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Jan 26, 2012: Volume 12, Number 42


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 Coaching Kids?


Can you recommend a good book or website for teaching the progression of skiing to children? I have lots of games, etc. but I have a group of 8-9 year olds that are ready to improve technique and I'm not sure where to start.  

Great to hear that you are working with an excited group of kids! 


A great place to start is with the USSA / US Ski Team's Development Pipeline:  USST training Pipeline and USSA Training Matrix

Your group is most likely a mix of Level 2 and Level 3 skiers. These are pretty basic documenst, but manage to cover the essentials pretty well. The real takeaway is that kids in their pre-pubescent years need to be playing rather than training. They benefit from participating in a broad range of athletic activities. The skills that they build in all of those different sports will serve them well later on. Athletes like Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton are, in part, great skiers because they both have the speed and agility of a soccer player, the balance of skateboarder, the spatial awareness of a terrain park ripper, the grace and static strength of a rock climber and the do-or-die attitude of a double-overhead big wave surfer. They grew up doing these things. They are great skiers because of the fact that they spent a ton of time (and still do!) doing things other than skiing and training for skiing. Jessie Diggins was a gymnast, Noah Hoffman a tennis player, Tad Elliott a world-class mountain bike. The fastest people out there are not just skiers, they are ATHLETES who have chosen skiing as their sport. 


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There is a great collection of Ski Games for Kids on the New England Nordic Ski Association's website: These should be really useful!

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This book, about ski games for kids, is a good one:



Here's a link to a book called Training for Cross Country Skiing. It's was a project of the German Ski Federation. It's geared toward older kids (12-15) who are staring to make the transition from playing on skis to actually training for skiing. Your group is a little young for this, but it's a good tool for down the road. It's a great book! Training-Cross-country-Skiing-Meyer


So, in summary, encourage broad-based athletic participation in your crew. Play soccer with your skis on, encourage them to go to the skate park, take them climbing at Smith Rocks, teach them to land a back flip on the trampoline. Keep the group having fun, there will be plenty of time for hard work later!


All the best,


Travis Jones for SkiPost


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Where to ski in Sweden?



My husband and I are thinking of going to Sweden in March to ski (flying in and out of Stockholm) and would like any suggestions re: the best destination area with groomed trails that we could get to ideally without renting a car...Suggestions?



I'm happy to hear that you're coming to Sweden to ski! There are plenty of options and I've written down the best ones I could think of below  If skiing is the most important part of your trip I would recommend sticking to the ski resorts, where you find miles and miles of skiing and you can chose if you want easy terrain or more challenging climbs. My favorite place is Bruksvallarna where I've spend many hours in the early season. Hope you find the information you need. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have more questions!


If you don't want to rent a car, the easiest thing is to take the train from Arlanda to whatever destination you chose. The train station is found in the middle of Sky City where all the restaurants are. You can buy a ticket on-line, at www.sj.se (there is an option for English on the page) or at the airport before departure. Keep I mind that it is usually cheaper to buy the ticket in advance. You'll take the escalator or elevator down to the trains right from Sky City, so it's really easy to do even with bags and skis.

It sounds to me like you're mostly interesting in good skiing and not restaurants and night life. read entire post here where-to-ski-in-sweden 



Kristina Strandberg




Dress like the well dressed U.S. Ski Team and Team CXC!



We get this question all of the time.  "What's the name of the jacket and pants that the US Ski Team is using?" 


The US Ski Team has a few different outfits from Bjorn Daehlie that they use depending on the conditions all with one goal: Pure Function.     


The favorite training kit for both the US Ski Team and CXC is the Olympic Jacket and Pant.  These feature 4-way stretch waterproof/windproof fabric at the front to keep all of the elements out.  The back panel features an Italian super-fabric called Thermolife which has the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any fabric available.  Both the jacket and the pants have the perfect amount of reflective taping for visibility both on and off the trails in low light conditions.


On warmer days, the Challenger jacket is the top of choice.  With the Challenger jacket, the features just keep coming!  A thin micromesh liner on the front coupled with Super-Stretch softshell fabric thoughout the body of the jacket offer great freedom of movement.  The punch holes at the upper back provide great ventilation to keep you from overheating and the media pocket on both the arm and the chest let you rock out to your favorite tunes without having to figure out "where do I put my headphone cord." 

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US Ski Teamers Liz Stephen is in the full Olympic kit and Andy Newell is in the Challenger jacket and Charger race suit.

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CXC Elite Team  members Santi and Carolyn Ocariz wearing the Olympic jacket and pant.

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  Its Noquemanon time! 
Marquette, MI 
Saturday, January 28, 2012.  


The 14th annual Marquette General Health System Noquemanon Ski Marathon and mBank Half Noque is set 10 days away. The 2012 year will continue to show our quality and perseverance to change for the better.  


First, new for 2012, the Classic marathon cash purse has doubled to $4000 total.  The top finishers of the Noquemanon 50K Classic event receive cash prizes as well as a large, beautiful Moen Cowbell. MEN 1st - $1125; 2nd - $500; 3rd - $250; 4th - $150; 5th - $50 WOMEN 1st - $1125; 2nd - $500; 3rd - $250 Second, race participation has been capped to 1300 skiers. 


The MGHS Noquemanon Ski Marathon is ramping up for the biggest race event in our history!   Over 1000 skiers are registered with about 400 more openings until the cap in each event  has been meet. Lastly, The work crews have been out on the trail and we have widened the start of the half marathon area again, and significantly reduced the narrowing down of the first 500m of the trail.  Improvements then flow all the way down to the creek at 30ft wide.


The Awards party will have significant improvements that bring us back to the Upfront and Company for awards pick up and post-race fun. 

Race entries are available by calling 866-370-RACE or visiting www.noquemanon.com For more information on the Marquette General Health System Noquemanon Ski Marathon, mBank Half Noque, Noque 12K and snowshoe events, contact Nicole Dewald at 906-235-6861.  


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Sun Valley = Nordic Town USA  
250 KM  of groomed trails

The Sun Valley region experienced another dose of winter over the weekend setting the region up for an ideal scenerio leading into the Sun Valley Nordic Festival, an event which draws on the nearly limitless nordic resources in the area.


"This last round of storms which came in wet and heavy and left with a cold and light note have dialed us in," said Blaine County Recreation District's Field General, Eric Rector.  "We are 100% open and fully operational on every last centimeter of our 250 kilometer trail system.  Quigley Nordic and Lake Creek are now in ideal shape, the Wood River Trail is open from end to end in preperation for the Ski the Rails event this Saturday the 28th, and we are preparing the downtown site of the sprint races as we speak.  The classic conditions are perfect and we have full track width across the entire system.  Honestly we could not be in better shape to host an amazing edition of the Nordic Festival." 


Nearly four feet of snow fell in the north part of the valley with two to three feet falling across the rest of the Wood River Valley from Sun Valley south.  More snow is falling as this is being written with snowflakes in the forecast every day for the rest of the week.


The Sun Valley Nordic Festival, www.svnordicfestival.com 

runs January 28 through February 5th and features a full menu of Nordic-related ski and other fun activities.  The festival kicks off on Saturday with the Ski the Rails event a volksski which encourages the entire valley to come out and ski the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Hailey  with refreshments, snacks and fun for the whole family along the way. 


Don't hesitate to make your plans for the Sun Valley Nordic Festival and the Boulder Mountain Tour as it may be the best skiing in the lower forty-eight. For complete information go to www.SVNordicFestival.com and www.BoulderMountainTour.com



33rd Annual Rendezvous  

March 3, 2012

Great Skiing in West Yellowstone!   


Make plans now to enjoy some of the best skiing and snow in the world, and mark your calendars for the 33rd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race sponsored by Yellowstone National Park Lodges.


The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race is a cornerstone of cross-country skiing in West Yellowstone, and is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.  There are six different races offered for skiers of all ages.  Marathoners can enter the 50 kilometer freestyle race, which consists of two laps around the perimeter of the Rendezvous Ski Trail system.  Racers can enter the 25 kilometer events under classic or freestyle technique, with the 10k as a great choice for those preferring a shorter distance. The 5k and 2k races are geared for kids... bring the whole family!


For most skiers, crossing the finish line is the goal.  The fastest skiers will be rewarded with medals and cash prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening.  All racers are invited to treat themselves to the complimentary desert bar at the Holiday Inn after the race. 


For more information, please visit: www.rendezvousrace.com.  


and when you are there stay at the Holiday Inn




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