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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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Any Alpine Or XC Season Passholder Can Ski Free For A Day At Washington's Methow Trails

Methow ValleyNews stories recently reported that skiers are fleeing areas that have bad snow conditions in search of snow covered regions. Methow Trailsin eastern Washington, is offering a deal to encourage snow sports enthusiasts to come and discover the beautiful Northwest. Methow Valley is inviting season pass holders from any alpine or Nordic ski area in North America to join them for a day on the trails for free. 

 

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XC Trip Report: New Hampshire's Nordic Skiing Mecca

Jackson XC GroomingWe excitedly planned a weekend trip to Jackson, N.H., because it is a true Mecca for Nordic skiers. This is the quintessential New England Nordic (XC) skiing experience with the covered bridge, white steepled church, brookside trails, and the accompanying village with all of the trappings.

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XC Trip Report: Woodstock Inn & Resort Is True Vermont Gem

Woodstock Inn Mt. Tom cabinThe Woodstock Inn & Resort is one of Vermont’s true gems for travelers. It offers warm New England hospitality amidst an atmosphere of country elegance and year round recreation. Resort facilities include the new 10,000 square-foot Spa, the Resort’s Nordic Center, Suicide Six alpine ski area, the Resort’s Golf Club, and a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club.

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'Ski Your Heart Strong' At Jackson Ski Touring Center Through Feb. 14

Jackson XC Touring CenterJackson Ski Touring Center is hosting the Ski Heart Strong program with the American Heart Association to get people out this winter and, at the same time, raise awareness and promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.

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Ladies Getaway Weekends All About Connecting At Cross Country Ski Areas

Lutsen XC women on beachAmong some women, the "Ladies' Getaway" weekend or program has become an annual tradition where small or extended groups of women, 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.

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Get Free Introduction To Snowshoeing Or Nordic Skiing At Winter Trails Day Jan. 10

Woodstock Inn snowshoeingWinter Trails Day is the day when people can try snowshoeing or cross country skiing for free at a participating location across the country. Save the date for Winter Trails Day - Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

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Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center Sold To Long-Time Customers

Lapland Lake XCLapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, one of the Adirondacks' prominent cross country ski resorts for more than 36 years, has new owners/operators. Kathryn and Paul Zahray, formerly of Matawan, N.J. and Lapland Lake customers for more than 17 years, have purchased the resort.

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Nordic Ski Equipment Companies Designing Lines Just For Women

women at Jackson XCUsing the simple premise that women's products need to be different from men's, some cross country (XC) ski companies went to work designing lines of women's skis and boots that incorporate various differences between the male and female physical characteristics and their interests. 

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Nordic Partnership Program Offers Discounts at Select Eastern Ski Areas

Nordic Partnerships The 2014-2015 Nordic Partnership Program was introduced by Garnet Hill Lodge, whereby season pass holder skiers are encouraged to visit "Partner Centers" while traveling this winter. This is one of the largest programs (12 ski areas) that gives skiers such a reciprocal discount among ski areas.  

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Plethora of Snowshoe Programs at Vermont's Smuggler's Notch

Snowshoes at Smugglers NotchSmuggler's Notch Resort, known as a prime Vermont family destination has one of the most comprehensive mixes of snowshoe programs available this winter. There's snowshoe treks for families with young kids, and outings for adults or families with older kids who want a bit more in terms of the length of the trek, the topography covered, and the insights shared about the natural world and outdoor skills.

 

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