The following is an attempt to cover some of the more common questions related to cross-country skiing in the upper Midwest...
- Rentals - This article maintains a list of the known sources of cross-country rental equipment.
- Shops - Area shops that provide knowledge cross-country staff and a full range of equipment.
- Sales/Swaps - In the fall, there are a number of ski swaps around the region, along with some of the bigger ski sales of the season.
- Classifieds - Find great deals on used, and sometimes new, equipment from skiers.
- Equipment Repairs - An outline of typical equipment issues and options for repairs, including links for local repair shops.
- Trail/Park Fees - This article maintains a list of the current trail passes and links for details and purchasing info (many passes can be purchased online).
- Trail Reports - A compilation of the latest trail reports, all submitted either by skiers themselves or the groomers.
- Request Trail Report - A quick and easy way to ask the skiing community for a new trail report.
- Submit Trail Report - Just finished skiing? Let us know what the conditions were like! And you can upload your trail photos right after you submit your report.
- Trail Listings - Browse ski trail listings broken down by sub-regions.
- Trails by location - Search for trails using a zip code or town.
- Trail listings can be filtered by lighted trails. The article Under the Lights maintains a list of the known lighted trails and links to information on candlelight skiing events
- Avoiding the Crowds - Notes on where you'll find high school meets and citizen races, schedules, and tips on backup trail systems.
- Some areas seem to have higher crime rates, including Battle Creek, Como and Wirth, but vehicle break-ins can happen anywhere. Leave your valuables at home, or take them with you skiing. Report any crime or suspicious activity promptly. Tips on preventing theft.
- Rock skis are usually an older pair of skis, ones that you really don't care if the bottoms get scratched or ruined (you will ski over rocks with them). B skis are typically a recent pair of good skis, but now are your backup skis -- you'd prefer not to damage them, but they aren't your best skis. Race skis, or your very best skis, are sometimes referred to as A skis.
- When the weather gets well above freezing, especially with rain, the trails can get very soft and if skied upon, may result in frozen ruts when the weather cools. More warm weather tips. Also try to avoid skiing behind groomers, as the groomed snow generally needs a little time to set up firm.
- Lodging section - The lodging section contains resorts and hotels that generally cater to cross-country skiing. Many have on-site ski trails.
- Racing Calendar - Full list of citizen ski races across the upper Midwest.
- High School section - Along the left column there is a list of the major high school meets.
- Racing Outlook - Contains detailed updates for events coming up in the next 7-14 days.
- Racing Calendar - The calendar will denote cancellations.
- Race Results - The race results section contains the current season by default. You can access previous seasons and different categories by using the pull-down menus in the upper right corner of the page.
- Some excellent resources on the rules/violations in a classical technique ski race:
- FIS: Understanding classical technique violations (with video examples)
- Video: Classic Ski Technique Rules and Violations
- Reviewing the FIS Classic Race Rules
- Submitting Race Results and Photos - This article provides detailed information and tips on submitting race results and photos. It also has tips on how to take better winter photographs.
- Search - You can search articles for articles. There is also a link on the front page, far left column, that goes to the search page.
- Look for the 'person' icon on the menu bar, it should be last on the menu list or far right on menu bar. Once logged in, you'll find access to all your account information (membership, classifieds, account info) under that menu section.
- Visit the trail detail page for the trail you're interested in, then turn on the checkbox for the notification type(s) you want to receive. You can turn them off this way as well. If you're having problems with the notifications, you can check your settings and run a test notification. Note: Apple does not currently support Web Push notifications on iPhone/iPad devices, sorry.
- Memberships - Yes, posting classified ads is one of the perks of a Skinnyski paid membership. Members can also set trail reporting formats, like the number of days to show and a default region.
- Paypal - Paypal provides a number of key services for us. First, they protect your credit card data -- we never receive any of your credit card details. This also protects us, as we are not responsible for tracking your credit card details (and all of the regulations involved in the storage of such data). Second, you can also pay by bank account using Paypal. Third, Paypal provides a subscription system that automatically tracks your membership, sends you reminders when it is expiring and can even automatically renew your account, if you desire. Finally, Paypal is one of the oldest, most popular transaction services on the Internet.
Note: If you can't remember your account details or forgot your password, they can help retrieve it. It is also important that you ensure your credit card information, especially the expiration date, is current in your Paypal account.
If you still don't want to use Paypal, there is a postal option for memberships
- Photo Sales - In general, many of the event photographs can be purchased. If there is no photographer credit listed on the photos, then those images were usually shot by Skinnyski and should be available for sale. If the photos were taken by someone else, we can usually put you in contact with the photographer.
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- There is a known issue with Apple's Safari web browser, apparently on older versions of the Mac OS X operating system, that causes some images to not fully load. The workaround is to use another browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Opera.
- The Skinnyski website is designed to be installed as a Progressive Web App (PWA). Typically it is installed from your mobile browser. Full install guide with screenshots.
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