Monday, January 18, 2021

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,...

Factory Service Explained by World Cup Winner Travis Ganong

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What it means to have the highest level of equipment support on the World Cup circuit.

Make the Most of Your Mount

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

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.

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.

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.

Flat, Flat, Flat

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

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.

Your Straight/Forward Guide To Boot Cuff Alignment

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The what, why, and how of achieving the important angles you might be missing to maximize performance.

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.

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.

Finding the Boot Whisperer

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

Backshop: Goodnight Tune

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How to put your skis to bed for the summer.

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?

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

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The skinny on sponsorships from equipment manufacturers.

Summer sessions: How to test skis at Mt. Hood this year

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Armed with this information and our interactive map, navigating the Mt. Hood testing scene will be a piece of cake even for novices.

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.

Backshop: Can Your Gear Last Another Season?

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Between equipment, tools, wax, races and coaching, there’s no question that ski racing is an expensive sport.

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.

Backshop: The 6 Habits of Highly Successful Techs

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Tips and tricks for consistent success.

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: 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.

The World’s Greatest Ski Tuner

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

Backshop: A Winning Workshop for the Road

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How can you set up a moveable shop while keeping expenses down? Learn from the World Cup pros who spend between 200 and 275 nights a year on the road.
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