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Training for my first Marathon - When Daydreams Become a Reality

Most people wake up in the middle of the night because their mind is running a mile a minute. Two days after Christmas I woke up in the middle of the night because I realized that I wanted to run a mile every ten minutes, 26.2 times. At 12:06 am, on December 27th, I did what no one in my family ever thought I would do and signed up for the Vermont City Marathon.

Initially, I signed up because I simply wasn’t sure if I could run 26.2 miles. That’s a lot! I’m still not sure, but I’m curious about what my body can do. I’ve always loved spending the day crushing long distances on my bike, and once ran 10 miles on a whim, but in general the mental and physical challenges that come with long distance adventures excites me.

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Don't Slip! Wear Winter Traction!

Feb 6, 2019 11:21:37 AM

Don't Slip! Wear Winter Traction!

Different winter activities, including but not limited to, hiking, running, and even walking, require different equipment. Making sure you have the appropriate traction is an important step to staying safe outside in the winter.

It can be overwhelming with all the options out there - luckily, I’m here to guide you in the right direction!

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Meet Emily Hoffman

Jan 28, 2019 6:10:00 PM

Meet Emily Hoffman

Hometown: New York, NY

Years of Experience: I'm new to Skirack with 3 years of experience leading long distance cycling tours.

Certifications and Awards: Wilderness First Aid and CPR

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, farming, photography, painting, really anything that has to do with art and being outside.

Favorite Gear: My Specialized AWOL Elite, Patagonia baselayers, Darn Tough Socks.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Bicycling Running By Emily Hoffman

Cross Country Ski Binding Overview

Determining what cross country ski bindings you need can depend on your boot, ski / type of skiing, and terrain. Since there are many variables and options out there, it can be pretty overwhelming.

Fortunately, I'm here to give you an overview of the bindings available as well as how to select the correct one. If you have any questions, please let us know!

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Downhill Ski Boot Adjustment

Jan 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

What do you do when your downhill ski boot is giving you pain or discomfort? Did you know that the our Downhill Boot Fit Experts not only fit new boots, but can make adjustments to any downhill ski boot?

When a customer comes into Skirack with an existing downhill ski boot, the first questions we ask are: what's going on, what are the problems, and what can we solve? Based on their answers, we assess the foot and the boot to confirm compatibility. We can then advise if a new boot is needed or make modifications to the existing boot to address their issue. 

Call or stop by for more information and pricing on an existing boot fit.

Learn more about Skirack's Boot Fit Guarantee

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Downhill Skiing and Touring with the New SHIFT Binding

The Atomic and Salomon Shift is brand new binding that combines the best of a traditional alpine ski binding, and that of a technical alpine touring binding. Being able to Shift from a technical pin toe piece, to a hard-charging driver toe piece that most alpine bindings have, it’s a new force to be reckoned with.

After a lengthy 7 years of R&D along with testing, the binding was finally released this season for purchase. One of the biggest draws to the binding is the fact that you can go uphill with the tech toe piece, then come downhill in a DIN-release binding. DIN is an industry standard for the amount of force it takes for the boot to release from the bindings. In a traditional tech toe piece, you just have two pins holding the boot in, lacking DIN. With the new combination of tech and DIN, it introduces safety where it heavily lacked before. This is why a fair amount of the Skirack staff has purchased the Shift, myself including.

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Meet Mike Masterson

Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Mike Masterson

Hometown: Groveland, MA

Years of Experience: 16 years of skiing, training to be the best alpine boot fitter I can be!

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing of course, but also hiking, fly-fishing, skateboarding, and just being outside.

Favorite Gear: The Salomon Shift binding - because it can really do it all. The Line Blend for buttering around the park and the rest of the mountain as well. The Armada Tracer 108's because they are pretty lightweight, making them the perfect option for some deeper snow tours.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Downhill Skiing By Mike Masterson

Meet Tyler Falk

Jan 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Tyler Falk

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Years of Experience: Have worked in six different outdoor retailers. 10+ years experience with Bike, Ski and Climbing shops.

Certifications and Awards: American Avalanche Institute Level 3 Certification; American Avalanche Association Pro Lifetime Member; Wilderness First Responder Certification

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Downhill Skiing By Tyler Falk

Ben Lustgarten races in the 2019 Tour de Ski

Skirack cross country ski fit expert, Jake Hollenbach will be doing a series of short Q&A's with Skirack sponsored athlete Ben Lustgarten while he races the Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups. Enjoy Part 2!

QUESTION: What was your favorite town/race venue the Tour de Ski traveled through?
ANSWER: The first question is pretty hard! All of these towns are so cool and unique, with amazing views of mountains. There was not a ton of natural snow in some of the locations, mostly all on man made, small snow loops. Val Mustair in Switzerland was very cool. We stayed in a small town that had incredibly tiny streets and we drove through what looked like castles and ramparts to get there.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach

Q&A with Ben Lustgarten from The Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups

Skirack cross country ski fit expert, Jake Hollenbach will be doing a series of short Q&A's with Skirack sponsored athlete Ben Lustgarten while he races the Tour de Ski and 2019 World Cups. Enjoy!

QUESTION: How many Olympic gold medalists did you eat Christmas dinner with?
ANSWER: I ate Christmas dinner with 2 Olympic gold medalists! Jessie Diggins and Connie Carpenter-Phinney.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach
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