Solving No-Snow Issue:  Cooled Ski Track Of Kontiolahti,  Finland

Solving No-Snow Issue: Cooled Ski Track Of Kontiolahti, Finland

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
With La Transju, Tartu Ski Marathon and Finlandia-Hiihto to name but a few cancelled due to the lack of snow and Vasaloppet teetering on the brink of cancellation, we revisit a unique project by Finnish engineers: Kontiolahti cooled snow track. To be clear: not in our wildest dreams do we see an entire length of Vasaloppet being dug up to install Freezium-running pipes. But 10, perhaps 15k loop? Why not? Seems to be entirely technically possible but way, way to expensive. Still, there is a hope. The story was originally written by Ilkka Korhonen, avid long distance skier and Dailyskier.com contributor =================================================== Kontiolahti is located somewhat off the beaten track in Eastern Finland. It is some 450km, or 5 hours, from Helsinki by car and at least the same distance…
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Sustainability, ISPO and XCSkiing

Sustainability, ISPO and XCSkiing

Gear News, Newsfeed
The world of cross country skiing is insular. No more is it evident as in place where it has a rare chance to come into contact with "other universes" under one roof. What's ISPO? [caption id="attachment_14573" align="alignnone" width="1920"] it's a gigantic exhibition roughly half of which is taken by the stands of various, mostly Chinese, enterprises advertising their ability and willingness to produce anything for you in any quantity & about three times as fast anyone else ( the key word - advertising)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14572" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The other half is entirely different. It's taken by huge, glitzy pavilions of leading alpine and outdoor clothing and accessories manufacturers one look at which tells you where the money are in winter sports.[/caption] Cross country skiing firms exhibit on the fringes of…
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Splendeurs &  Miseres De  Tour  De Ski

Splendeurs & Miseres De Tour De Ski

Leaders, Newsfeed
... With her finish lunge Anamarija Lampič has brought victory for herself - and Slovenia. Thus proving beyond any doubt that in even in 2019 skiers from a country of just two million people could still compete and win. Johaug and Klaebo won what they were widely expected to win and Ustigov has proven that he's back in the game & roaring. ...From a purely sporting point, the fourteen edition of Tour de Ski is a full package, anything & everything that even an occasional fan of skiing might want. The problem is, the competition itself is hurting. ….According to a legend, Jürg Capol, then FIS xcski race director, had suggested the idea of Tour de Ski to Vegard Ulvang while in sauna. The same legend says that the idea…
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Did You Know: First Soviet Cosmonauts Were Avid Skiers. Two Of Them Had To Use Skiing Skills In Dire Emergency

Did You Know: First Soviet Cosmonauts Were Avid Skiers. Two Of Them Had To Use Skiing Skills In Dire Emergency

Newsfeed, Trivia
... The first Soviet cosmonauts were men of iron health, selected among hundreds upon hundreds of young airforce pilots. And, as a part of their space launch training,  they had to ski. A lot. In part because the guy in charge of their training, the guy who was ultimately deciding who gets to go into space and who stays on Earth, general Nikolai Kamanin, was the most avid skier himself. [caption id="attachment_14103" align="alignnone" width="786"] Lt.-General Nikolai Kamanin and his most famous " employee", Earth's first spaceman Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin was very decent skier on his own right - although he preferred water skiing [/caption]  Kamanin was a famed Arctic aviator in his youth - that's where he developed affection for cross country skiing.  That interest in the snow sport/recreation remained…
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Skiing Together. Christmas – Inspired Story Of Couples in Our Sport

Skiing Together. Christmas – Inspired Story Of Couples in Our Sport

Newsfeed, Trivia
It's Christmas and everyone is meant to be merry, jolly - and ready for a positive entertainment. We can't think of a better story on occasion than sharing pictures taken this year on various locations with one thing in common - happy skiers'couples. Key word is "happy" - including happy to be photographed together. Some were too shy to pose for photo or even to show their affections in public ( yes, we are talking about you, Frida and William!). If someone didn't make it into our camera lens - next year, hopefully! [caption id="attachment_14076" align="alignnone" width="1885"] Anna Zherebyateva and Alexander Bolshunov. We shall never get tired of photographing those two. Their affection for each other is obvious, deep and comes out very naturally[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14077" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Another "…
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