Choosing the Most Important Item in XC Skiing

Choosing the Most Important Item in XC Skiing

Training & Outfitting
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. The first thought that comes to your head when you look at the prices of the xc ski boots is probably: “wow, that's some very expensive stuff”. Well, they are expensive. In fact, top ski boots are more expensive that top skis. The fact of the matter is, almost all mid-level and top ski boots are still designed and crafted in good old Europe, and the price reflects their manufacturing costs. Another reason they are so expensive is because they are remarkable pieces of engineering. The top…
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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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