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 Dec 16, 2010: Volume 11, Number 32

Cold Hands in Anchorage 


I KNOW you must have answered this question at least once over the years goes again. What do other skiers, I skate mostly, do about cold hands? I don't have Raynaud's Syndrome and I don't smoke or drink. Other than heavy wool mittens, I can't think of much else that'll work. And mittens with skate skis are so déclassé! LOL!

Thanks for any help,

Cold hands in Anchorage




Our suggestions are the normal, windproof and insulated split finger gloves, handwarmers, warming up first and then switching to a lighterweight glove, and not eating just before you go skiing so your stomach does not draw blood to it to digest the food.


But I ask out reader pool for their secrets.

Help readers what are your suggestions?

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Skating Tips

by National 50km Freestyle Champion

and American Birkie 2nd


Tad Elliott

Reading an article about what to think about while skiing can be boring, lame or straight up painful. This one is different... I hope.  I am going to pass on tips that I really do when I am skiing.  Things coaches still tell me, over and over and over and over again. All skiers work on technique, doesn't matter how fast they are. They do technique.  Worry about the big things and do those things correctly.   Your hips to your shoulders are what I have heard as the panel.  Keep this straight and where you want to go.  In all techniques keep the panel stable V1 V2 and V2 alternate. Your shoulders and hips can and should move up and down when you apply power.  No tilted shoulders or rotated shoulders.  This is wasted energy and that is no good.  When skiing without poles I make a picture frame with my hands. You do not want the picture to tilt, or get another nature scene in it.  Focus ahead of you and keep that pine tree in the picture. It's dorky but effective.  


 Another thing people tend to focus on is kicking to the side.  If you have a legit panel you will automatically kick to the side.  The next thing I focus on is slamming my poles into the ground and dropping my head after me hands for MAX POWER.  I make this a goal even easy skiing and gliding longer to make sure I am going easy.  You will then do this automatically racing and become a better glider in the process.  Focus on the big things when you are working on technique.  I often get a lot off questions about where should my hands be?  How do my elbows look?  Are my wrists in the right position?  These are small things.  If you do the big things right the small things will fall into place. Everyone has there own style when they ski.  Embrace it.  Do the big things right and you will be skiing better and more efficient.  Meaning you will now be crushing it.  So go out and enjoy skiing faster!


Tad Elliot Skate west

Kikkan Podiums on WorldCup again!

The Ups and Downs of Davos by Kikkan Randall


The Cliff Notes:


It's been a week full of the highs and the lows here in Davos!  In similar fashion to last year's races in Davos, we raced distance on Saturday and a skate sprint Sunday. While I had hoped and expected to put in a strong performance in Saturday's 10km classic race, I was again disappointed with a lackluster result of 47th place.  I struggled in the snowy conditions and ended backing off in the final kilometers to reserve some energy for the sprint.

Thankfully, day two provided some redemption.  I started off the day with 8th position in qualifying.  I used fast finishes in both my quarterfinal and semi-final to advance to the final. In the final, after sitting in fourth for most of the race, I was in position to challenge for second place on the homestretch when Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk suddenly changed her trajectory and blocked my momentum.  I ended up finishing 4th

A few minutes later however, Kowalczyk's move was ruled as obstruction and she was relegated to sixth, moving me into third position.  So I got to stand on the podium for the second week in a row!

I had planned to race in France this coming weekend but due to some sickness this week I have decided to stay in Davos to get healthy, enjoy Christmas, and prepare for the Tour. I'll be back in action on New Year's Eve for the start of the Tour de Ski.  Until then, Merry Christmas everyone!


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Kikkan Randall on way tp 3rd place NordicFocus/fischer





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 SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2011 Contest - Launching Soon


The fifth annual Tour de Ski is around the corner running this year from Dec. 31. to Jan. 9 with the first event in Oberhof, Germany, and we're excited to soon present the third international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011 Contest. Don't miss this opportunity to test your knowledge and skill with players from around the world - the grand prize is a fabulous package from Rossignol including WCS2 skate skis and boots, Xcelerator bindings and One Way DS 10 poles (value $1,620US).

The contest is similar to previous years - register your team of four (4) men, and four (4) women plus two "Outlaw" skiers and earn points based on your team's performance at each stage of the Tour. Earn bonus points as well like Val Climb points and there are Rest Day prizes as well.

Registration opens soon so start planning your team today - FIS is releasing the list of registered TdS skiers shortly.


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6th Prize - Masters World Cup 2011 VIP Passes x 2 for one day (value $200)


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8th Prize - Rottefella Xcelerator Skate/Classic Bindings (value $130)


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