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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A New Ten

“How is your pain, on a scale from one to ten?” I was lying on my left side, with my cheek in the dirt, because it was the only position I could be in that was remotely tolerable. Tony Coven was my first responder, and it was Tony asking the question. Tony was the answer […]

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Ski Picking Trip #1

Amy and I are in terminal E at Logan Airport, ready to board a flight to Munich for our first ski picking trip of the year. Gunnar skipped school for the day to come down to Boston with us and meet Amy’s mom, who flew in to spend a couple of weeks with the boy […]

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Reviews & Previews – Ski Trab for 2016

Last August we visited the Ski Trab factory in Bormio, Italy. We spent a little time with Adriano and Daniele Trabucchi – the brothers who run the company, and we reviewed the design, materials, and construction of the skis. And in the winter we had a good fleet of demo skis to work with on […]

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Reviews & Previews – Fischer for 2016-17

What can we say about Fischer? As a brand they dominate racing, from citizen racing all the way to the World Cup. Since FIS started tracking world cup brand rankings in 2008 Fischer has been the leader in every discipline, every year, for both men and women. The margins have generally been large. This year […]

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