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    Back On Skis, Back With The Team

    My first ski race of this season was last weekend’s skate sprint in Davos, Switzerland. Not only was it my first race of the season, but it was also a World Cup, which represents a big step for me, because I usually start the race season on the SuperTour. It […]

    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 […]

    Skiing The Home Range: Adventure on Vermont’s Catamount Trail

    When I was a kid, my brother and I spent most winters disappearing into the woods behind our house to stomp the ice in the brook, create tree-dodging ski trails or sled at The Avalanches, our name for the miniature cornices formed by the windswept snow from the empty cornfields […]

    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 […]

    Lillehammer World Cup Postponed, Davos Gets Green Light: Where do other events stand at present?

    Last Thursday, the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced the postponement of the Nordic World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, the second scheduled World Cup competition of the 2020-21 season. FIS and the Norwegian Ski Association made the decision together, acknowledging the current status of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe and in […]