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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
Skiing Weatherman: Something For Everone

Skiing Weatherman: Something For Everone

Snow For All. Often when I write this piece, I have good news for one region of the country and not-so good news for other areas of ski country. Such is the nature of winter weather across a country that stretches 3,000 miles from coast to coast and with so many and varied climate zones. However, just as there are[Read More…]

by January 21, 2021 1 comment Skiing Weatherman
Hannes Schneider brought "technique" to the US in early 30s.

Question For You: How Did You Learn?

Did How You Learn Help Or Hinder Your Current Technique? I remember taking couple of lessons when I started skiing in the mid-60s. Lessons were based on the snow-plow, stem christie, christie school.  Very Austrian. It served me well over the years I skied up to the time my Alpine career went on hiatus. When I came back to skiing[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 33 comments Other News
Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Make More Tracks: Beginning Cross-Country

Looking For Alternatives? Here’s A Starter Kit For XC. 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
Arc thinking makes a difference. Perhaps.

Instructional Advice: Don’t Do Turns

Words Matter. Why “Arcs” Works Better Than “Turns”.  Recently I wrote a small piece on how to handle tough skiing situations and used the word “arcs” where most folk would use the word “turn”. My insistence on using the word “arc’”raised an eyebrow or two on the grounds that it was perhaps mere semantics or even nit-picking. Believe me, it[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 23 comments Features
Instructional Advice: Slow Start, Good Turns

Instructional Advice: Slow Start, Good Turns

Easy Does It And Find The Rhythm. If you look at Henrik Kristoffersen here in the blue Norwegian National Team uniform doing slow turns, you will see the value of mechanics at a basic level.    The important thing that I realized in watching Kristoffersen executing basic turn maneuvers at a very slow pace is that we all can work[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 12 comments Features
Credit: M. Maginn

Snow In Literature: Brown’s Descent

Or the Willy-Nilly Slide By Robert Frost (1916) Brown lived at such a lofty farm That everyone for miles could see His lantern when he did his chores In winter after half-past three. And many must have seen him make His wild descent from there one night, ’Cross lots, ’cross walls, ’cross everything, Describing rings of lantern light. Between the[Read More…]

by January 19, 2021 3 comments Features
This Week In (Jan. 15)

This Week In (Jan. 15)

Don’t Let The Old Man In, Vortex Coming, More Poetry, Luxury XC Resort, Ski World Art, Season Pass Value, Ski Boot For Seniors, Norway . My self-image has always been as an active, healthy, strong, relatively athletic person who also happened to be 76 years old.  Friends were frequently impressed when they learned my age. “Really? You certainly don’t look[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 5 comments Features
Schweitzer Mountain's Twilight skiing suspended because of disrespectful clientele

Short Swings!

Friends in Vail recently got their Covid vaccinations. Colorado is making them available to people 70 and older. If we were in Utah where we have a place, my wife and I would be able to get shots on Monday, January 18. But we’re in NY where, over the past few days, the Governor announced that people 65+ are now[Read More…]

by January 15, 2021 6 comments Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Skiing Weatherman: Pattern Change Continues

Skiing Weatherman: Pattern Change Continues

The Vortex Is Coming. Last week I discussed a major pattern change that would unfold over North America this month. As we hit the midpoint of January, those changes are well underway. An episode of stratospheric warming over the far northern reaches of the hemisphere has matured in typical fashion, leading to the displacement of the polar vortex away from[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 3 comments Skiing Weatherman
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
Question For You: Was Your Investment In A Pass Worth It?

Question For You: Was Your Investment In A Pass Worth It?

Or, Do You Regret Shelling Out The Bucks? Here we are in mid-January.  The Northwest has seen abundant snowfall, the West needs more, the East, well, there’s been some uneven days, and trail counts are down. And we have COVID restrictions in place, changing the experience for lots of visitors from getting to resorts to the hill experience. Even Pitkin[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 47 comments Features
Credit: MD Maginn

Snow In Literature: Interlude

By Linda Pastan We are waiting for snow the way we might wait for a train to arrive with its cold cargo— it is late already, but surely it will come. We are waiting for snow the way we might wait for permission to breathe again. For only the snow will release us, only the snow will be a letting[Read More…]

by January 14, 2021 1 comment Features
Ski World Art

Ski World Art

Don Burch Produces A Stunning Portfolio Of Images From Snow Country. Many of these images are really beautiful,  frame-worthy.  Thanks Don for this. Please let him know what your reaction is in Leave A Reply below.

by January 12, 2021 10 comments Features
Jan Brunvand, age 3

Growing Up Norwegian-American on Skis

A classic ski poster shows a blonde baby in a quaint wooden cradle, one outstretched hand holding ski poles, with a pair of skis protruding from the other side. The caption is “Norway. The Cradle of  Ski-ing.” This poster reminds me of my roots. I was on skis from before I can remember. An undated snapshot in the family album proves this.[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 4 comments Nostalgia, Ski History
Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

Finally! A Ski Boot For Older Feet

I recently had an online boot-fitting session with Dahu, the remarkable Swiss ski boot that advertises with Before sending a pair of loaners, the company asked for my street shoe size. I could have used their App to determine foot volume but didn’t go through that short step. As it turned out, the boots they sent were the correct[Read More…]

by January 12, 2021 18 comments Other News
There's a groomed trail, but lots of folks just went their own way across the pasture at Appleton Farms. Credit: A. Maginn

This Week In (Jan. 8)

Happy New Year, It’s January. The Year Has Flipped. We launch into 2021 with the notion that positive change is just over the horizon, on the other side of the hill, beyond that copse of trees, around the next turn, and down the road.  The vaccine is coming, and, eventually, we will get out from the shadow of this miserable[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 0 comments Features
Short Swings!

Short Swings!

My deadline for wishing people Happy New Year is getting shorter. Centuries ago, when I worked in an office (remember when people worked in offices?), it seemed like New Year’s greetings extended through at least the first week of the year. You’d bump into a colleague and offer the obligatory phrase. Once, many weeks after the New Year, I said[Read More…]

by January 8, 2021 1 comment Short Swings!, SHORT SWINGS!
Skiing Weatherman:  Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Skiing Weatherman: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

For the title of this piece I chose a line from David Bowie’s classic song. The jet stream pattern that ultimately determines the snowfall haves and the have-nots is undergoing change and, ultimately, it will be dramatic. As a lifelong skier and weather nerd, my step gets a little lighter and I tend to have a song in my mind[Read More…]

by January 7, 2021 5 comments Features, Skiing Weatherman
Question For You: Resort Report Card

Question For You: Resort Report Card

The Holidays Are Past, We Have Data. There’s been snow from coast to coast over the holiday season, the busiest time of the year for many ski resorts. From what we’ve heard, resort management and staff have done sterling work in preparing for guests, from signage to new structure and policies, to reservation systems and food service options. In this[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 14 comments Features
Some planes are full; others are half empty. Credit: Picture Alliance

The How-Do-I-Get-There Conundrum

What If Driving Is An Undesirable Or A Non-Option? The world’s COVID hangover is going to continue well into 2021 so obviously ongoing precautions are needed to keep from contracting the disease. For those who live within three to four hours by car of a ski area, you’ve got options. Your car becomes your transportation bubble and then while skiing,[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 9 comments Features
Snow In Literature: The Snow Man

Snow In Literature: The Snow Man

By Wallace Stevens One must have a mind of winterTo regard the frost and the boughsOf the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long timeTo behold the junipers shagged with ice,The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to thinkOf any misery in the sound of the wind,In the sound of a[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 1 comment Features
Call Of The Mountains

Call Of The Mountains

A Lyrical Look At Classic Eastern Ski Trails. Killington, Okemo, Mt. Snow. See what you’re missing, Western Skiers? Thanks to correspondent Don Burch for another great, feels-like-you’re-there video.

by January 3, 2021 5 comments East
Line up for the Silver Queen gondola at Aspen. Credit: Evelyn Kanter

How Aspen/ Snowmass/ Highlands is Coping with Covid

A Major US Destination Resort Implements Its Virus Plan. Here’s An Early Report Card. The biggest challenge ski/snowboard resorts face this season just may be lunch. Covid-19 restrictions limit lifts to 50 percent capacity, but indoor dining restrictions are even less.  That means many skiers will not be able to find a place to sit to eat, even if they[Read More…]

by January 3, 2021 4 comments West
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