Skiing mid-May? Sure, If You Are Near Oslo This Week!

Skiing mid-May? Sure, If You Are Near Oslo This Week!

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Winter is coming returning. At least to Norway, where the region around the capital of Oslo saw over half a meter of snow in recent days . Geilo Ski resort is showing these images on its webcam. Geilo is at the altitude of around 1000m and is located some 220 km from Oslo. Wish we were there today! The Hemsedal Ski Center ( 200 rm from Oslo) looks ready to stage a FIS World Cup race – more ready, in fact, than some of the actual venues from the last season. Even at the iconic Holmenkollen ski center in the suburbs of Oslo there enough snow fell to ski again https://www.instagram.com/p/BT9A6McBIy6 Superski AS, a well known cross country ski shop & school, based at Holmenkollen is posting this mouthwatering snap…
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Nordic Skiing in the US: Explosive Growth of Popularity

Nordic Skiing in the US: Explosive Growth of Popularity

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Nordic skiing is among the fastest growing in popularity outdoor activities in the United States, along with stand-up paddling and BMX biking. These findings are part of the massive Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report, just released by the Outdoor Foundation, a US nonprofit. Nordic skiing has shown a very impressive steady annual growth averaging 13 % during the last 3 years. In 2016, some 4,640,000 Americans hit the cross country ski trail compared to only 3,400,000 in 2013 – a rather whopping hike of 40.3%! Notably, the increase in cross country skiing participation is happening against a backdrop of less snowy winters: a recent Scientific American report declares that “55 percent of the stations showed a decrease in winter precipitation falling as snow", with Oregon, Iowa and New Hampshire being…
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Engadin Ski Marathon Plans Expansion

Engadin Ski Marathon Plans Expansion

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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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Benefits of Cross Country Skiing, Known and Hidden

Benefits of Cross Country Skiing, Known and Hidden

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Dear new friend, The very fact that you're on this page tells us that you're ready, willing and, hopefully, able to join us in our favorite sport and pastime. Welcome on board! Before you start, let's strengthen your resolve by quickly going through main benefits and advantages of cross country skiing. Skiing you burn more calories than doing any other sport – bar none. Skiing is a unique combination of cardio-vascular and muscular activites. It is a "Total Workout" extraordinaire. Literally every major muscle group is involved in propelling you forward or keeping you balanced. Skiing is a low-impact sport – your joints, especially those of knees and feet, will thank you. The best part – our sport is practiced exclusively outdoors, in the forest and the hills You have,…
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Night Ski Racing Is King

Night Ski Racing Is King

Travel & Mass Sport
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 skiing became a true sport. Because the last year two of the most popular cross country skiing festivals in the world both were nocturnal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1BD5WWv8YA First Vasalappet franchise gave birth to NattVassan, arguably the most challenging Judge for yourself – instead of the usual for Vasaloppet's checkpoint per every 10 kilometers, only one, halfway through the 90 kilometer course was organized ( with a few more basic feedstations along the way). Instead, all the participants were…
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