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About Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon (formerly Matthews) is the managing editor at FasterSkier and to most people's surprise, not a guy. When she's not writing, you can find her outdoors in upstate New York or doing the gym thing as a certified personal trainer. Follow her on Twitter @active_alex.

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

The 2014/2015 Far West Elite Team (Photo: Auburn Ski Club/Facebook)

As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Cheney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

Reese Hanneman in Muonio. (Photo: Erik Bjornsen)

Reese Hanneman spent most of last March on the World Cup circuit in Europe, so being in Finland is a little like coming home for the 24-year-old SuperTour leader — except that he’s 11 time zones away from home in Alaska.

The 37th Edition of the Gatineau Loppet

Winter’s knocking at the door! Local skiers are thrilled at the sight of the first snowfall of the last few days and the prospect of the upcoming cross-country season in Gatineau Park. The Gatineau Loppet organizing committee is all ready to tackle the 37th edition of the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada, which will be taking place on February 13, 14 and 15, 2015.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Devon Kershaw going "freaking hard" at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

Good workouts never get old. This week, we bring back a Pro Workout of the past, which Devon Kershaw wrote almost exactly four years ago, just before leaving for Europe in early November. “A great workout this time of year – especially if you are coming off some volume (at altitude or not) and feel your body needs that lactate tolerance work to ‘shock’ the system,” Kershaw writes.

Craftsbury to Host USSA SuperTour Festival in January and February

Craftsbury Outdoor Center presents the USSA SuperTour Festival; coming to Vermont this January and February, 2015! 11 days. 7 races. Eastern Cups, SuperTours, Carnival Races, Masters Races, and the always timeless Craftsbury Marathon. Hundreds of racers from all over the […]

Fellow Skiers: We’ve Updated the SkiErg

Introducing the second generation SkiErg.

As skiers working to engineer the best product possible, we’re always looking to incorporate improvements into our equipment. Based on our own experiences and feedback from athletes, we’re proud to introduce a second generation SkiErg. Both the original and new SkiErg provide you with a great workout; our new SkiErg is easier to maintain and provides more workout options.

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

West Yellowstone's PistenBully goes out for its maiden voyage of the 2014/2015 winter season on the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Friday, Nov. 14, in West Yellowstone, Mont. "8+ [inches] and still falling,” Yellowstone Ski Festival Program Director Moira Dow wrote in an email. (Photo: Moira Dow)

It has been an unseasonably warm and dry fall in Southwest Montana, with highs well above freezing and no snow events, but race directors are feeling better after the arrival of the first winter weather of the season shortly before the opening SuperTour races in West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Mont.

Introducing Toko JetStream 2.0 and HelX 2.0

Introducing Toko JetStream 2.0 and HelX 2.0    Facts and stories from our WC Race Service team about sales and usage of the new 2.0 products: TOKO Alpine WC Race Service – Augusto Gillio “At the time in which I […]

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

Lightened-Up Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse (Photo: POPSUGAR)

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we take some of the research out of making dessert by offering some not-so-mainstream pumpkin recipes (some of which are vegan and grain-free) from

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Instructors

Devil's Thumb Ranch - logo

Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado is seeking Nordic Ski Instructors for the 2014/2015 ski season.

10 Questions with Women’s SuperTour Leader Caitlin Gregg 

SuperTour leader Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) clocks the fastest time through 5 k in Saturday's 10 k freestyle at SuperTour Finals in Anchorage, Alaska. She went on to place third.

We caught up with Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) before she hopped aboard several planes en route to Muonio, Finland, where she’ll train with the U.S. Ski Team for the next week before the season-opening World Cup in Kuusamo.

Bouchard-Harvey Duo Prep in Switzerland Before Meeting Canadian Team in Sweden

Alex Harvey training last week in Gällivare, Sweden. (Photo: Louis Bouchard)

Alex Harvey and personal coach Louis Bouchard were the first from the Canadian World Cup Team to arrive in Gällivare, Sweden, last Thursday. They spent the earlier part of the month acclimating to altitude in Davos, Switzerland.

Wily Bjørndalen Tops Field in Sjusjøen Mass Start with Monster Last Lap to Catch Birkeland


Curved ski poles and all, Ole Einar Bjørndalen picked up his first win of the season. The 40-year-old Norwegian biathlete showed nerves of steel with a clean final shooting stange, then kicked it in on the last lap of the Sjusjøen mass start and pass teammate Lars Helge Birkeland.

Wierer Stakes Her Claim with Another Convincing Win in Sjusjøen

Dorothea Wierer (right) scored her first World Cup podium in Pokljuka, Slovenia, last season; today she won the season-opening (non World Cup) sprint in Sjusjøen, Norway. Photo: Fischer/NordiFocus.

Not just a flash in the pan, Italy’s Dorothea Wierer outshot Tiril Eckhoff of Norway for her second straight victory in the season-opening races in Sjusjøen, Norway, today.

NNF’s D25: Hours Left and a Huge Thank You

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Os in From Left Field at Sjusjøen Season Opener; Simon Fourcade 2nd

Alexander Os interviewed by Norway's NRK television station after winning the biathlon sprint in Sjusjøen today.

Norwegian veteran Alexander Os, whose last good season (by his own estimation) was in 2008-09, has been training independently for years – and shot to the top in the men’s biathlon season opener today. Simon Fourcade of France was second and Vetle Sjåstad Christiansen of Norway third.

New World Cup Season Underway For APU Nordic Skiers

2014/2015 U.S. Ski Team member (Photo: USSA)

(APU press release) The World Cup Nordic Season begins in Ruka, Finland in just two weeks. Alaska Pacific University and U.S. Ski team members Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen and Erik Bjornsen head to Finland this weekend to begin preparations. In […]

Thunder Bay Skiers Kick Off Racing Season with NDC Rock Invitational

NDC Thunder Bay Nov. 14 TT Start at Lappe Nordic

THUNDER BAY CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS KICK OFF 2014/15 RACING SEASON NDC ROCK Ski Invitational held at Lappe Nordic Centre THUNDER BAY, ON (Nov. 14, 2014) – Thunder Bay XC-skiers kicked off their 2014/15 racing season today at the Lappe Nordic […]

Biathlon Canada Wraps Up Trials, Selects World Cup and IBU Cup Teams

Nathan Smith racing to his second-straight win in two races at Biathlon Canada's World Cup/IBU Cup trials in Canmore, Alberta, which determined Canada's teams for World Cups 1, 2 and 3 this winter. Smith was prequalified. (Photo: Justin Brisbane)

Canadian World Cup and IBU selection races wrapped up Friday at Frozen Thunder, with a second-straight sprint determining which eight men and eight women would start the season on the World Cup or IBU Cup. Four were prequalified.