Often associated with Scandinavian culture, the concept of friluftsliv has helped shaped the nordic ski communities we all know. In Bend, Ore., a museum exhibit called “Winter Comes” celebrates the legacy of friluftsliv.
Soldier Hollow is seeking to hire a year-round Head Coach to oversee its club program, which serves youth skiers in Midway & Heber Valley, Utah. The position involves overseeing the skiing program, instruction & support of coaches at all levels, offering year-round coaching and support to all Comp Team athletes.
On Friday, the FIS Cross Country Committee passed a new rule requiring that classic pole lengths not exceed 83 percent of an athlete’s height. “The rule is intended to keep future athletes from double poling races (and micro-skating) with poles that are close to the head-height limit,” explains U.S. head coach Chris Grover, chairman of the FIS Subcommittee for World & Continental Cups.
After partially relocating to Park City and “getting excited” with her training last year, Caitlin Gregg suffering World Cup disappointment. Based 100 percent in the Midwest again, Gregg is focusing on leading the SuperTour and showing up strong at U.S. nationals — a.k.a, doing what might get her to Lahti, Finland, for World Championships.
“The goals of the workout are to increase classic striding leg speed and explosiveness, make neuromuscular gains, and increase aerobic capacity,” explains Chris Mallory, new head coach of the SVSEF Gold Team. “The workout is fairly short and sweet, but very effective, and it helps to sharpen the athletes up as we near race season.”
Biathlon, like many Olympic sports, began as a way for soldiers to practice their skills. Neal Bascomb’s new book, “The Winter Fortress”, tells the tale of Norwegian and British soldiers on skis fighting the German occupation of Norway in World War II. This book is interesting, historically accurate, scientifically accurate, and well written. Even without the skiing, this would be my favorite nonfiction book of the year.