So you've decided to try cross country skiing, You can call it cross country skiing, Nordic skiing, XC skiing, or ski touring. The first few times may be a totally new experience for you and take time for you to become confident. Cross country skiing can take a while to master, but it is outdoor fun even the first time.
The "Women's Getaway" weekend or program has become an annual tradition among some women. Small or extended groups of women, ladies, girls, mothers, daughters, or friends organize a get together unaccompanied by (one might even say unburdened by) or exclusive of men, boys, brothers, and fathers. The motivation and/or common denominator is about connecting.
About a quarter of the cross country (XC) skiing population is older than 50 years old and as the large segment of population known as Baby Boomers continues to age, they are remaining active - many of them are looking for softer or easier forms of recreation. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing fit that prescription.
The Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada opened for cross country skiing (XC) Oct. 23 and staged a race a few days later. This is a very early date for XC in the northern hemisphere and they were able to do it because they have snowmaking, a legacy from the 1988 Olympics in Alberta.
New this year at the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo is the SIA Nordic Village with "The Biathlon Experience" including actual laser rifle and target and daily competitions, plus introductory tryouts of cross country skiing and snowshoeing using real equipment on Astro Turf track. Nordic Village is especially popular with youngsters ready for fun new experiences on snow.
Tahoe Donner in Truckee, Calif. is set to open its new state-of-the-art facility -- the Alder Creek Adventure Center -- this winter. The building will serve as the base for Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area in the winter months and Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center and Tahoe Donner Bikeworks in the spring and summer months. The cross country ski facilities include more than 100 kilometers of groomed trails and five huts along the trail system.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced plans this summer to take over the ski operations at the state-owned Leo J. Martin Golf Course formerly known as Weston Ski Track outside of Boston, Mass.
An op-ed piece in the Alaska Dispatch News during President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Alaska was written by 4-time Olympian and 3-time World Cup Cross Country Ski Sprint Champion Kikkan Randall. She grew up in Anchorage and weighed in about a topic she feels deeply about - climate change.
Educators and explorers Dave and Amy Freeman plan to kick off "A Year in the Wilderness" in September, continuing their efforts to gain permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. Their story was published recently in Expedition News.