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    Pure Nordic Territory: Cross country is king in France’s Chapelle des Bois

    In the spring of 2012, I happened to spot a post on a carpooling forum offering a ride to Chapelle des Bois, in the Jura Mountains of France. Living in Paris at the time, I had few opportunities to cross country ski. So I decided to respond, and by the […]

    Setting Tracks and Changing Lanes

    As I was sitting at my desk, getting ready to send my second edit of Slide the Keweenaw back to Hansi Johnson with a couple comments, a subject line in my inbox caught my eye: “FWD: The Ski Journal closes its doors.” Not a week later, while I sat at […]


    Summer Camp 2019: The U.S. Women’s Biathlon Team Takes on Europe

    New locations—in addition to great food and amazing scenery—help reinvigorate training during the heat of summer, so after months of planning, the U.S. Women’s Biathlon Team spent a few weeks training in France and Italy to strengthen legs and refresh minds. I arrived in Lyon, France brimming with national pride […]

    Real Skiing

    A couple years ago, at a season launch party for our sister publication Backcountry Magazine, I bumped into a craft alpine ski maker who I’d worked with at a couple events at the time. “Oh, you’re working for Cross Country Skier Magazine? Cool,” he said. “You still get to go […]

    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 […]

    Cowboy Cross Country: Jackson Hole’s Lesser-Known Kind of Skiing

    A plane touching down at the Jackson Hole Airport is crowded with skiers, riders, and other visitors waiting to catch their first glimpse of Wyoming’s toothy Teton Range, which stands seemingly a stone’s throw away from the runway. The same backdrop of jagged peaks patterned with steep couloirs and rocky […]