Volume 16 Issue 5: May 29, 2014
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Why Start & Bliz?
Ok SkiPost we see you are directly linked to Start and Bliz? But why should we go with Start and Bliz? What makes them different than any other brand?
We promote Start because we feel you get more from Start  than any other wax or pole brand. It is a family owned company that makes it's own wax at it's own factory in Lahti, Finland. They live wax and have created the most complete line available and can tell you first hand why each wax exists and when/how to use them. For these reasons we promote Start unabashedly. 
We distribute Bliz for much the same reasons. Bliz is a family owned company from Gothenburg, Sweden. When we we were working the 2010 Olympics we noticed that Bliz were the choice of so many Nordic stars. We then discovered how affordable they were, while offering great clarity, customization and unsurpassed comfort. All these reasons made promoting Bliz a no brander. 
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Dear SkiPost, 

I have three days a week to "Train" what should I do to be race ready.
For years I trained every day now I do not have that much time. 
Signed Time Challenged

Dear  Time Challenged
We suggest you focus on three things
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Iceland & Greenland summer skiing?


Hi all-

I read Noah Hoffman's piece with great interest.  I have skied in many of the areas (no tunnels) he listed.  It caused me to reflect on my summer skiing in Iceland on the Ice Cap and in Greenland while on duty in the US Navy many years ago; I was able to bring my skis since I signed for the airplane and let any of the crew bring theirs if they wanted.  It certainly wasn't groomed skiing or set classic tracks but then skating was very new and most "everyman" classic skiing was still being done on "skied in" tracks.  Has anyone looked at those two spots for "forever snow" recently.  Iceland is easier to get to but Greenland has some commercial air possibilities.





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Summer Skiing

by Noah Hoffman



Technique is a huge challenge for me. It is the area of my skiing that my coaches and I see the biggest opportunity to make gains. The best way to make gains in cross country skiing technique is to cross country ski. As such, I have done a lot of travel to snow during the northern hemisphere summer over the past three seasons. Here are the places I have skied and my thoughts about them. 




Mt. Bachelor Nordic Ski Center, Bend, Oregon, Mt. Bachelor outside of Bend generally holds snow into the middle of June. There isn't any lodging at the resort, but it's only a 30 minute drive from the happening city of Bend. The trails are rolling and it generally freezes at night. It's good to get on snow early, while it's still fast and hard. Afternoon skiing is generally not recommended, but the dryland training in Bend, especially the mountain biking, is wonderful. The crust skiing can also be great from Mt. Bachelor, conditions depending. I'm excited to be skiing at Mt. Bachelor now. Read about Noah's last week at Bachelor here


Noah Hoffman Stelvio Glacier
Noah Hoffman Stelvio Glacier


Stelvio Pass, Italy

Last September I joined the Maine Winter Sports Center team for a camp on Stelvio Pass on the Swiss-Italian border. It is HIGH! We lived at the highest hotel, which means we could ski from the door, but it also meant we were living at about 10,300'. All of the skiing is up from there. The trails are between 10,500' and 10,900'. I was able to handle the altitude without too much trouble, and I had a productive training camp. However, my coaches and I were very conservative with training. Also, I grew up living at 8,000' and training at that elevation and higher.  I believe Stelvio is too high to do effective training for anybody not used to the altitude. Beyond that, the trails were great with only very gradual hills, ideal for skiing at that altitude. It takes two tram rides up from the top of the pass to get to the hotel. As with many European hotels, all three meals are served there and can be purchased in a package deal with the room. The views from the glacier are stunning.



NZ Skate Threshold
NZ Skate Threshold


Snow Farm, Wanaka, New Zealand, The Snow Farm in New Zealand is the best place that I've ever trained for skiing in July through September. Of course, it's winter down there, so the skiing is on mid-winter snow. Glacier skiing is not a bad option, but it's not the same as skiing on the same snow we race on all winter. New Zealand offers race quality snow, trails and grooming. When they have good snow they groom about 30 kilometers. The terrain is gentle, ideal for putting in long hours. The views are gorgeous. The best option for lodging is the lodge located on the trails. They have a meal plan that can include all three meals. It's a 30 minute drive down a winding dirt road to the nearest town of Wanaka, so it is very isolated. Of course, the travel to New Zealand is long and expensive. I am hoping to be headed back to New Zealand in August.



Eagle Glacier, Girdwood, Alaska,

The training center on the Eagle Glacier outside of Anchorage is owned and operated by the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Team. It is a well-run, world class training facility. There is a dorm-style lodge next to the glacier. Athletes are in charge of cooking their own food. It requires a short helicopter ride to get there, and trips are generally a week long. It is fully glacier skiing with soft wet snow, and they cannot salt the glacier due to environmental restrictions. However, they groom twice a day, so the training is as good as glacier skiing gets. The space is limited on the Eagle Glacier and I don't know if there is any ability for public to use the facilities. The views from the glacier are spectacular. The terrain is world class.



Oberhof Ski Tunnel, Germany
Skiing in a tunnel is tedious. It is short and exceptionally boring. You have to do a lot of laps to get a decent length workout. The snow is variable because it breaks down into sugary mush when it gets old. They can make snow and replenish it in the tunnel, but they are sometimes limited by the humidity levels in the tunnel. It is always about five degrees below zero Celsius in the tunnel. It is good for short hard training. Oberhof also has great roller ski trails outside the tunnel and there is good running and mountain biking as well. It is at sea level and of course has snow year round. It is the newest ski tunnel in the world and it has a couple of windows, a nice addition.



 Dachstein Glacier, Ramsau, Austria,

 Unlike the Eagle Glacier and the Stelvio Glacier, there isn't any lodging on the Dachstein Glacier, so you have to take the tram up every day. They only groom once a day and it gets very soft, so it is generally only good to do one session per day on snow. It is high, about 8,000' and the skiing was very slow and wet when I was there. However, the dryland training down in Ramsau is world class. They have a roller ski track, running road and mountain biking, etc... The Dachstein is a good place to do a mixed camp of primarily dryland training with a little bit of skiing mixed in. Plus, the Austrian Alps are gorgeous.


Sognefjell Snow Field, Norway,

The Sognefjell Snow Field holds snow till about the end of June each year. It is built as an elite training venue so there is food and lodging at the trails. They groom about a 10 kilometer loop and the altitude is reasonable. The weather can be variable and the snow can be anything from mid-winter to water skiing. There is not much around, so it is a good place to stay focused and only eat, sleep and ski.



Torsby Ski Tunnel, Sweden,

Like the Oberhof Tunnel, the Torsby tunnel is short and monotonous. Unlike the Oberhof tunnel, it doesn't have any windows which adds to the gloom. Torsby also has great outdoor training, so it is a good place to do a dry-land based training camp with select intensity sessions indoors on-snow. When I was there several falls ago, they were having difficulty with snow quality. It was ankle deep sugarTorsby opens for summer June 1st.


 Canmore, Alberta, Frozen Thunder,

Every fall, around October 15th, Canmore rolls out the snow they saved from the previous season. They are generally able to make a trail that is a little over a kilometer in length. The snow is surprisingly clean and hard. It is great skiing, but it requires a lot of laps to do a decent length workout. As always on a one kilometer loop, there is limited terrain variation. I'm going to return to Frozen Thunder for skiing again this fall



Noah Hoffman   





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Illinois Roller Ski Race Series 
Illinois Roller Ski Race Series consists of four 10k races where the top 30 racers in each race earn points towards the season champion awards.
1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for the top finishing male, female and junior are hand out at a barbecue that follows each race, which provides everyone a chance to share stories and eat some great food.
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Sun. September 7th
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Mt. Borah expands and re-brands


18 years in the books and it's time to expand.  Mt. Borah, now re-branded as Borah Teamwear, has just sunk a shovel in its own backyard for a factory and office expansion.    


Nestled amongst the quiet hills of Coon Valley, Wisconsin, Borah will double its production and office space directly from its current facility, a sign of continual growth since the company's first expansion back in 2004.    


"I am incredibly proud of our past success which has positioned us for our current expansion and future growth," said Chris Jackson, founder and owner.  "There is no way this dream would have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of our current staff.  We have, year after year, experienced consistent annual growth by delivering a quality product, on time, manufactured by us.  This expansion allows us to pursue our future goals by providing an efficient work space for both our production and office employees, so we could not be more excited!" added Jackson.


Highlights of the new facility will include over 13,000 square feet of total production space, and a new office space complete with hand-made Amish furniture from local residents, a coffee bar, and an exercise facility that will make you think you can ride in the next Tour de France. 


The growth for expansion has been a component of Borah's multiple custom sports segments; include cycling, running, triathlon, Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, and corporate apparel, plus a newly added retail line.  All of this and a commitment to designing and manufacturing 100% of its product at the Coon Valley Headquarters will allow many great years to come.


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Which Bliz for the Trails, Nordic & Town?

OK I busted my old sunglasses and need new ones. All your advertising convinced me to check out Bliz. Now that I did I realized that Bliz are quite affordable so I will get some. But which one? What model should I get for Nordic and Trail running that will not make me look like a race geek if I wear them around town?

We would suggest the Tracker.

It is a glass worn by Nordic World Cup winner John Martin Sundby and Noah Hoffman when racing, and also Emilia Forsberg when ski mountainering or trail running  and members of the Salomon US Trail Running Team and me as my about town RX glasses. It fits a wide range of faces and can be adapted to make it frameless and also comes with both low light and bright light lens sets.  


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Nordic Job Openings

Nordic Job Opening? email to post

The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) Seeking Head Coach


The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) is seeking a full-time year-round Coach/Director to lead the competition and recreational ski programs.  The Coach/Director will be a primary coach for the Comp and Jr Comp teams and will be responsible for oversight and development of an integrated recreational and competition program to develop skiers following the mission of the TUNA Junior Program.  Please refer to the attached position description for details. Interested applicants should review the position description for details and send applications and inquiries to

Duties will include:

  • Preparing and supervising team and individual training plans for Comp Team athletes.
  • Administrative duties in connection with the operation of the Comp and Junior Comp teams.
  • Providing coaching and waxing support for local ski races, travel with the Comp Team for out-of-town trips, provide coaching and wax support for IMD Junior National Championship Qualifier events, and organize and lead a number of out of town training camps. The Coach will also provide support for select regional and National events.
  • Planning, organization, and coach recruitment for TUNA's Recreation and Development programs.
  • Assisting the TUNA Board in team development functions and fund raising.
  • Maintaining on-going communication with Comp and Jr. Comp Team athletes and their parents.

This is a year-round position that, in addition to Winter skiing activities and competitions, also includes Summer and Fall dryland training and training camp responsibilities.  Interested candidates are encouraged to send a cover letter, resumé, and list of three references to


Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation

Junior Nordic Head Coach


Teton Valley Ski Education Foundation (TVSEF) based out of Driggs, Idaho, wishes to retain a head coach who will have primary responsibility of coaching our middle school and high school aged team members.  The head coach will also have the responsibility of the day to day planning, administration, and oversight of all our Junior Nordic Programs.  The job will be salaried and seasonal from approximately October - March.  Contact Dan Streubel at for further information and to obtain a detailed job description of our head coach position.

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club
Head Coach/ Program Director for Nordic Team
Leavenworth, WA
The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is seeking a Head Coach/Program Director to work with its Nordic Program, serving kindergarten through high school age skiers and competitive racers. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established Club with very successful programs and develop a comprehensive Nordic Program for all ages.

This is a seasonal salaried position (December through March) that requires availability for weekly practice and perform other aspects of running the team including travel to scheduled races and camps. The position is seasonal part-time (June -November) as off-season training programs are developed.

1. Energetic and highly self-motivated
2. Collegiate or national level racing and/or coaching experience
3. Planning, budgeting and organizing skills
4. Team leadership
5. Strong written and verbal communication skills

Duties include:
1. Guide and develop the overall LWSC Nordic Program structure and vision
2. Athlete education and coaching, with an emphasis on fitness, technique and skill development
3. Supervise and conduct safe, fun and developmentally appropriate practices and activities for each age group.
3. Plan, develop, and implement training plans and practice sessions for high school age skiers
4. Identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes
5. Nurture and develop athletes' potential skills and abilities
6. Analyze and evaluate athlete's performances and modify training programs
7. Maintain scheduling with different age group practices
8. Work with and manage assistant coaches and parent volunteers conducting practices, waxing, events, races, and carpooling.
9. Communicate with athletes and families by email, website, and social media about schedules and upcoming events (LWSC staff will assist in these duties when applicable).
10. Attend races with the team. Coordinate waxing (both classic and skate) and wax testing while at races.
11. Assist in fundraisers and functions over the course of the year.

Please send resumes and references to:
Mark Milliette, General Manager 
Summit Nordic Ski Club 
head coach 
SNSC is an established Nordic ski club located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, home to four outstanding Nordic ski centers, as well as Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain alpine ski resorts . Located just 75 miles west of Denver, this outdoor oriented community offers excellent training facilities including 40 miles of detached paved bike paths and an extensive trail 
"The primary mission of the Summit Nordic Ski Club is to provide the youth of Summit County with a well-balanced ski racing program including fitness, self-esteem, and character building through training 
and competition within a nurturing environment. ' 
Responsibilities Include: 
Coaching junior skiers from our Prep, Devo and Comp programs including those who are aspiring to compete at Jr Nationals and the Scando Cup. 
Head Coach will be travelling with athletes to appropriate racing opportunities and camps.  Develop a regular schedule of practice and training for our athletes. 
Qualifications Include: 
Ability and desire to work with all age groups and abilities 
Strong communication and organizational skills 
Previous coaching experience preferred 
This year around position involves coaching and mentoring U12 thru U20 aged athletes and to help foster and grow Nordic Racing in our community. 
Reply with a cover letter and resume to: 
Dan McCrerey, SNSC President,

Nordic Center Director 

at Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies, 

Granby CO


Position Summary:

Responsible for managing and directing all operational aspects of the Nordic Center, including year-round trail development and maintenance, and coordinating year-round special events.  Manages specialty retail outlets on property.


To see an overview of the position, including requirements, compensation, and the application process, please view:



More than 20,000 skiers per year visit our property covering 5,200 acres of mountain meadows at an altitude of 9,000 feet.  Snow Mountain Ranch's Nordic Center has more than 100 kilometers of groomed trails accommodating everyone from the first-time classic cross-country skier or snowshoer to the elite racer/skate skier.  We are proud to host members of the U.S. Paralympics Nordic team for their training, regional races, the Colorado Biathlon, and other world class events. Beyond cross country skiing, families and groups can enjoy ice skating, sledding & tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides. Canine companions are welcome to join skiers on some of the trails, for a full-family workout.

Applications due by May 30, 2014.

 Momentum Northwest


Head Coach/Director wanted


Newly formed Momentum Northwest is seeking a full time Head Nordic Coach/Director to help develop and build a top tier junior racing program for the greater Seattle area. Seattle, a city of 2 million people, enjoys a vibrant Nordic community with over 50k of trails within close proximity. The ideal candidate should have significant racing and coaching experience at the divisional and national level.  The position involves coaching and mentoring Middle School and High School aged athletes and to help foster and grow Nordic Racing for the Seattle metropolitan area. The Head Coach will provide year round coaching and skier development. In addition, the Head Coach will help drive ongoing fundraising efforts. This program will allow the ideal candidate an opportunity to help shape the program and its trajectory.

Those interested should contact Coert Voorhees at

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Enjoy Winter,

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