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Nov 10, 2011: Volume 12, Number 31



 Why do World Cup skiers change skis in a race? 



World Cup skiers are now allowed to change skis in certain events.

In most events they are not allowed to. This is a relatively new rule to add another level of excitement for world cup viewing.


During the length of a 50km or 30km the ideal wax may change. Skiers can choose to change skis or stay with what they have. Much like a pit stop in car racing.  


The wax techs are allowed to work provide substitute skis that the athletes switch into. 

Doing a ski change takes skiers a few second extra so some athletes elect to change to get faster skis or better kick while other may elect to stick with what they have and save precious seconds.



Andy at SkiPost 


 Join the Drive for 25

November 15



What: 4000 American cross country ski enthusiasts backing their nation's developing skiers on a single day.


When: November 15th, 2011


How: There are two ways to be involved.  The most impactful involvement is to become a Drive for 25 Ambassador and get at least ten of your friends to agree to donate on November 15th.  Send the email addresses of your friends to us and we will remind them.  


To be a Cross-Country ambassador contact

Matt Whitcomb


To be a Nordic Combined ambassidor contact 

Dave Jarrett


or donate $25 on November 15th.

Cross-Country Page or the Nordic Combined Page



Why: U.S. cross country skiing is in financial trouble.  While we have improved from a nation that seldom put a single skier in the top 15 on the World Cup to a nation with World Cup and World Championship podiums we are currently operating at a budget of less than a tenth of our toughest competitors.  And more importantly our budget shortfalls are making it impossible for our younger developing athletes to afford the racing opportunities they require to compete among the best.  This summer we have faced two rounds of budget cuts and another is looming.  This challenge offers the cross country community a chance to pull together and keep the momentum building. 


Who: You!


NNF, the National Nordic Foundation is stepping up to fill these budget short falls.  The NNF depends on you.


Learn More Here 



NNF Pledges $58,000 in season's forst round of funding to 5 Cross-Country Pillar Projects


These strategic investments are made to Support Tomorrow's Stars Today.


To read about the 5 Pillars funded read here.


SkiTrax FIS Fantasy
World Cup 2011/12 


Registration NOW OPEN



Ski Trax is pleased to announce the launch of our annual SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2011/12 Contest for contestants around the world. This is the first of three fantasy contests this season - next up is our inaugural Marathon contest in conjunction with FIS and the World Loppet Ski Federation, creating a new dimension for the sport and adding excitement for skiers around the world for these legendary races. The third contest will highlight the incomparable FIS Tour de Ski, the centre piece on this year's calendar, as there are no World Championship or Olympic competitions this year.


Register your team of four (4) men, and four (4) women including two (2) Outlaw Skiers - one (1) male and one (1) female not in the top 15 of the FIS World Cup overall rankings.

Points will be awarded following each World Cup based on each skier's performance and published regularly at so you can see how your score compares to other players and with the actual FIS standings. Earn bonus TdS and other points - all information and contest rules are available when you register your team.

These are the only FIS Fantasy Nordic contests of their kind worldwide so don't miss your chance to enjoy fabulous top level xc ski racing and win fabulous prizes -  good luck to all contestants.

The deadline to register or revise your team is Friday, Nov. 18, at 10pm EST, the day before the Viessmann XC FIS World Cup season kicks off in Sjusjoen, Norway. To register visit

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 2011/12 Contest Prizes


1st Prize - Fischer 11/12 Carbonlite Hole Skis, Xcelerator Bindings, Carbonlite Poles (value $1,100)
2nd Prize - SkiGo Carbon 780 Roller Skis (value $580)

3rd Prize - Alpina ESK Ski Boots (value $449) 

4th Prize - Bjorn Daehlie Exclusive US XC Ski Suit (value $300)

5th Prize - Sporthill XC Pants/Tights and Glacier Top (value $220)
6th Prize - Fresh Air Experience or High Peaks Cyclery Gift Certificate ($150)
7th Prize - Rottefella Xcelerator Skate/Classic Bindings (value $130)
8th Prize - Bliz Proflip Visor (value $130)
9th Prize - Concept2 Goodie Duffle Bag (value $100)
10th Prize - Auclair Micro Mountain Olympic Gloves + Earbags (value $65)  

WCup Breaks - Buff Headware (value $22) to top 3 contest leaders before the Tour de Ski  

Visit for more information.







SkiTrax Season Launch 2011/12 Buyer's Guide


Don't miss the season launch issue of SkiTrax featuring * annual Buyer's Guide with North American pricing * in-depth feature story on the Caldwell Clan and their XC Dynasty * interview with Canadian Head Coach Justin Wadsworth * profile of Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi's Paintbox Lodge * Kikkan Randall * Alex Harvey * CCSAA Best of Directory * Race Ready * Gear Tests... and much more


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October 31, 2011, Morrisville, VT - Each year in November, we offer SkiErg users the opportunity to "race" with others around the world during the SkiErg World Sprints. If you're an on-snow skier waiting for the snow to fall, this is a great way to pass the time. If you're not a skier but just like the challenge of setting a personal best on the SkiErg-here's your chance. No matter what your inspiration, we hope you'll join us for the 3rd Annual SkiErg World Sprints Indoor Skiing Competition.


This 1000 meter race will be held November 11-13, 2011 at locations throughout the world. The comparable, repeatable results of the SkiErg Performance Monitor allow anyone with access to a Concept2 SkiErg to race against others on a fair, measurable "course." 


The event is open to anyone who'd like to join the fun. If you'd like to host a race, please email for more information.


Can't travel to a Sprints location? If you have your own SkiErg, you can join in from your home!You can even invite friends and teammates over to join you. Pre-set the Performance Monitor for a 1000 meter piece and "race" any time between November 11-13, 2011. Submit your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook to be included in the official race results. 


Concept2 will award prizes for overall men's and women's winners, and the top three finishers in each age group and gender. We hope you'll join the fun!


SkiErg Sprints


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 Start's Answers to Waxing Questions  


 Man Made Snow Wax? 


I will be skiing on man-made snow at the alpine area until real snow gets here. If the snow does not come early we even race on man-made snow. Are there any tricks to glide waxing for artificial snow?


Man made snow is very course and has a very high water content and often the water source is dirty so the snow is dirty. So you need a durable wax, that manages moisture and dirt. Start's Black Magic Glide Line has over 20% Fluor + Moly and is perfect for man-made snow.



Start's SD3 one Hot Pole! 


"Since they're wound in a 3-D process, Start's SD3 are strong where most poles are weak-down by the aero baskets-and stiff where most poles are soft, in the midshaft." Outside Magazine  


Outside Magazine selected Start's SD3 as its "Hot Pole."



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$20.00 + shipping
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November 22 - 26, 2011


Light snow is falling outside and the forecast is calling for more.  The Rendezvous Ski Trails are covered and the South Plateau is looking good.   


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A few more inches and the trails in town will be rolled, groomed, and ready for the Yellowstone Ski Festival.  There are two weeks to go and almost all of them have a snowflake in the forecast. 


With the 2011 Yellowstone Ski Festival in sight, the final details are wrapping up.  It is not too late to register for a clinic.  Consider a three or five day Nordic clinic to start the ski season off right.  Or a one or two day to fit your holiday schedule.  Take in an early season race.  There are six different races at this year's ski festival.  Online registration is available now.  Sign up by Thursday, November 17 to avoid late fees.  Check out the schedule of events.  Enjoy an array of wax clinics, movies, classes, and presentations.  The schedule is updated constantly, so check back often.  The Indoor Expo is packed with all things Nordic and free of charge.  Visit with those in the know from Rossignol, Salomon, Fischer, Toko, Atomic, Fast Wax, Madshus, Swix, Solda, the National Nordic Foundation, National Guard Biathlon, Sun Valley Nordic Ski Club, Concept 2, Boulder Nordic Sport, SkiFast Ergometer, Cross Country Skier, Ski Trax, Master Skier, and the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation.  Fill in your wish list at the On-Snow Demo- Your ski pass allows you full access to demo gear on the trails.  Be sure to schedule some time so you can sample the latest and greatest from Alpina, Atomic, Fast Wax, Fischer, Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon, and Swix. 


Join us for keynote speaker Conrad Anker, catch a fashion show, and win great prizes at the annual WYSEF Raffle, all at the Holiday Inn, Yellowstone Ski Festival's event headquarters.


Enjoy your First Tracks in West Yellowstone. Whether First Tracks truly means the corduroy and you, or it is the first time on skis this season, or the first time on skis period; you are invited to take them at the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Think Snow and make plans now to attend the 2011 Yellowstone Ski Festival. For more information, visit and follow westyellxcski on Twitter, or friend Yellowstone Ski Fest on Facebook for up-to-minute news.


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