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Why I Love Roller Skiing

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 by Speedy


Specificity – Roller skiing is the closest exercise to snow skiing that there is. If you want to improve your skiing, doing at least some roller skiing must be included in your summer and fall training. I have heard that many coaches believe that an intermediate skier can get a whole season of improvement in a summer of roller skiing.

Low impact – Roller skiing is a very low impact activity. An athlete is able to log large amounts of time training w...

8 Things people don't tell you when you start Nordic Skiing

Posted on Monday, June 5, 2017 by Corey Towle
As the resident newbie to Nordic skiing here at Gear West (I learned to ski in the winter of 2013) I was tasked with coming up with 8 things people don’t tell you when you start nordic skiing.
#1 There is a difference between Classic and Skate. If you are surprised that people could be that dense, you’ve been skiing for too long. All non-skiers know about us is that we attached long pieces of wood to our feet...
#2 Sk...

Tips for Stand Up Paddle Boards

Posted on Monday, May 29, 2017 by Dana Henry

Tips for Stand Up Paddle Board

SUPing offers a fun and relaxing activity that anyone can do. It is also one of the best workouts out there. Simply standing on a board will activate core muscles, combining balance, strength and endurance.

Standing on the Board

It’s important to stay low to learn the balance of a board.  Start on your knees and work your way higher as you get comfortable.  When you stand, keep your feet pa...

Weekend Trail Running Getaway

Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by Kari Gibbons


One of the things I love about Minnesota summers is the weekend getaway, or as some people call them: runcations.  I love getting my miles in on the local trails but when the weekend hits it’s time to explore new territory!  Car camping is easiest for a last minute getaway, but backpacking is always a favorite of mine.  Heading up to the north shore is a popular destination and I’ve definitely spent many a night tucked un...

Jan Talks Motivation

Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Jan Guenther
Jan Guenther's thoughts on
KEEPING MOTIVATED & FIT FOR NEXT YEARS BIRKIE from the perspective of a 50-something woman athlete with tender knees.
What to do? How do I train for next year’s skiing when most of THIS PAST winter did not happen?
And of course, I add to my mish-mash of thoughts concerning every emotion that surrounds training, “Why even bother trying to improve skill or fitness leve...

Checklist for the Birkie

Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017 by Ari Mahonen
With the American Birkie and Kortie just a few days away, it’s time to think all those little things that add up to having the best possible event. 
  • Write name & phone number on your skis & poles. Possibility putting some Washi tape on the base of the pole handle to stop any confusion during the chaos of the start and finish areas.   
  • Upgrade your poles. The Birkie is a...

Gear West Ski and Run Podcast

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Tony Mommsen

Gear West Ski and Run Podcast

See all episodes here.


Episode #6

State Meet & Mora Vasaloppet Recap

Tune in for Maple & Speedy as they get comfortable and talk about the track season, Nike's recent two hour marathon attempt, snowmaking at Orono High School, and the recent Loppet Foundation fundraiser. While Lolo Jones didn't manage to make it out to GW for the podcast, Tony brought d...

Jan's Blog - Dreary January

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
Here's Jan Guenther's latest post -- read her previous entries in her blog
Dreary January
Yikes! I am not sure what is tougher, racing the American Birkebeiner XC ski race or suffering through 6+ days of rainy misty dreary March weather, in January. Actually, what has been tough for me is saying goodbye to my youngest son who left for the military recently. We raise these kid...

Anxiety at the Birkie Survey

Posted on Thursday, February 2, 2017 by Tony Mommsen
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 1 - We park at Short Rd. One year got the bags out, did a quick, skis, poles, bibs......I had left my bib/chip at our cabin about 20 minutes drive away. Can you say PANIC!!! 
Lucky for me my spouse was a first-waver and I was second wave classic-I had no warm up except the adrenaline from that drive, and run to the bus and start!
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 2 - There was a snow ...

Dana tuning skis for NorAms

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Tony Mommsen

Dana Henry to tune skis for Women's Ski Team at NorAm

We’re excited to announce that the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has selected, Dana Henry, Gear West Alpine Service Manager, to ski tune for the Women’s Alpine Ski Team for the NorAm races hosted in Vail and Copper, Colorado, February 1 – 12.

The NorAm tour is the premiere level of ski racing in North America and the ...

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