Tag: Back Shop

Fuel the Fire: How eating right can optimize your time on the trail

A skier has to eat! Even the most effortless glide requires your body to be fueled well with carbs, proteins, and hydration. Instead of getting lost in the blizzard of dietary fads and supplements, stick to some basic and easy-to-remember rules, and you can make the most of every session […]

Reset and Recover: How post-workout routines can help make the biggest gains

It’s easy to feel like you’re getting stronger and faster during a training session. Kilometers tick by, you daydream of adventures in the year to come and your sweat is a tangible, salty reminder of the work you are putting in. Exerting effort triggers a promise of higher performance, whether […]

THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE WAX JOB: Moving beyond scrapers, brushes and irons

If the proliferation of waxes, skis, training equipment and outdoor gear involved in Nordic skiing has you overwhelmed, it’s intimidating to think that you need even more tools to keep it all in good shape. Luckily, most skiers like to work with their hands just as much as their lungs. […]

Liquid Diet: How non-traditional paraffins have revolutionized ski waxing

A dimly lit basement workbench. The sharp scratches of wax being scraped from a ski base. Rhythmic swipes of a brush. A thin wisp of smoke coiling up from a hot iron. This is an idyllic ski scene; the dedicated skier burning the midnight fluoro, preparing diligently for the next […]

Interval Training: Let race-day terrain be your guide

With long gasping breaths and lungs tinged with the metallic taste of a brutal effort, another interval set is done. The biggest hill in the trail system has been tamed by you and your skis a half dozen times now, and you can rest easy with a job well-done as […]

Retread: How to structure your base for changing conditions

It’s race day, and whether you can see it or not, the snow is changing out there. Melting, freezing or grooming is playing a role in altering the structure of each snow crystal by the hour, if not faster. How does this affect the speed of your skis, and what […]