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Skirack, Vermont’s only Fischer Nordic Race Center, and Mansfield Nordic Club, 2013 NENSA Club of the Year, are proud to host Fischer Nordic Racing Director Chris Hall and Rick Halling, Fischer Nordic Promotions Specialist. Come in and check out the 2013/14 line of Fischer Skis, Boots, Bindings and Poles, including the revolutionary new Speedmax Skating and Classic skis, which utilize cold base bonding technology that protects the homogenous molecular structure of the base, increasing wax...

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Industry Veteran Tapped to Grow Cross Country Ski Participation in the U.S. By the World’s Winningest Brand AUBURN, N.H. — On Monday, Fischer Skis announced it has hired Rick Halling as Nordic promotions and customer service specialist. In the newly created position, Halling will work directly with Peter Ashley, vice president of the Fischer Skis U.S. Nordic Division, to grow and support American sales of the world’s winningest cross country ski and boot manufacturer. Rick brings 30 years of Nordic ski experience...

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For many years, top Norwegian and Swedish athletes have ventured north at the end of spring for extensive on snow training at the Sognefjell  glacier in Norway.   This spring, more US skiers have made the trip to Sognefjell than at anytime before.  Sognefjell is becoming more than a backyard training facility for top Scandinavians, it is evolving into the premier place for all nationalities to come to early in the summer.  It only makes sense...

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The 2012 Nordic World Championships proved to be one of the best championships in Nordic history.  Great crowds, spectacular racing and beautiful tracks.  The nordic community expected nothing less when the event took place in the acclaimed birth place of skiing.  We called Atomic’s Nordic Race Director, the outrageous Roman Toferer, to get his perspectives on what it is like to be a technician at the World Championships. RICK HALLING: Congratulations, you turned in some...

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Now available at your favorite Atomic dealer is the new SNS Wedge 60.  Putting these on your skis is almost like giving them a banned substance, only these new 60mm Wedges have been approved by the FIS and IBU.  The cheating is figurative, of course, not literal — these bindings will give your skis an unfair advantage over the folks you ski with.  The new wedge is perfectly legal. Last year, the regular SNS Wedge...

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The thermometer is stuck on -5F, the wind is blowing, and the schedule calls for a six-and-a-half hour shift. But people don’t flock to West Yellowstone over Thanksgiving just to ride the water slide at the Day’s Inn or have a go at a beginning pilates class.  They are here to ski, and to ski on the latest and greatest equipment. Representatives for all the major ski gear companies set up shop as part of...

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The first Worldcup of the new season is November 20th in Gallivare, Sweden.  It begins with the Women’s 10K Skate in the morning and the Men’s 15K Skate in the afternoon.  The next day is followed up with relays.  Sit in a room right now with a few coaches, athletes and industry folk and you can feel the anticipation.  The coaches and athletes are excited, but not tense.  The extensive hours spent on glaciers, in...

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Rick Halling is the Nordic Director for Atomic USA Two things are going on when a ski shop measures the flex of a race ski for a customer.   One, they are looking at the stiffness of the ski and making sure it is the right flex for the weight and ability of that customer.  Two, the shop is making a final “quality control” inspection to make sure the customer is getting a ski of...

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This year’s annual International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress included the selection for the 2015 Nordic World Championships. Held in Turkey, the finalists included Sweden, Finland, Poland and Germany. Sweden was smart. They brought along some of their top athletes to be part of the presentation to bring Worlds to Falun. Nothing like hearing it straight from an athlete’s mouth. It definitely worked, because Sweden beat their key rivals to become the hosts for 2015. Key in that presentation was Olympic...

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There is no question that the Tour de Ski grows in interest and popularity every year.  It is also true that the Nordic World Championships are highly prestigious as the Nordic community gathers to watch its best.  However, the Olympics are still number one as the event that Nordic athletes and their supporters want to win most.  We have to admit that Nordic skiing is one of those sports that only receives truly extensive worldwide...

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When the “How It’s Made” series was proposed, I planned to cover each piece of equipment (skis, boots, poles, etc.) with a 1000-1200 word overview of the process; however, I soon realized how naïve this notion was. So far, I’ve determined that each company that manufactures skis has its own methods, materials, and philosophies, and that each company therefore deserves a unique explanation. Fortunately, several ski companies responded to my inquiries. The Nordic ski industry...