Key to a Boom in XC Skiing? ...Marketing!
September 10, 2017 - "Adapt or die." ...XC skiing is fading most everywhere, and this is a disaster in its own right. But it's especially hurting in areas where snowfall is becoming sketchy. Why? What can be done?
Even in sketchy places there always is SOME snowfall, even QUITE A BIT, and such places in snowcountry are generally within an HOUR'S... > Read
Why is Snowsport Fun? -> *Glide *Rhythm *Payoff
February 02, 2017 - ((BUMP FROM APRIL 13, 2016.))
This is my mantra. And I'm not kidding. I think it deserves traction. I'm a missionary of snow fun!
So why is skiing fun? Why do we play in the snow?
I say that IT'S ALL THE SAME! All skiing is one!
I'm the Dr. Bronner of skiing!
Snowboarding, downhill skiing, cross country... you na... > Read
The Ski Industry's View of Itself
December 14, 2016 - Some food for thought that relates to downstate Michigan trail skiing...
The Nordic ski biz has apparently never considered itself as having parallels to biking, much less the different kinds of biking.
The only nuances XC acknowledges are: track, out-of-track, and backcountry. The cultural impacts and potentials of each ... > Read
New MI XC Ski Blog!
November 06, 2016 - I just started a new blog dedicated to Michigan XC Skiing. We'll see if folks like using it!
It's a place where people can showcase everything related to Just Plain Skiing in the Snow! It'll also be mostly about Michigan, downstate MI at that, b... > Read
Fun in the Snow Sun! --Stinchfield Loppet 2016
February 29, 2016 - We were nervous before the Stinch Loppet this year. We had a 10" base but a couple days of 40 deg's leading into the event, with 50+ forecast for the day-of... Whew! What's THAT going to be like?
Well, weren't we surprised! We had a blast! Our skis worked great! The sun was out. So were our t-shirts and shorts. And the kickin... > Read
Backyard Biathlon Ski Party! ...has it all!
February 20, 2016 - We've had a low-snow winter. Last week the forecast was for coming days of 55degF that would nuke what little snow we had. Suddenly we got a dusting of fresh snow. The yard had a solid inch of semi-firm base.
Our local ski gang suddenly realized that this would be our last night of good snow after the work-day. So we sprang ... > Read
Gotta Do Better: the Picnic Revolution
February 15, 2016 - I'm not doing so well at my Ski Party Revolution.
My goal is to step up the social diversity and viability of XC skiing. Right now there's a divide between real life social modes and the Ski Mode.
Real people like to have fun and party and enjoy tasty snacks and bevs. Skiers like to ski and do workouts. Skiers are in decl... > Read
The Beauty of Low Snow
February 12, 2016 - Yeah so we've had low snow this season so far but even so sometimes it's good. The infrequency just makes it more special when it appears. So now it's actually getting cold again. So our low snow is getting nice and squeaky underfoot. This is how our yard trail looks now. Only 2 inches of snow and still pretty good. > Read
How to XC Ski -- Cross Country Skiing for Regular People!
February 01, 2016 - Here's how to ski for regular people. Really, it's just skiing, but you can call it nordic, XC or cross country if you like. All skiing is one: just do what fits your local terrain.
I've been studying XC skiing in all its forms for decades -- studying, enjoying, reveling-in, playing-with.
These here are my teaching notes ... > Read
You Won't Believe the Tiny Move that Makes Skiing Great!
January 26, 2016 - (I love clickbait headlines! :) )
So in my skiing observations and my ski classes, I'm thinking this is the ONE MAIN thing that if people would do it would totally boost their experience. And it's SO SIMPLE AND EASY!
All ya gotta do is stand there!
I'm talking about the lady on the left in the pic.
The lady on the ri... > Read
Backyard Ski Biathlon: More Fun than You'd Think!
January 25, 2016 - Wow, what fun! We just did a little backyard ski biathlon yesterday with our Sheridan pellet gun. Our yard trail has good snow so I re-routed the course to leave half the yard free for a very simple shooting range.
So we'd ski a 5-minute main loop then come around by the house and shoot a couple times at plastic juice bottles ... > Read
Why Cross Country Ski? ...What I learned will shock you! : )
January 25, 2016 - Ah ha ha. I make myself laugh. I should give all my online articles those "web savvy" titles. "What you'll see will shock you!"
...But it's true! I was googling "how to learn XC skiing" and the first 3 links I encountered started out with this exact presentation: "Wow, cross country skiing is so cool! You work your upper and l... > Read
Old Farts should be lovin' TRAIL SKIING!
January 13, 2016 - Here's an angle: As the main cohort of outdoor enthusiasts (Boomers) ages, their pure-power diminishes, but they have skills acquired from vast experience. I note that they would have relatively greater success and finish higher up in the standings if they participated in sports and events that cater to their strengths. So that T... > Read
Snowlife is Marvelous: Tracks, Treads and Traction
January 11, 2016 - Here are a few things which seem marvelous to me...
*Sharp ice skates with strong ankles driving them along in perfect balance and relaxation.
*Boots creaking on packed powder snow.
*Walking through the snow. ...If you're not post-holing.
*Walking a walking-packed snow path. Nice square tread. About 2 ft wide.
*Sno... > Read
Winter Fest! ...MI BC Series Line-up!
October 23, 2015 - The 2016 Michigan Backcountry Ski Series line-up is taking shape!
I note that this is a bunch of ski outings that emphasize downstate Michigan, usually short drives, adventure, epicness, drama, scenic value, trail gorgeousness, technical skiing skills, true classic ski technique, optional freestylin' in the original sense (jum... > Read