Articles by: Jonathan Wiesel

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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