SkiTour2020 Kicks Off Very Promisingly

SkiTour2020 Kicks Off Very Promisingly

Leaders, Newsfeed
The inaugural SkiTour 2020 kicked off in Östersund today. Here's what we saw and what we came to think: [caption id="attachment_14724" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Östersund has taken over Falun as Sweden's premier cross country ski place. Ski stadium, fully rebuilt for the recent Biathlon World Championships looks fancy and functions the way it's meant to be in 21 century[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14723" align="alignnone" width="1920"] There is a proper snow on the ground. Unlike in said Falun as well as in Oslo, Lahti etc. etc. Yeah, one could compete on man- made snow tracks - but snowy forests & frozen lakes look better.Perhaps, just a matter of habit[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14726" align="alignnone" width="1920"] There were spectators. Wouldn't lie: not as many as come to watch biathlon, but compared to xcski stages in the Alps…
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New Rossignol X-IUM S Are Smashing Podiums This Year  (But You Probably Did Not Know)

New Rossignol X-IUM S Are Smashing Podiums This Year (But You Probably Did Not Know)

Gear News, Newsfeed
[caption id="attachment_14617" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Early December 2019. Lillehammer. Athletes are long gone from the tracks to rest before their races, but there is no respite for Simon Caprini and Roddy Darragon, Rossignol racing managers...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14615" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Caprini is cheerfully smiling into the camera but he has an important hurdle to pass tomorrow and is - probably - a little nervous [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14616" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Laying down on the snow are all-new S line skate racing skis, product of months of hard labor by Rossignol designers and testers. They are camouflaged to look as the current version but contain several important innovations[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14609" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..24 hours later it's time to crack open a bottle of champagne : Rossignol's biggest star of the last seasons, Alex Bolshunov…
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Closer Look: Newest Rossignol X-Ium Premium SK Course

Closer Look: Newest Rossignol X-Ium Premium SK Course

Gear News, Newsfeed
..this year we want do a coverage of novelties & other things for mentioning at ISPO , concentrating in depth on specific products. In case the word ISPO does not sound familiar: it's humongously sized winter sports & outdoor expo happening in Munich every year. Cross country skiing equipment manufacturers are all there with their wares & services - with a notable exception of Salomon and Atomic that customarily ignore it. We start with long-anticipated premiere of new top-of-the-line Rossignol boots. Why with them? Well,for one thing Alex Bolshunov keeps on winning in them recently (camouflaged to look as previous model) - it should say something. If you need a second reason here is one : Rossignol always tried to keep their prices on top-level boots lower than most in…
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XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
For those who regularly deal with television ratings and want to jump straight to the news - just go to section starting with bold lettering. For the rest - a bit of an intro as to why these news are actually rather important: Cross country skiing on top professional level has two sources of income: A/ contributions by local authorities of wherever the races are held, in money and in kind. It's done out of combination of regional tourism support and healthy living promotion (of which top skiers are good example) plus healthy dose of local pride. Neither of above is really commercial in nature. B/ Money acquired through selling television broadcasting rights. As we keep on reminding you, the FIS is absolutely unique in the modern world as it…
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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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