New Wave Nordic Skiing by Jeff Potter
Paperback, 172 pages, 7.5 x 9"
*Why a New Ski Book?
...Because winter has too many haters. And people don't know the
truth about XC skiing. The problem is misinformation about both! This
book fixes that!
If you live in snow country, this book shows you new ways to enjoy winter -- and to supercharge your XC skiing.
XC skiing is bigger and more fun than we've been told. Learn a dozen new techniques and approaches to enjoying skiing.
A big snag is that climate change is real. Most of us experience
less snow. But by using 6 tricks that I teach we can keep skiing! Low
snow skiing is a thing. We usually have a LOT more great ski days near
where we live than we think. It just takes new skills and attitude.
Grass might be green in town, but there are certain places near you that
likely have skiable snow!
Today's gear is great for learning how to ski, for ski handling and
for enjoying low snow conditions. We no longer need the deeper snow that
track-setters require because we don't need tracks for easy skiing.
...But nobody has told the world about this until this book! (Even the
makers don't sell their stuff well enough.)
The "mt-bike of skis" is the main improvement -- it's here to open
the gates to skiing all sorts of awesome ungroomed singletrack. It adds a
whole new dimension to skiing, just like mtbiking expanded the bike
The XC ski world has changed a lot: we've lost most of our retail
shops and public classes. As a result there's a ton of misinformation.
And we need to use the Web and mail-order. If you're lucky to have a
shop near you, make friends with them! But mostly it's now a grassroots
The ski industry doesn't yet know about this "mt-bike of skis" MTXC
concept. It is focused on groomed skiing. Snow is bigger than that, but
there's not enough money in it. ...Grassroots to the rescue!
This book is for newbies, for winter-haters, and for encouraging ski
experts to consider new approaches to having more fun when they think
“An essential guide to real-world skiing, the kind that most of
us enjoy more often than perfect groomed skiing at a Nordic resort.
You’ll learn why skiing singletrack trails — which you might have
previously thought of as exclusively for hiking or mountain biking — in
all kinds of conditions is a great way to get the most fun out of
winter. In his inimitable conversational style, Potter will open your
eyes to this “new wave" of XC!”
— Mike Niemi (Ann Arbor, MI)
"A great read by Nordic skiing evangelist Jeff
Potter. As Jeff notes, cross country ski racing is doing fine in the US.
But recreational cross country skiing has taken a beating. Neglect by
the ski industry, lack of snow, competition from fat bikes, the focus on
xc racing ... recreational xc skiing is not nearly as cool as it was in
the 70s and 80s. Jeff makes a good case as to why recreational cross
country skiing should be cool again.”
— Tim Kelley, former Natl Team member, Alaska