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This year, I’ve had many students tell me they signed up for cross-country ski lessons because they wanted to try “something new.” Alpine skiers decide to try Nordic skiing. Classic skiers were curious about skate skiing. People showed up to see what gliding was all about.

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For 26 years, brothers Doug and John Garland have owned and operated the Bear Notch Ski Touring Center in Bartlett. I learned its history from an interview Chris Proulx of White Mountain TV had with Doug Garland 3 weeks ago (tinyurl.com/x55urhdn). The Garland family owned many acres along th…

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Why groom cross-country ski trails? Grooming trails enhance the ski experience by providing consistent ski and trail conditions. As a Canadian Northwest Territory Recreation and Parks Association Ski Trail Grooming Guide states, “Groomed and tracked ski trails are easier to ski on, easier to…

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Cross-country ski trails come and go, often disrupted by development, logging or landowner changes. The Wildcat Valley Trail (once 17.8K in 1981) used to go uninterrupted from the top of the mountain all the way down to Jackson Village. Now there are big gaps in the trail and road walking involved.

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When it was announced that Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program wouldn’t be happening this year because of COVID-19 concerns, I was sad. When we moved to the Mount Washington Valley in the 1990s, our kids participated in the downhill program at Attitash and the cross-country pr…

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In the world of Nordic skiing, skate skiing is a relative newcomer, even though it’s been around for 40 years. Classical skiing with its diagonal stride, kick and glide is much older, going back thousands of years. Roland Huntford, in his book, “Two Plans and A Passion,” begins his history 2…

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Several text messages from a friend reminded me how complicated it is to choose the right Nordic ski. She wanted advice on upgrading her old skis to get some with more glide. Now, as a more confident and experienced skier, she wants to go faster! When I sent her links to several websites for…

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This year, COVID-19 concerns have wreaked havoc with sports at all levels. From professional teams to college and high school teams, coaches and players have had to adjust to the “new normal” of either restricted play or no play at all. Increased number of positive cases this year has led to…

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The New Year — 2021 — is here and it brought new snow! Thank goodness 2020 is behind us and we can look forward to a better year ahead. With COVID vaccines becoming more available to help us fight this deadly pandemic, we look forward to a healthier year. Last Saturday’s snowstorm gave us ju…

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Christmas rains may have washed the snow away, but I’m not discouraged. With three more months of winter to go, there’s still plenty of time for wintry weather and snow. While I’m patiently biding my time, I’ll adopt the three W’s technique — walk, wax and wait.

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Give me nine inches of fresh powder and I want more. I guess I’m a snow glutton. Though I don’t relish shoveling lots of snow, I do like to see it on the trees and ski trails. It makes winter more beautiful and fun.

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I thought I was in pretty good shape for skiing until I had that first day on snow. All of a sudden I felt like a total novice, with no balance or grace. I had forgotten everything I knew about how to make those long Nordic skis work. Gradually, as I warmed up, it started coming back to me a…

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It happened all of a sudden. I remember the day — Friday, March 13. Everything changed. My son and his family in Fryeburg, Maine, went into quarantine. My dental appointment was canceled. One day, I was working as a Jackson cross-country ski instructor, and then, I wasn’t.