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Make More Tracks: Top Nordic Centers In The Midwest

Make More Tracks: Top Nordic Centers In The Midwest

Here Are Five At The Top Of The List. [Editor Note: This article by Pete Wilson first appeared in The Nordic Approach, the site of the Cross Country Ski Area Association.] Generally speaking, the midwestern states make up an overlooked bit of the country—literally, the fly-over states. And sadly, this wild misjudgment often extends to the world of outdoor activities.[Read More…]

by March 2, 2021 3 comments Midwest, Make More Tracks
Yurts and heated tent cabins accommodations in remote corner of Yellowstone.

Make More Tracks: Yellowstone Expeditions

A Rustic Retreat In Remoteness. When skiers talk about great backcountry, they often cite the Tenth Mountain and Braun systems in Colorado; Sierra Club huts in California; Skoki Lodge, Assiniboine and Shadow Lake in the Canadian Rockies. I’d like to add a new destination, near Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. (Check an atlas, find Yellowstone in the northwest corner of[Read More…]

by February 22, 2021 0 comments Make More Tracks
Nipika is totally off the grid.

Make More Tracks: Sustainable XC Ski Resorts

[Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] [Editor Note: This article first appeared in XCSkiResorts.com.] Many cross country (XC) ski areas operate in an environmentally-friendly manner, and some of these operators, who are exemplars using the most sustainable practices, are models of sustainability in the effort to combat climate change. The operators at these[Read More…]

by February 15, 2021 0 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: XC Ski Injuries And How To Avoid Them

Make More Tracks: XC Ski Injuries And How To Avoid Them

Either Falls Or Pre-Existing Conditions Can Cause Problems. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Cross country (XC) skiing is a sport with a very low incidence of injuries for a number of reasons. It’s a low impact sport with low sliding speed, plus the free heel allows twisting if you fall. The ski[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 1 comment Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: How To Pick Ski Length

Make More Tracks: How To Pick Ski Length

If You Thought It Was Based On Height, Think Again. [Please consider supporting SeniorsSkiing.com with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Thanks to Jared Manninen from TahoeTrailGuide.com for this advice. We’re curious.  Are readers able to buy cross-country equipment at mid-season?  We’ve heard inventories have been depleted. Let us know.  

by February 4, 2021 2 comments Make More Tracks
Crested Butte Nordic Center attracting alpine skiers who can't get downhill reservations.

Make More Tracks: Cross Country Skiing is Booming Despite COVID

XC Is Hot And Getting Hotter. The Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) has been conducting online sessions with its cross country (XC) ski area members since last spring, focused on sharing information about how XC operations should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions resulted in widespread adoption of plans aimed at minimizing risk of virus transmission for staff and[Read More…]

by January 26, 2021 0 comments Make More Tracks
Freshly groomed XC trails last longer. Credit: North Shore Nordic Association

Make More Tracks: Corrugation For Groomed Trails

The Technical Reason Why Ski Trails Are Corrugated. [Editor Note: This article was written in collaboration with Auguste Lockwood, Yellowstone Track Systems.] Interest in winter recreation promises to grow phenomenally in winter 2020-’21, despite—or because of —COVID-19, and a lot of us are looking forward to more friends and families on more and better groomed trails. One of the subtle,[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 1 comment Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Looking For Alternatives? Here’s A Starter Kit For XC. SeniorsSkiing.com has published several articles on getting started in cross-country skiing.  Here’s another view from Breckenridge Nordic Center. We watched all nine minutes and picked up lots of new tips, despite our many years of xc skiing.  Get going!

by January 19, 2021 2 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: “Tasty” Three Forks Ranch

Make More Tracks: “Tasty” Three Forks Ranch

Luxury Ranch Includes Gourmet Food And Outdoor Sports. I’m a winter guest (or “dude”) ranch specialist – ski at them, write about them, consult with them, love them. Which is a little ironic because when you think “ranch,” you probably also think “horses!” – but I’m a wondrously inept horseman, whatever the season. I’ve been lucky enough to visit maybe[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 0 comments Make More Tracks
Ski the TOA. Race? Fun? Both? Up to you. Credit: Anchorage Daily News

Make More Tracks: Nutter Butters And The Tour Of Anchorage

Joining A Race Without Training? Hey, It Could Be Fun. In this strangest of times, I think back to the great and diverse and sometimes unorthodox adventures I’ve had cross-country skiing. And although I haven’t competed often, there was this one time, some years ago… As I understand it, you’re supposed to train for a major race. Seems sensible, right?[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 3 comments Make More Tracks
Bill Koch started skating on XC skis and changed the sport. Credit: ISHA

Make More Tracks: Milestones In XC Skiing

From Wooden Skis, Wax, And Pine Tar Bases To High Tech Equipment in 50 years. Since the time that wooden skis were found in a peat bog in Sweden dating to 2,000 BC, there have been many milestones that brought XC skiing to where it is today. In the USA, the forefathers of cross-country skiing include people like Snowshoe Thompson,[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks
Could this be Nordic Heaven? Credit: Teton Pines

Make More Tracks: Jackson Hole Nordic

States Of Euphoria The week before Christmas, 1980, I drove west from Cody, WY, through the rugged Absarokas, over Togwotee Pass, dropping into the northeast corner of Jackson Hole, then south to the town of Jackson. Deep fresh snow covered the landscape, with occasional bison, moose, and coyote tracks crossing broad meadows. The road parallels the Snake River. So do[Read More…]

by December 10, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks
Take a lesson from a pro. Here's balance practice. Credit: Weston Ski Track

Make More Tracks: Tips For Getting Started In XC Skiing

This Might Be The Season To Get On Skinny Skis. [Editor Note: This article first appeared in XCSkiResorts.com.] Getting outdoors, going at your own pace, enjoying and sharing an outing with a friend or family member of any age, and getting some winter exercise are all good reasons for older folks to try XC skiing. You can have a purpose[Read More…]

by December 2, 2020 2 comments Make More Tracks
Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA. Credit: SeniorsSkiing.com

Question For You: Groomed Or Au Naturel?

What Is Your Preference?  We live across a little country road from a 900-acre conservation property. For years, we’d walk across the road, stumble over the stone wall bordering the street, and plod our way about 20 feet through tree-falls and heavy brush to a trail where we’d put on our xc skis. And then we’d break trail around our[Read More…]

by November 17, 2020 11 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: Fat Bike Experience

Make More Tracks: Fat Bike Experience

Another Way To Go In The Snow: Fat Bikes. If you’re a cyclist, you will love the fat bike experience. You will most likely want to head out on a cold day so the snow is firm but not icy. Many xc ski resorts have groomed tracks for Fat Bikes as well as skiing. Deep snow: Fat Bikes don’t work,[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 0 comments Make More Tracks
XC/Snowshoe participation numbers are up. Credit: Snow Sport Insights

Make More Tracks: Predicting Participation In XC/Snowshoeing

[Editor Note: The following article was written by Kelly Davis, Snow Sports Insights. Kelly is a veteran snow sports industry researcher and a consult to the Cross Country Ski Area Association.] Alternatives To Alpine Skiing Are Expected To Blossom This Season. Participation in cross country skiing and snowshoeing is expected to increase significantly this winter for the second season in[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 0 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: How To Snowshoe

Make More Tracks: How To Snowshoe

Snowshoeing Is A Highly Accessible and Easy Way To Enjoy The Winter. Now here’s a winter outdoor sport that brings you in to the vibrant , snow-filled landscape and fresh air with a minimum of hassle and expense. From our surveys, we’ve noticed that those who snowshoe often bring spouses and grandchildren along into an easy way to walk in[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 2 comments Make More Tracks
Comfortable going along the river behind the Woodstock Inn. Credit: XCSkiResorts.com

Make More Tracks: Hidden Gems Of Nordic Skiing

[Editor Note: This article first appeared in XCSkiResorts.com.] Less Known, Excellent XC Destinations To Explore. With torrent of people hitting the trails and the outdoors across the country, XCSkiResorts.com wanted to give a shout out to hidden gem destinations for cross country (XC) skiing this winter. There may very well be an overflow of skiers at the most popular XC[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: Private vs Group Lessons

Make More Tracks: Private vs Group Lessons

Groups For Beginners, Private To Refine Technique. 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. The surest shortcut to becoming a good skier is to take multiple lessons with a professional instructor. I’ve often wondered[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 0 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: How To XC

Make More Tracks: How To XC

The Basics Of Cross-Country Skiing Demonstrated. The benefits of cross-country skiing are many. Clearly, it’s a full-body exercise that you can dial up or down depending on your mood, conditioning, and terrain. And, it’s easy. You can learn the basics in an hour and feel confident on your first outing. Advanced techniques are rather simple, too, so the learning curve[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 0 comments Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: Craters Of Moon

Make More Tracks: Craters Of Moon

Ocean Of Volcanic Lava Offers Awesome XC/Snowshoe Experience. “[It is an] area of about 60 miles in diameter, where nothing meets the eye but a desolate and awful waste, where no grass grows nor water runs, and where nothing is to be seen but lava.” (Washington Irving, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, 1868 ) Some things leave a lasting impression.[Read More…]

by November 12, 2020 4 comments Make More Tracks
Sun Valley Nordic Center has beautiful vistas and trails. Credit: Visit Sun Valley

Make More Tracks: Sun Valley Sabbatical

Classy And Classic, Sun Valley Has Magnetism And Charm. I’m a total sucker for romance, and Sun Valley, ID, radiates charisma, beauty, diversity, skiing history— the whole shebang. Known as “America’s First Destination Ski Resort,” it’s 2.5 hours from Boise. Happily, there’s a jet airport only a dozen miles away. Set in the rugged Sawtooth Mountains, Sun Valley Nordic &[Read More…]

by November 5, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks
Make More Tracks: No Snow? No Problem

Make More Tracks: No Snow? No Problem

Training Tools Are Worthy Substitutes. “… In winter in the woods alone Against the trees I go. I mark a maple for my own And lay the maple low. … …I link a line of shadowy tracks Across the tinted snow …” –Robert Frost Those of us in the Northern Tier of the U.S. always hope for a snowy winter[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 2 comments Make More Tracks
West Yellowstone Rendezvous Trails might be the center of XC in North America.

Make More Tracks: Rendezvous Ski Trails

Catch Early Snow in West Yellowstone. If you head to West Yellowstone, MT, in late November, you can visit the early winter cross-country ski epicenter of North America: the Rendezvous Ski Trails. There are a bunch of fall camps in the Rockies – including Silver Star, BC, Crested Butte and Steamboat Springs, CO, plus Mt. Bachelor in Oregon – but[Read More…]

by October 13, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks
XC resorts like  Great Glen Trails in NH offer groomed trails, lodge, instruction.

Make More Tracks: XC Boost Coming?

Is This A Surge Season For Nordic? Will the upcoming cross country (XC) season fulfill the hoped-for surge projected by many in the industry? The COVID pandemic has some projecting a coming boom similar to the bicycle industry, which saw such a surge of sales and activity last spring. The kids were not in school, people were looking to get[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 1 comment Make More Tracks