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'Biathlon Experience' At Boston Expo Nov. 12-14; Minneapolis Outdoor Adventure Expo Is Nov. 20-22

Boston Ski Show Nordic Village

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. 

 

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Tahoe Donner’s New Adventure Center to Open

New adventure center at Tahoe Donner XCTahoe 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.

 

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Weston Ski Track To Be Run By State Agency

Weston Ski TrackThe 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. 

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Alaskan XC Ski Racer Kikkan Randall Weighs In On Climate Change

Kikkan Randall at Sochi OlympicsAn 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.

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A Year in the Wilderness On Tap For Explorer-Educators

FreemansEducators 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.

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Head To Vermont's Hiking Trails This Summer; Visit Resort Destinations

Hiking at Trapp Family LodgeThere’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than hiking on a trail alone or with your friends or family. Whether you are a first time hiker or a walking aficionado, hiking with the family provides quality time together, allows the family to grow closer, develops life-long memories, and introduces the next generation to the outdoors. 

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Nordic Walking Means Easy Fitness for All Ages

Nordic Walking (Leki)More than 10 million Europeans of all ages and fitness levels are Nordic Walking (also known as Ski Walking) with special Nordic Walking Poles. This new fitness activity turbo-charges the normal walking regimen burning as much as 40 percent more calories compared to regular walking.

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Finally, Cross Country Ski Equipment For Recreational Skiers

Rossignol XC skisFresh winter air and outdoors in nature, where fun and fitness come together. Step on your cross country skis and go. You want good glide on the flat terrain, effective grip going up hills, and controlled turns down the hills.

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Spring Skiing Rolls On At XC Resorts; Not Time To Quit Yet

Bryncliff ResortAs the cross country ski season winds down, most XC ski areas close because of lack of skiers rather than lack of snow on the trails. The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and the XC skiers quit. Why? Are we infected with winter fatigue? Is the lure of spring time recreation too strong to ignore?

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Johannes von Trapp Is Forefather of American Nordic Skiing -- Stowe's Sound Of Music

The Sound of MusicThe Sound of Music movie, first shown 50 years ago (1965) features the story of the von Trapp family. If there was an American Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame, Johannes von Trapp would be one of the surefire inductees. The famous story of the von Trapp family is well known - their escape from Austria in the beginning of World War II and the Broadway and Hollywood songs such as Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, and Do Re Mi.

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