Nordic skiing

New Wave Nordic Skiing

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Not just another ski book!

Over a dozen major unique concepts will boost your skiing -- and your winter fun -- and they aren't taught anywhere else!

Beginners are welcomed like in no other book. And experts will see relevant concepts they haven't yet encountered.

For winter haters, let's improve your health, morale and fun year-round! Snow play is part of the solution, and XC skiing is the ultimate in accessible snow fun. Even if you have "bad" snow it's important to get outside, so read up on how to bring the party to winter!

For snowbikers, yes, that's fun, but XC ski is all-body, full-motion cross-thrill. And quite a few situations aren't right for biking. Skiing is great anywhere there's snow! Add a fresh sport for the price of wheels.

Also, it's not just skiing. Experience all sorts of winter fun because each activity has prime times. Variety is key to winter happiness!

This book is also a study in cultures and why we do what we do. XC skiing used to be as big as biking. What happened? Learn how it suffered a perfect storm, and how it's still unusual, and where its further potential might be.

Discover 6 ways to beat climate change. Experience singletrack trail as a major new venue for skiing. ...And catch the first presentation of the "mtbike of skis"! Plus fun, useful, NEW ski techniques. You thought techniques were "done"? Check these out! (...Yeah, it's a NEW ski book.)


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World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women's Cross-Country Ski Team

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What makes a great team? Sports journalist Peggy Shinn answers this question in her enthralling account of the dramatic rise of the U.S. womens cross-country ski team, winners of eight medals at three world championships over the past five years. Shinns storybased on dozens of interviews with athletes, coaches, parents, spouses, and friendspaints a vivid picture of the obstacles that Americas female athletes must overcome not just to ski with the worlds best, but to beat them. In a sport where U.S. women have toiled for decades, mostly in the middle or the back of the pack, the development of a world-class team attests to the heady combination of a transformational leader, a coach who connects with his athletes, the super-fast individual skiers who are also conscientious teammatesand a bit of good luck. This is the story of Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, Jessie Diggins, Ida Sargent, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Rosie Brennan, and coach Matt Whitcomband how they created the perfect team.


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Craft Sportswear Women's Force Nordic Cross Country Skiing and Training Reflective 3-Layer Softshell Pants: snowboard/cold weather/resort , Black, Large

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Warm softshell pants with pre-shaped knees, adjustable waist and gripper at bottom. Since 1977 we have been actively involved in the research and development of ventilation and moisture dispersal properties for different fabrics. Craft is a pioneer in performance base layer and offers functional garments that provide excellent body-temperature management during exercise in any condition. The fabric structures and knitting techniques interact to EFFICIENTLY transport moisture away from the skin and distribute it on the outside, where it either evaporates or is passed on to the next layer for optimal performance comfort.

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  • Elastic 3-layer soft-shell fabric with a Brushed inside for comfortable feeling
  • Soft, elastic, and adjustable waist for total freedom of movement
  • Pre-shaped knees and gripper at leg endings to keep pants in place over ski boots
  • Reflective print for enhanced visibility
  • Longer zippers at leg endings for easy on and off


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Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

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Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.

That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too.  The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.




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Beyond Birkie Fever

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Cross-country skiers are hearty folk. The compulsion to race marathon-length distances in subfreezing conditions requires an eternally optimistic and fiercely independent spirit. The fear of blinding snow or paralyzing cold does not deter them, and it has been said that skiers do not merely laugh at adversity; they are completely oblivious to its existence. America's greatest cross-country ski race is the American Birkebeiner or "Birkie" for short. Every year, thousands of people journey from all over the globe to Hayward, Wisconsin, for a world-class celebration of life, winter, and the competitive spirit. Prior to the race, local participants find themselves in the throes of a unique and natural euphoria. They thrill at the prospect of participating shoulder to shoulder with elite international competitors in a wild race through the great Northwoods wilderness. Beyond Birkie Fever is the story of how America's magnificent cross-country ski marathon can expand your horizons and be the gateway to experiences beyond anything you'd ever hoped to imagine!

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Don't Look Back: Olympic Skiing Competitor and Coach Shares His Story and Training Program (Stackpole Classics)

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Cross-country skiing is not an exact science, author John Morton writes in his preface. Even though the sport has been influenced by recent technological changes, there are still countless variables that make consistent top performance all but impossible. This observation is borne out at the World Cup or Olympic level of international competition, where year after year different individuals from various nations emerge as champions. As a former Olympian and Olympic coach, Morton draws on his firsthand experience to outline what makes a great skier. The combination of Conditioning, Technique, Psychology, Health and Nutrition, and Equipment and Waxing can make or break an athlete at any level.

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Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert)

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Instruction by a member of the national Nordic Demonstration Team, for the novice to intermediate cross-country

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  • Author: Steve Hindman
  • ISBN: 9780898868623


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Snow Business: Nordic Adventures of a Ski Rep

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A humorous account of what its really like to be a ski rep
A useful guide for aspiring ski reps, providing insight into a typical winter season
Explores Swedish culture and traditions portrays Sweden in an honest, different light



Andrew Reed spent a winter as a ski rep for a well known UK travel company in the resort of Åre, Sweden. The book is a humorous account of his experiences from the daunting first week of the selection process in Austria, the convoluted journey by road, ship and rail to the resort itself and through the hectic first month of setting up in resort.

The chapters that follow reveal a very different type of ski resort to the normal alpine resort with activities that included snowmobile safaris, husky dog sledging, chaotic reindeer rides and visits to the spectacular frozen waterfall. Even the Northern Lights and the real Santa Claus make brief appearances.

The book offers a realistic, honest perspective and explains the strains and pressures of the job, including working in close proximity to others over such a long, hard season which finished well beyond the alpine resorts. It will help aspiring reps to prepare by offering useful advice and encouragement, but it is also of interest to the wider ski and travel community.

Snow Business is based on Andrews Nordic adventures and it provides a fascinating insight into the country, its people and its traditions, along with the quirks of the language. It will appeal to those who love all things skiing, or those with an interest in Swedish culture.

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Craft Sportswear Women's Storm Nordic Cross Country Skiing Wind-Protective Reflective Training Tights, Black, Medium

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Warm and wind protective training tights with excellent fit and moisture transport

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  • Elastic, windproof front panel


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Stride and Glide: A manual of cross-country skiing and Nordic walking

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This comprehensive guide to cross-country skiing has been written for beginners and advanced skiers alike, and for track enthusiasts as well as mountain tourers. It also gives detailed coverage of Nordic walking and contains chapters on general fitness and on building a training programme.

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