Swedish Olympic Champion Recalls the Early Development of Skate Skiing

(Interview with Jan Ottosson, several times Swedish champion.) In 1982, the America Bill Koch turned the sport of cross-country skiing on its head when he skate skied his way to the overall World Cup title. The years that followed were a singular time in the history of cross-country skiing. Elite athletes suddenly had to adapt to a style of skiing they hadn’t used during their developmental years. It was so new no one really knew […]


2 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Nordic Skiing

Here’s two ways of improving your cross-country skiing that don’t involve training or conventional exercise methods. The first requires sitting on the couch. The second involves the tiniest movements possible and never breathing hard or breaking into a sweat. Both might be powerful ways to improve your ski technique. 1. Watch Ski Races and Learn Without Even Trying Watching […]


Modern Double Pole Technique Simplified [Video]

The important thing in double pole technique is to get back to the same start position, no matter if you are sprinting, climbing a hill or skiing over a long distance. The finish position and recovery can vary as needed, depending upon speed and terrain. During the pole push the skier must…


Reader Q & A, Vol 1

Bill is a self-taught xc skier from New Jersey. He has questions about the downhills. If you have ideas to help him, please leave them in the comments below. Here are my basic questions when heading downhill…


Crazy Forward Body Lean [Video]

You know forward body lean is important in cross-country skiing. But your mind plays tricks on you. It’s so worried you’ll fall that it sends you into panic mode whenever it feels the slightest hint you might lean too far forward. It doesn’t just take practice to develop the extreme forward body lean you