Plan B: Business as Unusual

Dear readers, contributors and partners, Stepping off the skintrack at the base of the Glacier du Chardonnet, I ask the indomitable Gordy Skoog, “What’s Plan B for making the col if the weather socks in?” We are hours into our unguided attempt to ski the Haute Route from Chamonix, France […]


An Abrupt End to the Season: How COVID-19 has impacted racing and recreation

The cancellations and closures began to make Nordic news at the end of last month. On February 27, the Engadin Skimarathon, which traditionally welcomes nearly 17,000 participants to the Engadin region of eastern Switzerland, announced on Facebook it would not hold its week of annual racing—the biggest in the Alps—in […]


Lake Placid’s Winter Immersion

Traveling west on New York’s Route 73, a few minutes past the height of land outside of Lake Placid, a gentle right-hand bend in the road reveals a dramatic scene that surprises me every time, even after a dozen or so trips to the Olympic village. Twin ski jumps, thrusting […]


Chain Reaction: When the Environmental Protection Agency audited Swix/Toko, the fluorinated stuff was just the beginning

Running Swix USA for the past 11 years has given Steven Poulin the opportunity to collect a lot of cool cross country memorabilia. On the wall of the president’s New Hampshire office is a signed poster from Jessie Diggins and a New England Ski Museum poster of a couple of […]

For Swix’s new wax line, fluoro is a no-go

At the 2020 Outdoor + Snow Show in Denver, Colorado, held annually during the last week of January, Swix announced a completely new, fluoro-free line of wax, dubbed Swix Pro. According to the company, Swix Pro has been in the works for three years—even before the EPA audit of the […]

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 […]