Volume 13 Issue 38: Jan 10, 2013
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Do My Skis Fit Me?


I have a pair of waxable light touring skis.  I think I wax pretty well.  I have read a lot and I am a pretty good skier classic kick and glide. I still find I slip when trying to kick and glide when I do not see other skiers doing this. I got my skis online from a pretty good place. They have asked me many questions to get them to fit to me. Maybe its the snow in wetter icier patches or my ski style not quite correct. Not sure. Just thought you might have some idea to help..  perhaps the skis are too much for me ? and I  need a slightly wider more stable ski ? I used to downhill so i don't like to "walk"..I ski groomed tracks but sometimes light powder.. thanks


Please try the one hand two hand test. Hold the skis together base to base with your hands. Press them together just behind the bindings with one and then two hands. With one hand you should not be able to get the two bases to touch under the bindings but with two hands you should be able to get them to close.  If you cannot get the two bases to close with two hands then the skis are most likely to stiff. While this is a very rudimentary test it works very well to let you know if your skis are likely too soft, likely to stiff or likely in the ball park.

Kinesiology Tape

Hi, I see photos of skiers with colored tape protecting their  faces during cold weather. What tape is that? Will it stay on when sweating and does it come off easily without tearing the skin?
That is Kinesiology Tape and it stays on even when sweaty but comes off much less painfully than frostbite.



Start Poles?

Hey SkiPost guy. I saw a few pair of Start Poles at U.S. Nationals. What do you know about these?

Start has been offering a complete pole line for 5 years now.  Start poles are developed for minimum swing weight and maximum durability.  "They achieve this from Black Ops Carbon and Precision Robotic Manufacturing plus 17mm-8mm taper."


The pole you saw on the podium at U.S. Nationals by Michael Sinnott and also selected by Bryan Cook, Maria Stuber, the SiSu ski team and a few others is the Start SD3.  It is made in Finland with Precision 3-D robotic winding process with individual Black Ops HM Carbon filaments.  This allows each pole to be manufactured with no weak spots. They are strong where most poles are weak-down by the aero baskets- and stiff where most poles are soft, in the midshaft.  Other race poles in the line are Race - 100% Black Ops HM Carbon Fiber, Winner - 100% Black Ops HS Carbon Fiber, Loppet - 70% BO Carbon Fiber 30% Fiberglass.


Start encourages you to do the Start Swing Weight Test. Visit a Start Race Service Retailer and test any Start pole against any other brand and swing them in your hand. Start is confident that if you compare poles at same price (same length) you will find the Start pole has the lighter swing, and if you compare swing weight Start will win on price.  Over time Start is confident their poles will also win on durability.  Try them you like them.


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VBT Cross Country Ski Vacations


Winter greetings from Salzburg!


There are few better places in the world to experience the winter holidays than Salzburg, Austria. Steeped in holiday tradition, "Mozart City" is especially famous for its Christkindl Market, which attracts travelers from across Europe. And as you browse the bazaar, you can warm up with a glass of gluhwein (mulled wine) or a toasty kaiserschmarrn dessert, a caramelized pancake served with whipped cream and topped with roasted nuts and warm apple sauce.



Salzburg is also where the Christmas classic, Silent Night by Franz Gruber, was originally composed.  While the city may be silent on Christmas Eve, save for the chime of a few church bells, it explodes with the sound of fireworks on New Year's. In fact, if it's clear, you can catch glimpses of fireworks displays atop the looming peaks of the surrounding Alps.

Though the Alps may appear to be far off, the groomed Nordic trails and Alpine slopes of Flachau and Werfen are a mere thirty-minute train trip away. I was able to head into the mountains on several occasions over the holidays and even just two weeks after the Winter Solstice, the snow is deep, the sun is bright and every kind of winter activity is readily available. The highlight for me was a gondola ride to the top of Werfenweng, as paragliders buzzed the lift towers. After a big hamburger (yes, gotta have one of those) and plate of French fries, we rented classic Austrian rodel sleds to cruise down the 6km trail to the valley.



Our first group of VBT Ski Vacation travelers arrives in Salzburg tomorrow and we're excited to get going! We'll head deep into the Alps to the town of Obertilliach where 100km of groomed trails, sledding hills, alpine vistas and a few apple strudels await us. Interested in joining? We've still got a couple of spots available on our final departure in March. Click here to learn more!



Waxing advice


I discovered a waxing app called Perfect Skiing the other day.  Are there any other ones? wax geek.


Race Day Waxing Suggestions


This weekends wax suggestions



All wax recs can be viewed at Start US Blog and on Facebook
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TD Bank Kids Day at Great Glen, Pinkham Notch, NH

Stowe Mini Marathon, Stowe Nordic Center, Stowe, VT

Race to the Cabin, Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

TD Bank Kids Day Strafford, VT

TD Bank Eastern Cup Weekend at Mountain To, Chittenden, VT


King Boreas, Phalen Golf Course, St. Paul, MN

Giants Ridge Mesabi Invite Weekend Giants Ridge , Biwabik, MN

Sisu Ski Fest, ABR Ski Trails, Ironwood, MI

Pre Loppett, Theo Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

Dammen Nordic Race, JC Hormel Center, Austin, MN

Seeley Hills Classic, Birkie Trail, Seeley, WI

Snekkevik, Wausau, WI

Frosty Freestyle & Krazy Klassic, Huron Meadows, Brighton, MI


 Mountain Store Citizens Series, Crested Butte Nordic Center, CO

Steamboat Stampede, Ski Touring Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

NCAA RMISA CU Invite, Steamboat Springs, CO 


Glacier Glide, Glacier Nordic Center, Whitefish, MT

Teton Ridge Classic, Tetonia, ID


Team News

U23/Jr. World Nordic Championship &

U18/J1 Scando Cup Teams Named


NNF funds $93,000 in trip costs minimizing athlete expenses.


Congratulations to all the athletes named to represent the USA at the U23 and World Junior Nordic Championships and the U18/J1 Scando Cup. Their hard work, dedication, and outstanding performance earned them the right to compete against the best skiers their age in the world while representing our country and our American Nordic community.


The NNF is contributing $93,000 in support of these trips ($81,000 XC, and $12,000 NC). Thanks to the support of this American Nordic community  and  the NNF's Drive for 25 fundraising efforts we are sending these athletes to go up against the World's best at a significantly reduced cost them. This ensures the athletes can afford to go and have the coaching support that is necessary to succeed. We thank all the NNF supporters for making this happen. Stay tuned to see how our young athletes do.


To see who made the teams and how NNF is minimizing their expenses link here.


Destination & Event Center
Jizerska Padesatka 
ski classic event is this sunday. 50 K in classic technique and loops around in the tough terrain in the Jizera Mountains in Bedrichov, Czech Republic. Follow the action live at Sunday, January 13: 8.30 am CET,
4th Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival
January 26 - February 3 
in NordicTown USA, Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Again this year, Sun Valley has had the best early winter in the country. With feet of snow on the ground, world-class grooming, 250+ days of sunshine each year and an incredible trail network featuring over 200 km of groomed nordic trails, Nordic Town USA is the place to be this winter.  
For 9 days in January and February, join skiers and families from around the world for the country's most exciting nordic gathering. This year's Festival features the best events yet! Start out the week with Ski the Rails, a skate or classic ski down the former railway turned bike path, followed by the always festive Galena and the Trails Benefit, an Alpine Touring Race up and down Dollar Mountain, Twilight Ski and Dinner at magical Galena Lodge, AXCS National Masters Racing at Sun Valley Nordic to crown the best Masters in the country, Nordic Hall of Fame Inductions, Panel discussion by Nordic Industry bigwigs, the remixed Downtown Jam/NordicTown USA Sprints and Snowbike Competition featuring food, music and party vibe into the night, the always amazing Banff Film Festival, Marley and the Mountains with headliner Pato Banton, then finish it all up with the longest running cross-country race in North America, the renowned Swix Boulder and Half Boulder Mountain Tour.  
Racers, non-racers and families will find excitement all throughout the 4th annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival-join us for the sunshine, skiing and nordic spirit in NordicTown USA! For a complete listing and descriptions of the incredible events visit

2013 Sun Valley Nordic Festival Events:
Saturday, January 26:
BCRD Ski the Rails/Hailey Downtown Party 
Galena & the Trails Benefit 
Sunday, January 27:
Skin it to Win It Ski & Snowboard Race 
Alturas Ski and Après Ski
Tuesday, January 29:
Twilight Ski & Dinner at Galena Lodge

Wednesday, January 30:
AXCS National Masters Freestyle Prologue at Sun Valley Nordic

Sun Valley Alpine & Nordic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Perspectives on Nordic Skiing at the Community Library
Thursday, January 31:
AXCS National Masters 10km Classic at Sun Valley Nordic

Downtown Jam/NordicTown USA Sprints (Nordic and Snowbike Races)
Friday, February 1:
Swix Boulder Mountain Tour Expo
 Banff Film Festival
Saturday, February 2:
38th Annual Swix Boulder Mountain Tour

Swix Half Boulder Mountain Tour
Swix Boulder Mountain Tour Awards Ceremony
Marley in the Mountains
Banff Film Festival
Sunday, February 3: 
Swix Boulder Mountain Tour Demo at Sun Valley Nordic

For event specifics visit



noq  Noquemanon

 Jan 26

Marquette, MI


50K Noquemanon, 50K World Championship Snow Bike. 24K m Bank Noque, 15 Mile Snowshoe, 12K & new Sit ski.

Sunday events, "Wildside of the Noque" 24K Snowbike, 12K Snowbike, 10k Snowshoe, 12K Skijor


Below are just a few of the new changes:


Noquemanon World Championship 50K Snowbike 

Mead Hill bypass for the 24K skiers.

The Jr. Noque has added a  JO Qualifying races

Major renovations to bus parking and race start line.

New trail crossing North Basin Drive, no road skiing for our 50K participants. 

10K Snowshoe to Sunday

Adding a 12K Snowbike to Sunday 

Upgraded online registration system for all events.  

Tour de Twin Cities 


The 2013 Tour de Twin Cities is rapidly approaching.  SuperTour, Junior National Qualifying races, college races, juniors, high school and citizen categories - sprints, classic, freestyle, mass starts, individual starts, pursuit starts, cash prizes . . . 


This year's Tour features something for everyone.  The Tour starts with three days at Battle Creek - with an individual start freestyle event, a mass start classical and a full sprint day on Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King Day).  The event continues in Minneapolis with an individual start classical race and a pursuit-style freestyle finishing the week.  Full Schedule.


Register on-line only through Tuesday, January 15  -  but register early - by Saturday, January 12 - to avoid the last-minute registration price-hike. Visit for more information.  


February 2, 2013

From Highland Lodge to Craftsbury Common


Cross-country skiers have the option of doing a 25 or 50 kilometer race. Skiers will use the classical technique on beautifully groomed trails through some of New England's most scenic countryside. 

The trail climbs and descends nearly 3000 feet over 50 kilometers. Some of the descents and turns are quite challenging and combined with the distance require at least intermediate skiing skills and good endurance. Children and their parents are encouraged to tour this course together, enjoying Vermont's spectacular outdoors.   A recreation class will start after all the racers have gone. 


You may call (802)586-7767, email, or check for more detailed information and registration.

Norski Club

The Madison WI MadNorski club held was Norski Ski Day last weekend.  The dress and old wood skis all from Norway did very well on our mild temp ski day here.  Very well means for the most part I kept up with my ski partners on their newer high tech skis.  Today marked our 20th X-C outing this winter.  


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In This Issue
Tricep Muscle Cramps
Wax Suggestions
NNF Riased $218,000
Where's the Snow? 
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Salomon Nordic at Tour de Ski 
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Support Tomorrow's Nordic Stars Today 
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NNF 2013 Calendar Now Available 
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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.
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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 


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VBT ski tours
Cross Country Ski Vacations
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Ski West Yellowstone

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Start Gliders Explanation

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Event Guide

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March 2
March 9

Pro Flip all details
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.
Speed 7
Jr skiers wear Speed because they fit their small faces and only cost $38.90.
Ski Area House Rentals

Big Sky's Best Kept Secret
7 km of Own Private Nordic Trails
and custom home.
7 km hilly loop

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