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Summer’s here – Check out this blog and video on how we can maintain and build xc ski balance skills during the summer season. 
V1 is your low gear and an important technique to master for steeper terrain or slower conditions. This three minute video covers it all -- it includes clips of world class  skiers and an expert coach describing the key elements of the technique.  
Steamboat Springs Nordic Council Mission Statement The Steamboat Spring Nordic Council’s mission is to promote the growth of Nordic sports in Routt County through increased participation and awareness of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  We seek to promote a healthy lifestyle and to preserve the heritage of Nordic skiing in Routt County by providing educational information and a wide variety of opportunities for individuals of all ages and ability levels to participate in Nordic sports...
When I am coaching a new skier, the first technique I teach them is double pole.- To me, double pole is the most important technique to master because the motions and power application transfer directly to both V2 and V2-alternate in skating.- Yes- contrary to popular belief, if you want to be good at skating, you must first become competent in double poling. The most common problem that I see in skiers is that they do not understand how to apply power with their upper bodies.- This winter I...
Preparing for ski racing: The basic menu It will not be long before the snow falls and ski racing season is upon us. I imagine that many people in the ski community are wondering: What can I do to become a better skier this year? The short answer is: start training NOW! In the Nordic ski world we have a saying, "fitness first." This means that it is usually the fittest skier who wins the race (as long as they have decent technique!). The primary methods of training that we (the SSWSC junior...
By Kevin Sweeney Swix Racing Service Director Cleaning your ski bases and proper base wax saturation are perhaps two of the best ways to protect your ski bases during the summer. Store skis properly and you'll be ready to go come early winter. CLEANING: The first step is to clean your ski bases, both the kick and the glide zones. For your kick zones, clean with Swix wax remover / base cleaner (I0064). Scrub clean with Fibertex (T0266), wipe clean and let air dry. You are finished with the...
Spring CleaningBy Topher Sabot _ April 3rd, 2009 _Spring is here whether you like it or not. Sure, there is plenty of skiing to be done in many parts of the country, but the 2008-2009 racing season is over, and it is time to take care of cleaning up and putting away. After a long and often exhausting winter of travel and racing, it is easy to throw the skis in the storage closet and start working on your bike. The winter quickly becomes "out of sight, out of mind." And while this time of...
Advanced Waxing TechniquesIAN HARVEYContributing Editor for the Master SkierIan Harvey is a past U.S. Ski Team member and represented the U.S. in the 1992 Olympics. He is the Toko brand manager for the U.S. market. Here are some tips on preparing skis that hopefully will help you get to the next level as a ski technician. 1. When glide waxing skis for very cold conditions, it is essential to harden the base up. This is done by applying multiple layers of a very hard glide wax such as blue...
The method that you should use for classic skis is as follows:1. Make sure all kick wax is gone from your kick zone. Use some type of wax remover, and make sure there is no kick on there at all (this is something you really need to do before you wax at any time of the year).2. Hot scrape your glide zones to get any dirt and junk out. To do this you just have to scrape a warm wax (think SWIX CH 10/yellow wax) before it has cooled/hardened. Choosing a warm wax works best, because it stays molten...

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