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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 […]

Powder Day on Colorado’s Grand Mesa

Western colorado’s Grand Mesa is the highest flat-topped mountain in the world. Rising to 11,000 feet where the Colorado Plateau—Edward Abbey’s country—meets the Rockies, the Mesa receives the first cut of snow from storms off the Pacific. The snow total here averages at least 300 inches per year and is […]

Glide to Grow

“It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.”

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 […]

Subscribers Keep Us Pushing Forward

Dear reader, It’s a common refrain around our office that Cross Country Skier is the uncontested, leading English-language cross country ski magazine in the world. Sure, we believe that we make a pretty darn good magazine. But, truth be told, the statement is more of a joke than a not-so-humble […]


October 12, 2020 – A group of publishers and editors who oversee consumer and B2B outdoor media titles have formed the working group Outdoor Media For Inclusion (OM4I) to provide more opportunities for journalists and contributors who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, and members of other marginalized communities. Teresa Baker, […]