• Features

    FIS and IBU Postpone Fluorinated Wax Ban

    Announced today, the International Ski Federation (FIS) and International Biathlon Union (IBU) have postponed the ban on fluorinated waxes that was set to be implemented for the 2020-21 race season. According to both organizations, the decision was made in order to allow for more time to develop the device that […]

    The Habit of Gratitude: Through an accident and recovery, a lesson in forming new habits and being grateful

    Many of the people who have supported me throughout my ongoing recovery process have echoed a simple idea: that athletes return to their sport after an injury even stronger or faster than they were before. I like the theory’s inspirational mindset, but as an analytical soul, I need logic behind […]

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    Time Out of Mind

    With a gold medal and a grand stage Jessie Diggins wonders “What can I do that’s going to help the most people?” As Bill Koch knows, the answer is as elusive as time itself. This story was originally published in Cross Country Skier Issue 38.1 in autumn 2018. Grab a […]

    Stowe, Vermont: An Eastern states Nordic Mecca

    Route 108—The Mountain Road—winds its way out of Stowe Village passing ski-inspired (or dependent) business after ski-inspired business. Between Stowe Mountain Resort’s alpine hill and exceptional cross country terrain, skiing drives this Vermont town’s economy. It’s a tourist town. On busy winter weekends traffic at the three-way stop can back all […]

    The Water of Life: American distillers take on the very Nordic apertif, aquavit

    As popularity of cross country skiing grew in the 1970s and 1980s Scandinavian brands dominated the market here in the U.S.. From Rottefella bindings to Madshus skis, Nordic nations brought with them not just the product but the culture. And at the annual Snowsports Industries America trade show they’d bring […]

    Fun and Games

    This piece originally appeared in Cross Country Skier’s 2019 Photo Annual (Winter 2019) as the Editor’s Note. Even though my racing career has ended—or at least been paused—I try to keep in touch with the people who influenced my development as a skier. It could be because, in so many ways personal […]