Moving from Finland to Japan while staying in Russia

Moving from Finland to Japan while staying in Russia

Training & Outfitting, Travel & Mass Sport
It’s hard to imagine how really big Russia is – not only in terms of space but also in xc skiing geography and traditions. Almost anyrywhere you go in the country , you see fantastic opportunities for cross country skiing development – especially now, when the global warming is wrecking havoc with so many traditional skiing “sweet spots” elsewhere in the world, there are many places in Russia that enjoy months and months of snowy winter....   ..Hello, I'm Denis Kabanen Some of you might remember me as a dedicated ski marathoner and an enthusiastic blogger and a promoter of xc skiing and MTB biking. I was in a company of Erik Wickstrom and Teemu Virtanen on 24 hours ski record 1,5 years ago in Are, Sweden. I also contribute…
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…Summer Sports Might Be Better Than  Skiing After All

…Summer Sports Might Be Better Than Skiing After All

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport, Trivia
...After ruminating at length last week on how cross country skiing is better than summer sports, I came to conclusion that not everything is so clear cut. So, here are my thoughts as to why summer sports could be better than skiing after all. What do you think? 1. Freedom. On our narrow skis, we are tied to whatever trail a snow-groomer laid early in the morning. And we have to make it to that groomed trail first, sometimes spending hours in traffic. In the summer you run wherever and however your heart desires. 2.Post-race/post-training conversation flows oh-so-much-smoother on a balmy summer afternoon than on a cold, dark wintery day. And let's admit it – we are partially in it for a chat with fellow endurance sport fans; and when…
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5 Reasons Why Skiing Is Better Than Summer Sports

5 Reasons Why Skiing Is Better Than Summer Sports

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting, Travel & Mass Sport
There are many skiers who try some other sports in between the snow seasons – running, biking, triathlon, etc. Myself, I got into mountain biking for several years - so much so, that I almost quit cross-country skiing. I do, however, live up north, in Petrozavodsk, in the Russian part of Karelia. We have snow on the ground there for some 6 months a year. Living in a place like that, you either can't wait for the winter to come – or you hate it. I'm in Italy on vacation right now, and much as I like the beautiful scenery, warm sea, and ideal mountain-biking conditions too, I would not want to live here. 1.We, the skiers, are different from the rest of humanity – they see shorter days and…
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Our Test: Karhu Mini – Good Fun, Maxi Convenience

Our Test: Karhu Mini – Good Fun, Maxi Convenience

Gear News, Newsfeed
What is it? The Karhu Volcan Skating Mini, top-line skating skis from a storied Finnish manufacturer - with a twist. What makes them special?: to paraphrase Henry Ford, you can have them any color length, as long as it's black 166cm. Fixed. In other words, they are as tall as your skating poles. The camber is so stiff that it is good enough for a grown up male specie up to 110kg. (yes, you could - and should - select Minis according to your weight) What is it good for? well, we could tell you, of course, that you spend 20% less on wax but do you really care? It's all about convenience. Try fitting full-size skis into a VW Golf. Tad inconvenient, isn't it? Well, Volcan Minis would fit…
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Part 2  Of This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks.

Part 2 Of This Is How Perfect Skis Are Made, Folks.

Gear News, Newsfeed
THIS IS THE 2D PART OF THE 'VISIT TO KITEE SKI FACTORY, FINLAND' STORY “Freshly baked” skis being inspected. The new skis are cooling down on the racks. What's left is to have another milling machine to cut a groove along the gliding surface and to add a coat of lacquer on the top to prevent snow and ice from sticking to it. My camera caught custom skis made-to-order for Finnsisu, Yoko and Karhu distributor in the US. This is a stone grinding machine, of course. All the race skis pass through it on their way to the last stage... ...And this is the famous Optiwax Glide Tape Waxing Machine and her master and designer, Jari Joutsen, preparing the skis – we could assume those are for Kikkan Randall, brand…
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