DIY Ski Trail Grooming
January 30, 2018 - Here's my local trail ski grooming system: Snowshoe pulling a plastic torpedo sled w weight in it and skis screwed to the bottom. I haven't skied this yet -- it's what the grooming looks like, with the skis leaving some nice tracks. It should set up in a cpl hrs. It was easy walking! The sled pulls easy and the shoes float great.... > Read
New book! ...Trail Skiing & the Liberation of Winter
January 10, 2018 -
I'm just finishing a book of radical xc trail skiing. It's about everyday skiing anywhere there's snow. It's about taking back Nordic skiing or cross country or whatever you call it and opening it up to everyone. Free skiing that delivers a wonderful winter for anyone who tries it. Skiing is a much bigger ... > Read
MI BC XC Trail Ski Party Series Schedule for 2018
December 05, 2017 - MI BC XC Schedule:
*Potto Raid - ever ski the Potto? here's a chance to do it w a gang. gorgeous, ridgey, technical challenge. go there first by yourself and learn how to do the descents (esp the last big one by Silver Lk). this is a 4-stage raid. 3-4 hrs. bring food, wax, maybe protection. parking lot potluck apres'. Sunday... > Read
How to XC Ski -- Cross Country Skiing for Regular People!
November 02, 2017 - 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
Earning Your Turns: BC in the Midwest
October 06, 2017 - (WOW, I just realized that I'd never posted this story to my website!)
Like many Midwesterners, I enjoy downhill skiing. Like most "Silent Sports" readers I really enjoy Nordic skiing. But for decades I never bothered to put the two together. Like some, I tended to put downhill in the non-'silent' category of thrill-sport. I w... > Read
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
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