It's Thanksgiving Week, and the forecast includes snow for the Upper Peninsula, which means we should all be able to hit the trails soon. More than likely the first stop will likely be ABR near Ironwood, Michigan. Given my excitement over the impending snow, I give you my Nordic Ski Review for this year including my first ever Northstar Nerd Fashion Show!
While you might find the idea of a fashion show crazy, given the HUGE difficulty I had finding some "retro" ski wear this Fall, I want to insure my readers don't have the same difficulties! As always, it's important to point out that the NorthstarNerd never takes money to review any product. Good or bad, my opinions are my own.
(Make certain you see my Nordic Skiing Section of this site with a custom X-Ski Search Engine, Garmin measured ski trail distances ... and more via MinnSki)
Trails:SkinnySki.Com (North Central States / Western Ontario)
commentary: I'm a paying member of SkinnySki.Com. If you are from Minnesota, please consider support for Bruce Adelsman's site. He does a great job.
And now ... what you've all been waiting for ...
1st Annual Northstar Nerd Nordic Skiing Fashion Show!
In this show I will review ... (scroll down for the embedded video .. both videos require a YouTube connection to work properly. The fashion show will display w/o a YouTube connection, but you won't hear the yodeling!)
- Bjorn Daehlie Ski Wear (found at almost any ski shop)
- Cross Country Skiing Men's Knickers (via the Sportsman Guide)
- Cross Country Skiing Men's Knee Socks (via Bergland Trachten)
- Cross-Country Skiing Race Uniform (via Exos Medical)
commentary: Thanks to Exos Medical who rescued my racing season last year when I broke my thumb and tore a ligament during a bad Fall, I am now outfitted in the latest racing uniform.
- Skis! (via Oregon Mountain Community)
commentary: Due to my own stupidity and a dishonest person, I had some skis stolen at the end of last ski season. After a very hard 25k workout, I entered the warming house to get some water. Still being tired, I went to my car and left my skis in the rack next to the chalet. When I returned later ... my skis were gone. Thus, this year I will be skiing on two new pairs of Atomic Classic Skis (Pro Classic for training and Pro Race Classic for races)
Thus ... without further adieu ... Happy Holidays from the Northstar Nerd!
Nordic Fashion Show on PhotoPeach
Retro Cross-Country Skiing Roots!
Finally, if you really enjoy cross-country skiing and the retro look, visit Wood N Skis! You'll find great commentary, instructions on how to pine tar your skis, wood skis for sale ... and this great video on visiting the birthplace of cross-country skiing ... and guess what, it's not Norway! You'll be visiting the Altai Mountains in central Asia (China).