Articles by: Jonathan Wiesel

Touring is Nordic is XC. Credit: Dynafit

Nordic Skiing Terminology

XC, Nordic, Touring, Cross-Country. What’s What? If you’re new to the sport, you’re going to find people using terms that may be a little confusing at first. Here’s an explanation of most of the jargon you’re likely to meet. Nordic skiing is the catch-all term that includes classic technique, skating, ski touring, telemarking, even jumping and biathlon… In all these[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 0 comments Make More Tracks
Skate skiing has its own techniques and gear. Credit: HuffPost Canada

Track Vs Tour

Groomed Vs Bushwhack? Both Have Positives. For the past 50 years or so, there’s been a generally amicable debate whether cross-country skiing on machine-groomed trails is preferable to making your own way o’er the fields and through the woods. The argument has a lot of angles, including “Free vs. Fee” and “Pristine, Silent, and Serene vs. Speedy, Social, Service-based, and[Read More…]

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Lessons make a difference. Credit: White Pine Touring

Out-think Your Feet With XC Lessons

It’s Not Like Walking. But Not Complicated To Learn. In the early 1970s, in a visionary but totally wrong-headed move, the fledgling Nordic ski industry declared that, “If you can walk, you can cross-country ski.” Retrospectively, it would have been a lot more helpful and realistic to say, “If you can walk, you can learn to cross-country ski. And it[Read More…]

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Lightness and improbable strength are features of the Eva.

Snowshoes: From Wood To Metal To…Foam?

There’s Always A Better Way. Foam Is Light, Strong, And Long-Lasting. As a long-time, single-minded Nordic fanatic, snowshoeing used to seem pretty tame – kind of a melding of on-snow recreation and utility, with not much maneuverability and no glide. Aging knees and mature perspective (or an approximation!) have changed this some, along with vast improvements in snowshoe materials and[Read More…]

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CB's Alley Loop marathon starts in the middle of time. Credit: Xavier Fane/CB Nordic

Resort Review: Crested Butte, CO

Skis, Dogs, Bikes. It Must Be Crested Butte. It sometimes feels like not much of the American West remains unspoiled, but the town of Crested Butte, CO, comes mighty close. It’s a ski town that used to be a mining community (gold and silver, then coal). Somehow it’s kept the serenity (population is pretty steady at around 1,700) and retained[Read More…]

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Learning To Love Snowshoes

Learning To Love Snowshoes

Not XC’s Poor Cousin Anymore. Back in 1971, when I transferred winter affections from downhill to Nordic skiing (due to a spectacular fall in Austria, that racked up one knee and stripped off my nifty French-made Fusalp ski suit– but that’s another story), I tried snowshoeing too. After all, cross-country skis and snowshoes were both made of wood and quite[Read More…]

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Who knew a belt could be so important? Credit: Jeltbelt.com

Keeping Your Ski (And Other) Pants On

OK, That Sounds Salacious But It’s Not. I kind of collect belts, from the 50-year-old hand-stitched inches-wide leather style with ornate Mexican silver buckle; to a contemporary pseudo-leather critter with multiple off-set holes; to a futuristic version (my favorite!) that grips, flatters, goes through airport security without setting off alarms, comes in colors – and keeps my pants up in[Read More…]

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Changing XC Skiing Stereotypes

Changing XC Skiing Stereotypes

“Aren’t Groomed Trails Free?” There are at least three unfortunate stereotypes that are really important to the cross country ski world: “If you can walk, you can cross country ski” “Oh, it looks like so much work!” “It’s free, right?” Meaning: Well, I heard it was free, so I expect it to be free. Okay, a lot of cross country[Read More…]

by November 20, 2019 5 comments Features
Group Or Private XC Lesson?

Group Or Private XC Lesson?

Here’s What The Experts Say. Let’s say you want to learn how to cross-country ski relatively quickly and easily: How to move with grace and minimal effort, develop endurance, and enjoy what you’re doing from the git-go. Well, it’s going to take time on skis to develop that self-assurance, balance, and muscle memory (though kids can do a lot of[Read More…]

by April 3, 2019 1 comment Features
Credit: Ski Museum Of Maine

Cross-Country: Lessons Are The Best Way To Out-Think Your Feet

To Make The Switch To Cross-Country, Please Start With A Lesson And These Tips. In the early 1970s, in a visionary but totally wrong-headed move, the fledgling Nordic ski industry declared that, “If you can walk, you can cross-country ski.” It would have been a lot more helpful to say, “If you can walk, you can learn to cross-country ski.[Read More…]

by April 3, 2018 4 comments Features
Groomed trails at Applleton Farms, Ipswich, MA, easier and less tiring.
Credit: NS Nordic Assn

Cross-Country: Tracks vs Touring

Groomed XC Trails Are Becoming More Prevalent; Does That Ruin The Aesthetics Of The Sport? For the past 50 years or so, there’s been a generally amicable debate whether cross-country skiing on machine-groomed trails is preferable to making your own way over the fields and through the woods. The argument has a lot of angles, including “Free vs. Fee” and[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 6 comments Features
Modern: Light, durable, inexpensive

Lovin’ Snowshoes

‘Shoes Have Come A Long Way.  Have You Looked Lately? Back in 1971, when I transferred winter affections from downhill to Nordic skiing (due to a spectacular fall in Austria that racked up one knee and stripped off my ski suit—but that’s another story), I also tried snowshoeing. After all, cross-country skis and snowshoes were both made of wood and[Read More…]

by February 1, 2018 0 comments Gear

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