Explanations like this are what brought me to XC Ski Nation in the first place. I’ve never seen clearer explanations for many of the things you present here, and I’ve always found them to be extremely valuable for my own technique progression!!
I've enjoyed using the site this ski season, technique definitely feels significantly better. Fitness may be a different story for the Birkie, but I know I'm going to look at least look better going slow than I did last year.
XC Ski Nation videos/tutorials helped me achieve my Olympic dream - I've watched them all numerous times. (Kequyen qualified for the Pyeongchang Olympics for Portugal!!!)
I appreciate your site and have found the content really helpful. Frankly it's just got kind of a cool and friendly vibe, which I also enjoy. It's nice to subscribe to something on the internet that isn't completely impersonal. 🙂
Your website provides the latest thinking on technique that is based on high calibre racing and training. Your nuanced discussions shed light on questions that I have thought of or struggled with.
Much of the instruction that I receive is characterized by absolutes or platitudes. In contrast, your website provides more depth and detail. Keep up the good work!
The degree of detail in the instructional videos is far undersold. The nuances revealed in the videos would never be realized by watching YouTube videos.
Your content has been so helpful already. As a person two years into the journey of learning xc skiing and a schedule that doesn’t allow in person training, this is perfect. In fact, I wouldn’t do in person training given the quality and clarity of your coaching.
Thanks for making XC Ski Nation a reality. Well done! The trial is a superb means of showcasing your excellent program. Look forward to using your program over this and future seasons.
The XC Ski Nation crew has done a tremendous job on this website. I’m so grateful for the careful attention, effort and time they put into everything. I’m grateful for everything - from the demos, lectures on healthy movement, drills, the blog... everything is thorough and of excellent quality. You have such a wonderful gift for breaking things down and explaining them!
Thanks so very much!
XC Ski Nation has exceeded my expectations. First, I love the personalities of the coaches. The sincerity, knowledge and willingness to reframe and explore what really works on snow is refreshing.
Second, I actually have learned something that has helped me to a breakthrough in my skiing. It may have been a subtle turn of phrase, but that different perspective gave me that "ah ha" moment. Thank you.
Even if I learn nothing more, every penny has been worth it, and I will recommend you to my fellow coaches and athletes.
XC Ski Nation rocks!
I really like your website. I'm a PSIA level 3 instructor, USSA level 100 certified coach. I find your video analysis and teaching explanations so helpful to my own development as a skier and an instructor.
What a wonderful job you guys are doing . I have used at least 90% of all Dryland skills, drills , etc..... My team is totally benefiting from all your expertise. Keep up the good work!
Many thanks to all for your work: an amazingly energetic concept that was professionally executed and very helpful. In the Methow Valley we have access to excellent personal coaching, but not to videos that can match your work. Having the opportunity to review, and review, and review again the movement patterns with your lucid commentary is priceless. On a personal level, something that has opened my eyes has been the discussion of...
I just want to thank you for your courses which have had a major impact on my skiing this year. I have improved a great deal, especially at higher speeds and in feeling comfortable. Also I am almost parallel skiing and get some strange looks from the ski lift operators when I turn up at the lift in my XC skis! Great fun and all ready I am looking forward to winter of next year.
Great job on the website and presentations/videos.....I think they're the best on the web at this time.
It is amazing how much I have learned about technical skiing compared to when I first started skiing. The thing you guys did was give me so much valuable information in such a short period of time that I feel like I learned everything that I needed to know about the technical aspect of Nordic skiing - more than I learned in my nearly 20 years of cross-country skiing experience.
If XC Ski Nation had existed 20 years ago, my gosh, I would definitely have many races under my belt and I probably would be teaching skiing at the local ski center. I feel that this site will get me where I want to be much sooner than I thought possible. You have helped me a lot and I look forward to continuing to learn more and more from everyone and everything on this site into the future.
You have put a huge amount of thought, work and time into XC Ski Nation! I enjoy every aspect of it, however if I had to choose just one item as my very favorite it would be the high quality video clips of Olivia and Ivan.
I recently did a classic video session with my group of older masters women, and to start with played them the clips of Ivan and Olivia. They were hugely inspired, especially by Olivia (being women, after all) and since that day they keep mentioning "Olivia" while they are out skiing. She has become their mantra! We are doing a skate analysis tomorrow and I will do the same thing with the skate clips. I am promoting XCSkiNation as something they should invest in for next year.
The site has also been like a companion for me, as I no longer coach within a club setting. It's lovely having fresh ideas and new twists on technique drills, a welcome change from those sometimes stale, overworked and poorly understood drills. A big thanks!
Is my XC Ski Nation membership helping me get results? Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes! I came to the website as a novice and am already passing people on the trail.
I've been working on skating technique two seasons now. Your website make me understand so much more than before. I've improved a lot in just two weeks, and it makes skiing much more fun. Thank you!
I've just started out on this skate skiing adventure and am loving how you demonstrate the technique for me to apply to my first steps (as it were!). So far, I've found that I need to improve my balance and trust in myself to shift my weight fully onto the ski. Your drills and courses are really helping! And those rare times that the satisfying glide actually happens have me hooked!
Because I'm learning balance, I've really been appreciating that you talk about body position/where you feel your weight during each phase of the stride. Although I haven't fully incorporated the pull yet, your description of potential energy combined with the "one skate dance" drill has me well-prepared to take that next step. Thank you!
I subscribed to the XC Ski Nation after reviewing many of their videos last year as I began my journey as a ski coach at a public middle/high school in Vermont. I was always an avid skier but never really studied the technique enough to give others feedback on their technique. The videos last year helped me be a better skier and coach.
Belonging to the XC Ski Nation however this year has taken my ability to help the skiers on my team to another level. The courses on technique are very thorough and use footage of skiers during the teaching and analysis. Recently we have been able to review analysis of members ski videos which has been very helpful to me as a coach.
The community forum part of the site has also been very interesting and informative as skiers discuss all topics relating to Nordic skiing. I am not the most fluent technology user and the site has been very comfortable for me to use. A fantastic resource for anyone interested in Nordic skiing.
I'm the head coach for a small ski club (approx. 160 members.) I joined up XC Ski Nation and wasn't quite sure what to expect, but was hoping it could be a tool for coaching. In reality it is more than a tool; now that I've played around on the site for a month and a bit, I am very pleased to say it is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in cross country skiing.
Some aspects I really appreciate- the video tutorials, the short video snips of Ivan and Olivia. The opportunity to have technique analyzed (though I haven't submitted one yet). I love this sport and that there are so many opportunities to learn. The membership fee is well worth it.
Participants have an opportunity to send in a video of themselves skiing to receive feedback. All subscribers have an opportunity to hear the constructive comments ( not demoralizing). Being able to compare/contrast their style with National team members to emphasize a specific teaching point is valuable for the learner.
I am receiving what I hoped to get out of the site when I registered. Informative technical information, you have the opportunity to ask questions for clarification and/or debate. Well worth the subscription.
I feel like I have my own personal coach anywhere I go to ski! I am currently at Silverstar, BC for a week and have been watching a lesson each morning before going out for a ski. I love it!!
The attention to detail is very helpful in the explanations. One extra I'd like to see, and I'm sure it will be coming soon, are short clips of different drills to practice when we are out skiing.
I recommend this site for anyone who wants to become more efficient on skis. The coaches are extremely knowledgable and up to date on the latest trends in skiing.
Cross country skiing is very technical and XC Nation is providing the latest information and analysis from a great team! I enjoy and benefit from the weekly updates and like watching the videos! Thanks!
Excellent videos brilliantly presented.... the informative content is having me look at my ski technique thru fresh eyes. Please keep it coming!!
I am constantly logging onto your site and reading everything posted. I teach both skate and classic to beginners and early intermediate skiers. I gain a lot of positive input from the site that I directly apply to my teaching. I must have played and replayed each of your instructional videos 20-30 times, trying to hang on every word and squeeze something new each time.
I remain ever more impressed with the three of you…centred around a light-hearted and sort of casual approach to a very complicated sport, and even more complicated role of trying to explain it…the combination works really well for me. You are providing new and updated video, responding to the communications in a diligent manner.
I am entirely impressed with your remake of an earlier video. This is exactly what all instructors or students of Nordic should do. Techniques change and probably always will, and we need to be un-presumptuous and unassuming in showing that we can always improve…bravo on that!
I really like the overall approach to delivery of everything you have accomplished..incredible video, very clear, thoughtful and polite (kindness always come to mind!)..and truly expert commentary, effective use of Coach’s Eye app, which I am trying to emulate. Through the high level of thoughtfulness of the subject and audience, you have shown that you truly and deeply care about helping us enjoy and grow with this life-long sport. The only thing you could do better is keep doing what you're doing!
I have really enjoyed your videos. There are others out there on the internet, but I have not found them very helpful and felt they were always missing some key piece of information. Your instruction has been much easier to put into practice.
I started with the dry land training exercises and saw an immediate improvement in balance. I was already working on strength, flexibility, and stamina, but needed help with balance. The exercises on XC Nation are very helpful. I've only been able to ski a few times this season due to weather conditions, but I noticed a big improvement in technique. I'm looking forward to continuing improvement this year. I find the website incredibly helpful and loaded with information. I need more time to explore it, which hopefully I will have this week over the holidays. I think you're doing an amazing job, and I definitely am getting my money's worth. I love the site!
These guys make you see technical details that you don't see by yourself watching World Cup videos. After watching their offset video, I quickly realized some flaws in my technique, applied them and immediately saw massive improvement in my weekly uphill intervals.
I have access to quite a number of certified instructors and coaches, but your program fills a niche that they don't. Your videos, your top-drawer models, and your insightful and nuanced discussions have a lasting impact. In this format I can watch the segments over and over: then, they're in my head when I ski. I sensed from your early, introductory segments that this was going to be good. You've already exceeded my expectations.
The key to improvement is my studying your site each day.
I've used the site's expert advice and resources to improve my skiing performance, enjoyment and training. Your site is currently exceeding my needs.
Your tips will really help my own skiing as well as give me ideas for others. Looking forward to further content and progress!
XC Ski Nation has already helped me get results! I found the in depth coverage of the ski technics extremely useful! The technic analysis of some XC Ski Nation members on video even though not done on myself gave me so such information on what to work on to improve!
The technique analyses at XCSN cover high level fundamentals that resulted in practical improvements to my efficiency. Even though I have gathered a lot of tricks and feelings through my 35 years of skiing experience, this recent viewing has really helped me putting the pieces together.
To my knowledge there is no equivalent site giving access to such in-depth analysis of XC ski technique, and oriented towards practical improvements.
Material is thoughtful and provocative. Tutorials and critiques with Chris are great. Technique demos and explanations are great. Keep em coming!
I really like how you are spending time on the technical aspects of the various nordic techniques. It makes me much more aware of such things as body position, poling technique, etc. To early to say I am getting results that are permanent but clearly getting better results when the focus is there. I also like the use of the tablet with lines, etc. to show body positions. Very helpful. Finally, appreciate your keeping up on the advancements in technique. Keep up the good work. I have recommended the site to many of my Nord buddies.
I really enjoy the deconstruction of technique. The description of how to do things and what I need to be aware of is excellent.