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Trail Report / Training Report Drawing
Submit a trail report and be entered into our weekly $100 lodging gift certificate drawing.
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Mens skiathlon podium, Minnesota Finlandia, February 27, 2016

Mt. Itasca snowguns firing, December 3, 2016 (Photo: Vladimir Cervenka)

Grooming on the Gunflint trail near Bearskin Lodge, December 2, 2016 (Photo: Quinn McCloughan)

Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO, December 1, 2016 (Photo: Bill Pierce)
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Birkie trail, December 27, 2015 (Photo: David Gorringe)

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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Trail Report Updates
December 4, 2016
Some fresh snow over the weekend is starting to improve conditions -- watch for more trails to open this week. New reports from McNaughton Lake, Snowflake, Univ of Minnesota GC, Giants Ridge, Whitnall, ABR, Sunrise Middle School, Columbia GC, and recent reports from Hyland Lake, Mount Itasca(2), Central Gunflint, Snow Mtn Ranch.

Birkie Capital Campaign St. Paul Fundraiser this Thursday
December 4, 2016
The Birkie folks bring the latest news on improvements to the American Birkebeiner events and facilities, including the new start area as well as plans for a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and much more. Come out Thursday evening, Dec 8th to O'Gara's Bar and Grill to hear all the details and support their Phase II Campaign.

Classified Deals
December 4, 2016
Check out the classifieds section for some holiday shopping! Find plenty of deals on skis, boots, poles, waxing equipment and more.

Gear West: Adventure Film and Pint Night
December 4, 2016
Gear West is hosting an evening of adventure films this Thursday, Dec 8th. The first 120 will take home a free pint glass from Blizzard/Tecnica!

Snowfall Across Iowa, Illinois, SE Wisconsin
December 4, 2016
Sunday's weather system generated more snow than expected, prompting Winter Storm Warnings for parts of northern Illinois. As of 5 pm Sunday evening, some snowfall numbers: Dodgeville (IA) 5", Mt. Horeb (WI) 5", Beloit (IL) 4".
Related:
Regional Snowfall Reports

SuperTour Yellowstone: Classical Distance
December 4, 2016
Sunday featured classical distance races at the Yellowstone SuperTour. Matthew Gelso completed a sweep for the men in taking today's 15K race with the Midwest's Kyle Bratrud just missing the podium by 2 seconds to finish 4th. Elizabeth Guiney won the womens 10K just ahead of junior star Katharine Ogden by less than 8 seconds. Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest result taking 5th. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Ben Saxton 8th, Kevin Bolger 14th, Annie Hart 14th, Rosie Frankowski 15th, Felicia Gesior 18th, Deedra Irwin 19th.
Related:
Results: Mens 15K Classical, Womens 10K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 4, 2016
The weekend series in Lillehammer wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting classical pursuit format races. Norway's Heidi Weng started first, based on the sprint and skate races, and never looked back, holding off challenges from her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and rising Finnish star Krista Parmakoski to win the womens 10K. Jessie Diggins started 3rd and held on to finish 8th, Sadie Bjornsen skied up to 11th. The mens 15K proved to be a tight battle as Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson started first, but was reeled in by a big pack, led by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway. Sundby kept the pace up, and burst away in the final 2K to take the victory as the rest of the pack sprinted for 2nd, Norway's U23 star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo edging forward of Matti Heikkinen, Finland, to round out the podium. Noah Hoffman had the top US finish, posting 36th. Canada's Alex Harvey skied most of the race with the lead pack, finishing 9th.
Related:
Results: Classical Pursuit
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top 10 In Lillehammer Combined

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 3, 2016
After cancelling the SuperTour races in Bozeman, MT, scheduled for this weekend, the events were shifted south to be run on the trails at West Yellowstone. Saturday's racing action was freestyle sprint races. The Midwest had some strong results as Annie Hart finished 3rd in the womens sprint final, and Ben Saxton was 4th in the mens final. Caitlin Gregg was 8th (2nd in the B-final). Top Midwest qualifiers: Annie Hart 2nd, Ben Saxton 2nd, Caitlin Gregg 3rd, Brian Gregg 7th, Kyle Bratrud 15th, Felicia Gesior 16th, Deedra Irwin 17th.
Related:
Results: Womens Qualifying, Mens Qualifying, Junior Mens Final, Junior Womens Final, Mens Final, Womens Final

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 3, 2016
Day two of the Lillehammer World Cup featured freestyle distance races as racers took to another awesome course in full winter. Jessie Diggins rocked the podium, holding off Norway's best to take first in the womens 5K by less than 5 seconds over Heidi Weng! Sadie Bjornsen also raced well, finishing 14th, with Liz Stephen 26th. In the mens 10K, Sweden continues to show some resurgence as Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Hellner went 1-2, just 0.8 seconds apart. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 33rd as the top American. Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong performance, taking 10th.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: World Cup Lillehammer freestyle
Biathlon: Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

The Great Northern
December 2, 2016
The City of Lakes Loppet is combining with the US Pond Hockey tournament and St. Paul Winter Carnival to create one big 10-day winter event called the 'Great Northern'. The idea was spawned from the popular South by Southwest event in Texas, and hopes to draw major attention to the wide range of winter activities, with an eye towards the 2018 Superbowl.
Related:
Loppet to Host the 2017 AXCS National Masters Championship

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2016
Starting the three day event, classical sprints were featured Friday for the Lillehammer World Cup. The US women had another strong showing as three qualified in the top 10, including Sadie Bjornsen's 1st. Jessie Diggins ended the round with the highest US finish taking 14th, Bjornsen was 17th with Sophie Caldwell 21st. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 24th. Canada's Alex Harvey notched a 10th place finish. Norway's Heidi Weng won the womens final while Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson was victorious for the men.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp Set for Dec 28-30
December 2, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp for children ages 5-12 is set for December 28-30 (holiday break) at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth. Members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and alumni will be providing instruction, working to bring each skier to their next level.

Winter Trail Kids Starts Tuesday
December 1, 2016
The Loppet Foundation's Winter Trail Kids program starts up this Tuesday, Dec 6th, at both Wirth and Hyland. The program is for youth ages 7-14 and provides coaching instruction for both classic and skate ski technique.

Biathlon: Top-20 Finishes for Bailey and Burke in World Cup Opener
December 1, 2016
Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke got the 2016-17 World Cup season off to a strong start with a pair of top-20 finishes in Thursday's men's 20-kilometer individual race at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey placed 15th and Burke was 16th in the field of 104 athletes.

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 30, 2016
With the recent warm weather, it may seem hard to believe that the first races are just weeks away. We've posted our annual breakdown on the new events, major changes, and other notes for the upcoming Midwest racing season.

Birkie Trail Named Top Ski Destination
November 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Trail was named the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation, as voted by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. Separately, the American Birkebeiner ski race was recently awarded the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

Mesabi East Invite Forms Now Available
November 30, 2016
The huge Mesabi East Invite has published the event information, including online registration. The mega-race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 7th, but teams will need to submit their forms before Christmas break to ensure a spot on the starting line.

Finn Sisu: Are You Ready?
November 29, 2016
Finn Sisu is encouraging everyone to get ready for the snow, because it will come. Stop in and checkout their new Flex Tester, good-to-have gear ideas, the weekly Monday wax clinics, plus a SkiErg training opportunity.

Another Warm November in the Twin Cities
November 29, 2016
Mark Lahtinen looks at our November weather and how it compares historically, and when we might expect some more snowfall.

Web Roundup
November 28, 2016
Ready to Start - Jessie Diggins makes her final prep before the start of the World Cup with a last whirlwind through Minnesota and on to Finland.
Ties that Bind - Annie Hart shares memories of old friends as she prepares for the first races of the ski season.
Nordic Rocks - CXC has branched its Nordic Rocks childrens ski program out to now reach over 100 schools across the US.
Light It Up - Ian Torchia posted a short video from NMU's recent night skiing at Mt. Itasca.
ABR Holiday - ABR enjoyed a good turnout, and some local press coverage, over the Thanksgiving break.
Midwest Alberta - A number of Midwest elite skiers made the podium in the Alberta Cup races last weekend at Canmore.
Siberian Snow Theory - How Siberian snowfalls could play a role in a cold winter back in the US.
Weird Arctic - Scientific America reports on unusual sea ice activity this late fall.
Tokyo Snow - Tokyo had a very rare November snowfall last week.
Related:
Dec 3-4 SuperTour Bozeman Races Cancelled

Maplelag Ski and Yoga Retreat
November 28, 2016
Maplelag is hosting a special cross-country ski and yoga retreat this February 3-6th. Melissa Joy Schoeller of Fiercely Abundant yoga is leading the weekend sessions.


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