Here in Boise we are at quite a low elevation compared to our Intermountain competitors. The way that we trained last year (and I suspect for many years in the past) that has been a disadvantage for BBNT. We train just like the rest of intermountain - with a focus on building the biggest engine that we possibly can.
This year we're turning that disadvantage into an advantage - we're putting all of that extra air to work and focusing on our speed - footspeed, skate speed, striding speed, double pole speed. I don't think that a week has gone by this summer without a short speed session. Last week we did three (and a half if you count our agility session). There are no secrets in XC skiing, and our goal this winter is to be FAST!