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Who Woke Me Up?

Jon "Fast Big Dog" Schafer

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The podcast arm of nordicinsights.news, your source for North American cross-country ski news with integrity and intent. Join host Fast Big Dog as we sit down for unfiltered conversations with a wide range of people involved in and impacting nordic skiing in this country. We aim to both educate and amuse. Podcast content does not reflect the views of Nordic Insights or its advertisers.
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You had questions: about ski choice, about differences between ski brands, about what really distinguishes World Cup stock, about listed weight ranges and flex, about how to find the best skis for you, about release angles (!), about testing skis, and so much more. We have some answers for you! Tune in for a Q&A episode with Zach Caldwell, a man fo…
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Julian Robert and Jeff Courter of Rossignol are back for the second of two sponsored episodes. Would you like to know a ski manufacturer’s philosophy on factory grinds? What structure testing looks like at the World Cup level? Which is more important at the citizen-racer level, hand structure vs. ski choice? Two men who have more knowledge about fa…
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Julian Robert and Jeff Courter head up research and development at Rossignol, the longtime ski brand of podcast host Fast Big Dog. Join them to learn how ski designers work with athletes to develop skis, how to make the best use of demo days to find new skis that work for you, and their biggest tip for someone looking to buy a new pair of skis. You…
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Find out everything you need to know about ski waxing, plus many things that you didn’t know you needed to know but will benefit from now knowing, in this masterclass on waxing and ski preparation from wax tech to the stars Zach Caldwell. Kick, glide, fluoros, non-fluoros, paraffins, tools, race waxing, everyday waxing – you name it, he talks about…
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Wax tech to the stars Zach Caldwell holds forth on everything citizen racers need to know about ski selection and fleet management. Don’t have a dozen pairs of race skis? No problem. He’ll tell you what you need to prioritize. Plus a healthy dose of banter and anecdotes that will both educate and entertain.…
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Last weekend JC Schoonmaker was at the top of the ski world, going stride for stride with Klæbo en route to the first American men’s World Cup podium since Simi Hamilton. But just six weeks ago he was suffering through a low-grade virus that wouldn’t go away, and already thinking that maybe this just wasn’t his year. Join us for real talk on what’s…
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Sophia Laukli is the American who lives and trains in Norway, the nordic skiing Olympian who is also the reigning champion in international trail running, the late bloomer who didn’t start rollerskiing till age 17. She’s forged her own path in both skiing and running, finding balance along the way. Hear her speak about how she’s done it, and what o…
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Ben Ogden speaks. We listened. The brightest star in American men’s skiing is also its most interesting and its most unassuming. Want to know what advice Ogden has for young skiers? How he recalibrated his mental prep when moving from college to the World Cup? The one thing he really wants to ask Klæbo? Find all that, and more, only here. Now ft. g…
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The third and final guest in our opening series of skiers-turned-mountain-bike-racers, Carter Hall discusses getting in his cycling training while working long hours on the road as a wax tech for BSF Pro Team. Plus the advantages and disadvantages of starting high-level bike racing late in life, what you learn from nordic skiing that you don’t from…
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Who’s weirder, distance runners or nordic skiers? What’s the hardest sport between running, nordic skiing, and mountain biking? What should a college athlete trying to keep up training while moving on in life consider when taking those next steps? Evan Arthur sits down with Fast Big Dog to answer these questions and more.…
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John Wessling has lived all over and has pretty much done it all in sport, both endurance sports and skill sports. He self-effacingly describes himself as “the best of the worst” in most of these endeavors, but he’s also a three-time Cat 1 national champion in cross-country mountain bike racing, so take that last assessment with a grain of salt. We…
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