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Spring offers long days and often some of the best adventures. Photo: Christian Witting
Spring offers long days and often some of the best adventures. Photo: Christian Witting

Spring offers long days and often some of the best adventures. Photo: Christian Witting

Spring is here, days are long and here is how to make the most of it.

Whether your goal is to become a World Cup skier, race a ski marathon or just enjoy the activity with friends and family, spring is the perfect time to log hours on snow.

Sandra Alise Lyngstad, who is one of the coaches at the NTG Ski Academy in Lillehammer (NOR), shares her best spring skiing tips.

Hint: What is great for aspiring juniors, is also beneficial for masters and recreation skiers, and can easily be adapted to fit your skill level and ambitions. Every hour you ski in the spring is money in the bank for the next season in terms of development and progress.

Lyngstad points out that she has three main goals for her athletes in the spring: Volume, technique and passion/enjoyment.

To achieve the first, it’s as simple as skiing a lot. With longer days, warmer temperatures and generally still plenty of snow coverage in the hills and the mountains, spring is the perfect time to log lots of hours on snow.

Check out the best tools for the season:  Gear up for spring skiing 

Technique
Technique work is much like any other time of the season: put in time to ski without poles, focus on gliding as long as possible on each ski, work on your weight transfer and balance, and pay attention to maintain good form throughout the workout.

Furthermore, spring skiing comes with a bonus: that sloppy, wet snow and washed-out tracks help prepare you for handling any kind of conditions.

And then there is crust skiing. Those early mornings with perfect, even crust that allows you to cruise anywhere regardless of trails and grooming. It’s certainly worth getting up early for.

“Get out in all kinds of conditions, whether it’s classic skiing on klister or skins, or crust cruising on skate skis. Keep your mind on technique at all times,” Lyngstad says.

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Crust skiing in the spring offers both technique training as well as pure enjoyment. Photo: NTG Lillehammer

Crust skiing in the spring offers both technique training as well as pure enjoyment. Photo: NTG Lillehammer

Passion and joy
Enjoyment is all about collecting those good, fun memories that will fuel you through the long dryland hours in the fall, and carry you through the tough winter workouts in the cold and dark.

“At NTG Lillehammer, we make sure we schedule plenty of just easy cruising in the spring. These are longer workouts where we don’t carry a heart rate monitor and don’t focus on structured intervals. These workouts are about skiing with friends, skiing in terrain that’s not always accessible during the winter season, and simply nurturing that passion for skiing,” Lyngstad says.

“Very few of us become World Cup skiers and Olympians, but we can all ski for a lifetime. Regardless of whether you end up with medals, the passion for skiing has to be the foundation,” she points out.

Spring is also the time for summit bids and backcountry touring. While beefier skis and sturdier equipment is necessary for the more hardcore backcountry adventures, you don’t need a lot of gear to head for the hills.

“Use the skis you have, whether it’s touring skis, alpine touring skis, back-country skis or even your normal classic skis. Just get out there and try something new,” Lyngstad suggests.

These are some of Lyngstad’s favorite spring skiing sessions:
Summit bids and backcountry skiing
– companionship, adventures, adrenalin, strength training, volume, balance and technique work all in one package.
Skating on the early morning crust – discover the area as Mother Nature wakes up, volume, technique and pure enjoyment
Ski play – try your favorite games such as tag, obstacle course, jumping, parallel slalom, trick skiing, dancing…. Your imagination is the only limit. No matter what you choose it will deliver a lot of bang for the effort: intensity, balance, technique, ski feel – and lots of laughs and good times.

Happy trails!

Do not forget to enjoy. Photo: Inge Scheve

Do not forget to enjoy. Photo: Inge Scheve

 

Spring skiing with the best

Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch
Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch

Spring brings some of the best skiing of the whole season. Photo: Kent Murdoch

What do the best skiers in the world do in the spring?

Reigning Junior World Champion Marte Mæhlum Johansen (NOR) shares her favorite spring workouts.

“My favorite spring workout is either the last real race of the season where you just dig into your last resources after a long race season. After that last race, you feel so perfectly ready for off-season. I also love long crust cruising tours in the mountains where you feel that the sun warms your face,” Johansen says.

This weekend, Johansen will race the final Norwegian Cup races of the season and the second part of the Norwegian National Championships. After that, she plans on entering some more races and fun events, depending on her schedule.

“I try to stretch the ski season as long as possible. So after the race season is over, I just go out and cruise in the mountains, and the entire month of April is generally really good. But after the race season, I don’t have a set training program. I just ski a lot and just do whatever sounds good,” Johansen says, adding that the 2017-18 ski season formally starts on May 1.

“We start the basic training for the next season in May, but where I live, we often have skiing far into May as well, and I don’t put away the skis until all the snow is gone,” she says.

“Sjusjøen is my absolutely favorite place to ski from early fall and well into May, but its also one of the best places for dryland training. I feel really lucky to live here.”

Bonus: Every kilometer logged on snow this spring contributes to build a solid foundation for future seasons.

Marte Mæhlum Johansen won the skiathlon at the FIS Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, USA, in February. Photo: Madshus

Marte Mæhlum Johansen won the skiathlon at the FIS Junior World Championships in Soldier Hollow, USA, in February. Photo: Madshus

Time to Play

Spring skiing at Beitostoelen. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus
Spring skiing at Beitostoelen. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus

Spring skiing at Beitostoelen. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus

Some of the best skiing is yet to be had this season! Are you ready?

With longer days, lots of sunshine and a whole season’s worth of accumulated snow pack, now is the time to head up high and take advantage of your fitness and technique base!

Spring can bring about some of the best skiing of the year. Benefit from early morning crust skiing: cover some serious distance just cruising across the gift of the night frost. Skate or classic – your choice! Or, if you’re lucky enough to have consistent grooming in the late season, make sure to take advantage of the last tracks.

However, the combination of cold nights and long sunny days can also offer some of the most challenging waxing conditions for classic skiing. But instead of tinkering with klisters and soft wax, which tend to ice up if you hit fresh powder or drifted snow, try the new Madshus Intelligrip skin ski concept. Choose between the skin ski model Terrasonic Intelligrip Base, which comes with a mohair/nylon skin in the kick zone and ready for any track or trail right from the box, or the removable Intelligrip skins. Unlike traditional removable skins, Madshus Intelligrip fits any ski, from the skinniest race skis to fat backcountry boards.

Madshus new skin concept is the most versatile skins known to man, offering grip and glide you’ve never experienced on skins before.

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The new Madshus Terrasonic IntelliGrip Classic ski features a brand new, innovative skin made from mohair and nylon in the kick zone, eliminating the need for traditional kick wax while still maintaining exceptional glide - and makes classic skiing easy as pie.

The new Madshus Terrasonic IntelliGrip Classic ski features a brand new, innovative skin made from mohair and nylon in the kick zone, eliminating the need for traditional kick wax while still maintaining exceptional glide – and makes classic skiing easy as pie.

The exceptional performance is the result of combining mohair in the kick zone for grip and polyethylene, which is the same material used in the Madshus racing bases. This not only secures unmatched glide, but also helps avoid icing, a common problem with traditional skins.

The whole setup is so small it easily fits in your pocket, a drinking belt or a daypack. Madshus Intelligrip are easy to put on whenever they are needed, and work both on groomed trails as well as in the backcountry. And they can even be applied on top of grip wax! How smooth is that?

Madshus Intelligrip fits perfectly in your pocket when not in use. Photo: Madshus.com

Madshus Intelligrip fits perfectly in your pocket when not in use. Photo: Madshus.com

 

Spring: The Best of the Season

Spring is a great time for exploring terrain that might not be open other times o the year, such as Ottlaugkampen in Rendalen, Norway. Photo: Inge Scheve
Spring is a great time for exploring terrain that might not be open other times o the year, such as Ottlaugkampen in Rendalen, Norway. Photo: Inge Scheve

Spring is a great time for exploring terrain that might not be open other times o the year, such as Ottlaugkampen in Rendalen, Norway. Photo: Inge Scheve

Long days, lots of sunshine and a whole season’s worth of accumulated snow pack can bring some of the best skiing – time to explore!

Head for the hills and the mountains, and roam terrain that might not be open other times of the year. Spring offers some of the most magnificent skiing opportunities.

But the combination of cold nights and long sunny days can also offer some of the most challenging waxing conditions. Enter Madshus Intelligrip, the most versatile skins known to man: monster grip and glide you’ve never experienced on skins before.

And unlike traditional skins, Madshus Intelligrip fits any ski, from the skinniest race skis to fat backcountry boards.

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Madshus Intelligrip fits skinny racing skis as well as traditional backcountry skis. Photo: Madshus.com

Madshus Intelligrip fits skinny racing skis as well as traditional backcountry skis. Photo: Madshus.com

Madshus Intelligrip fits perfectly in your pocket when not in use. Photo: Madshus.com

Madshus Intelligrip fits perfectly in your pocket when not in use. Photo: Madshus.com

The exceptional performance is the result of combining mohair in the kick zone for grip and polyethylene, which is the same material used in the Madshus racing bases. This also helps avoid icing, a common problem with traditional skins.

The whole setup is so small it easily fits in your pocket, a drinking belt or a daypack. Madshus Intelligrip are easy to put on whenever they are needed, and work both on groomed trails as well as in the backcountry. And they can even be applied on top of grip wax! How smooth is that?

Spring: The Best Part of the Entire Ski Season

Spring skiing can offer some of the best experiences, but also varying conditions as the sun warms the snow from crusty to slushy. Photo: Inge Scheve

 

Long days, lots of sunshine and a whole season’s worth of accumulated snow pack can bring some of the best skiing. But cold nights and long sunny days can also offer some of the most challenging waxing conditions. Enter Madshus Intelligrip, the most versatile skins known to man: monster grip and glide you’ve never experienced on skins before.

 

And unlike traditional skins, Madshus Intelligrip fits any ski, from the skinniest race skis to fat back country boards.

 

The exceptional performance is the result of combining mohair in the kick zone for grip and polyethylene, which is the same material used in the Madshus racing bases. This also helps avoid icing, a common problem with traditional skins.

 

The whole setup is so small it easily fits in your pocket, a drinking belt or a daypack. Madshus Intelligrip are easy to put on whenever they are needed, and work both on groomed trails as well as in the back country. And they can even be applied on top of grip wax! How smooth is that?

 

Madshus Intelligrip skins turn challenging wax conditions into a breeze with just a few simple grips. Photo: Madshus

 

Madshus Intelligrip skins – a whole new way to do skins, and rolls up to fist size for easy storage. Photo: Madshus

 

Madshus Intelligrip skins are so small they easily pack into a fannypack or a pocket. Perfect grip, unmatched glide, for all kinds of skis. Photo: Madshus

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