Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
The sport of cross-country skiing desperately needs..no, not the snow - that too, but there are ways of getting the tracks done even when the Nature is unwilling. What cross-country skiing needs is a shift in culture where big stars are seen not as home boy/ girl, but a true celebrity with a worldwide appeal & with all the relevant trappings of the status. Groupies! Yep, like in the rock music or ( do we dare say it aloud? ) like in the ski jumping and the biathlon. The people who travel with their heroes for a chance to see them up close and , with any luck, personal. As in " swap a few words" -personal, that is. ...October would be a good time to start. In Ramsau/ on…
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Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part I: Alpina, Atomic, Fischer

Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part I: Alpina, Atomic, Fischer

Gear News, Newsfeed
Same ground rules as in our review of Skatings boots: "Best boots" in our glossary are those made for Nordic racing at the highest international level in the last couple of years, give or take. That invariably means carbon sole boots. Well, almost invariably - it's true that even at the World Cup level you occasionally get to see a skier or two racing in non-carbon soled boots. Especially in very cold weather. That makes some difference compared to freestyle races where carbon sole is now absolute must-have. But statistically it is rather negligible and certainly not applicable to true WC podium crowd Technically, we should also be including combi ( a.k.a. skiathlon or pursuit) boots as they ar occasionally being used by some in classic races at the World…
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What Is That Brand Russians Are Dressed In

What Is That Brand Russians Are Dressed In

Gear News, Newsfeed
Team Russia racing suits are made by Bosco di Ciliegi or Cherry Woods. Despite very Italian sounding name , the company is actually Russian - and huge, employing some 5000 people with dozens of uni-brand stores. [caption id="attachment_12900" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Bosco logo got quite a bit of television exposure already in its first season of sponsorship of Team Russia - here's 1-2-3-4 Russian finish at Holmenkollen 50k last season [/caption] Anybody who's ever been to Moscow, had likely stopped at the GUM by Red Square, country's premier department store. Well, it's leased in full by Bosco and also contains its flagship brand store. With such a location one would suspect it's fancy - an it is, with winter parkas, for instance, in excess of 1000 euros in ruble equivalent. It…
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Apparel Brands By Skiers. Russian Trio Leads

Apparel Brands By Skiers. Russian Trio Leads

Gear News, Newsfeed
No less than three top Russian skiers produce and sell their personal apparel lines. While the sales figures are not quite those of Daehlie or Johaug brands, strong race performances and active social media use help the business to grow for all three makes. More are more ski clubs in Russia feature racing suits and training textiles developed by the trio. Sales pitch can't be be argued with: all three emphasize that through years of hard training and competing they've learned how apparel should be made to fit the needs of skier. All three generally sell in Russia but if you are so inclined, you also could order a piece of clothing bearing your favorite Russian "lyzhnik" name, special delivery. [caption id="attachment_12200" align="alignnone" width="1522"] VMax is well known acronym for…
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