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Word From The Wax Bench...

Supporting Your Skier (and other spectating tips)

I’m not what you would call a sporty person. Unless it is a race to the nearest bookstore, baby animal, or worst possible scenario, I’m unlikely to go anywhere in a hurry. I didn’t really even attend any sporting events in my youth unless you count the Ice Capades.

When I met Chris, he was an alpine skier and coach and canoe instructor. While I  do remember becoming pretty fond of canoeing (probably because you can sit down while doing it), I can’t remember once going to one of his college ski races. I just greeted the clunky Northland College van when it arrived back on campus and helped the students pile out with all of their gear.

A few years later, Chris had taken up cross country skiing and racing. Continue reading Supporting Your Skier (and other spectating tips)

What’s in a Wave?

Elite skiers head up the powerline. Photo: Judy Krueger

Although I’ve never skied in any of the Birkie events, I’ve been involved somehow for over 20 years: as a reporter, photographer, spectator, support crew, and child wrangler. I’ve interviewed participants, watched them on the trail during the race, and listened to their stories in the shop after the events. Over the years, it has become very evident that each of the Birkie waves has a distinct personality. Have you noticed it while you were watching or as you were skiing? Continue reading What’s in a Wave?

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