Training with Petter Eliassen

Training with Petter Eliassen

Leaders, Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Petter Eliassen, the leader of Team LeasePlan, two-time winner of the Ski Classics marathon series, the man who won both Vasaloppet and Birkebeiner in the same year, has decided to retire after this season. Many will miss the Norwegian "Tiger" known for his ability to break from the pack in the race and pull away, as well as his exquisite, refined doublepoling technique. Here, we look back in time and re-publish an original story from the summer of 2015, when The Daily Skier's editor, Denis Kabanen, spent a week training with Eliassen in his northerly hometown of Alta, Norway: ...Finnmark is the least populous province of Norway, home to only 75,000 people. Yet it's the place where some of the world's top skiers came from: Kristin Størmer Steira, Finn Hågen…
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Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1

Gear News, Money & Finance, Newsfeed
Amer Sports , the owner of Salomon and Atomic, have released its Q1 2017 financial report. The Winter Sports Equipment department, as Amer Sports calls its ski/poles/boots producing brands, has reported a massive year-on-year growth – the sales went up stunning 18 percent to €52.1 million – even if other company departments' sales were flat or depressed. Says Heikki Takala, president and CEO, Amer Sports "...We made strong progress in Winter Sports Equipment, and started to rebound in Fitness...” The Finnish sports equipment and apparel maker stresses that the growth to “was aided by good snow conditions in many key markets” Sure, the last winter in Europe was much snowier than the previous ones, but making good skis – and having elite racers win on them - couldn't possibly hurt…
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Drinking Scandal in the Korean Ski Team

Drinking Scandal in the Korean Ski Team

Leaders, Newsfeed, Trivia
With less than 10 months to go the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, The Korea Ski Association have decided to part ways with the team's Russian coach Mikhail Devyatyarov and his aides  Lee Jun-gil and Pak Byung-joo, Yonhap news agеncy reports. Devyatyarov is the Olympic champion of Calgary'1988 where he won 15k classic race. He previously coached the Russian sprint team before accepting last July the KSA's offer to train the Korean skiers for the Olympics. The decision not to renew coaches' contracts stems from the recent scandal in the Korean cross country skiing team at the the Asian Winter Games. Four Korean male skiers were caught drinking during the competition in Sapporo, Japan last February. Those involved were suspended from the team for six months, leaving the door open for…
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Engadin Ski Marathon Plans Expansion

Engadin Ski Marathon Plans Expansion

Money & Finance, Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
In a proof that there's never enough of a good thing, the organizers of , arguably, the world's glitziest ski marathon are thinking further expansion. With some 13000 participants each year, the Engadin Ski Marathon is already a poster child of how to make cross country skiing attractive for the masses – and profitable for the hosting region. Now the organizers of the Swiss event want to build it up even stronger, turning a series of one-off events into the full “Engadin marathon week” The Frauenlauf (“Women's Race) has already been in existence for quite some time – and this year some 500 people took part in the inaugural Night Race. Party after the Engadin marathon finish Clearly, the Engadin bosses take an inspiration from the ever-growing success of the…
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Ride Like a Skiing Star

Ride Like a Skiing Star

Leaders, Money & Finance, Newsfeed
The skiers drive a lot - and we mean a lot. Between competitions and training venues, an average elite skier clocks tens of thousands of kilometers per season. For many, their cars become like a second home – or, more likely, the first one, as the skiers are more likely to seat in a car, than at the home couches. The ideal skier's car needs to be a) spacious – because, you know, all that gear b) snow-already – which in practice means a four-wheel drive c) fuel sipping – because who wants to pay $$$$$ for gasoline? We looked at some of the ride choices the world leading skiers made. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPHRzNlDrt Here's Heidi Weng posing by her customized Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design, given to the skier by the Bilia…
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