Cross-Country Skiing

Rossignol XC Skis, Boots, Poles - Classic Discipline | Expert Picks

Cross country skiers are passionate about their sport. Case in point, I've already skied 22 days this season and am hoping to break last year's record of 39 days in a less-than-ideal snow year. And one of the days this season was during a full-on blizzard where I couldn't see the track, let alone my skis. Fanatical? Maybe. Happy? Deliriously so. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a fanatical skate skier who dabbles in classic skiing when my job requires. Logan Jones, ...

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Rossignol WCS S1 Ski & Premium Boot Review

Expert Video Review Not every Nordic ski or boot is perfect for everyone. So how do you know which one is right for you? Jans Expert and Nordic Center Director, Patrick Coffey has skied on all of the Nordic skis and boots that we sell. So who better than to give a video review of the Rossignol Xium WCS S1 Ski and the Xium Premium Skate Boot. WCS S1 Skate Ski Designed specifically by Rossignol for cold, hardpack conditions, this World Cup level skate ski corners well...

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Salomon Momentum Jacket and Pants Review

Expert Review The Salomon Momentum Softshell Jacket and the Salomon Momentum Softshell Pants will be appreciated by a variety of Nordic skiers, from the recreational level to elite racers. This jacket-pant combo works well together, with both items offering the same high level of performance. The Momentum jacket and pant are true three-season pieces, adaptable for different temperatures, depending on how you layer them. Though mainly intended for Nordic skiing, these products are...

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What does the Madshus eMpower Do For Nordic Skiers?

Nordic ski selection is important - incredibly important. When I was coaching with the U.S. Biathlon Team, we spent more time trying to find the right ski for each athlete than we did testing grinds, hand structure or even wax. All of which are still really important. The correct ski flex gives you that perfect ride that avoids a ski feeling "squirrely" (too soft) or unstable and slippery (too hard.) Instead it finds the ski that is just right. It's the Goldie Locks conundru...

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How To Store Your Nordic Skis For Summer - Storage Wax

When you begrudgingly accept that ski season is over, it’s easy to ignore your Nordic skis. With the snow all gone, they become a painful reminder of how long you’ll have to wait until you get to put them to use again. But how you treat your Nordic skis when the season ends makes all the difference in how well they’ll treat you at the start of next year. Storage waxing both your skate and classic skis before stashing them away for the summer is key, and it’s a quic...

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Cross Country Ski Lessons - Are They Worth It?

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m a Nordic skate skier who really never had an interest in classic cross country skiing. Instead of traditional kicking and gliding, I preferred the robust style of skating. And to be honest, I thought that skate skiing was more aerobic and certainly more fun since you moved at a more rapid pace than traditional Nordic skiing. Until I took a Nordic ski lesson and learned one all-important truth. Classic skiing is hard. Really hard. In fact, it kicked m...

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Nordic Ski Conditions in Park City

I’ve learned that winter sports enthusiasts are the WORST armchair meteorologists. I fully put myself into that category - yes, I’ve tried to learn how to interpret GFS models (more confusing than the rules of Settlers of Catan) and watch radars, but mostly I just obsessively check the NOAA.gov website and click refresh. again. and again. As a Nordic skier-turned-cyclist with an affinity for powder days, any day is good for me really. Clear skies on the radar map means clear bike ...

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Best Cross Country Skiing in Park City

While Park City is well-known as an alpine ski resort town, in the past few years locals have created a booming Nordic scene and embraced the extensive cross-country ski trail system. Whether you’re looking for a change of pace from the long lift lines or a skinny ski destination, Park City trails are the place to go. Here’s a short guide on our favorite places to cross-country ski in Park City. Round Valley and the Rail Trail The Round Valley trail system is a local&...

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Sochi Winter Olympics - Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Qualifiers in Park City

photo credit: Women's Ski Jumping USA


If you’re a Park City resident, or if you’re visiting for the holidays, swing by the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) on December 28th -29th to watch one of the craziest winter sports. The UOP is playing host to the Sochi Winter Olympic Trials for Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping. Here’s the quick and dirty explanation for each sport. What is Ski Jumping? In ski jumping, athletes start at the top of the 90M jump for the...

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Nordic Skiing Technique - How to Skate Ski

At first glance, skate skiing might appear to be a fluid series of movements, but figuring out this sport’s various technique components can be frustrating for those new to cross country skiing. Patrick Coffey, Director of the White Pine Touring Nordic Center, breaks the skate skiing techniques of V1, V2 and V2 Alternate down into easily understandable parts in this series of videos. If you’re just learning to Nordic ski, or simply need a refresher, this is a good place to get some t...

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Local's Day at White Pine Nordic Center in Park City

For those of us lucky enough to live in Park City, telling visitors that we are locals often incites looks of admiration and envious sighs. If you’re a Nordic skier, or are looking to become one of “those people” who trek around on skinny skis, then Local’s Day at the White Pine Nordic Center is an even better reason to be a Parkite.

With classic and skate ski lessons, rentals and demo equipment, manufacturer reps on hand to answer questions and an included lunch, th...

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What Size Nordic Skis Do I Need?

For newbies and alpine skiing converts, the mystery of Nordic ski sizing can seem arbitrary and confusing, especially when you throw in both skate and classic ski sizing. Classic skis tend to be longer, while skate skis are sized shorter. Adult ski sizes range between 160 cm for the shortest skate skis and 210 cm for the longest classic skis. While the dimensions and lengths of Nordic skis don’t vary as much as the plethora of categories in the alpine world (we call them ‘skinny skis...

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How to Dress for Nordic Skiing

Dressing for Nordic skiing is definitely an art form. If you wear traditional ski gear, think puffy jacket and insulated pants, you’ll end up overheating within the first five minutes. On the flip slide, wearing running tights and a light jacket on a day when the mercury drops below zero is a sure way to feel like a human icicle. To help avoid both temperature extremes, and to have the most enjoyable cross country experience possible, we’ve put together the following primer on how...

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Nordic Ski Grinding - Why Does It Matter?

It’s official - the 5K loop at the White Pine Nordic Center in Park City, UT was rolled and skiable last weekend, and welcomed hordes of Nordic enthusiasts to their first taste of striding and skating for the season. While it may be a couple more weeks before snow and temperatures are consistent enough to declare the track officially open, judging by the crowds we saw on Sunday, Park City can’t wait to get on skinny skis. This early season limbo period is the perfect time to get y...

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New Grooming Equipment Extends Nordic Ski Season in Park City

Nordic skiers worried about the trend of lower snowfall and warmer temps shortening their ski season can finally put their fears to rest. At least if they live or vacation in Park City, Utah. Jans has partnered with a local company to bring a new piece of grooming equipment to the White Pine Nordic Center that excels in low snow conditions. The result is a longer and more consistent cross country ski season for classic and skate skiers alike.

If you’re anything like me, this news brin...

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Waxing Nordic Skis for the First Time

If you hear the word ‘waxing’ and the first thing you think of is skis, you probably already know how to wax your boards. However, if you hear the word wax and think of legs or cars, and you’re the owner of a brand new, shiny pair of cross-country skis, then read on. Waxing is essential for the health of a Nordic ski’s base. Not only does waxing give cross country skis the ability to skate or glide, but it also prevents the base from ‘oxidizing’ or...

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Ski Exercises for Nordic Skiing

During my first summer in Park City I have enjoyed an incredible season of mountain biking and trail running, but as the temperatures start slipping lower and lower I can feel myself getting excited about the prospect of Nordic skiing. While I may be mentally ready to ski, there is that question of whether or not my body is physically ready.

Balance, coordination and body awareness need to come back into your arms and legs during those first few times out on the Nordic ski track. Having goo...

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Behind the scenes - White Pine Touring's Cory Wubbels waxes skis for World Champions

The Daily Grind
The life of a Nordic wax tech at the elite level can be thankless, sleepless and grueling. 4 am wakeups for wax testing after a long night of prepping skis are not uncommon. You haul countless pairs of athlete’s skis, breathe questionable fluoro fumes and still have to ski well and hard enough to test kick and glide. The kilometers wax techs ski in testing can total to more than the athletes do on a hard training day (without the massage, proper rest and regular meals ath...

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Skate Ski Technique Tips and Grinding in Park City

One of the perks of living in the Park City area is the wealth of ski expertise floating around. Being the US Ski Team’s home base, many retired skiers and coaches fall in love with the Wasatch and stick around even after they’ve closed the chapter on their competitive careers.

When you walk into the White Pine Touring Nordic Center for a new stonegrind, know that Cory Wubbels, currently a tech for the US Nordic Ski Team, has developed the grind menu and does most of the grinds...

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Custom Nordic Skate Ski Boots at Jans and White Pine Touring

I love to skate ski. It is a sport that constantly challenges me in terms of aerobic fitness, arm strength andleg strength, not to mention technique. Some days I have a great skate and other days, depending on my energy level, I may feel like I’m slogging through. Either way I am always happy to be outside enjoying the crisp winter air anda great workout as my core, glutes and triceps will attest.

Too often, those of us Nordic skiers who also happen to be alpine skiers, take our cross...