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Last stop weekend photos at Craftsbury Outdoor Center: Daisy and Johannes cross country ski in warm temps and soft snow (photo 1). Selfie of Jake and Helen (photo 2) Daisy and Johannes hitch a cross country ski ride with Oliver and Eric (photo 3). Photo Credits: Jake and Helen Hollenbach.

We're back for the third and final part of our winter adventure to ski all 23 of the cross country ski areas in Vermont!

To recap from Tour De Hollenbach Part 1 and Part 2:
Helen, 3 year old Johannes and I started a winter 2021/22 adventure to ski all 23 of the cross country ski areas that are part of the Ski Vermont reciprocal pass program. If you get a season pass at any participating area you can get one free day ticket at every other ski area.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Ski Rack Inc. is delighted to announce a new partnership with U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Ski Rack Inc. supplied U.S. Ski and Snowboard with a Wintersteiger Race NC tuning machine that will be the foundation for the first ever proprietary, European-based ski grinding program for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Team.

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Hollenbach family ski at Wild Wings (photo 1). Selfie of Jake, Johannes and Helen in front of Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center sign (photo 2) Jake leans his Fischer skis against a Nordic Map at Stratton Mountain Nordic (photo 3). Photo Credit: Jake and Helen Hollenbach.

We're back for part 2 of our winter adventure to ski all 23 of the cross country ski areas in Vermont!

To recap from Tour De Hollenbach Part 1: Helen, 3 year old Johannes and I started a winter 2021/22 adventure to ski all 23 of the cross country ski areas that are part of the Ski Vermont reciprocal pass program. If you get a season pass at any participating area you can get one free day ticket at every other ski area.

In partnership with Fischer and Skirack, we present Tour De Hollenbach - Stops 8 through 15: Blueberry Lake Cross Country, Ole’s Cross Country Center, Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Mountain Meadows, Wild Wings Ski Touring Center, Viking Nordic Center, Stratton Mountain Nordic Center, and Prospect Mountain Ski Area.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing By Jake Hollenbach

Helen and 3 year old Johannes cross country ski on the

Helen, 3 year old Johannes and I started a winter 2021/22 adventure to ski all 23 of the cross country ski areas that are part of the Ski Vermont reciprocal pass program. If you get a season pass at any participating area you can get one free day ticket at every other ski area. For us it is an underutilized perk that we’re going to try to maximize this winter, and it will motivate us to get out for some local adventuring.

In partnership with Fischer and Skirack, we present Tour De Hollenbach: Stops 1 through 7: Sleepy Hollow Inn, Camel’s Hump Nordic, Memphremagog Trails, Jay Peak Resort, Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Trapp Family Lodge and Rikert Nordic Center.

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1 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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Tuning your skis or snowboard: what can you do at home and when is it time to come into the shop? Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge

Temperatures are dropping, the snow is flying, and you realize that ski season is just around the corner. As you lay your equipment out, filled with anticipation, you notice some rust on the ski/boards edges. Upon further inspection, the bases also have some discoloration and are scratched. Retrospectively, maybe that spring skiing base depth wasn’t very deep. There were just a few rocks, right? We've all been there with our gear so let’s talk about ways to ensure your equipment is ready for the season, focusing on what you can do at home and when it's time to come into the shop.

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Downhill skiing with kids can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Photo Credit: Rossignol.

Outdoor activities with kids in any weather can be challenging but also very rewarding. Cold, snow, rain, and wind can add another element to the mix. No matter the age of your kiddo, follow these general tips for a most positive outdoor experience. This article is focused on downhill skiing and snowboarding, but these tips can be applied to any cold weather activity. Our mission is to inspire a lifetime of outdoor activity and starting them off right is the best way to instill a love of nature at an early age.

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Winter sports gear (more specifically for backcountry skiing or backyard exploration) has been in demand like never before. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

The Popularity of Cross Country Skiing + Backcountry Snowsports

Last winter, the outdoor community saw an unprecedented surge in winter outdoor activities. Between travel and ski resort restrictions, more people discovered or rediscovered snowsports as a way to get out of the house, get back into shape, or socialize while enjoying the outdoors.

As a direct result of this popularity, winter gear has been in demand like never before. Last winter, touring and backcountry cross country skis and equipment sold out, with few or no options for our buyers to reorder. We also saw an uptick for backcountry gear and snowshoes. Indoor bike trainers also increased in popularity as people preferred the flexibility of riding at home with their friends virtually. More recently, running shoes and clothing have seen supply issues due to production and shipping delays.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. We’re still experiencing the same demand and supply issues with finding a bike.

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5 Reasons to Cross Country Ski

Feb 4, 2021 11:04:31 AM

Cooper skiing at Sleepy Hollow Ski Center, Vermont. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Cross country, also known as Nordic, skiing is a fantastic sport to pass what can be a dreary, cold, and long winter. Instead of waiting patiently on the spin bike or treadmill dreaming of those sunny spring days that could be months away, just grab a pair of skis, poles and boots and hit the snowy woods, mountains, and valleys!

Cross country skiing has is a surefire way to improve your cardio fitness as well as full-body physical strength, as well as increase your mental resilience during activity. The stimulation of full-body coordination and elevated heart rate will also help increase your mood, promote healthy metabolism, and give yourself an appreciation of winter, nature, and your body that you may not have had before.

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Comments | Posted in News Cross Country Skiing Expert Tips By Ben Lustgarten

Doug Stewart fits a downhill ski boot. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

Ask any veteran skier if their ski boots are important, or if they affect their skiing, I would not be surprised if most said “yeah, of course.” As someone who has spent my entire life on skis and the last few decades helping people ski better, I’m here to make sure you understand just how important your boots are to your ski day.

Based on this idea, I repeatedly tell customers, your boots are 10 times more important than your skis. This also applies to cross country skiing and snowboarding. Our goal is to get you in the right gear the first time around.

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