Rolling Into May

Ancient Norwegian folklore: when the dandelions come out, the roller skis come out.  When you just hate to say goodbye to the last ski season and you're already excited for the next one, roller skiing is a great way to hang onto the ski fitness, proprioception, balance, and technique you gained over the previous year. So, technique.  No surprise; it turns out there are a couple of schools of thought about roller skiing.  The most widely accepted, followed by many skiers both local and international, focuses on long distance, miles and miles of easy double poling or skating.  The other school, espoused by some big names who know what they're talking about, is that long easy roller skiing messes with your technique; you're better off using hiking/trail running/biking as your long distance workout and using your roller skis for shorter, harder, more explosive workouts. Whichever method you prefer -- long slow distance, short hard intensity, or a combination -- Seattle and the

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

It's no surprise to anyone who spent any time at the Pass this year; there was a LOT of snow!  It made for terrific skiing, but it also meant super-groomer Nick spent a lot of time whipping it into shape, and the grooming budget ran dry by the middle of March.  It would have really been a shame to have to stop groomed skiing with all that delicious snow still on the ground, so Kongsbergers partnered with a local nonprofit to set up a go-fund-me type donation system that brought in enough money to extend Nick's grooming until the end of March.  BIG thank you to everyone who contributed! (Rune's photo) But there was still plenty of snow, and plenty of skiers wanting to ski, so Kongsbergers stepped up again and, along with a contribution from one of our sponsors, paid for Nick to continue grooming for the first two weekends of April.  Skiing in April is just a treat, and evidently a lot of people thought so, as evidenced by the parking lot one Saturday in April! (Rune's ph