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Three Ways to Enhance Balance and Stability for Cross Country Skiing

A sharp, twisting downhill; the wind watering your eyes; icy patches on the trail; rocket ships on your feet; flat light; and snow falling furiously—how do you keep your balance in such a tough situation? Nordic skiing is full of tricky tasks as it is—moving over a slippery surface with constant […]

Kids Should Care: How to engage youth skiers to properly maintain their gear

A Tuesday morning, a teenager late for the bus, a math test in a few hours and a ski practice after school until it’s dark enough to hit the high beams—just another cold winter day in the life of a young athlete training for Nordic skiing. Chances are the bus […]

Kick Double Pole: A technique to transition into and out of climbs

The kick double pole technique is the awkward second-cousin in the classical technique family, often overlooked in favor of more familiar relatives like striding or pure double poling. Like your distant family member, the kick double pole seldom makes appearances at events and gatherings yet is easily noticed in the […]

Ticket to Climb: Drills and direction to achieve perfect V1 technique

If you’re a Nordic skier, you probably love hills. Maybe you don’t seek epic climbs on every training session, but sooner or later the sport will lay them before you whether you like it or not. On skate skis, the V1 technique is your ticket to climb. Norwegians refer to […]

Role of the Pole: Tips for Ski Pole Tips

Your pole tips: tiny, thin pieces of plastic and metal small enough to hold in your hand. But no piece of equipment so small can cause so many headaches on the trail if things take a turn for the worse. Whether you have a basket ripped off under the foot […]

Small Exercises, Big Improvements: How to use bands and overlooked movements to prevent injury

The basement of my college athletics complex housed a training room with all sorts of rehab equipment. Physio balls, elastic bands, cable machines and balance boards lay strewn across the carpeted floor. I would usually walk by and scoff internally at the athletes repeatedly stretching their ankles with the elastic […]