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Tour de France or Tour de Ski? (why not both?!)

On Saturday, June 29, the best cyclists will set off from Florence, Italy for the first stage of the 2024 Tour de France. For the next three weeks, they’ll be riding around 200 km of often hilly or mountainous terrain every day. This devilishly grueling stage race serves as a model for the winter equivalent – Tour de Ski – where cross-country skiers are pushed to their infernal limits day after day. This seems like...

The EnjoyWinter Strava Challenge — Win a Pair of Hand-Picked Skis

Win a pair of hand-picked skis. Introducing the EnjoyWinter Strava Challenge! Follow the steps below to be entered in for a chance to win a pair of hand-picked Peltonen skis. The contest will run from May 17th through June 14th. The winner will be announced on Instagram on June 15th! 1. Follow us on Strava: Link to Strava 2. Follow us on Instagram: Link to Instagram 3. Sign up for our newsletter. Link to Ski Post signup...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Calling all Parents & Adult Children: Ski in Europe together in 2025 (plus savings from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day!) Leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re taking an opportunity to reflect on the special time that adult children and parents can spend together on a ski vacation. In a world with busy work schedules and obligations, time together is often squeezed into a meal, a weekend or the holidays. Recently, we have found that Lumi...

3rd Annual Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon 2024:  Exciting finishes, many winners, great season finale

 Video Credits: Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon April 6 & 7 was a winning weekend for Nordic skiing in North America. The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon (S2S) reminded us that late season snow and great conditions are still possible! The 2-day event featured two distances (21k and 40k), two ski techniques (Classic and Skate), co-hosted by two world-class venues – Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and SilverStar Mountain Resort. The S2S attracted over 600...

Peltonen Factory Ski Selection 2024/2025

DIRECT LINK TO SKI REQUEST FORM Why hand selected skis? Skis are infinitely variable, we are selecting skis based on your needs.  The skis: The shape of the ski is referred to as the camber. Skis vary in their stiffness profile, meaning the stiffness of the ski varies along the length of the camber. Skis also vary in their torsional rigidity and their rebound speed from loaded to unloaded. We asses skis by analyzing the...

Skiing under the Northern Lights: A Guide Chasing the Auroras 

With so much attention focused on the sky as many places in North America prepare for the upcoming total solar eclipse, it seems like a great time to highlight another solar phenomenon.   One of my favorite ways to extend the ski season is to travel north in the early spring, an ideal time to see the aurora borealis or northern lights. Lumi’s ski season comes to an end next week in Iceland’s Westfjords region for...

Spring Skiing on a Volcano: The Novelty of Mt. Bachelor

If there’s ever a place for a cross-country skier to put on their bucket list, Mt. Bachelor in central Oregon is it. With a ski season that typically lasts into late May and can even extend to June—with natural snow some 6,400 feet above sea level—the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center is spring skiers’ paradise. According to Nordic Manager Sydney Powell, Mt. Bachelor (about 22 miles west of Bend, OR) has been inundated since January with...

S2S: Last Call for a Great Season Finale

Even in this low snow year across North America, the Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon will deliver on April snow and an incredible weekend! Classic technique on Saturday April 6 and Skate technique on Sunday April 7. Choice of 21k or 40k on both days. Finishing is Winning and even better when it’s in the Village at SilverStar Mountain Resort, where music, awards, a Silent Auction, and lots of great deals await! REGISTER NOW

Snow Mountain Ranch Gets a Late-Season Boost

FasterSkier has been fortunate to have the support of Snow Mountain Ranch for many years now.  If you are looking to extend your ski season we hope you will consider visiting our friends at Snow Mountain Ranch. If you’re a kid in Granby or Winter Park, Colo., snow days aren’t a thing—until last Thursday, March 13. According to Mary Ann Degginger, the program director at Snow Mountain Ranch, students in the East Grand School District...

Lumi Announces New 2025 Trip to Estonia and Finland

Did you know that “Lumi” is the Estonian and Finnish word for snow? I am thrilled to announce the new Lumi Experiences Tartu & Finlandia trip for February 2025! Experience the unique winter cultures in Estonia and Finland on Lumi’s special namesake trip. The trip starts in the medieval city of Tartu, home to the Worldloppet ski marathon with the same name. It’s also where the Worldloppet Headquarters is based. Discover Estonia’s ski culture by...

Green Racing Project (GRP) Ski & Biathlon Teams Now Accepting Applications for the 2024/25 Training Year

Green Racing Project (GRP) Ski & Biathlon teams are now accepting applications for the 2024-25 training year. Applications will be due by the end of day March 24 and decisions will be made by April 10. (U23 skiers’ and biathletes’ summer program is its own program for 2024. Find information about U23 programming here.)   GRP is looking for skiers and biathletes who have shown good ski speed over the past couple years. Skiers who have...

A Tale of Two Birkies

Most Birkie skiers are familiar with the legendary story of the original Norwegian Birkebeiners and how that inspired the famous cross country ski race in Norway, from Rena to Lillehammer; which in turn inspired the American Birkebeiner from Cable to Hayward. But what is the Norwegian Birkebeiner like today? I skied my first American and Norwegian Birkies last year and took away many impressions. “Wait, what?!” you ask. “Garrott, you lived in Hayward for 5...

Rossignol Introduces the new 2024 X-IUM Premium+ SX Skating

Recently unveiled at the highest-level of competition, the new X-IUM Premium+ SX Skating ski is race proven by the best in the world. The Rossignol X-IUM Premium+ SX Skating ski is an ultralight balanced ski that offers maximum power transmission and glide, with fluid acceleration. The SX features a specialized flex and camber optimized to excel in a wide range of snow conditions while delivering a more forgiving and energy saving level of performance. New...

Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon: Last Chance to Register Before Price Increase

Register at the mid-season price until Feb 25th at midnight.  Now’s the time to Register! We’ve Got Great Conditions!  Even after the rain/warming we are in great shape.  We’ve received well over 0.5m of snow since then and all of our trails are open and amazing to ski on.  Come visit! Club Championships The top 3 clubs win prize money of $2000, $1000 and $500 respectively. Come and take on Yellowknife as the defending champs! True to...

World Cup Packing with Julia Kern: What’s in the bag?

It’s been an incredible North American World Cup period in Canmore and Minneapolis over the past two weeks. In Canada, as the excitement was building for the first World Cup on US snow in over 20 years, US skier Julia Kern led the women to the top US finish in the classic sprint and Diggins won the 15 km freestyle. In Minneapolis, the huge crowds of US fans in Wirth Park for the Loppet Cup...

Madshus Redline Collection 2024 is Innovation Redefined

ATTENTION-TO-DETAIL, DESIGNED AND BUILT IN NORWAY Madshus is pleased to introduce the innovation breakthrough of the all-new-for-2024 Redline collection. Redline is Madshus’ Race Engineered Development designed and built in Norway and tested by the world’s best for the next generation of racing. The all-new Redline collection has been on display during the 2024 season by the world’s best athletes with countless podiums on the World Cup, the IBU World Championships and beyond. Madshus Redline skis...

Rodeling and Yodeling through Winter Adventure

Story originally written by Karen Bossick of “Eye on Sun Valley” newspaper, abridged story below. Photos courtesy of Muffy Ritz and Lumi Experiences. Lumi Experiences guest Muffy Ritz from Sun Valley, Idaho traveled on the Marcialonga & König Ludwig Lauf Trip to Worldloppet events in Italy, Germany and Austria. Read on to learn about her adventures! By Karen Bossick: While others were trying to will the snow away this winter, Muffy Ritz was doing what...

Madshus and Rottefella Create a New System for Skating

INTRODUCING SKATEX – THE BEGINNING OF A SKI REVOLUTION Madshus and Rottefella are pleased to announce, after many years of development, the introduction of a revolutionary new system designed specifically for skating, SkateX. The two iconic Norwegian cross-country brands joined forces on the project to innovate the sport to new levels. The Redline Skate X boot and Rottefella SkateX binding system is set to launch globally in Fall 2024. The innovation of SkateX is revealed...

What’s the Worldloppet? Why a Worldloppet?

Lumi Experiences guest Ron Sawdey from Salt Lake City, Utah took time to reflect on his 2023 trip to the Marcialonga & König Ludwig Lauf Worldloppet events in Italy, Germany and Austria. Ron’s reflections share some insider insights for both the uninitiated and Worldloppet Masters alike. Read on to learn more about the trip. – – – – – – – – – –  For the uninitiated, you may have heard the words, “World Loppet”,...

KIKKAN – A Film Chronicling the Life of an Olympic Champion, Cancer Survivor, and Active Mom

From her debut in Salt Lake City to a decisive sprint finish in PyeongChang, Kikkan Randall defined her career through Olympic aspirations. Immediately following a gold-medal performance in PyeongChang she received a cancer diagnosis, and barely had a chance to catch her breath before finding herself navigating life as a single mother. The film, KIKKAN, presented by Fischer Skis US, L.L.Bean, and Providence Alaska, chronicles the life of the five-time Olympian from childhood through her...