The focus of this article will be on distance training and how it should be balanced into total conditioning for cross country skiing. Distance training makes up around 80 percent of the yearly training volume for cross country skiers. Therefore, it is imperative that this training is done correct .... Read more >

Januray 2009

From the Factory Team: Parenting a Young Skier

From the Factory Team: Parenting a Young SkierWhen we look at a successful cross country skier, particularly a racer, we tend to credit any success (at least in part) to the coach. But a parent likely had a much stronger impact, and played a critical role in their child’s involvement in the sport.

As a parent, your role will change as your child grows, gains more experience and becomes more heavily involved in Nordic skiing.

In the early years you may have suggested participation in the .... Read more >

Technique & Training: Keep the Flow, Baby!

TOff Track>Flow is the feeling, flow is the beauty and flow is the key to a graceful and efficient diagonal stride. Flow is an elusive thing to describe but easy to feel when present or absent. Here are a few ideas, concepts and drills to help you keep the flow, baby!

Waiting too long to move onto the next ski wastes effort, disrupts your .... Read more >

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