Cross Country Skier’s Spring 2019 issue, The Cradle, is available now. Inside The Cradle, a selection of essays from frequent contributors explores Scandinavia’s influence on North American skiing as we know it today—from sipping and reviewing aquavit to saving the Baby King, it’s all covered here. We also visit Skiku, an Alaskan program bringing ski equipment and lessons to some of the state’s most remote regions, and we head to Stowe, Vermont, the jewel of the East, and recommend where to ski, stay and après.
Scandinavia: the cradle of skiing. It isn't breaking news that this region has tremendous influence on modern skiing in North America. Like an airline's flight map, you can see the trajectory of ski heritage crossing the Atlantic and becoming ingrained in our own cross country culture. In this issue, we pay tribute to the equipment, races, traditions and people that have shaped skiing as we know it.
AN ALASKAN EDUCATION
Alaska's the snowy state where everyone skis, right? Not in rural areas. Many students in remote, largely native communities had never been on skis before Skiku—formerly known as NANAnordic—visited. Now, each spring, a group of athletes, many of whom are Olympians, visit these far flung villages and teach children the art of Nordic skiing, leaving memories, equipment and a passion for a healthy lifestyle after they've gone.
Nordorks and skinny skiers
Letters, suspicions and allegations of softness
Touring boots in terminals
MEDALS IN MINNEAPOLIS
Looking ahead to the Twin Cities' 2020 World Cup
America's take on Scandinavia's signature infusion
Courtship on skinny skis
BACKYARD SKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
College athletes trade Spandex for costumes, jumps and good times
FROM TARGETS TO TIRES
How one Olympic mountain biker uses biathlon as training
Traversing Antarctica in record time
A quick guide to skiing, sleeping and après
The Final Stretch
BACK SHOP: POLES
Tips for your tips
Make the most of your days on the snow
Erik Flora, coach of Olympians
Can he save it?