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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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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

A Basic Guide to Cross Country Ski Waxing

Ski wax is an integral part of modern cross country skiing. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. There are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

Here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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Join Skirack at Craftsbury Outdoor Center's Cross Country Ski DemoJoin Skirack Nordic Fit Specialists for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center annual On Snow Expo.

Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9th: 9 AM - 4 PM

Craftsbury Outdoor Center

535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 

We will have FREE Skate and Waxless / Skin Classic Ski demos from Fischer, Rossignol, Salomon, & more!
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Dressing in Layers for Outdoor Comfort

Spending time outdoors is a big part of the lifestyle of many Vermonters, and dressing to stay comfortable during changing weather and activity levels is important if you want to get out there and have fun doing it.

Luckily, there are many trusted and well established gear brands that offer everything you need to be comfortable doing whatever you like to do outside.

Deciding what outdoor clothing you need and how to use it can be as complex as you want to make it, but if you start by learning to dress in layers, then you are well on your way to outdoor comfort.

The following tips on layering will help you make the most of what you already own and make better decisions about the new gear that will make your adventures even more fun.

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On Friday, August 10th, NENSA and SKIRACK partnered for an incredible NASTAR style 100m Rollerski Sprint Challenge event! The event was held at Leddy Park in Burlington, Vermont and open to the public.

Participants were able to test their speed against Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m cross country ski sprint world champion from Norway on a pair of Swenor rollerskis.

After the Rollerski Callenge, an autograph session was held at Skirack and an after party at Skinny Pancake.

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Rollerski Sprint Challenge with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen on August 10th

Join NENSA and SKIRACK for a NASTAR style Rollerski Sprint with Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, 100m ski sprint world champion.

Test your speed against Luddeyo on a pair of Swenor rollerskis just like Ludvig Søgnen Jensen uses!


Rollerski Sprint Challenge at Leddy Park: 3 PM - 5 PM
Skiers must bring boots, poles and helmet.
Registration and signed waiver also required.

Autograph Session at Skirack: 5:30-6:30pm

Live Music & Food at Skinny Pancake: 7pm

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Darn Tough Sock Spring Sale Through May 28

Now through May 28, take 25% OFF All Darn Tough Socks!

This includes socks for running, hiking, biking, hunting, lifestyle, and more!

Shop in store or online at Skirack or Vermont Trailwear*.

*Vermont Trailwear: 2653 Waterbury-Stowe Road, Waterbury, VT

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Waxing 101: A Guide to Simple and Affordable Cross Country Ski Performance and Maintenance

Since the beginning of cross country skiing, there have been waxes. Wax improves the performance of skis and maintains the health of ski bases. Now, there are hundreds of wax options to maximize performance in different snow types and temperatures. For the beginner, however, starting a collection of waxes can seem like a confusing and expensive process.

With the recent snow fall and spring conditions, here is a very basic guide to help you find the most affordable, effective, and easy to use waxes. 

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