2018 GEAR GUIDE
Last winter after a hefty dump of snow courtesy of Storm Stella, Cross Country Skier's editors and friends took to the trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center to test this seasons best equipment, race and, of course, drink a few beers. Our testers' favorites made it into the magazine, with the highest scoring piece in each category winning our first ever Editors' Choice award.
Montana's century old Lone Mountain Ranch has had its booms and busts typical of the Big Sky west. And, with 85km of pristine track and more vertical than all but three of Montana's alpine resorts, its ups and downs too. Locals love it for the demanding terrain, Nordic après and kid's programs. It's got divine food, cowboy poets, historic cabins, backcountry and alpine access and it's within minutes of Yellowstone. Editorial Director Adam Howard skied it for himself.
Nordorks and skinny skiers
An unruly garage
Name the mystery wax
More beer and snacks. Fewer intervals.
THE TRYING TIMES OF COLLEGE RACING:
Erika Flowers explores the race to save collegiate skiing in Alaska and New Mexico, and, maybe beyond.
AS THE WORLD TURNS:
Fischer and Rossi team up to turn out a new binding system. What gives?
Brian Threlkeld circumnavigates Maine's highest mountain. On skis. In sub zero temperatures. And he enjoyed it.
BASE STUDY: A FRESH PETEX PATTERN CAN GO A LONG WAY FAST.
If your pre-race routine doesn't already have enough structure, apply more to the base of your race boards.
The Final Stretch
Who do you think of when you hear the word "Coach?" Harry Poole knows. Do you?
Senior Editor John Dostal rollerskied in eight states one summer in the early 1980s. He was busted in two of them.