Volume 13 Issue 33: Dec 13, 2012
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Coaching Resources


Hi SkiPost

I have been an avid skier for many years and added skate ~13 yrs ago and would consider myself an intermediate skate skier.  I have been involved with a middle school just-for-fun ski program for several years.   I have just volunteered to help with the local high school team but could really use some tips for teaching good technique.  Do you have any specific video/youtube or other sites and instructions to help me out? Thanks a bunch,



I suggest you check out all the tremendous resources that Central Cross Country (CXC) has put together.


SNS Options


I have Salomon bindings on my skis what are the boot choices I have?  And why do SNS and NNN continue to have non compatible systems?


In the U.S. you have three choices for Salomon Nordic System (SNS) boots:  Salomon, Atomic and One Way. In Europe you could also get SNS boots from many other brands including Botas, Hartjas, Technopro.


Why two systems?  We at SkiPost work closely with Salomon so I can only share my personal insight of the Salomon side. Salomon is the only Nordic company that owns each and every aspect of their equipment technology with no licensing or outsourcing required. From boot uppers, to midsoles, to outsoles, to bindings and to skis, Salomon invents the Nordic future all at its Annecy Design Center (ADC) ADC S-Lab Process Video .  This allows Salomon to create cutting edge Nordic products that work well independently and also seamlessly together.  This is similar to how Apple creates cutting edge technology by controlling each individual part and how the individual parts work together.  My biased example of the outsourced snap together Nordic system can be seen here snap in snap out.

TV Coverage

Where can I watch Ski Racing live?

For most other action I go to
and log onto the EuroSport coverage.

For this week's races in Canada you can also go to

Also the entire SkiClassic Series of the biggest Marathons Races is broadcast live check out 

Christmas List


What great Nordic product should husband for Christmas?


Here is my Christmas wish list from our SkiPost partners.


Salomon S-Lab SoftGound Skate Ski "Like Skiing Over Butter "  


VBT Cross Country Ski Vacations "Ski, Eat & Travel well in Austria & Italy" 


Bliz Pro Flip "No fogging, No frozen eyes, No eye strain, No budget worries"


Bliz Pursuit & Pace:  Glasses that become Goggles " So they stay in place and do not fog"

  Pursuit XT Templed Strapped



Start RF Kick Waxes "4 waxes do it all"


  Start RF

Start Blue SG6 Glider "10F -20F makes it our Universal Training Glider"  



Start SD3 Pole "The Durable World Cup Pole from individual strands of Black Ops Carbon Fiber"


One-Way Cata Jacket   




NNF Calendar "Inspiration from US athletes and a listing of key races"  



Race Day Waxing Suggestions


The race season has begun.


Test the Lungs Race Green Acres, Lake Elmo, MN

Winter Sonnenwende Gaylord, MI

Aspirus Sprint JNQ Greenwood Hills, Wausau, WI

MBSEF Classic

Frisco Cup, Frisco Colorado

Mountain Store Citizens Race, Crested Butte, CO

Spam Cup #1 West Yellowstone MT

TD Bank Eastern Cup Season Opener Weekend


All wax recs can be viewed at Start US Blog and on Facebook

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Snow Reports and Ski Vacations      

By VBT Cross-Country Skiing Vacations


We're two weeks into December and the snow is flying all over the world. The excitement of watching the flakes fall over Lambeau Field on Sunday night as the Packers beat the Lions was nothing in comparison to watching Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins take World Cup victories in a Quebec City blizzard last weekend. Across North America, snow reports have been coming in-whether it is the New York Times featuring man-made snow in Craftsbury, Vermont, or one of the biggest December storms on record in Minneapolis.

The reports that I've been following the closest, however, have been in the locations where we're launching our 2013 ski vacations: the Canadian Rockies, the Alps in Slovenia and Austria, and the Dolomites in Italy and Austria. Here are a couple of web-cams that you might enjoy.


Canadian Rockies

With the upcoming World Cups this weekend, you're sure to find some action at the Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore hosted an early season race in October on real snow; not man-made snow or fresh October snow, but snow that they had saved from last winter under a blanket of hay.



Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, is home to Planica-one of the world's largest ski flying hills. They also host a stop on the Men's Alpine World Cup circuit. Located at the corner of Slovenia, Italy, and Austria, you can ski across the border from Slovenia into Austria from downtown Kranjska Gora.


Ramsau, Austria

The winter paradise of Ramsau, Austria, is best known for the Dachstein Glacier and early season skiing.  However, the flat, 5km glacier loop in October is nothing in comparison to the 150km of groomed ski trails available by December. In a town where it is faster to travel from Point A to Point B by skis than by car, Ramsau is always ready for winter.


Obertilliach, Austria

Obertilliach is an annual stop on the Biathlon World Cup circuit and second home of Norwegian biathlon legend Ole Einer Bjorndalen. Obertilliach is also the host of the Austrian "Dolomitenlauf" Worldloppet ski race. While you're skiing, stop by one of the many huts along the trail for a warm drink and hot food.  Be sure to check out the European web cams in the morning from the US, otherwise it may look a little dark!


Passo Lavaze, Italy

Passo Lavaze is the back-up site for the 2013 Nordic Ski World Championships. It is also one of the most idyllic cross country ski resorts in the world, surrounded by the towering, limestone peaks of the Dolomites.


We've still got space available on several of our ski vacation departures this winter. If you're interested in joining us, check out to learn more. Even if you can't join us, you'll be able to see us on any one of the web cams above during the coming winter. For now, enjoy the fresh snow wherever you are and see you on the trail!


Team News
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NNF funds a Record $121,000 in Round 2 of Cross-Country Pillar Project Funding More details here



NNF Nordic Calendars are now available
$20.00 order here.
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SkiTraxFantasy FIS
Marathon Cup 2012/13 International Contest
You can still register your team for the 2012/13 edition of the SkiTraxFantasy FIS Marathon Cup 2012/13 International Contest in co-operation with FIS and the WorldLoppet Ski Federation until 10pm EST, Dec. 15! The series kicks off with the FIS Marathon Cup season opener in Italy - La Sgambeda on Dec. 16. The Marathon Contest is similar to our other fantasy contests with some twists - here's how it works.
Training Programs and Camps 
Training Programs and Camps 
Women's Ski Weekend
Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Mt
details at these links
Do you have a program you wish to promote? 
email and we will share.
Nordic Job Openings

Nordic Job Opening? email to post

Great Glen Trails now hiring for part / full time ski instructor. 

Must be willing to work with skiers of all ages and be friendly with the public. 


Hiring for Thursday - Sunday starting Christmas Vacation. 

Training and huge industry perks included. 

Call Nate: 603-466-2333



About SkiPost


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Enjoy Winter,

Andrew Gerlach
Director/Editor- SkiPost


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In This Issue
Coaching Resources
SNS Options
TV Coverage
Cross-Country Ski Vacations
NNF funds $121,000
Where's the Snow? 
Follow Snowfinder on Facebook to follow the groomed trails. 
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Salomon WC
Salomon Nordic on the WorldCup
Bliz Active Logo
Get Active
I wear ProFlip because they are active just like me. They go up, they go down. They ride off my face to resist fogging and they protect my eyes in every direction so I ski relaxed.
Pursuit XT to goggle
I wear Bliz because they are as active as I am.  They change from glasses to goggles, from clear, to smoke, to high contrast lens ...depending on my needs 


BLIZ  Dealers

Get Active 


For more BLIZ USA info 


find the time
The one gift you receive at birth is time.  You'll never have more  than you have today.  Find the Time.
Visit Sun Valley Nordic

VBT ski tours
Cross Country Ski Vacations
Bjorn Daehlie
west Yellowstone
Ski West Yellowstone

concept 2 ski erg

start kick waxes

Start Gliders Explanation

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Support Tomorrow's Nordic Stars Today 
NNF Dec 12
NNF 2013 Calendar Now Available 
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Portable Ski Bench
only 4 Available

terry bench ready to wax
It simply costs too much to build. There are only 4 available at $300 each plus shipping. The price covers just the  cost of materials. to order.
Thanks Gene.

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Ski Area House Rentals

Big Sky's Best Kept Secret
7 km of Own Private Nordic Trails
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