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June 9, 2011: Volume 12, Number 10


Paddle Boarding  


Hi, I have been paddle boarding on Lake Washington a few times a week.  Does the movement transfer to xc skiing because of use of the course?  Thank you, Paddler



Sure paddle boarding can be used as a good General Strength training tool. The most common summer training methods of running and cycling provide good cardiovascular training but provide primarily lower body conditioning so any time you can add upper body workout to your routine it will help. That being said the best upper body workouts are when you replicate the skiing motion more closely such as in Roller Skiing. (see rollerski article below) 

Andy at SkiPost


Matt Liebsch Rollerskiing
Matt Liebsch Practicing what he Preaches at GearWest!


A to Z's of Rollerskiing





Highlights of article below 


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You should roller ski because roller skiing;  


Is the dry-land activity most similar to on-snow skiing

Builds and maintains Nordic specific strength, coordination and balance

Is one of the best full body workouts

Provides a low impact cross training alternative to running

Develops upper body strength, where running and cycling do not 

Maintains and develops skills in the summer so you are ready on the first days of winter

Allows you to roll through summer

Is fun and easy


Skate or Classic? Read More 

As with on-snow skiing you should ideally practice both Skate and Classic roller skiing but either is better than none.   Skate roller skiing is the first choice for many skiers because it feels so much like on snow skating.  Read more ... Classic rollersking is fun because you have perfect "klister" kick at each stride.  Read More ...Combi skis, though not ideal, allow you to practice both techniques with one pair of skis. Read More...


Which wheel speed?  Read about wheel speed


What else will I need to start Rollerskiing? Read here...

Boots - Most people use their winter boots for rollerskiing.  But ..Read More..., Bindings- Matches your boot but with rollerkiing you do have options.

Poles  - Most people use their winter poles for rollerskiing But Read more... Ferrels  -  Replace your winter pole baskets with rollerski specific pole ferrels.  Sharpen your Ferrules tip to limit pole slippage. See how

Helmets: Yes because you must prepare for the unexpected and uncontrollable.  Gloves Pads?..Visibility Apparel; you are proud to be training make sure everyone sees you so they do not hit you.


First Timer Rollerski Tips; Start on flat terrain, practice in an empty parking lot, choose smooth asphalt vs. chip seal.


Check out the Gear West Rollerski Tour

June 11 & 17, July 16 & 30, Aug 13 & 29 GearWest Rollerski Tour


Start rollerskiing today and be ahead for your friends next winter.


Ready, set, go Rollerskiing!

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Running June 24th-25th & 26th Out There, The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation & Fruitshare are bringing World renown Nordic Ski Coach Inge Bråten to the Midwest for a 3 day Ski clinic & ½ Day CXC Coaches seminar! This once in a lifetime event will give you in-depth knowledge to Inge proven "Greystone to Gold" Training system. All profits from these events are going to the ABSF Youth Skier Development fund & CXC. We hope you are able to join us for this great educational opportunity to learn from the most winning coach in Nordic skiing as well as raise funds for top great organizations!


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Fire & Ice

Summer on Snow XC Ski Camp

Mt. Bachelor Bend Oregon


Fire and Ice, the latest cross country ski camp on groomed trails in the US will take place from June 16 to 20 on the trails of Mt. Bachelor.  Run by the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation Fire and Ice is the only camp in the US offering the opportunity for skiers to ski on World Class trails with impeccable grooming that late in the year.  


"Skiers around the world are looking for high quality on snow skiing opportunities in June," said Lars Flora, two time Olympian and Head Coach of Fire and Ice, but unless you're on the trails of Mt. Bachelor there isn't a better place in the world with deep snow, on real ski trails, with high quality grooming at a reasonable altitude."


According to Dan Simoneau, MBSEF Nordic Program Director who organizes the camp, "Fire and Ice is the latest evolotution of camps that have been on the trails and slopes of Mt. Bachelor for over 30 year. 


The 2011 Fire and Ice Summer Cross Counry Ski Camp will feature:

15 kilometers of groomed skiing on the trails of Mt. Bachelor.

Five on-snow training sessions (2 Classic and 3 Skating)

Five dryland training sessions 

Daily video technique analysis

Whitewater raft trip on the Deschutes River

Camp t-shirt

The American Summer Cross Country Skiing Championships

Fire and Ice, Bend Camp 2010 will have the following options:

·       3 day on snow only camp for skiers 8-11 for $100.

·       5 day Junior Camp for skiers 12-18 for $250.

·       5 day Masters Camp for $300.


For more information Fire and Ice 2011 contact Dan Simoneau at or 541-350-9126. 

Registration forms for the Fire and Ice camp are available at  



Haig Glacier Camp! 


Join Birkie Champion Matt Liebsch for one week of easy distance/ high volume hiking and summer skiing on Haig Glacier in the Canadian Rockies


Saturday Aug 20- Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

Cost w/transport: $1345 before July 1st, $1445 after

Cost without van transport: $1095 before July 1st, $1145 after


Fees include:

  • Van transport to and from Minneapolis to Canmore AB.
  • Helicopter transport of your gear up to camp and the glacier
  • All food and lodging while up at the camp
  • Separate boys and girls bunk rooms
  • Adult supervision for the entire trip
  • Supervised 3+ hr group hike into and out of the camp
  • 7 possible days of groomed morning snow skiing, easy distance with some technique
  • instruction and video analysis. (Skiing conditions may vary depending on the local mountain weather)

Coach  Matt Liebsch 763-221-3963   Parents/Information meeting at Gear West Ski June 19 on at 4pm  Master Athletes interested in attending can contract Matt Liebsch direct to discuss.


Brian Gregg at Haig



NCCSEF adds Nordic Combined alongside Cross Country as a supported discipline.


June 2, 2011; Salt Lake City, Utah) The National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation has added the discipline of Nordic Combined to its roster of supported Nordic disciplines.


As NCCSEF director David Knoop states "In both Cross Country and Nordic Combined gaining ongoing and consistent quality training, racing, and coaching experiences is the biggest challenge facing developing American skiers who are spread throughout our vast country and live thousands of miles away from Europe, the center of Nordic racing."


Adding Nordic Combined to its sport's rosters allows NCCSEF's proven fundraising and development support program to better compliment the entire USSA Nordic development pipeline.


U.S. Ski Team Nordic Combined Head Coach David Jarrett states, "The Nordic Combined sport community is excited that NCCSEF has opened its great fundraising and support structure to Nordic Combined. Providing developing athletes ongoing access to a progression of quality racing, training and coaching experiences represents the biggest funding need and development opportunity at present for our country. We have some great athletes aiming to keep the winning tradition alive for Nordic Combined, but with very limited number of events in the U.S., it is important that they get overseas as much as possible to continue their progress."  


Stay tuned as NCCSEF announces its updated Nordic skiing development plan based on annual support of its Pillar Projects.  Funding of the Pillar Projects ensures the nation's top Nordic skiers, starting at the J2 age group and ending when they reach the World Cup Red Group, gain access to the highest caliber racing, training and coaching experiences.


To learn more and make your tax deductible contribution to NCCSEF visit today





The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) seeks a new Executive Director with the vision and skills to manage this world class, community based trail system. The new Director will replace Jay Lucas who has served as MVSTA's Executive Director for the past 30 years. A strong combination of skills and experiences is required in this role. Such experiences should include the management and motivation of staff, strong financial acumen, experience in the ski and/or outdoor industry and a familiarity with non-profit business practices. This is an incredible opportunity, for the right individual, to lead one of the most inspirational outdoor organizations in the nation. A full job description, requirements and compensation can be found on the MVSTA website at Deadline for applications is July 15, 2011. 



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