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Growing the Sport: Could A U.S. World Cup be the Ticket?

First TracksWinter finally arrived in my neck of the woods. After about a month of first driving an hour-and-a-half to ski followed by a week of bumpy skiing at home on a base of two or three inches, we are now in business here in the north of Wisconsin. What a difference a year makes - last year at this time we reveled in mid-season quality conditions. La Nina, though predicted last year, ran somewhat under the radar.

Predicted again this year, awareness and anticipation were high, and as December neared we were ready. But nothing happened - and not just in Wisconsin, but ... Read more >

Skiing in School

Nordic FamilyIt was a single-digit Saturday in January when we headed out to meet four other families for a carpool caravan to the Mountain Top-Tippmann Paintball Biathlon. While parents discussed the best route for the two-hour drive to Chittenden, Vermont, the kids ran around the parking lot in their puffy parkas unfazed by the cold temperatures.

Making the trip were nine children, a mix of boys and girls ranging from preschool to fifth grade. Two of the boys were primarily alpine skiers, but the combination of shooting and ... Read more >

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Keep your MOJO Working - Off Trail Sking Requires Technique Too

Technique & TrainingGroomed trails are awesome, but there's a great white world worth checking out just beyond the corduroyed path. Why not break out of your rut this season and explore it? When you do, or if you've already discovered the joys of sliding wherever and whenever it's white, donít leave your technique behind on the set track. ... Read more >

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL MEETS MOBY DICK

Off Track In literature, winter is often used as a metaphor for the depression that sometimes afflicts the human spirit. In Moby Dick, Melville's character Ishmael begins the epic tale musing on the subject of his own darkness. He finds himself "grim about the mouth; - pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet." He finds it hard to refrain from "deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off." He diagnoses his own symptoms as ... Read more >

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