Monday, January 18, 2021

Man vs. Machine: Is a Handheld Edger Right For You?

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New ski-tuning tools are becoming a staple in the ski racing world.

Starting The Season With a Stone-Grind

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Your skis may need more prep work than you think before hitting the snow. Here are some signs you may need a stone grind.

Flat, Flat, Flat

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Backshop contributor, Matt Schiller, describes a less-is-more approach to boot set ups for elite skiers.

Backshop: How to Put Your Skis Away for the Summer

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Don't leave your skis out in the cold; use this easy seven-step guide to care for your skis between seasons.

Despite FIS delay, US Ski & Snowboard’s fluorocarbon ban remains for 2020-21

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Earlier this month, FIS announced a postponement of its ban on fluorinated waxes until the start of the 2021-22 season, beginning on July 1,...

Backshop: 5 Mistakes You’re Making with Boots

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Bootfitting pros tell juniors and parents what they are doing wrong and how to make it right.

Wax Buying 101

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With an easy formula and by looking ahead at where you'll be skiing this season, Backshop contributor, Graham Lonetto, helps you figure out all your waxing needs.

Make the Most of Your Mount

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How to really set up your bindings for speed and stability.

Do Top Racers Use Footbeds?

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the insert between your foot and boot liner.

5 Ways to Keep Feet Warm in Race Boots

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Being a ski racer doesn't mean your feet have to freeze.

Finding the Boot Whisperer

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Every great ski racer relies on a professional fitter, and you should too.

Deal or No Deal: What it means to be ‘sponsored’

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The skinny on sponsorships from equipment manufacturers.

5 Last-Minute Fixes for Race Boots

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There's still time to fix your poorly-fitting boots before championship races.

Backshop: 5 Simple Steps for Fast Skis

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Get max speed for minimum effort with this novel approach.

Cold Feet About Race Boots?

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Five simple tips to keep the piggies warm and happy.

Backshop: Summer is the Sweet Spot to Test Equipment

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With the competitive season well in the books, now is a great time to test equipment. Here's how.

Backshop: Hot Scraping Tips for Spring Skis

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If you scratch your head as to when, why, how, or even IF you need to hot scrape, read on to get the lowdown on this often misunderstood process.

After travel ban, US scrambled to bring home 120 athletes, coaches

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After the travel ban, what did it take to bring home 120 U.S. athletes and staff earlier this month?

Backshop: Nine Steps For Late-Season Success

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How to get your equipment dialed for a faster final push this season.

Summer Ski Wax Recommendations from the Pros

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Top wax brands share the best products to put in your tuning box this summer.

BACKSHOP: Are Your Skis as Ready as You Are?

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After a season of getting everything ready for racing, make sure your new skis are as finely tuned as you are.

3 Winning Fixes for Skis and Bindings

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Here’s where you might be losing speed, and how you can get it back.

Backshop: All About That Base

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What to do when you damage the base of your skis.

The World’s Greatest Ski Tuner

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Blake Lewis looks back on 1984, Bill Johnson and a lifetime of tech work.
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