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  • Making The Tour: Back to cross-country ski basics
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  • Making The Tour: Back to cross-country ski basics

    Back in the early 1970s when the cross-country skiing really began to make an impact on America's winter sports scene, the only way to ski was to make your own tracks. Skiers made them anywhere there was enough snow to open skiing along marked hiking trails. Machine groomed trails were, well, not even considered. That is until Johannes von Trapp of the Sound of Music family fame saw some groomed trails in Norway and brought the idea to the states. Eventually he began setting snowmobile-groomed tracks to his Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. These early groomers were a bit rough but it didn't take long for the groomed grooves idea to catch on and the sportto become highly machine reliant.
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