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Best Last-Minute Cross-Country Ski Races

It’s not too late to get in on the Nordic race scene this season. Race season really kicks off this month. So what’s the best race choice for a relative beginner or eager intermediate? Short and local might seem obvious, but Dave Stewart, former University of Denver Nordic coach and cur...

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XC Gift Guide for the Holidays

The holidays are here! Check out the best gift and gear picks from our Colorado Nordic experts! FOR THE ROOKIE The perfect gloves: “Many beginners try to use downhill ski gloves for XC skiing and immediately find them too hot,” says instructor Helen Carlsen from Aspen Nordic. Toko Prof...

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The No-Gym XC Ski Conditioning Move You Need to Know

Let’s face it—no matter how active we stay all summer, there’s usually a steep re-entry curve when we first hit the trails for the season. Unless you’re in the midst of a serious race-centric training program, those first couple days back on the snow are going to hurt a littl...

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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Ski Socks

The importance of the right ski sock is highly underrated. Nordic skiers may find themselves thinking, “It doesn’t matter, a sock is a sock, right?” WRONG. Socks are an essential piece of your Nordic ski gear. Here is the lowdown on why you should pay attention to the first la...

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Stronger, Better, Faster: Groundbreaking New Nordic Ski Gear

Here’s your shopping list, X-C gear heads. These new-for-2020 innovations will change the way you ski.   For hundreds of years, the main thrust of cross-country skiing has been two skis, two poles and a whole lot of human effort. But tech and innovation are seriously upping the game&mda...

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5 Secrets to Enjoying Spring Nordic Skiing

End of the season got you dragging your poles? Here’s a spring X-C reboot.   Embrace the fun mindset. Hey, race season is over, you’ve got nothing left to track, train for or prove—why not kick it? Ski with your kids, or your dog, or your newbie friend, with n...

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