9 Nordic lifestyle options for romance in 2015

Bruce Mitchell

It’s February, and as the days grow longer and we wake from hibernation, we search for romance, and prepare for Valentine’s Day. With that in mind, I collaborated with my wife of 39 years to come up with nine Nordic options to boost the romance in your relationship. Picture your soulmate on a snow-covered ski trail, gliding synchronously with you on a shared journey of togetherness. What could be more romantic? … [Read more...]

Hop into Nordic skiing

Jackrabbit 2013-14_photo Phil Youwe

A children’s Nordic program that saw significant growth in participation numbers returns for the 2014/15 season. The Sun Peaks Nordic Club’s Jackrabbit program began with just nine participants, growing to 25 in its second year, and the club is hoping some new equipment will inflate those numbers further. “We’re very fortunate to have obtained a Blazer’s Foundation grant that allowed us to purchase ski equipment — … [Read more...]

Demystifying the key technical elements of Nordic skiing

Nordic Technique

If you would like to ski rather than walk on your skis, then you need to make your skis glide. To achieve glide, you must incorporate the technical elements of skiing: balance, initiating movements with the body core, co-ordination and timing, forward knee drive, and poling action. Balance is critical to both skate and classic skiing. If you’re not confident when you put all of your weight over the gliding ski, … [Read more...]

To skate or classic ski — that is the question

Ingrid Mitchell poses with one of each style — skate and classic Nordic skis.
Photo contributed by Bruce Mitchell

As you incorporate Nordic skiing into your active lifestyle, choosing to go with the skate or classic technique can be a challenge. Outfitting yourself with quality gear in either mode is expensive, and jumping into both is beyond the budget of most skiers. Don’t fall victim to the myth that all new Nordic skiers should go with classic. Many people will find that skating is a better fit for their goals and abilities. … [Read more...]

Gear for the Nordic Season

nordic skis

For an exhilarating and positive Nordic ski experience it’s important to make wise equipment and clothing selections. Dressing for comfortable skiing depends on the temperature, wind chill, how hard you ski, and how long you plan to be out. To dress for success, go with light layers of wicking, breathable clothing — the colder the day, and the longer you plan to be out, the more layers you need. Fabrics like merino … [Read more...]