December 2008

Once 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. Take a look!

Sylvania Wilderness in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula is one of those places that keeps calling publisher Ron Bergin back. There is no fancy Nordic center; not even groomed trails. But it is still a hidden gem for those who love the land and backcountry skiing. Read more about the Sylvania Wilderness.

Not long ago, development almost consumed Devil's Thumb Ranch. But now owners Suzanne and Bob Fanch have made significant changes to turn the resort into a first-rate destination. Read on ...

Bill Demong ranks among the best Nordic combined athletes to ever compete for the United States. His conversion to Nordic combined came when a coach walked into a cross country practice one day and showed a highlight video. Here's the rest of Demong's story.

A Christmas gift, an older brother and a most memorable trip to the Canadian Rockies. Read Ken Wylie's tale and the beginning of a life-long lover that started with his brother's school trip to the Rocky Mountains.

Other features in the printed magazine

The 2008-09 directory from the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (large PDF).

Ten Essentials for the Winter Traveler


Groomer for Hire



  • Competitive Edge
  • CXC: Intensity Training
  • From the Factory Team
  • Ski Race Prep: The Musical Dimension
  • Event Profile: Noquemanon Ski Marathon

Technique & Training
Fresh Snow
Frozen World
A Body in Motion
Kick & Glide
Off Track