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Nordic skiing in the Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Children's Services Librarian,Truckee
Lauren Shearer/Sierra Sun
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Did you know that the Tahoe area has the greatest concentration of groomed cross-country trails in North America? Did you know that Truckee High School and Alder Creek Middle School often win their league and/or state championships in Nordic skiing? One of the reasons my family moved to Truckee a decade ago was for its awesome cross country skiing opportunities. Living less than a mile away from our favorite Nordic ski center has made us very happy season pass holders every year.

While alpine skiing and snowboarding often take center stage in the Tahoe region, equal play is given to the locals’ favorite sport of cross country skiing at the Truckee Library. There are numerous books, DVDs and even a periodical subscription devoted to the sport and the perfection of both the classic and skating technique.

Our book collection includes old classics such as Marty Hall’s “One Stride Ahead.” Hall was the head coach of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team from 1968 to 1978. Don’t let the 1970s era styles fool you; his classic striding technique looks stellar. There are more than a dozen titles that bring us into the 21st century, including books that focus on skate skiing, fitness skiing, and even cross-country skiing vacations.

One of the best is “The Essential Cross-Country Skier: A Step-by-Step Guide,” deemed “the quintessential ‘how to, where to, and why to’ cross-country ski book” by Nancy Fiddler, a two-time Olympian and 14-time National Champion. Another good choice is “Cross-Country Skiing: A Complete Guide,” which includes full-color illustrated step-by-step sections on all the basics ” diagonal stride, uphill technique, learning to fall, skating and Telemark turns. New additions to our growing collection about Nordic skiing are instructional DVDs and a subscription to Cross Country Skier Magazine. The DVDs are an excellent way to help you learn or improve upon your classic or skating technique. One of the DVD sets, Unlimited: Clean Oxygen Fed Sport, includes a disc celebrating the sheer joy of Nordic skiing and its off-season counterparts, such as mountain biking and triathlon training. Explore Magazine says the film captures “skiing’s true soul.” I saw it more as Nordic’s answer to Warren Miller.

Also, check out our new subscriptions to Cross Country Skier, published quarterly, covering reviews of products and equipment, and information on training technique, touring and cross country vacations. So has all of this wealth of information made me a better skier? See you out there on the trails!

Library Hours

Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Note: Storytimes take a break during Ski-Skate Week, Feb. 16 – 20, 2009

Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:30 a.m. (ages 2 to 3 years)

Babes in Bookland on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 months to 2 years)

Storytelling with Mrs. Fix on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (ages 3 years and up)

Spanish Storytime on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ages 2 and up)

Bookshelf’s Dry Camp Book Club at the Library

Meets monthly at the Library. Participants at the book group meeting

will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a one-time book purchase at

the Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks. Everyone is welcome.

Now on display at the library:

Portraits by Truckee artist Raphael Jolly

Above the Fireplace: Sand Harbor in oils by Linda D’Toole


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