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DIY Ski Trail Grooming

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…

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New book! ...Trail Skiing & the Liberation of Winter

Trail Skiing! 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…

Project: Homemade World's Best Sled!

[Bump from 11/08. Bump from 12/07.] The world's best snowsled is only available homemade from your workshop -- that is, from Santa's actual workshop! Fastest, farthest, safest, most comfy, lightest, cheapest, easiest to make! …

MI BC XC Trail Ski Party Series Schedule for 2018

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)…

How to XC Ski -- Cross Country Skiing for Regular People!

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…

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Momentum: Chasing the Olympic Dream

by Pete Vordenberg, US Team Head XC Coach Big sale! $4.95. Reg. list price $18. Paperback, with photos. 191 pages. What's So Special About This Ski Book? Momentum is "the best XC ski read ever," says Bob Gregg, editor of Master...

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek

Abyss Absolute by R. E. Puhek ...

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD

Back Tracks (w/ gulf oil rig song!), Richard Dobson, CD...

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker

Bike! Red Magnetic "social" Sticker ...