Cross-country Skis

We broke trail into the fading light of dusk. Just as we thought to grab our headlamps, our destination’s soft outline materialized in the falling snow. We had made it. The cabin door was partially sealed by rime ice and snow—nothing a good shove couldn’t handle—and after passing through it and dropping our packs, we…

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Want to ski faster and help your gear last longer in one fell swoop? Wax your skis and snowboard on a regular basis. Nate Harvey, the retail manager at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, N.H., likens waxing to getting regular car tune-ups. “You’re enhancing performance today and preserving your investment,” he says. Wax…

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Don’t wait for the first snowfall. Trek down into the basement, out into the garage, or deep into the closet and pull out all of your winter gear—tonight. A thorough preseason evaluation of everything from clothes to skis to crampons will help preserve your gear, keep you safe, and prevent problems once you do head…

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I got my first pair of cross-country skis in elementary school. Winters were cold and snow was deep in Berlin, N.H., just north of Mount Washington, making skiing a popular pastime. By following my aunt around on local trails, I learned the rhythmic motion of the sport and grew to love it. Proficiency came from…

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If you’ve got kids who ski, or your children are ready to start, one of the big decisions is how to equip them. Buy, Lease, or Swap? If you are going to go skiing or snowboarding more than a few times a season, it probably makes sense to buy or lease the necessary equipment. This…

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In March 2011, Matt Heid joined 70 racers on the starting line of the annual Ski to the Clouds race. Ten kilometers later he was crossing the finish line, half way up Mount Washington’s Auto Road. Experience the race in this first-person video. Read Heid’s full account of the race in the AMC Outdoors feature…

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