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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Birkie Wax Kit

We’ve put together a “do it yourself” Birkie wax package for 2015. You can buy it at our online store at http://shop.caldwellsport.com/2015-birkie-race-wax-kit/. It’s a tricky thing to do considering how notoriously unreliable the long and medium term forecasting has been this year. So we’ve made this package as flexible as we can, focusing on limiting potential […]

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Amy’s Big Ski Test

by Amy Caldwell I spent the morning skiing intervals on 4 different ski models in order to see how they stacked up against one another at threshold plus. I would like to say that the testing was really aimed at some higher knowledge and in the interest of our customers, but the reality is that […]

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