Birkie Prognostication

We’re not going to the American Birkebeiner this year, which means that we’re free to prognosticate from home without any big chance of having to eat our words. We won’t be offering an official wax recommendation this year because the weather is comically chaotic. But we’re happy to offer an interpretation of the situation, and […]

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US Nationals 2017 – 1/8 Race Report

I always promise myself that I’m going to take a ton of photos at these big championship events where we’ve got all our test skis and materials spread out, and test pilots on the snow for long hours. But it seems my hands and brain stay too busy with other things. We’ve just concluded back […]

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US Nationals 2017 – 1/5 Pre-Race Report

Conditions at Soldier Hollow over the past two days have run the gamut from rain yesterday afternoon to a cold morning of temps at about -18F when our testing started. The course preparation has been… well, call it late. The distance courses were finalized yesterday afternoon, and this morning the snow-guns were still blowing when […]

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Craftsbury Eastern Cup Day 1

The most reliably awesome venue in the east has delivered again, but unlike the past few years, Craftsbury had some help from mother nature this time around. Today was cold, snowy, and downright wintery for the first Eastern Cup of the year; a 5 & 10KM classic individual start. Our testing for this event got […]

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West Yellowstone Testing 2016

Early Season Testing Report For the past two weeks most of the US-based racing scene has been focused on West Yellowstone, Montana. For the past several years Amy has made the trip to West to test wax and skis, as well as help coach masters clinics. This year the Super Tour was not scheduled to be […]

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Noah Hoffman Lives in a Fantasy World

Would you like to know what’s not a fantasy? 782 hours and 9 minutes of training since the start of April. Seven months, averaging nearly 112 hours a month. 30 weeks averaging over 26 hours a week. The largest week (the week of July 11) was 37 hours and 21 minutes. The largest month was September, […]

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What about Man-Made Snow?

In the east we’re getting pretty accustomed to skiing on manmade snow, thanks to the huge investment by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and many other venues to ensure early (and often enough, any) skiing. Around the world we see racing surviving thanks to efforts to produce snow, and to save snow over the summer for […]

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Facing Down the Klister Demons

I recently sat down with Tad Elliott to lecture him about klister skiing. Tad is an accomplished racer, with many of his most impressive classic race performances coming in klister conditions. But when it comes to skis and waxing he’s a spoiled Colorado kid without much experience. Actually, I’m being unkind. For a western guy […]

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Fall Ski Selection Trip!

For the past five years Amy and I have split our ski selection obligations out over two trips to Europe; one in the spring, and one in the late summer or early fall. The later trip has turned out to be the one we’ve enjoyed the most, as we’ve managed to work-in some spectacular mini-vacation […]

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Medical and Shop Update

In my last update I wrote a pretty introspective piece about lying on the ground in the woods, broken. I had been through a round of surgeries, and was in the midst of the weeks-long series of medical procedures involved in putting my leg back together. A lot has happened since then; in fact, the […]

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