Volume 13 Issue 18 : Aug 30, 2012
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Rollerskiing & Aerobic Efficiency?


A recent SkiPost article "Should I Rollerski?"  stated that "Rollerskiing is not the most efficient aerobic training out there," and recommended running, ski walking, and bounding for distance and intensity. What do you mean by "aerobic efficiency?"  I'm able to get my heart rate as high or higher with rollerskiing than running, at least on skate skis with decent snow-like resistance. R B


The short answer is that due to the limitations of rollerskis in their wheels, breaks, control and skier command combined with the limitations of most uncontrolled and often random terrain, rollerskiing is not the best activity to reliably peg your heart at a specific level for exacting amounts of time. This is sometimes also difficult, based on snow speed, grooming and terrain on skis as well. We will get you a more detailed answer and history or how rollerskiing is incorporated and who is doing what next week.

Soft Ground Ski Fit? 


Ok you answered my Salomon binding question, now a Salomon ski fit question. How come Salomon suggests the same general ski flex for its Softground (skate) ski as it does its cold ski or warm (skate) skis?  I always thought you fit skis for soft snow softer?  B. N.


Ah yes, Salomon recommends that ias a general fit its Equipe 10 skate skis midflex be at 1/2 a skier's KG body weight + 25KG  +- 5kg. This also holds true to the SoftGround because its engineering makes it ideal for soft snow so your fit does not need to make compensations. Salomon states that this extra long but noodle like pressure distribution mated to a normal midflex is one key reason why skiers have found it so fast in a multitude of track conditions and not just pure powder. 

(Read last year's Salomon Birkie SoftGround success story here).   

Which Binding?


I just purchased some Salomon Slab Classic boots and they fit like slippers. But why does boot have two axles under foot while the Propulse binding has just one axis? 


The S-Lab Classic boots does in-fact retain two axles so that the boots can be used on Salomon Nordic System (SNS) equipe (race) bindings new and old including the top of the line Propulse. This way your new boots will work on your old skis & SNS bindings as well as your newest skis with Propulse bindings. SNS compatibility chart

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VBT Cross-Country Skiing Tour

Italy & Austria: Cross-Country Skiing the Dolomites
Lienz * Obertilliach * Passo Lavaze * Cavalese

10 days from only $3395, Including airfare 
Whisk through the valleys below the towering Dolomite Mountains and the graceful peaks of the eastern Alps. We'll glide from village to village as frozen rivers guide us to warm, inviting lodges at the end of the trail. We'll have ample opportunity to mingle with locals, hoisting a few pints or sipping a warm mulled wine at day's end. 2013 Departures: Jan 4,18; Feb 8; Mar 8 
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Team News
National Training Group Camp
The National Training Group development camp took place last week at USST headquarters in Park City. Seven men and seven women experienced seven days of V02 testing and training. Mary O'Connell took the time to share what she experienced and learned. It is posted at the NNF website.  Mary O'Connell reflects on the NTG camp 
NTG Camp  
Event News
Ski Erg Showdown
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Saturday, September 15th  
Can you compete?
Check it out at Ski Erg Showdown

Individuals will compete in a 1k time trial, teams (5 or more individuals) will shoot for the highest number of  combined max wattage. If one test isn't enough, you can compete in BOTH for only $5.00 more.

Proceeds from this event will go to Jennie Bender and Matt Liebsch as they strive for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.    


Jennie Bender

Jenny Bender Thrill  


Jennie, a Vermont native, moved to the Twin Cities in 2010 to pursue nordic skiing at an elite level as part of  Team CXC. She graduated from the University of Vermont that same spring with a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology. Jennie currently attends training camps throughout the summer with CXC or the US Ski Team, and when not at camp resides in Maple Plain. Growing up with Concept 2 , developer of the SkiErg machine, in her hometown, Bender is excited for the Ski Erg battle as a midsummer motivator!  Winter is coming!




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Summer Training Programs and Camps 

CXC Citizen Technique Camps

 St. Paul / Chicago / Milwaukee


Citizen Technique Camps and CXC Team are coming to your community to share knowledge and expertise. These camps are designed for citizen skiers of all ages and abilities, focuse on technique, bust bad habits, and build new skills. During the three days at the camp participants work on agility, balance, dry-land training, ski imitation, and rollerskiing. The camp is a great opportunity to learn from elite athletes about training, technique, racing, recovery and more.

Price: $200.00


September 7-9 / Cable, WI
October 26-28 / St. Paul, MN
November 2-4 / Chicago, IL
November 9-11 / Milwaukee, WI

Every participant will receive CXC Team water bottle, CXC Team dry-fit safety yellow t-shirt and CXC Team Hat.

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Nordic Database


CXC has just launched a searchable database Learn-To-Ski Programseaching Pros, Equipment Rental LocationsSki Clubs and 

Nordic Youth Events in the central region


We hope you can help these searchable directories grow by sending us your submissions here!

Lake Superior Ski Club's Master Training Group  

Lake Superior Ski Club offers a variety of options for Masters Skiers in the Duluth MN area. Starting in October and running until the Birkie. We are here to make you a better skier, whether it is to keep up with your friends or qualify for the Elite wave of the Birkie let us help you achieve your goals. More info here 
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Summer Training Programs and Camps 
Does you have a summer programs you wish to promote? 
email and we will share.

SkiTrax Magazine Launches with

Kershaw, Kalla and Jauhojarvi


SkiTrax Magazine is pleased to announce that for 2012/13 our fabulous team of writers is back including some of the best names in the sport and top skiers as well such as Devon Kershaw who takes over for his teammate Alex Harvey this year.


We're also stoked to welcome Sweden's Charlotte Kalla and Finland's Sami Jauhojarvi, two of the hottest names in xc skiing, who will pen a new Euro column in Trax this season.


All the best this coming season to subscribe visit

Nordic Job Openings

Co-Head Nordic Coach - Mounds View High School Arden Hills,MN
Ability and passion for teaching nordic techniques and racing strategies to beginning through advanced high school skiers
Strong wax knowledge Reliable, communicative, flexible, collaborative and fun! Email resume  and cover letter to  



Nordic Job Opening? email to post

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Enjoy Winter,

Andrew Gerlach
Director/Editor- SkiPost


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