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Over two days in March, the North American World Cup races were cancelled. Amid rising health concerns, NCAA Championships also shut down after one race; Junior Nationals after two races. Canadian National Championships never got off the ground. After the abrupt end of winter, people are trying to assess how the pandemic will affect the coming winter. In The Atlantic, Juliette Kayyem posits that “From a public health perspective, the pandemic will not end for...

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Matt and Adam had a big European ski picking trip. They made stops in Norway and Austria to visit and pick skis at Madshus, Salomon, Atomic and Fischer. Check out videos of their travels in the links below. We loved having Garrott Kuzzy along for ski picking and adventures too. He lives right down the road in Innsbruck, Austria and owns Lumi Experiences, offering cross country ski vacations in the alps. In addition to being our local, German-speaking...

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Job Posting: Marketing & E-Commerce Coordinator (full-time) (Press release) Pioneer Midwest is a full-service Nordic ski shop that also specializes in paddle sports. This position will coordinate and manage website content and sales, social media, Google ads, and email campaigns. Other responsibilities include occasional retail sales, customer service, and merchandise management. The work environment is informal, fun, and flexible. Nordic ski experience and knowledge is helpful but not required. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with...

(Press release) Matt Liebsch is flying to Europe THIS weekend to start hand picking Nordic (classic and skate) skis. (Click here to get on his pick list.) Skis are all different, even within a pair there are differences since skis are made in single quantities, one at a time. The manufacturing process to produce a ski is still variable and the materials can change. The guts of most skis are still made of wood and...

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In our most recent gear review, the Hjul skate rollerski proved to be a perfect combo of value and smooth vibration-dampening characteristics. This review covers that rollerski’s sibling: the Hjul classic rollerski. First some nordic-skiing yin and yang. It’s good to remember that skating was once considered apostasy by some classic skiing purists. And for good measure, some skate skiers lament the tedium of “nailing the wax” and the front end prep classic skiing often...

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(Correction: This review has been updated to reflect that Hjul rollerskis are sourced and manufactured in China, as explained to FasterSkier by importer Pioneer Midwest.) This rollerski review has as much to do about perception as it does about the more-than-solid value discovered in the Hjul skate rollerski. Pioneer Midwest, an advertiser on FasterSkier, imports Hjul from China, with ski-fit expert Matt Liebsch working to ensure proper specs, and sells the product here in the...

(Press release) American Birkie Race Wax Service Leave your waxing kit at home and forget about the nervous worrying over snow conditions. Let us prepare your skis for the American Birkie. We want to be your race ski technicians. All you need to do is drop your skis off and we will prepare them for your race. This means we will worry about the weather and snow conditions and you can relax and focus on...

Swix Triac 2.5 Pole: $299 at Pioneer Midwest The Swix Triac 2.5 Pole the 3rd version of the Triac pole. The shape is based on a circle and triangle blended together that increases stiffness. The finish is matte vs the glossy finish on its predecessor in the name of marginal weight gains. The TBS basket system becoming more standard on Swix poles and is included in the 2.5 for easy basket change overs. The 2.5...

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This Saturday, Jan. 20, the Masters World Cup will open in Minneapolis, Minnesota —the first time it has been in the U.S. in 10 years. Of course, the word “master” could be considered a euphemism for “old skier.” However, age doesn’t have to come with a decline in performance. Ask 65 year-old Brad Johnson, of Pioneer Midwest in Osseo, Minnesota. He raced his first American Birkebeiner when he was 57, and he’s done every one...

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(Note: This article has been updated to include comments from Noah Hoffman.) ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It was a day of homecomings and returns at snowy Kincaid Park for the first day of the 2018 U.S. Cross Country Championships. Scott Patterson returned to his childhood training grounds with a convincing victory, Noah Hoffman returned to racing at U.S. nationals with second, and Matt Liebsch returned to the nationals podium with third in the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle individual...

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Editor’s note: This is it — the final installment of the 12-day holiday gift guide, authored by the one and only “FBD”, our gear-review guru. See also: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9 | Day 10 | Day 11 *** Day 12: Masters World Cup Total World Domination Package Day Twelve. We made it. Wow. Sure, we lost a few along the way, good men (and women,...

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(Press release) Just a few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to make a quick trip across the pond to pick skis at the Amer Sports ski factor. Salomon and Atomic both fall under the Amer Sports umbrella and their race skis are manufactured in Altenmarkt, Austria. Since flights into Salzburg were super expensive, we flew into Munich, Germany. When I say we, I am referring to my good friend Josh Doebbert. Josh is one...

(Press release) All Footwear 50% OFF – Salomon, Keen, Vasque, Chaco *In-store only, hurry, footwear is flying off the shelves for this sale HERE is our current inventory list Spring Stonegrind Special $49.95 includes hotbox HERE is current grind menu And don’t forget our Final Winter Clearance – up to 50% off all skis, boots, poles and bindings* Shop in-store or online Use Coupon Code: Summercoming (50% off everything!) Shop Apparel Use Coupon Code: SkiSale...