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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.

I've been studying XC skiing in all its forms for decades -- studying, enjoying, reveling-in, playing-with.

These here are my teaching notes for CLASSIC SKIING -- striding -- regular cross country XC…

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How to Skate Ski -- "What you learn will shock you!"

I've been studying XC skiing in all its forms for decades. This here is my teaching method for SKATE SKIING. (I have a similar article here for CLASSIC stride skiing…

The Internet's Awesome Fix-it Culture

I think it's so sweet how people help each other learn everything online, but especially on YouTube, and especially w beater car repair! Appliances, too…

The Future of Jobs, Work, Contribution...

Thinking of jobs... Michigan is a rust-belt state. People have been moving out ever since the factories closed. But people also move in because opportunities have changed…

It's Not About the Bike/Boat/Ski -- Then Again, It is

This is a tale of two worlds. Racing and partying. In both the tools used both matter and they don't matter. Let's compare and contrast how... In racing it's not about the tool you're using, it's about your preparation and attitude…

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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 ...