Late Summer Ski Picking – Salomon & Ski Trab

Don’t look now, but Summer is over. We can tell because we’re about to head off on our final ski picking trip of the season. When we return it’ll be September, and we’ll be shifting gears heavily toward fall fun instead of summer fun. We’ll do our best to make this late summer ski selection […]

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Notes on Next Year’s Skis

Race ski design is constantly evolving based on testing and feedback at the highest levels of competition. We’re all accustomed to seeing a cosmetic change every couple of years, and of course we’re all aware when a new model comes out because of the accompanying marketing. But many of the changes that constantly occur within […]

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Ski Picking Time

Amy is on a quick visit with family in Minnesota, so my first day and a half at Madshus are on my own. Fortunately, these guys feed me and let me pick skis even when Amy isn’t here, and work is underway. I’m sorting through the material we selected in March, putting names on cold […]

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2015-16 Grind Menu

For 2015-16 we will offer a vastly simplified menu of grinds. If you’ve observed my grind menus over the past thirteen years you’ll recognize that this is new territory for me. I figure it’s worth giving you all the long story on what has gone into this. But first, don’t worry if you’re thrown into […]

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Email List

Yesterday we sent out our Annual Report direct email to friends and customers. We don’t use direct emails often; last year we sent out two. We generally use the emails to share our industry observations and business plans. Of course, it’s all designed to make us look good, and to make our customers want to buy our […]

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Firstbeat Recovery Index

Over the past year we’ve been working with the Firstbeat system to track training and assess recovery. We started this project in order to work with Kris Freeman and Tad Elliott. Kris is a type-1 diabetic, and managing his training and racing stresses coupled with the complexity of his endocrine response has made it challenging […]

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Exel X-Curve Pole Test

If you are enough of an equipment nerd to read the articles on this site, then you’ve probably noticed the Exel Curve ski pole in videos and pictures this season. It’s easy to spot with its conspicuously not-straight shape, and Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s public endorsement and use of the pole has been hard to miss. […]

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Big Skate Ski Test

On Friday our friend Mike Wynn drove over from Glens Falls to ski with us. Mike is one of the best ski testers we’ve worked with, so we decided to take the opportunity to put together a test. The snowpack has been mostly insensitive to grinds since our return from Europe, but different ski constructions […]

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Birkie Recommendation

OK – it’s past time to finalize a Birkie recommendation, with apologies for being a bit late. We’ve just finished the pre-race team meeting for the pursuit races here in Falun, and for those events we’ll make the final call about 45 minutes before the start of the race. We don’t have that luxury for […]

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Birkie Test 2-13

It’s a little early to be publicizing this as a real “Birkie test”, but it’s a test on the Birkie trail. So we’re going with it. Jeff Tumbleson got out on some matched skis this morning to test some paraffin and powder combinations. He focused primarily on our recommended candidates – LF Green, HF Blue, […]

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