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#42.1 | The 2023 Gear Guide

We rounded up a crew of 30 enthusiastic and knowledgeable skiers to put this winter’s freshly minted skis, boots and poles through their paces. With testing taking place at three locations in Colorado, we were able to evaluate the gear in a variety of conditions, from fresh snow to spring slush. The result? Reviews of 19 skis, 21 boots and two poles, plus previews of a dozen more new items.

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2023 Gear Guide
Reviews of 19 skis, 21 boots and two poles, plus previews of a dozen more new items.

Image by Lightbulb Media

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Road to Resilience
How Four nordic centers across the U.S. are adapting to climate change through measures like more efficient snowmaking, different grooming tactics and innovative snow storage.

Words by Jesse Huffman | Image by Jen Forbes

Mass Start

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Editor’s Note
Gear up for Winter

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Wax Box

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Leath Tonino sings the praises of crappy ski gear, and Brigid Mander learns to love Nordic skiing almost as much as her alpine adventures.

Nordic Nation

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Gliding into Cyberspace
Athletes not only have to work hard at their sport but also to finance their careers. Al- though the funding effectiveness of NFTs is as yet uncertain, U.S. Ski Teamer Rosie Brennan ventures into this high-tech world.

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Par for the Courses
Men and women will now race equal distances on the World Cup. And everyone’s happy, right?


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Sweet Valley High
Switzerland’s upper Engadine Valley offers miles of Nordic trails and sun- soaked vistas. Add in beguiling villages, first-rate food and the irresistible ambiance of the Alps, and you’ve got one stellar site for a cross country ski trip.

Words by Andrew Brenner | Image courtesy Engadin St. Moritz Tourism

The Final Stretch

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Inside Line
High-tech ways to boost your training.

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After a brutal motorcycle accident, mountaineer Jerry Roberts rediscovered cross country skiing. Now he cherishes gliding through the woods on skinny skis, and the new perspectives it gives him.

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For a Vasaloppet centennial race, one American built his own wooden skis and went to Sweden.

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Photo Finish
Cross country skiers went uncharacteristically big at Anchorage, Alaska’s wild NordicX race.

The Journal of Nordic Skiing