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Do you have a Nordic training, technique, equipment, travel, or event question?  Just email us at 

Running vs Cycling

Is running an essential component to a successful xc ski training program?  I find as I get older that I get less joy out of running.  Right now my summer training regime is based upon mountain biking, road biking, hiking and a little roller skiing.  I still do lots of intervals (biking) and overdistance (hiking and biking.)  As summer ends I add in more roller skiing. On snow I skate most and classic a little.Will that work? 


Answer from US Ski team coach Jason Cork


My short answer, with a caveat is: If you don't get any joy out of running, then you probably shouldn't devote a lot of time to running. 


I don't know your background or your goals, but if you're cross-country skiing in the winters so you can get out in nature, stay fit and maybe hop in a few races for fun, then I don't think you need to live your life according to a specific training program. Instead, I think you should figure out things that you can do in the summer that also let you get out in nature, stay fit and maybe hop in a few races for fun. If biking, hiking and rollerskiing fit in the "I like doing this" category, then you should stick with them. If you're training many hours with aggressive goals, running is, in my mind, an essential form of cross-training for skiing. 


The biggest "but ..." that I should offer is that running is an exercise that helps maintain bone density, as the stress from repeated landings stimulates bone cell growth. Biking and rollerskiing most likely aren't going to give you that same level of stimulation. I know that weight training can keep your bones strong, so maybe that would be a good addition to your lifestyle. That is one reason that many ski racers run and lift weights, rather than spend the entire year rollerskiing and skiing on snow. (See also: Boredom; overuse injuries.) I'm not an orthopedic doctor, so one of those might be a resource for exercise modes that promote healthy bones. 


Jason Cork

Men's Coach

US XC Ski Team




From Andy at SkiPost


Skating is more similar to cycling and puts more emphasis on fewer/larger muscle groups.  Classic is more similar to running and uses many smaller muscles groups.




Eagle Glacier


Dear SkiPost, 

Does Alaska's Eagle glacier offer skiing open to the public?




The skiing at Eagle Glacier is managed by the APU Nordic Ski Center.

APU's Erik Flora states, "We have one Master Camp every summer that is open to citizen skiers. Typically the camp is 4 days and scheduled in June or early July. Check our APU Nordic Ski Center for future details."


APU Nordic Ski Center
APU Nordic Ski Center video at Eagle

Blinkfest rollerski festival is this weekend in Norway.
They race up this.
7,5 km, 10 % of average, 27 turns..



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There are numerous skiing tunnels that provide a consistent training year round. Here are a few.


Vuokatti Finland

The 1st ski tunnel was was built in Vuokatti Finland in 1997. The thought-to-be-crazy idea proved to work and started being copied everywhere. It offers a 1,150 Km track 1 way (2.3km round trip) that is 8m wide temp -5 to -9c elevation change of 51 meters over the 2.3km round trip. 


Torsby, Sweden 

Torsby Ski Tunnel is Sweden's first ski tunnel located in  in Torsby Sweden. The tunnel was inaugurated on 16 June 2006 and is 1.3 km long loop, 8 m wide and 4 m high. Construction began in April 2005 and the total cost was just over 61 million SEK. (WIKI) 


Gothenburg Sweden's Ski Dome

Gothenburg Sweden's Nordic Wellness Ski Dome is the newest facility It it opened this spring. It offers 1.2 kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks indoors. Two classic tracks and one skate track.The temperature is always -2 degrees 

Gothenburg Sweden is also the home of Bliz Active Eyewear 


Oberhof  Germany's Ski Hall 

Come and discover Germany's first cross-country skiing and biathlon hall in Oberhof, Thuringia. An exciting and varied 2 km long trail invites professionals and enthusiasts alike to test their skills. With gradients and slopes of up to 12% and a constant temperature of -4 C, 

Summer Skiing?

What are some places to ski this summer?

A few of the outside options are:

New Zealand's Snow Farm 

Austria's Dachstein Glacier 

Canada's Haig Glacier 


where the US Team with Jessie Diggins pictured here is right now. 
Austria's Dachstein Glacier dachstein/en/summer/html 
Canada's the Haig Glacier



Which are your best fog free glasses?

 Our medium speed glass models are designed with a focus on ventilation for virtually fog free skiing.

Check out the Pace, Pursuit, Rapid and Force 

More at Bliz Eyewear

Which Swenor?

Swenor has so many rollerski models. Can you explain the differences?

Swenor is the worlds #1 rollerski brand and it has so many models much as shoe companies have many different running shoe models, different people have different needs. Some models are better on rough roads, some models are extra light some are extra stable, some are for light weights.....

For classic the most popular is the Fibreglass as it provides Swenor's famous On Snow Feel plus medium size wheels that manage the pavement and offer stability while remaining lightweight.

For skate the most popular is the Skate Elite as it offers Swenor's famous On Snow Feel and durable skate wheels. Check out all the details on the images below.

Swenor available at these and other fine retailers:AMHContinental, FontanaGear WestHigh Peaks, Hoigaard's Pioneer MidwestNordic UltraTune, Rollerski Shop , Ski RackOutdoor Gear Exchange



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Ski Storage

Is this the proper ski storage?

No, try this

 1)  Cleaning: Use wax remover and Fiber wipe to clean the kick zone and also the glide zone.


2)  Use the finest Steel brush to clean excess dirt from base.


3)  Apply layer of Start Base (or Service or soft non-fluoro glider like SG2) to glide zones.


4)  While wax is still soft use scraper with low pressure to "hot wipe" wax and further dirt away.


5)  Follow with Fiber wipe and then finest steel brush again to remove dirt while refreshing base further. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary until no more dirt is seen coming from base. 


6)  If you suspect your skis have any base damage (i.e. base sealing) consider having the skis stoneground to reveal a fresh base in the spring before summer storage.  A fresh base is the most import feature in a skis ability to hold wax and to glide. Ski shops in most every ski town offer great stone grinding services.


7)  Once you have a clean and refreshed base it is time to saturate the base with a summer storage wax.  In the glide zones melt in a thick layer of Start Base (or Service or soft non-fluoro glider like SG2) and let it cool. If all the wax has been absorbed into the base at any point add another layer on to. Let cool leave it on the ski all summer.


8)  Skis should be storage in cool, dry place, out of sunlight and not near heating elements nor not near the roof where temperature can rise over 50C degrees. Skis should be stored loosely strapped with no pressure on camber so that there is no risk that heat and pressure can alter any of the skis camber characteristics.


9)  Better to do something than nothing. So at the very, very least crayon your softest glide onto your glide zones right now. 



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Spice up Your Summer Training


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On the Via Ferrata

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Muffy Ritz has spent the past dozen years challenging Sun Valley
area women to do things they never thought possible. Now, she and Sigi Vogl are offering both men and women a way to move out of their comfort zone and do things they'd never expected to do -like climbing the via ferrata, climbing routes that originated from the metal ladders solders used during the World War to circumnavigate Italy's Dolomite mountains.

The two have launched a sports adventure travel company called
Adventure Dolomiti & Beyond, which offers custom-sports
adventure travel around the world.

Last fall they took a group of Sun Valley residents to the Dolomites in northeastern Italy. The area sports jagged, saw-edged mountain spires, deep gorges and limestone rock outcroppings boasting sometimes grotesque shapes.



Jon R. Engen

Nordic Job Openings


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Supporting Tomorrow's Nordic Stars Today


Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundatio


 The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation is seeking an Assistant Nordic Coach to lead, motivate, educate and provide direction to athletes/ members of the MBSEF Nordic program and assist the Nordic Director in all facets of the Nordic Program, including Collegiate Programs, Masters Programs, U18/U16 racing programs, Middle School, Youth, and Biathlon.

Job Qualifications: Practical knowledge of current cross-country techniques and training methods. Assistant coach must have proficiency with wax selection and application, an aptitude for equipment repair and selection, and a working knowledge of video equipment. In addition to coaching duties, the assistant coach will be expected to perform various office duties which requires some basic computer skills, good communication skills and some office work experience.

Primary Responsibilities

* Contribute to a positive and motivating environment to foster a lifelong love for the sport of cross country skiing
* Works to support the vision, mission and philosophy of MBSEF
* Assists head coach with Full-time, Winter Term and Middle School program athletes including collegiate athletes

* Travel with selected MBSEF teams
* Help design schedules and training programs
* Instruct Master skiers in MBSEF program
* Assist Director with organization and execution of MBSEF citizen races
* Supports staff and racers at local races
* Attend various staff/program meetings

Secondary Responsibilities
* Assist with some MBSEF fundraising events
* Help to maintain the integrity of the MBSEF Nordic as well as all other programs and activities of MBSEF

Reporting Responsibilities
* Reports to Nordic Program Director for all matters relating to the Nordic Program

Salary: Dependent of experience, availability, and prior success.

Applications: Send resume to

Tahoe Cross Country

Seeking Head Coach for Junior Development & Competition Team

The Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) program is seeking a Head Coach to work with its Nordic Junior Development and Competition Team, serving primarily middle school and high school age racers. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established association and be a part of the very successful Devo/Comp Program. This is a 7 1/2-month salaried position (mid August through early April) with an opportunity to stay on for the 2016/17 summer/winter season. The position requires that you be available for practice 5-6 days week and assist in other aspects of running the team on a more flexible schedule. Additionally there might be longer day trips and camps on the schedule. The position is part-time. Approximately 30 hours per week including weekends. Additional work might also be available at the Tahoe XC Ski Area. Please email expressions of interest to: Visit our team's website:

Ashwaubenon Ski Club seeking a female coach

Green Bay and the Ashwaubenon Ski Club is holding a training camp July 31st to August 6th in the Porcupine Wilderness Area on Lake Supierior.  They are seeking a female coach to help round out the mix for 6 boys and 6 girls.  Contact

BNJRT Co-Head Coach and Assistant Coaches

Boulder Nordic Junior Race Team (BNJRT) seeks candidates for Co-Head Coach and Assistant Coaches. The Co-Head Coach will be responsible for overseeing development of younger skiers (U14-U8) and assisting (and collaborating with) the current Head Coach, Adam St.Pierre, for older skiers (U20-U16). Assistant Coaches will primarily coach younger skiers with options to assist on race weekends. We seek coaches that are able to teach classic and freestyle techniques to athletes from 8-19 years old with varied skiing and athletic backgrounds and are able to find creative ways to integrate fun into training.Interested applicants please send a resume and cover letter to the BNJRT Board of Directors About

Agamenticus Ski Club

Assistant HS Coach & Assistant MS Coach

Agamenticus Ski Club of York, Maine is now accepting applications for two part-time positions: Assistant High School XC Ski Coach & Assistant Middle School XC Ski Coach. Interested candidates should have a background in cross-country ski racing and coaching, along with enthusiasm for working with local & regional Jr. xc skiers and introducing new racers to the sport.  CPR/AED, USSA Level 1 Coaching Certification or PSIA Nordic Instructor Certifications are preferred.  Both Part-time Positions extend from November 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016; coaching stipend D.O.E.  For more information, please send cover letter, resume, and three references to Head Coach/Program Director Laura Creagan at:


Clarkson University

Asst. Nordic and XC coach

 Clarkson University (Northern New York) is looking for an Asst. Nordic and XC coach.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To submit your application, go to  and click "Career Opportunities" on the left hand navigation bar.  

Momentum Northwest

Assistant Coach

 Momentum Northwest, a Seattle-based junior cross-country ski team, is now accepting applications for an Assistant Coach. Position extends from September 1, 2015 to March 15, 2016; competitive salary D.O.E.  For more information, please send cover letter, resume, and two references to Head Coach/Program Director Sam Naney  

Northern Michigan University

Assistant Coach

NMU has a full time assistant coach position open. Full time 10 Month position with full benefits, one can apply via the NMU web

Mansfield Nordic Club

Development Team Leader Position

 Mansfield Nordic seeks to hire a Development Team Leader to drive our top youth skiers toward higher level skiing on our Competition Team. This Team Leader will be a high-energy skier with strong communication abilities among individual athletes, groups, parents and volunteers. As a motivating and enthusiastic presence, the person who fills this leadership role will be an individual who is supportive, enthusiastic and ready to make a positive difference in the lives of skiers both on and off the trail.

To inquire about this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Adam Terko:



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