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Yellowstone Ski Festival, the big Nordic gathering - Nov 25-29th, West Yellowstone, MT

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NMU skiers enjoying yet another Halloween ski, October 31, 2014 (Photo: Sten Fjeldheim)

Snowmaking has begun, Trollhaugen downhill area, October 31, 2014 (Photo: James Kelley)
Recent Trail Reports

Hyland Lake's new snowmaking loop, January 13, 2014 (Photo: John Shirriff)

Tom Bye, 3rd U20 boys, Junior Nationals freestyle, March 7, 2014

First snowfall in West Yellowstone, October 27, 2014 (Photo: Yellowstone Ski Festival)
Recent West Yellowstone Trail Reports

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
Found a photo you'd like to get a copy of? Looking for images from a past event? Find out how to dig through our archives and help support the web site by purchasing photographs.

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Winter Storm Moving in for West Yellowstone
October 31, 2014
West Yellowstone is under a Winter Storm Watch a system is expected to move in Saturday night, bringing the potential for 5-10" of snowfall.

Halloween Price Hikes!
October 30, 2014
Turns out we've got two treats for this Halloween! Register today to avoid the next price hike on these great events:
- Vasaloppet USA
- Sisu Ski Fest

Madshus Announces Peter Hale Memorial Recipients
October 30, 2014
Madshus has announced Erin Moening and Conner Truskowski as the winners of the inaugural Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship. Moening skis for St. Paul Highland Park and competed on the 2014 Midwest Junior National squad.

Three Rivers Announces New Two-Tier XC Ski Passes
October 30, 2014
From TRPD: Three Rivers Park District will be implementing a two-tier pass system, featuring an "All Parks Pass" that will be valid for all Three Rivers parks that host cross-country ski trails — including Elm Creek Park Reserve and Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which feature snowmaking on some trails. There will also be a less expensive "Natural Snow Parks Pass" that is valid only at parks with natural snow. This pass excludes Hyland and Elm Creek.
Minneapolis Park Ski Pass Pricing for 2014-2015 Season

Weekend Events
October 29, 2014
Nov 1 Minnesota State CC Meet - The Minnesota high school cross-country championships on the grounds of St. Olaf College.
Nov 1 Fall Back Blast - From 12K up to 50K trail running races Lowes Creek Park in Eau Claire.
Nov 1 Star Cross - Minnesota cyclocross series will be racing under the lights at Aquila Park in St. Louis Park.
Nov 2 Battle of Waterloo - The Wisconsin CX circuit hits Waterloo for a full day of cyclocross racing.
Fall Ski Swaps

CXC Bike Drawing Deadline Nov 1st
October 29, 2014
Your chance to win a sweet Kent Eriksen bike, custom designed with a hand crafted, titanium road frame built with HED Jet 6 aero wheel set and Sram Rival 11 speed component group (worth over $8K) is drawing to close. Support CXC's Adaptive Program in this fundraiser by Nov 1st!

Out There: Drive for 25 and Test Driving
October 29, 2014
Out There is upping the ante in the Drive for 25 NNF fundraising, offering to pitch in an extra $10 donation for just mentioning the Alpina Skate Boots ESK test drive when you stop in the shop! Now thru Nov 15th.
Drive for 25: Skiing's Grassroots Funding Program

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 28, 2014
Jay Richards wraps up his MTB reporting this season, going out big with coverage of the EndTombed 12 hour race, Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB series finals, and a half dozen other updates and stories. Thanks to Jay for another great season of keeping us all "up to speed"! -- Ed.

CXC Super Fit Coming to Fontana Sports this Weekend
October 28, 2014
The CXC SuperFit tour rolls into Madison this weekend and will be coupled with the Madnorski Ski Swap at Fontana Sports westside. Stop in for expert critique on your current ski fleet and top advice of new ski selection -- and shop for some used bargins as well!
Fall Ski Swaps

MYSL Birkie Bash Fundraiser
October 28, 2014
Tickets are still available for the MYSL Birkie Bash this Sunday, Nov 2nd at the Wirth Pavilion. Open bar, dinner by Birchwood, entertainment, Birkie Capital Campaign unveiling with Ben Popp, MC John Schmitt and $8,000 worth of silent auction items (including a parking spot at the Birkie starting line!). Come and join the fun and support youth skiing.

NNF Final Push
October 28, 2014
The Drive for 25 National Nordic Foundation fundraising effort is coming to a close at the end of the month.   There are a few Midwest athletes that could use your support in reaching their fundraising goals:
- Andrew Poffenberger
- Andy Keller
- Bryan Fish
- Jessie Diggins
- Tom Bye
- Yuriy Gusev
- Zak Ketterson
- Ben Saxton
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis

Local Stars
October 27, 2014
Outdoor Czar - Hansi Johnson has been named as director of recreational lands for the Minnesota Land Trust in Duluth.
Tech on Duty - Members of the Michigan Tech Nordic ski team helping out with career fairs on campus.
Camp Wrap - Nordic Combiner Adam Loomis recaps competition at the Swiss Nationals and being sidelined by snow(!) in Germany.
Beauty Skiing - Jessie Diggins blogs from Canmore, enjoying the scenery, friends, and of course, on-snow time.
Sprinters - Some video clips from the Frozen Thunder classic sprints last Friday.
And on a training note...
Musical Boost - NYTimes recently covered the topic of listening to music during high intensity workouts.

Gear West: It Starts Here
October 27, 2014
Gear West is partnering with Craft on a project called "It Starts Here". Share your training goals, progress, pictures and receive discounts on a Craft baselayer plus have a chance to win more gear and even a free entry to the 2015 Birkebeiner.

Frozen Thunder Skate Races
October 27, 2014
Frozen Thunder, Canmore Nordic Centre's celebration of the start to skiing season, held skate races on their 2K snow loop Monday morning. Rosanna Crawford posted the top womens time, with Caitlin Gregg showing some strong form in finishing fourth and Jessie Diggins took 8th. Devon Kershaw bested the mens field, with veteran Kris Freeman taking second! Brian Gregg 17th, Ben Saxton 21st.
Photoset from Bow Valley Photography: Frozen Thunder Skate Races
Photoset from Nathaniel Mah: Mens 15K
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Skate Races

Birkie Bridge in the Works
October 26, 2014
The Sawyer County Record covered the recent Hayward City Council meeting where plans were presented for a temporary skier/pedestrian bridge spanning Hwy 63 to help ease the traffic congestion during the Birkie finish.
Learn more: There will be an event in the Twin Cities on November 20th - more details forthcoming.

Tiger Trail 5K
October 26, 2014
Minneapolis South Nordic ski team is hosting a fundraiser 5K trail run this Saturday, November 1st. The event starts at Anwatin School and rolls through the Theodore Wirth woods.

Kikkan Randall, Super Fit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 25, 2014
World Champion Kikkan Randall drew huge crowds Saturday to Finn Sisu in St. Paul as she signed autographs and took photos, all part of her renewed partnership with Yoko poles and gloves. CXC SuperFit team was on hand as well, helping select and fit equipment (through the weekend).
Photoset: 57 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
October 24, 2014
On Friday, the Frozen Thunder event at Canmore Nordic Centre hosted classic sprint races on 1.6K loop of recycled snow. Andy Newell and Ida Sargent won the sprint finals, with Jessie Diggins finishing fifth.
Photoset from Noel Rogers/Angus Cockney: Classic Sprints
Video from Tor-Arne Hetland: Mens Qualifying, Womens Qualifying, Mens Heats
Results: Qualifying Times, Heats/Finals
Noah Hoffman: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprints
Cross-Country Canada: Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint Report

Birkie Bash MYSL Fundraiser
October 23, 2014
Join MYSL on Sunday, Nov 2nd, for their Birkie Bash MYSL Fundaiser at Theodore Wirth pavilion. Get info on the big plans for the Birkie as well as MYSL programming and new website. The evening includes dinner from Birchwood Cafe and silent auction!

Bike Dr: Ski Shop Open, Birthday Bash Nov 1st
October 23, 2014
Bicycle Doctor's latest newsletter highlights their ski shop all geared up, Fischer U, the Doc's big Birthday Bash, Fat Bikes, Mountain King run, and upcoming Fright Hike!

SuperTour: Yellowstone Race Info
October 23, 2014
Detailed information on the Yellowstone Ski Festival races, Nov 28-29, has been posted. Covers the SuperTour events, as well as the masters, juniors and biathlon events.

Request For Midwest JN Team Coaches Applications
October 22, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Chris Harvey has been selected as the head coach, with Bonnie Fuller-Kask acting as trip leader. Applications are still being accepted for the glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st!

Fall Ski Swaps
October 22, 2014
The fall ski swaps are rolling on, this weekend events at Out There in Rice Lake, as well as Thunder Bay, Duluth, Forest Lake and even ski sprints at the swap in Traverse City!

Podiumwear: Thick Bikes Case Report
October 22, 2014
Podiumwear details one of their recent production runs - cyclocross uniforms for Thick Bikes.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 21, 2014
Enjoying the fall weather, Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the Red Wing Classic, WORS finale, and Otter Creek 55. Plus a look ahead to the MN HS MTB race at Whitetail this weekend.

Loppet Games
October 21, 2014
The annual Loppet Games is this Saturday, Oct 25th at Theodore Wirth. Designed for kids ages 8-14, it features a number of events including Adventure Race, Obstacle Course, DP Test, Orienteering, and Age Gap Adventure Race (adult-kid pairings).

CXC: Bike Drawing, Coaches Clinic and SuperFit Weekend
October 21, 2014
CXC is busy this month with custom Eriksen road bike drawing (enter by Nov 1st), Coaches Level 100 clinic in Mora this weekend, and SuperFit tour stop at Finn Sisu.

Yellowstone Ski Passes on Sale
October 21, 2014
Heading to West Yellowstone this Thanksgiving for the big Yellowstone Ski Festival? Ski passes for the Rendezvous trail system are on sale through the end of October, including group rates.
Yellowstone Ski Festival
Clarification on Yellowstone Ski Festival Coaching Fees

Bay Nordic Announces Project Illumination
October 21, 2014
Bay Nordic in collaboration with Brown County Parks are undertaking Project Illumination, a plan to raise funds for Bay Nordic programs and install a lighting system along roughly 4K of the Reforestation Camp trails.

Local Stars
October 20, 2014
Retro - Jessie Diggins goes "retro", along with a training update from Utah.
Park City - Rosie Frankowski post a big update on the recent Park City training camp.
Coaches Conf - CXC has a big photoset from the Conferences Conference last weekend in Cable.
Gettin' Muddy - Caitlin and Brian Gregg competed in the Warrior Dash World Championships last week!
Fall in the Cities - Brian Gregg updates on their recent training and activities in the Twin Cities area.
Lake Placid and Beyond - Adam Loomis writes about the recent National Championships and training in Switzerland.
Brooks Marathon - Holly Brooks is the newest Birkie ambassador, and will be racing the FIS Marathon circuit this season.

Duluth Trail Maintenance
October 20, 2014
Duluth XC is working to get the area trails in shape for winter -- and could use your help! Events are scheduled through the start of November.

Art House B and B Specials
October 20, 2014
The Art House B&B is one of our new members. They offer unique lodging experience on the North Shore, in Grand Marais.
Nov 20-23 Winters Gathering and Arctic Film Festival

Mesabi East Update
October 20, 2014
The huge Mesabi East Invite is scheduled for Jan 10, 2015. With the new event center being constructed at Giants Ridge, the old dorms have been torn down. Coaches should make their lodging plans early - a listing of the area lodging options has been posted.

Midwest Collegiate Nordic Community
October 19, 2014
A new Facebook community was rolled out Sunday evening to help spearhead the support and growth of collegiate Nordic skiing (varsity and club programs) across the upper Midwest. Show your support for this new group by "Liking' their page.

Jessie Diggins Fundraiser Dinner Nov 9th
October 19, 2014
The Chilkoot Café and Cyclery in Stillwater will once again host a fundraiser dinner for Olympian, World Champion and US Ski Team member, Jessie Diggins. Reserve Sunday, November 9th on your calendar and call to book your tickets. All proceeds will support Jessie's training and racing expenses. In addition to an evening of wonderful food and great race stories from Jessie, Jessie will be auctioning off some Olympic gear!

Gear West: A Different Kind of Ladies Night
October 19, 2014
Gear West is offering a women's empowerment training session on Sunday, Oct 26th. Lead by a former Navy seal, the session focuses on simple, effective ways to stay safe and prevent assaults from happening. RSVP by Oct 22nd.

Frozen Thunder Opens in Canmore
October 18, 2014
Since 2009, Canmore Nordic Centre has been opening the North American ski season with their Frozen Thunder event. This year they've pushed out a 2K ski loop using snow saved from the end of last season.
Photoset: Opening Day

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