- Rollerski with LED Lights - Ski Skett promotes “Marcialonga” as a model for longer runs. The unspoken message of the product is that "nothing prepares you for the rigors of the Cascata climb like a good fifty miles on a new rollerski set".
- Team Sweden’s Hedda Baangman Puts Her Snazzy… Bracelets on Display - Hey, Hedda! We know - it's all about your bracelets! Paul Hewitt, The Rubz and Energy Armor, right? We wrote it down, no problem.
- Ski Programme Shutdown Causes Outrage - Nordic skiers of New Mexico don’t mince their words. “…We are the University of New Mexico Ski Team, and we desperately need your help… This is the message on Change.org that outlines the cause for the decades-long programme abrupt shutdown: the UNM ought to urgently find money to pay a basketball coach a nice round […]
- Night Ski Racing Is King - The outgoing season o 2016/17 was the year when the popularity of night/dark racing has exploded. It’s not like the nordic racing enthusiasts the world over didn’t figure out how to put their silvas and petzls to good use before, but the future historians would likely name the last season as the one when night […]
- Elbow pain from poling? StaffanSTAVEN to the rescue - Low impact on our knees and feet is one of the benefits of the cross country skiing that we appreciate the most. There is one caveat though – from time to time, at least some of us develop a pain in the elbow due to the overuse of sticks, causing tendinitis, a minor inflammation. Once upon a time […]
- In the Army Now… - Niklas Dyrhaug shared with 55 thousands of his subscribers on Instagram a photo of himself along with Didrik Tønseth and Finn Hågen Krogh sporting a rather different uniform of Team Norway Taken at Setermoen Leir, Norwegian Armed Forces largest military base near Tromsø, the image features the trio in brand-new Army uniforms , including bullet-proof […]
- More Skiers Go Camo - April is the month when professional skiers descend ( quite literally) from the mountains and come out from the forests where they live and train most of the year and for a short while become the ordinary citizens.
- Bye, Team LeasePlan! - It's official – Team LeasePlan, one the most successful private teams in cross country skiing is shutting its doors.
- Train Your Balance Like a Boss - The body balance is, likely, the most important single factor in cross country skiing – unless you happen to be a dedicated double-poler, in which case read no further.
- Andreas Nygaard, World’s Most Unusual Marathon Winner - If you ever wanted proof that today's cross country skiing is not your dad's skiing – look no further than the towering figure of Andreas Nygaard. This 26 year old Norwegian made a bit of a history this month – making redundant a lot of preconceived notions about skiing.
- Skiing Fun, Siberian Style - What is going on on this Instagram post of Alexander Bessmertnykh, Holmenkollen 50k's bronze medalist of this year and one of top classic style ski racers of the last season?
- Benefits of Cross Country Skiing, Known and Hidden - Skiing you burn more calories than doing any other sport – bar none.
Skiing is a unique combination of cardio-vascular and muscular activities. It is a "Total Workout" extraordinaire.
- Two Silvers, Bronze – But No Coin For Kalla - Charlotte Kalla might be the biggest Swedish star of the recent World Championship in Lahti, but she ain't getting a financial reward for her performance from the country's skiing federation.
- Ride Like a Skiing Star - 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.
- Engadin Ski Marathon Plans Expansion - 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.
- Drinking Scandal in the Korean Ski Team - 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 agancy reports.
- Salomon and Atomic Sales Grow Massively in Q1 - 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
- Training with Petter Eliassen - etter 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.
- Nordic Skiing in the US: Explosive Growth of Popularity - Nordic skiing is among the fastest growing in popularity outdoor activities in the United States, along with stand-up paddling and BMX biking.
- Choosing the Most Important Item in XC Skiing - The most important piece of skiing equipment is actually boots. Surprised? Well, consider this: the wrong skis might slow you down, but won't give you foot cramps or frozen toes; a broken pole, although a big nuisance, can be replaced on the racetrack.
- Pellegrino: “It’s like a relaxing spa outdoors” - "It's like a relaxing spa outdoors.In this society that goes faster and faster, I recommend everyone to go to the mountains, surrounded by nature, to slow the pace, with a pair of skis"
Not, perhaps, what you would expect from the world's top ski sprinter, but thus speaks
- UpDated: “Exercise-in-a-pill” Is Here. What Would WADA Say? - A group of scientists, working at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have published a study purporting to show “ how to fully activate a gene pathway with a chemical compound, mimicking the beneficial effects of exercise, including increased fat burning and stamina.”
- Secrets of Low Intensity Training - First things first: what sort of people are Training Tips aimed at? Certainly not at the elite racers or hardcore, dedicated amateurs, many of whom train over ten hours a week – and spend another ten reading specialized literature on endurance training.
On the other hand, we don't really expect to catch the attention of people who are 100% recreational and wouldn't even consider training for any ski race, let alone marathons.
- UpDated: Dude, Where Is My SkiBee? - The prize for one of the more original innovations in cross country skiing goes to Detroit resident Donald Steeg, a "tool and dye maker from the Detroit area," and, by all accounts, an avid skier. Back in 1970, Steeg unveiled his SkiBee, "a propulsion unit for motorized skiing".
- Meet Ludde, World’s Fastest Skier - ...In the finals, four of the best in qualifications stood at the starting line, ready to compete for the title of “world's fastest skier”: the Norwegian skiing sensation of the last season, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, the aforementioned Lucas Chanavat, the Italian Emmanule Bechis (a reigning world champion in rollerski sprint) – and Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, the man who concentrates in his training on super-sprint.
- Johaug Kicks Off Her Preparations For New Season - Therese Johaug wants the world to know that she might be somewhat down – but certainly not out.
A 28 year old Olympic and world champion just shared with 336.000 of her Instagram followers a photo of herself in a company of her coach Pål Gunnar Mikkelsplass ( silver medalist of the OGs in Calgary in 1988), her personal ski waxer Snorre Haugland and, of course, her brother and training partner Karstein Johaug.
- Justyna Kowalczyk: Bring It On! - Justyna Kowalczyk is back in the saddle and has started preparing for the Olympic season.
The 34-year-old Pole is a reigning Olympic champion in 30km classic-style skiing. We say "reigning" because she won the race the last time the classical event was held, at the Games in Vancouver in 2010. Back then Kowalczyk beat Marit Bjørgen in a thrilling finish by just 0.3 seconds.
- Dogged Life of Skiers - A silver medalist of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Alexander Panzhinskiy, has shared a photo spread dedicated to his "sparring partner" with thousands of Instagram followers.
- Pyeongchang Ticket Sales Are Sluggish So Far. Will the Rising Star of Kim Magnus Help? - Less than 10% of the tickets available for the cross country skiing events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games are sold so far, the AFP news agency reports, quoting the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG)
- Nordic Skiing’s Best, Beach Edition - It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. The Daily Skier went through the social media accounts of cross country skiing stars to report on who-spent-vacations-where
We start with the Beach Edition. Because it's not that often one gets to see the skiers down there.
- Madshus Awaits Its Fate - The Madshus' fate is about to be decided.
According to SGB Media, a social media marketing firm, Michael Polk, CEO of Newell Brands, said this week that "...Negotiations around the sale of the Winter Sports unit are in full flight and are expected to close in the second quarter..."
- Skiing mid-May? Sure, If You Are Near Oslo This Week! - Winter is returning. At least to Norway, where the region around the capital of Oslo saw over half a meter of snow in recent days .
- Tigers Are (Sadly) Out, Snow Leopards Are In - ...It's been a month since Thomas Alsgaard have suddenly announced the end of the Team LeasePlan better known as Tigers for their colorful racesuits
Now a Russian ski team aims to bring felines back on the skiing trail.
Meet Team Snow Leopards.
- Johannes Høsflot Klæbo Does Dubai, Wins - Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and his "posse" want you to know that there's cross country skiing to be done on the Arabian Peninsula.
In a colorful company of fellow Team Norge racer Niklas Dyrhaug, an Olympic gold medalist in Nordic Combined Jørgen Nyland Graabak as well as fellow Trønderne Mathias Rundgreen and Magnus Stensås, the Prince of Nordic Skiing has descended upon the snow covered slopes of Ski Dubai, one the biggest indoor skiing facilities in the world
- It’s Official: Run Harder = Live Longer - - Adults with high physical activity levels have telomeres with a biological aging advantage of nine years over those who are sedentary, and a seven-year advantage compared to those who are moderately active.
- Ski Art Erotica - ...In 1952 Pierre-Laurent Brenot (1913-1998) returns to the subject of overdressed skiers and does Marie des Neiges. Perhaps, the same female skier, but now older and wiser, goes out skiing in nothing but a trench-coat and a piece of what decades later would be called "thermal underwear".
- “…The evolution of double poling has been challenging the core of the Cross-Country Skiing sport…” - It has been a year since the International Ski Congress in Cancun has decided to embark on a prohibition campaign in cross-country skiing.
It felt so distinctly 1984-85 - here's why.
- Top Trainer Prefers Liechtenstein to Switzerland - The Duchy, population 38000, is far better known for its Alpine skiers than cross-country ones. Looks like that's about to change. Liechtenstein is investing in an upgrade for its Steg Ski Stadium in the Valünatal Valley – and inviting Mahhart, one of the world's top ski coaches, costs some coin too.
- Video of Therese Johaug Training in Sjusjøen Appears Online - Therese Johaug wants everybody to know that she is training very, very hard for her comeback next season.
At 1.62 m and 46 kg, the Norwegian was indomitable throughout her skiing career on hilly terrain, while losing to competition on flat stretches of the trail.
No more, it seems:
- Ski-Perfect Stomach, Spring Edition - In cross-country skiing, the abdominal core muscles are extremely important both for overall dynamic stability and for that perfect double-pole strike. We take a look at how well the world's elite racers have worked on theirs.
- This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks. Part 1 - ... my impressions from visiting a factory of KSF Sport Oy, which produces legacy ski brands known the world over: Karhu, Yoko, and Jarvinen.
The most important conclusion I've drawn: there is no huge difference in production methods and materials used in top racing ski, suitable for elite, and the second- and third- tier ski that are quite a bit cheaper – and that was a surprise. But let's go inside the factory and look at the actual process:
- Part 2 Of This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks. - ...the best-selling and the most talked about product out of the factory are Optigrip skis. After every other process is complete, the finest layer of proprietary nano-coating is applied on the gliding surface making kick waxing totally unnecessary. http://www.optiwax.fi/en/ voiteluohjeet/gripcare-hoitoa/ . The composition of the mixture and the actual process of application are kept secret, and I have been asked neither to film nor divulge what I saw. Optigrip skis are hugely popular in Finland – some 75% of the total production at Kitee are Optigrip skis!
- Yes, You Could Ski in October. Thanks To Snowfarming, That Is - ...The early snow business is a profitable business – a daily walk-in pass (yes, you could walk-in and train right next to the skiing elite) is 20 Euros – one of the highest access fees for a trail anywhere, any time
- Rollerskis Of Tomorrow? Well, We’ll See - There's little doubt that Chinese companies were/are OEM manufacturers for cheaper rollerski models for the well known European brands (one of the Chinese producers is proudly calling its offerings "rullskidor" – hardly a word in English, but surely in Swedish) – and have learned the art of producing them.
- Ustiugov Might Run All Six Races in PyeongChang, Says Vyalbe - “If Ustiugov remains our leader in the next season, says Vyalbe , - he will have to make his own decisions as to what races he wants to run in Pyeongchang. If he wants to run all of them – so to be."
- Our Test: EPB, Device You ( Really) Want to Have - The EPB won't ease your pain at the sight of your broken $$$ pole – but it will let you finish the marathon, for which you were preparing for so long and traveled so far.
Because now you have a back-up plan, swinging gently right behind on your back.
- Magnificent Five - Marwe 620ХС, Swenor Elite, SRB SR02 Professional Flex – those are the names that come to mind when one is talking about high-end skate rollerskis. There's nothing wrong (and a lot right) with them – except for one thing: they are too ubiquitous. Everyone and his coach has them already – what's there to talk about?
Well, we selected 5 top-range models from other producers based on one criteria: wow-factor. Which, of course, comes at the price, in that the Magnificent Five also happen to be the most expensive training skate rollerskis on the planet.
- Madshus Sold - Many, especially in Norway, had expected that the storied Norwegian ski & apparel producer would be spun off and sold back to a Norwegian business. Rumors swirled that Swix Sport (or its owner, Ferd Group) were looking to purchase Madshus. It would make sense: the two companies are located close to each other in the outskirts of Lillehammer – working together would bring massive savings in everything from manufacturing and warehousing to marketing and distribution.
- Kikkan Randall Wins Ski To Sea XC Country Ski Leg - US International and ex-world champion in sprint Kikkan Randall won the 2017 Ski to Sea cross-country ski leg on Sunday, beating 300+ competitors, male or female on a 6km distance.
Ski to Sea brands itself as the biggest relay race in the world. The race has seven legs – cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross and kayaking.
- CAS ( Finally) Issues Verdict on Suspended Russian Skiers - The CAS have decided to maintain the provisional suspensions imposed on the athletes until 31 October 2017, at the latest.
However, "in the absence of any anti-doping rule violation having been assessed against any of the athletes so far, the temporary suspension shall lapse and the athletes shall be allowed to compete again"
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