Nordic sit-skiing gives a taste of freedom to a person with mobility limitations to access snow covered trails, fields, and cross country ski areas that cover the north country.
On a recent weekend in the Mt. Washington Valley in New Hampshire’s White Mountains the trail conditions were great. This had been a good start to the winter season and there had been a few snow storms that provided great trail cover in the region, but before we embarked we heard that an epic rainstorm and extended warm-up were in the forecast.
There is archaeological evidence that domesticated dogs (and dog harnesses) accompanied humans in northern Native cultures as far back as 15,000 years ago.
Try before you buy. Many cross country (XC) ski areas conduct demo days to give skiers an opportunity to test drive the newest XC ski equipment. It’s a day when product suppliers’ branded tents and flags are flapping in the wind and company reps stand guard armed with knowledge of their wares.
Winter on the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, NH officially opened in mid-December this year with custom-built four wheel drive Chevy passenger vans and their four massive treads ferrying passengers up the road to an elevation of 4,000 feet. The SnowCoach goes about two-thirds of the way to the summit of Mt. Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak.“The specially-trained SnowCoach drivers can take anyone at any age into the alpine environment that they may never see otherwise,” says Mt. Washington, N.H. Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss. “It is really a comfortable adventure for the whole family to see an unforgettable place.”
The SnowCoach ride up Mt. Washington takes about 75 minutes and departs daily, weather permitting. Many passengers bring their skis to go XC skiing back down to the base lodge at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.
The price of the SnowCoach tour is $45 for adults, $30 for kids aged 5-12 or part of the Total Trails Ticket ($69) that includes a SnowCoach tour, all day trail pass, tubing pass, and snowshoe or XC ski rental equipment at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.
There was extensive coverage about fat bikes in the media last year (it’s hot) and there’s a photograph of a person riding a fat bike towing a Christmas tree on the cover of this year’s Patagonia Holiday Catalog. Fat bikes were recently dubbed the “Hummers of the two-wheelers’ world” in the Wall Street Journal.
A comprehensive Nordic ski exhibit opened at the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Nov. 2 with two floors of extensive cross country skiing memorabilia on display. This is clearly the largest exhibit of its kind about the sport.
Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA), the national trade association of cross country ski area operators, has redesigned its website. The site has duel purposes for XC skiers and the ski area members.
Here's a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising. XC skiing and snowshoeing are some of the best forms of aerobic exercise.
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Many cross country (XC) ski areas operate in an environmentally-friendly manner, and some of these operators, who are exemplars using the most sustainable practices, have created a collective of the XC ski areas called “Cross Country Skiing Against Climate Change.”
Cross Country skiing sprinter Kikkan Randall of the U.S. Ski Team likely has received the largest sponsorship ever for an American XC skier, though the actual dollar amount has not been made public.
Early cross country ski camps and festivals give skiers a chance to get back on the snow. Every year, XC skiers flock to these late November and early December events to meet new ski friends, kick out the kinks, and start the ski season.
Breckenridge Nordic Center in Colo. has combined with the town of Breckenridge In a public private partnership to develop a new 9,200-square-foot log lodge on Peak 8. It will become the new base of the BNC operations by the beginning of January.