Advances in skate-specific equipment match the sport's surging popularity. Here are two of the year's top systems for advanced and intermediate skiers (forget entry-level gear; you'll outgrow it fast).
Winter, On Speed
Make skate skiing part of the season's regimen and you'll start the year with fitness to spare
Speed up the learning curve with these tips from Dan Clausen, 15-year veteran of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Nordic Team and ski pro at Wisconsin's Minocqua Winter Park.
Train Like a Pro
Start training now for the season's top nordic competitions
Which versatile shell works on the slopes and around town?
Swedish freestyle skier JON OLSSON, 24, dispenses advice on international relations and the best tool for making a good kicker
Warm, Yet Cool
The latest all-mountain jackets keep you toasty on lift rides and cool on out-of-bounds hikes
The New North Star
Alberta now rivals British Columbia as Canada's best winter playground