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“She Showed Us What We Young Americans Can Achieve.”  This article was originally published in the Italian publication www.fondoitalia.it. This translated version, lightly edited for clarity, was shared with FasterSkier by the author.  If Hailey Swirbul can be considered the most successful American cross-country skier ever at junior level and last season was able to get her first World Cup podium  in Davos’ 10km classic, the “blame” or merit is — at least in part...

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With temperatures dropping steadily each day and the first signs of winter visible on distant mountaintops, the mind of a skier inevitably turns towards thoughts of snow. For the professionals this goes one step further: how and when can they get on snow before the season starts? In the US, pre-season snow time is limited. Once the snow disappears on Mount Bachelor, the Eagle Glacier in Alaska is typically the only domestic pre-season skiing available,...

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  Have you decided to head to the snowy slopes, but can’t decide whether you want to become a snowboarder or a skier? This post will show you the right path   Skiing VS Snowboarding is a classic debate, that for at least once in life has occupied nearly every snow glider’s head. If you have recently become acquainted with snowy peaks and fields, it’s probably your time to work on the same quest.   ...

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  With hand-picked skis arriving and heading out the door to customers, we are prepping a high percentage with a grind on our Tazzari Stonegrinder followed by a Thermo Box and Race Hardening treatment. This may seem like overkill for a brand new product but there are countless reasons why we take the time to grind your brand new skis before they see the snow. Buying a new pair of race skis without grinding them is a little like buying a...

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The ASC Training Center is a non-profit organization located on Donner Summit.  ASCTC provides a variety of programs for Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic and Biathlon; clinics; competitions and social events.  ASCTC also operates a 25km Nordic Center open to the public. Position:                        Head Nordic Competition Team Coach Vacancy:                       Open until filled, email resume and cover letters to Nordic Program Director Gus Johnson gus@asctrainingcenter.org Start Date:                     Flexible start date Employer:                     Auburn Ski Club. Inc. Reports to: ...

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The FIS was informed by the Polish Ski Federation that the Cross-Country competitions of the Junior and U23 World Ski Championships 2022 cannot be held in Zakopane due to a planned construction in direct surrounding of the planned venue of the Cross-Country track. All events in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined will be able to take place as previously planned. The FIS, together with National Ski Associations are intensively working on finding a solution to...

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While the majority of the members of the World Cup squad are based in either Vermont or Alaska during the summer, 28-year-old Kevin Bolger has continued his streak of seasons spent above the 60th north parallel. FasterSkier caught up with Bolger just as he was returning to the U.S. from a few months of training in Sweden.  Just before his return, Bolger had competed in the Alliansloppet rollerski races, taking place as part of the...

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Catching up with Team Birkie from their summer altitude camp thanks to the generous support of Pioneer Midwest.  I have just returned from a long hiatus from the shop on a trip out west with Team Birkie. For the latter half of July we planned on spending two weeks in Bozeman to work on a base volume block and add in a little bit of altitude training. One of the most important races this season...

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While tourism plays a significant role in stimulating the global economy, it also affects the environment negatively. Reports indicate that aviation accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, you can expect an influx of local and domestic flights in the coming months as government bodies lift COVID guidelines.    Does this mean you should stop traveling? Of course, not! Despite the negative environmental impact of global tourism, you can still visit various destinations...

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The Alberta World Cup Society is pleased to announce to the International Masters Cross Country Ski Community that the Masters World Cup 2022 is just over six months away. We invite all Masters Cross Country skiers to join us in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. At this time, the Organizing Committee for the Masters World Cup 2022 (MWC 2022) and the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association are confident that the event will go forward as planned on...

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Under gray skies, runners and bikers lined up on Sunday, August 29th in Stowe, VT, to “Race to the Top of Vermont.” The 4.3 mile race climbs over 2,500 vertical feet up the  Mt. Mansfield Toll Road at roughly an 11% average grade, this year finishing inside a cloud with wind whipping the finish line flagging. The event drew in nearly 300 participants with 215 runners taking on the focal challenge of making their way...

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Position responsibilities include working closely with the Head Coaches at practices and races. The Assistant will help with yearly planning, organizing team travel, as well as wax testing and application. This person will also play an integral role in planning and managing Dartmouth Winter Carnival Cross Country events. Bachelor’s Degree and collegiate racing or coaching experience preferred.  Part time, 6 months, approximately Oct 1 – Apr. 1.  Compensation: $14,000. Inquiries, please contact: Cami Thompson Graves...

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Full Time Supervisor The Mt Bachelor Nordic Center is seeking a Full Time Supervisor to assist in the management of our nationally recognized, full-service Nordic Ski Center and the daily maintenance of a 56 km groomed trail system. Scope The Nordic Supervisor assists in the oversight of all Lodge activities, services, and operations, and provides training, motivation, and safety in the workplace for a staff of 30. The Nordic Supervisor works closely with all departments...

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LWSC Mission Statement Our purpose is to promote health, fitness, and fun through skiing and other winter sports by providing quality facilities, education, and activities to the community. Nordic Team Mission Statement Share the joy of skiing and an outdoor lifestyle within a supportive community. Nordic Team Core Values Together: Be inclusive. Effort: Challenge yourself. Attitude: Exhibit good sportsmanship. Make it Fun! NORDIC TEAM HEAD COACH JOB DESCRIPTION Department: LWSC Nordic Team Employment Dates: Year-round...

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Madshus racers shine at the Martin Fourcade Nordic Festival in Annecy (FRA) this weekend. Biathlon prodigy Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) won the prestigious biathlon roller ski mass start event on Saturday, sharing the podium with Benedikt Doll (GER) in third place. For Lægreid, the huge and enthusiastic crowd at the Martin Fourcade Nordic Festival made the experience particularly exciting: The 24-year-old raced his first World Cup event in March 2020, and had his first World Cup season last winter, when all events...

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Nordic festival are two words most North American ski fans can only dream about. Skinny skiers here are unlikely to experience the reality of such an event for themselves unless they make a trip across the Atlantic. For residents of France, the opportunity to participate in the second edition of the Martin Fourcade Nordic Festival presented itself this weekend and there were many eager attendees. This lucky expat was among the masses. For those unfamiliar...

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Come and join our professional coaching staff to get a “jump start” on your 2021 – 2022 ski season during the Yellowstone Ski Festival, November 23-27, 2020.  The staff provides a solid understanding of cross country fundamentals, and gives you the tools and drills to gain efficiency and strength at the camp and throughout your ski season. The coaching staff is composed of an elite group of XC ski professionals which includes retired world class skiers,...

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Dear Cross Country Community, You can find all finalized selection criteria for World Cup, the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, the World Junior and U23 World Champs, the U18 Nordic Nations Championships, etc. here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria The World Cup Coaches’ Discretion Working Group, which makes discretionary World Cup nominations, will nominate athletes to World Cup Periods 2-4 on the following dates: World Cup Period 2 – Tour de Ski ( 28, 2021 – Jan. 4, 2022) Selection...

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Big Sky Ski Education Foundation, located in Big Sky, Montana and based out of Lone Mountain Ranch, is currently accepting applications for our Nordic Program Director/Head Coach. With access to some of the most beautiful groomed kilometers in North America, a rapidly growing Nordic program, and many community opportunities, we look forward to welcoming a leader with vision and a deep love for Nordic skiing. Visit BSSEF to view a more detailed description of this...

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  About Us Our store is located in Winthrop Washington.It is the largest Nordic ski resort in the US: Over 150 miles of groomed trails and unlimited terrain for back-country.  Skiers come from all over the pacific Northwest to explore the trails and get our expertise for their gear. At WMS we are attached to provide the best experience when our clients visit us for their Nordic ski gear. The store is managed by the two...