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

Hip Flexors?
I don't get to ski a ton and will be doing the Finland Border to Border this March.  Do you have a suggestion for exercises (maybe with theraband or such) to get my hip flexors ready for the miles and miles of classic skiing? Thanks!

For this I would find an old wooden Nordic Track. This machine is not perfect for technique but it is great for conditioning and conditioning hip flexors.

Andy at SkiPost

Readers do you have other suggestions? email

Big Toe Joint Pain,

Got any idea how to reduce hinging at the big toe joint (the one at the ball). I have serious arthritis there and especially in classic ski boots, it makes me bend where the joint doesn't want to bend. Are there classic boots which hinge farther back or insoles which make the bend farther back into the instep? Thanks for your help.

I had Bunion surgery years ago as a young college athlete. At that time the boots put too much stress on the toe and I overused my joint. But now the toe is much better partially due to shoe technology. I use Salomon Slab Carbon boots which have a rounder toe off rather than a cardboard lasted boot. I also know that some people enjoy the Salomon Slab Skiathlon boot as it has a slightly stiffer sole than the pure classic boot. 
Andy at SkiPost

Dusty Olson
Wax, Pole & Equipment Genius
at Finn Sisu's CXC Superfit
Visit with Dusty and also save 25% on Start poles.
Dusty Olson, Start Wax/Pole Genius, will be on-site at this weekend CXC Finn-Sisu Superfit. Dusty will make sure you select the perfect pole at the perfect height all at 25% off. CXC chooses Start poles for their best-in-market swing weight + durability.
What does Dusty think about being named Midwest Start Wax Genius?
Dusty claimed"I've been called worse."
Start Pole or Wax questions? Bliz Active Eyewear Questions? Just ask Dusty,
Dusty Olson, is the Midwest Start, Bliz & Swenor, Wax and Equipment Genius-Sales Rep. 
CXC Super Fit Weekend, October 30 - November 1. Have your new skis expertly selected and fitted on their state-of-the-art Flex Mat and Light Table by CXC team members. CXC staff at Finn Sisu this weekend includes Executive Director Yuriy Gusev, Head Coach Andy Keller, and Elite Team athletes Andy Brown, Cory Ellertson, and Alice Flanders. Be sure to bring your current skis (and all your questions about skiing.)
CXC Technique Clinic, October 31 at 9 am. Join members of the CXC team for their "Taste of Nordic" roller ski clinic Saturday morning. We'll meet in the Finn Sisu parking lot. Please bring your roller skis equipment and running shoes. (We can lend you some roller skis, but please bring your own boots, poles, and helmets.)

Fall Fest special offers good October 30 through November 1 * 25% off all Start poles.

Athlete Self Analysis

Train your weaknesses, race your strength.

Place a check in the box on the right that best agrees with the statement on the left. 

 YesSort-OfNot ReallyNo
I can ski forever    
I do best in 50km races    
I do well on long gradual hills    
I do best in 30km races    
I do well with an even race pace    
I can only go medium hard/fast    
I do best in 15km races    
I rule!    
I do best in 10km races    
I can go very hard/fast    
I do well with a varying pace    
I do best in 5km races    
I do well on short, steep hills    
I do best in 1-2km sprint races    
I have a great sprint    
Checks moving from upper left to lower right indicate strength in Endurance and a weakness in speed. Checks moving from upper right to lower left indicate strength in speed and a weakness in endurance. Checks pushed right in the middle of the graph indicate a high-end fitness weakness, such as low Vo2, lactate threshold and/or poor economy. Only testing at a qualified lab can determine where your physiological weakness in this zone lies. 

You can gain some beneficial information from analyzing your performances in your five best and five worst races. See if you can find trends that might help indicate your strengths, weaknesses (area's of greatest opportunity) with regard to fitness, strategy, diet and your race and pre-race habits. Things to consider are the race distance, technique, individual or mass start, snow and weather conditions (cold/warm, soft/hard tracks), course type (hilly, flat, steep, gradual), strategy (start hard/easy, attack the hills or ski an even tempo), nutrition (general, morning of, day before), other (travel, sleep, emotional state, race size...)

Andy at SkiPost

What did Caitlin wear?

What Bliz did Caitlin wear when she won Bronze at the World Championships?FM

Caitlin wore the Bliz Rush (aka no-flip). It is a new product for this winter (unless you raced at World Championships last year). It retails for just $79.95 and arrived in Bliz retailers this week.

Andy at SkiPost/Bliz

Cushioning in waxing

When people say they are cushioning when kick waxing what are they doing and trying to accomplish?

Cushioning is the kick waxing process where you cover a softer wax with a harder wax. It is usually used in new snow to speed up glide and prevent icing. The goal of this is to keep the easy flexing of the soft underlayer for good kick while speeding up speed of the release and minimizing icing with the hard outer later. This works great at the beginning of the ski session as you get the best of both worlds kick and glide. But it can set you up for trouble a few K's later when the top hard layer wears off exposing too soft of underlayers that will ice and grab.

For this reason we recommend Start Terva Tar waxes in new snow. The Start Tar is a thermoplastic wax so that the cold snow that touches the outerlayer hardens the outer later while the underlayers of the same Tar wax remain soft. So you get cushioning with only one wax type and as you wear down the top layers the underlayers harden and you get great kick and no icing for your entire ski session.

Andy at SkiPost/Start
Jessie Rocks Carbon
Jessie Diggins rocks the Carbon and its thin ply carbon. 
Powerful Kick, Agile Acceleration, Effortless Glide

Diggins Images Courtesy, Engine Room Media

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Pete Vordenberg: On Drive
Former US Coach Pete Vordenberg weighs in on why you should support the Drive for 25
In 1985 I found this photo:
It gave me goosebumps. I cut it out and tacked it to my wall. In the US it was hard to find images or even results from the world cup back then. That picture was an image of what I wanted to do and be. I committed myself to winning an Olympic medal. In training and in races I skied how that picture looked. In 1986 I went to my first junior nationals. I qualified as a classical specialist as none of my skate results put me on that JN team.
That year at Junior Nationals they cancelled all the classical races. What!? I did quite poorly but I loved it. I couldn't believe how cool racing at Junior Nationals was. I worked hard on skating the next summer -  on three-wheeled roller skis - and as a second year J2 got inside the top 10 at Junior Nationals in skating.

That did it. The feedback loop, of work and progress, provided the motivation that would propel me for the rest of my time in skiing. By the time I finished my years as a Junior I won a few national titles and really felt I was on my way. I never raced well enough to qualify for Junior Worlds and in 1991, my last year as a junior, I failed to make the Junior Worlds team for a final time. Motivated by that failure I trained better and more than ever and in 1992, I made the Olympic Team. The more and the better work I did, the stronger and faster I got.

I competed in world cups and in two Olympics between 1992 and 2002. I never won an Olympic medal. I did not come remotely close.
And though some came a lot closer than I, no American at that time came close.
There were many reasons this was the case and I felt I could see those reasons quite clearly. My experience with the US Ski Team, and in college and within the greater US Ski community in the late 80's and throughout the 90's had a strong impact on me. Winning at the highest level was something I believed we should be able to do.
The clarity of what was possible for cross country skiing in the US really became a motivator. It is like the mountain climber who with experience puts their eyes to the binoculars and slowly begins to see a way up the rock. A vision for a path to the top becomes clear and what it takes to follow that path becomes clear too.
Read the rest of the story here 


Bliz has teamed up with the National Nordic Foundation to "Support Tomorrow's Nordic Stars Today." with the creation of NNF Bliz Trackers.  Net proceeds from each NNF Tracker sold goes to the NNF and your local clubs.  It is choice of World Cup winners Marit Bjorgen, Martin Johnsrud Sundby the U-18 NNF team and many many more.

use the "NNF" code for special pricing

Nice Poles
Best Swing Weight!
Go faster!

Check out the extra low swing weight of Start poles at these CXC clinics, camps and SuperFits.

SperFit at Finnsisu this weekend.

ask Dusty Olson Start's Midwest Pole (& Wax) Genius

Visit the Superfit and enter for a chance to win CXC's choice teh Start Race 1.0 pole.

Sunday, November 8 - Minneapolis Clinic, MN (BNS)
Monday, November 16 - Rice Lake Clinic, WI (Out There)
Saturday, December 5 - Chicago Clinic, IL
Saturday, December 12 - Milwaukee Clinic, WI (Bike Doc)
Monday, December 21 - Rice Lake Clinic, WI (Out There)

Nov 21-25 - Cable Camp, WI
Jan 1-3 - Cable/Hayward Camp, WI

SuperFit Schedule
Oct 30 - Nov 1 - Finn Sisu
Nov 6-8 - Fontana
Nov 13-15 - Bike Doc and Joe's

Preseason discount trail passes 
available for 
Yellowstone Ski Festival
*Order by October 31, 2015 for the best rate 
Prepaid trail passes are now available for the Yellowstone Ski Festival. Passes are valid from November 1-30. Passes can be purchased through the mail or online.
For coaches, clubs, and teams-
Discounted passes for the month of November are available now. Regularly $55 each, these passes can be purchased by college, high school and club coaches for $45 each. Passes must be paid for by check and postmarked no later than October 31, 2015 to qualify for the special rate.
To qualify for this incentive, coaches must send the attached form containing the following information:  Form here
1)      A complete list of athletes attending the Yellowstone Ski Festival
2)      The exact name of the lodging establishment you will be staying in while in West Yellowstone
3)      Your arrival date
4)      Contact info including email and phone number
5)      One check for all your ski passes, postmarked no later than October 31, 2015 to:
The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
ATTN: Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator
PO Box 458
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Trail passes will be delivered to the front desk of your hotel prior to your arrival. Other options for pick-up are listed on the form.  Please read carefully.  There will be one package of passes delivered and coaches are responsible for distributing the passes to their teams. Please let your team members know that they will have to get their pass directly from you.  Prepaid passes for the Rendezvous Ski Trails are non-refundable.
For individual skiers-
Discounted passes for the month of November are available now. Regularly $55 each, these passes can be purchased by skiers and families for $45 each. Passes must be paid for by check and postmarked no later than October 31, 2015 to qualify for this special rate.
To qualify for this incentive, skiers must send the following:
1)  A complete list of skiers in your group attending the Yellowstone Ski Festival
2)   One check for their ski passes postmarked no later than October 31, 2015 to: 
The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
ATTN: Yellowstone Ski Festival Coordinator
PO Box 458
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
For groups of 5 or more, trail passes will be delivered to your place of lodging, if within the town of West Yellowstone.  Passes will be at the lodging facility no later than Sunday, November 22.  
All other passes will be available for pick up at one of the designated locations listed on the form.  If you will be arriving before these times, please email to make arrangements.
Prepaid passes for the Rendezvous Ski Trails are non-refundable.

Passes may be purchased online (for a small processing fee) at
For more information on the Yellowstone Ski Festival, please visit

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US Team Trip staffing 

Attached are the announcements for the US Ski Team staff application process for the Under-18 and Jr World Ski Championships trips.  

Rental Fleet Wanted 

Grand Mesa Nordic Council is wanting to purchase a used Nordic rental fleet that includes track and skate skis boots and poles.   
Contact: Tim Carter

The Copper Country Ski Tigers is seeking a Head Coach of their Devo Program.  This position has a small stipend and responsibilities to be involved in running the devo program from Early November through Early March with practices being weekly on on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (When not racing on a weekend).  An ambitious applicant has an opportunity to build upon the responsibilities as they desire while working in conjunction with the comp team coaches.  Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and a resume via email to  by October 23, 2015.  Any questions can be submitted via email as well. 

Bogus Basin
BBNT is seeking to hire a Part-time Head Coach for the middle school Devo Team/ Assistant Coach for the high school Comp Team.   Position requires availability for practice 4-6 days week and assistance with other aspects of running the team which can be flexibly scheduled around other commitments.
The Bogus Basin Nordic Team (BBNT) based in Boise, ID is the club program serving youth skiers age 6-19. Boise has several times been selected as one of the top ten cities in the country to live, work and play.  Boise has a nationally recognized outdoors community with a focus on whitewater and cycling but also a large Nordic and alpine skiing contingent with Bogus Basin ski area just 16 miles from downtown.
Visit our website:
For more information, or to apply Email Wilson Dippo -

Galena Lodge
Galena Lodge is looking for a full time Nordic Ski Instructor for the 2015/16 winter season. Job includes nordic instruction, snowshoe guiding, packing trails, servicing yurts, merchandising, rentals, ski tuning, shoveling snow, answers tons of questions, lots of multi tasking and way more. This is a full time job and may include some evening serving in the dining room. Room and board are included for all full time staff. Check out 
Soldier Hollow Seeking Assistant Coach
Soldier Hollow is seeking an assistant coach for the upcoming fall/winter season. Team Soldier Hollow is a 150 skier club based out of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic cross country ski venue in Midway, UT.  More information on our youth ski programs can be found at 
Primary responsibilities include: assisting with all practices, effectively communicating with athletes, parents, and coaches, traveling to local and regional races, assisting with waxing and other race day duties, driving Soldier Hollow vehicles. 

Minimum Qualifications:
Experience cross-country ski racing and/or coaching
Current, or ability to obtain, USSA coach membership
22 years of age or older
Ability to drive Soldier Hollow vehicles
Available to work weekends during the winter season
 The assistant coach position can be full or part time depending on qualifications and preference. Compensation is dependent upon experience.
For more information or to apply for the position please email resume to Morgan Smyth at

Job title: Nordic Groomer at Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies, Granby CO
Position Summary:
The Nordic Groomer is responsible for laying down a high-quality snow/trail product.  This will be accomplished by operating and maintaining a Nordic grooming equipment fleet including snowmobiles, with pull-behind implements such as track setters and rollers, and when properly trained, the Nordic groomer will operate the cat groomer.  Groomers are also responsible for on-going trail maintenance during the winter season, which requires the ability to safely operate chainsaws and other trail maintenance equipment.
To see an overview of the position, including requirements, compensation, and the application process, please view the Nordic Groomer position here:
 Job title: Nordic Center Worker at Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies, Granby CO
Position Summary:
Work collaboratively as a member of the Nordic Center team in carrying out the daily operations of the Nordic Center. To see an overview of the position, including requirements, compensation, and the application process, please view the Nordic Groomer position here:
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. 
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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