The snow is starting to fall and as we get ready to ski, most cross country areas are focused on making improvements before the season begins. Here's a snapshot of what's new across North America's Nordic world.
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.
There’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.
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.
Fresh 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.