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Great Beat Chase, March 10, 2018

Trail Report / Training Report Drawing
Submit a trail report and be entered into our weekly $50 store gift certificate drawing.
Finn Sisu

Chelsea Holmes and Caitlin Gregg out front, CCSA Regionals/SuperTour, February 17, 2018 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)
Results and photos

French Regional Park, February 17, 2018 (Photo: Tom Ajax)

Zach Varty, Woodland Loppet, February 17, 2018

Mara McCollor leads out the field in the girls classical pursuit, Minnesota State Meet, February 15, 2018

Garrett Beckrich, boys champion, Minnesota State Meet, February 15, 2018

Skiers climb Sunnyside, Minnesota Finlandia, February 14, 2009

Howard Wagoner Trail, February 14, 2018 (Photo: Liz Wagoner)

Greenbush, February 12, 2018 (Photo: Jim Van Akkeren)

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
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Coleraine JNQ Classical Sprints
February 17, 2018
Mt. Itasca was host on Saturday for classical sprints in the Midwest Junior National qualifying. Mt. Itasca's own Alex Kelling won boys U20/U18 sprint final with Peter Moore, 2nd (top U18), and Ryan Mead third. The girls U20/U18 final was all U18 as State Champ Mara McCollor took the victory, followed by Triana Willmert and Regan Duffy. Daniel Huhtala and Libby Tuttle won the U16 finals.
NCAA Regionals/SuperTour 15K, 20K Freestyle Coverage

Minnesota Finlandia Results
February 17, 2018
Over 130 skiers turned out Saturday for the Minnesota Finlandia races at Buena Vista ski area north of Bemidji. Wynn Roberts collected another Finlandia 50K freestyle title, with Kerrie Berg taking the women's field. The 25K Bemidjithon titles went to Cory Ellertson and Susanne Vande Vyvere. Craig Cardinal and Elspeth Ronnander won the 25K classical races, with 25K pursuit victories earned by Erik Pieh and Anna Dehler.
Woodland Loppet Coverage
Eirawen20 Results

Olympics: Women's Relay
February 17, 2018
An exciting women's relay race at the Winter Olympics on Saturday night as race positions changed frequently, sometimes dramatically, on each leg. In the end the race came down to the final leg with Sweden's young sprinter Stina Nilsson taking on Norway's veteran Marit Bjoergen. For a while it appeared Nilsson was just drafting, waiting for the final 250 meters, but it was Bjoergen that added to her own legend, keeping the tempo high to the finish and eliminating any final run from Nilsson as Norway captured gold, Sweden silver, and some athletes that happen to come from Russia, third place (for now). The US women fell behind under a tough early pace but recovered to take 5th.

Olympics: Men's 15K Freestyle
February 16, 2018
The men's turn on Friday for the distance freestyle race as they competed in a 15K interval start event at the Winter Olympics. Switzerland's Dario Cologna skied a strong race to come out 18 seconds ahead of Simen Hegstad Krueger for the gold, with RUssian Denis Spitsov collecting the bronze. Scott Patterson had the top US result finishing 21st. Canada's Alex Harvey was 7th.

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
February 15, 2018
Near average temperatures should make for a great weekend of skiing around much of the Midwest. New reports from Murphy-Hanrehan, Nine Mile Forest, Lakewood XC, Maplelag(2), Red Cedar River, Bagley Nature, Cannon Valley, Timberland Hills, Hickory Ridge(2), Central Gunflint, Giants Ridge, Levis/Trow Mound, Sugar Hills, Nordmarka, Reforestation Camp, Honey Tree Farm, Hyland Lake, CLCF, Tamarack Nature, Minocqua Winter, Sheboygan Jaycee, Blue Mound SP, Lapham Peak(2), William O'Brien SP(2), Univ of Minnesota GC(2), Birkie, Nicolet North, Baker(2), Anvil National, Washburn Lake, Maple Lane, Nordic, ABR, Valley Spur, Battle Creek West, Battle Creek East, Andes Tower Hill, Lake Elmo, Hiawatha GC, Snowflake, and recent reports from French, Swedetown, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes, Theodore Wirth North(3), Northland Arb, Lester, Univ of Minnesota GC, Battle Creek West, Afterglow Lake(3), Razorback Ridges, Mecca, Timberland Hills(2), Brown Deer, Snowflake, Tower Ridge, Spirit Mtn, Lake Elmo(2), Blue Mound SP(3), Chain of Lakes, Nordmarka, Birkie(2), Moccasin, Hickory Ridge, Elver, Hyland Lake, Irondale, Battle Creek East, Reforestation Camp, Amen Lake, Maplelag, Banadad, Suomi Hills, Hiawatha GC, Minocqua Winter, Anvil National(2), Superior MF(2), Sheboygan Jaycee(2), Baker, Standing Rocks(2), Goose Lake, WinMan, Pioneer Creek, Cassian Two-Way, Nose Lake, Pattison SP, CLCF(2), William O'Brien SP, Greenbush, Chester Woods, Nicolet North, Saint Mary's Univ, Mt. Valhalla, Lapham Peak, After Hours, Pike Lake Unit, Woodland.

Send Skinnyski Back to SOHO
February 13, 2018
We are working on plans to cover Junior Nationals again this season, back at Soldier Hollow! However, this is a major financial commitment for us, so we're asking for your support. If you'd like to see us out at Junior Nationals with our usual coverage, please consider your contribution.

State Meet Coverage
February 15, 2018
Overcast with temps in the low 20s made for fast conditions for the morning skate races at the Minnesota high school State Meet at Giants Ridge. Mara McCollor, Wayzata, took the opening freestyle race but has some pressure from Luci Anderson, Armstrong, Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, and Sarah Olson, Blaine, all within 30 seconds. The boys race was even closer with Grand Rapids star Garrett Beckrich the skate leader followed closely by Wayzata's Luc Golin and Peter Moore, SPA, both within 11 seconds, and another six skiers within 30 seconds! In the afternoon classical pursuit, Mara McCollor held the lead to the finish to win the girls title, followed closely by Hannah Bettendorf, with Sarah Olson, Blaine, taking third in a sprint finish with Regan Duffy, Forest Lake. In the boys pursuit, Garrett Beckrich kept his narrow advantage over the field and powered in to victory with Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata and Luc Golin finishing second and third. The team races were a highly contested battle with the Wayzata boys just barely holding on to first, by two points, over Stillwater, Forest Lake third. The girls title was won by Stillwater, Forest Lake second and Robbinsdale-Armstrong third. Results posted, along with big photosets.

Madshus: Optimizing Skin Skis
February 15, 2018
Madshus offers a 3-step guide to perfect kick and glide with skin skis. Skin skis continue to top the sales charts, and it's easy to see why: Skin skis make it a breeze to get out for a weeknight workout.

Olympics: Women's 10K Freestyle
February 15, 2018
A day of dramatic and heartbreaking finishes on Thursday for the Winter Olympics in the women's 10K freestyle race. Jessie Diggins narrowly missed setting American women's history coming up less than 4 seconds short of a medal, finishing fifth. Norway's newest star on Ragnhild Haga crushed the field for the gold medal with Sweden's Charlotte Kalla taking silver and a remarkable tie between Finland's Krista Parmakoski and Norway's Marit Bjoergen for bronze. The US women had a strong showing with Sadie Bjornsen 15th and Kikkan Randall 16th.

Weekend Racing
February 14, 2018
A huge weekend of events, here are just a few of them...
Feb 17 Minnesota Finlandia - Ski the legend with awesome prizes and some of the best conditions ever.
Feb 17 Book Across the Bay - Evening race across Chequamegon Bay!
Feb 17 Woodland Loppet - Racing on the Woodland trails in Elk River.
Feb 17-18 Coleraine JNQ - The final Junior National qualifier races, held at Mt. Itasca.
Feb 18 Snowflake/Inga-lami races - Separate mens and womens races, hopefully held at Baker Park on natural snow.
Feb 15-18 NCAA Regionals/SuperTour - Sprints on Thursday, classic and freestyle races to wrap up the CCSA series.
And many more events, check the calendar for details.   With the warm weather, keep an eye on the Racing Outlook for any updates.
Waxing Recommendations

Cook County: Candlelight and Ski Festivals This Weekend
February 14, 2018
Visit Cook County is excited to share multiple fun-filled cross country ski events for President's day weekend, February 16-18th. On Saturday enjoy the Sugarbush Candlelit Ski and Snowshoe event along the Sugarbush Trail, Sunday check out the Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival in Grand Marais.

New Moon: Spectating, Stats, Sales, and Ski Demos
February 14, 2018
The latest New Moon newsletter highlights supporting Your Birkie Skier, a look at Birkie Stats with Jim Coors, their Annual Birkie Sale revs up and free Fischer Twin Skin Ski Demo at OO.

Gear West: Birkie Wax Clinics
February 14, 2018
Gear West is offering two Birkie wax clinics next week:
Monday - Skate Waxing Clinic by Matt Fox
Tuesday - Classic Waxing Clinic by Brian Knutson

BNS: End of Season Sale
February 14, 2018
BNS is offering end of the season pricing, even with a number of weeks left to go yet. Savings on current model skis plus last year's boot models from Madshus, Rossi, Fischer, Alpina, and Salomon at 50% off.

PSIA Valley Spur Cross-Country Clinic Feb 17-18
February 14, 2018
Amy Powell will be hosting a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Classic and Skate Technique Workshop for the beginner to the advanced skier this weekend, Feb 17-18 at Valley Spur in Munising, MI.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 13, 2018
The Minnesota high school State Meet is this Thursday, Feb 15th, at Giants Ridge. We've got our breakdown on the top individuals and teams, including our picks, as well as some helpful resources.
Send Skinnyski Back to SOHO

Web Roundup
February 13, 2018
Annie's Olympics - Annie Hart has been posting blog updates from the Olympics, primarily from the opening ceremonies so far.
Vasaloppet -  Elspeth Ronnander of Vakava Racing shares her Vasaloppet 42K classic story.
College Skiing - Erin Moening, now with NMU, covers her experience making the transition from high school to collegiate racing.
Birkie Peaking - Gear West's latest podcast covers how to peak for the Birkie, as well as race feeds.
Birkie Fanguide - New Moon offers suggestions for the Birkie spectator or support person, including places along the course.
Gear Talk - Finn Sisu has guest writer Marje Carr-Oxley highlights some of her favorite products for the big events ahead.
Flexibility - Jake Brown's blog updates on his biathlon season as they travel to Norway and extend their racing season.
Nordic Skiing is Fun - Slate has a rebuttal to a NYT Magazine feature that drew a strong response from the skiing community.
Snow Destroyer - Reports out of the Winter Olympics claim cold snow is destroying, literally, downhill ski bases.
Ski's the Limit - Star Tribune feature on Jessie Diggins hard work and goals (just one of dozens of articles on Diggins in the last week - another from Washington Post).
Klaebo Gump - You've seen the movie 'Forrest Gump'?   And you've noticed Norwegian Klaebo's unusual classic technique?   Then enjoy this spoof video from NRK.

Olympics: Classic Sprints
February 13, 2018
Another windy and cold day of racing at the Winter Olympics as skiers competed in the classic sprints. The US women qualified three for the heats: Jessie Diggins 7th, Sadie Bjornsen 9th and Sophie Caldwell 12th. Diggins advanced all the way to the final, including an impressive stretch finish in her semi-final, but it was Sweden's sprinting star Stina Nilsson that easily captured gold with Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla silver and Russian Yulia Belorukova bronze. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway, looked unbeatable throughout the heats and crushed the men's field on the final climb to take gold, Federico Pellegrino of Italy silver and Russian Alexander Bolshunov bronze. Simi Hamilton had the best performance for the US men, qualifying 19th with Erik Bjornsen 30th, but neither advanced from the quarterfinal stage.

Racing Outlook
February 13, 2018
Updates on upcoming events: Snowflake/Inga-lami is scheduled for Baker this weekend; Wednesday night series are on, Finlandia course looking fantastic.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 12, 2018
The final Skinnyski.com Minnesota high school rankings are out, with some shakeup after sections. Anders Sonnesyna and Mara McCollor, both of Wayzata, remain the top ranked skiers, but Stillwater girls take over #1 team position, as the Wayzata boys glide on in front. State Meet Preview coming up hopefully Tuesday night.

West Yellowstone Annual Rendezvous Ski Race March 3rd
February 13, 2018
Ready to head back to West Yellowstone? The annual Rendezvous Ski Race on the trails in West Yellowstone is coming up on March 3rd. A great way to continue your Birkie form and enjoy a vacation out West.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA, EISA
February 12, 2018
Another full weekend of racing on the collegiate circuit as all the major divisions were in action. Mary Kozlowski brings us up-to-date on the winners and Midwest performances across the wide span of races.

Riverbrook: Wax Service for the Birkie
February 11, 2018
Riverbrook is highlighting their Birkie race wax service, offering to take the stress out of your race prep!
Riverbrook: Birkie Week Shopping Extravaganza

Gear West: High School - Next Season Starts Now
February 11, 2018
Gear West is taking your recent high school equipment and offering you store credit towards next season's gear. Equipment will sold next fall at the annual West Metro Ski Swap.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Freestyle Coverage
February 11, 2018
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships wrapped up Sunday with exciting freestyle pursuit races. The girls race saw Abby Jarzin, Ashwaubenon, grab the lead early on and hold it into lap 2, but it was Olivia Dreger, Wausau, that reeled her in in the final kilometer to win the girls title with Mia Case, Lakeland, second and Lauren Lackman, Wausau third. Jackson Adler, Ashwaubenon, and Kieran Mullen, Lakeland, started the boys pursuit in a virtual tie and raced together throughout the two laps and brought the event to a sprint finish with Mullen taking the victory. David Ecker, Chippewa Valley Nordic, scored third. Wausau Nordic United girls team defeated Lakeland by just two points, with the Lakeland boys winning by six over Ashwaubenon. Results linked in, along with photosets from Sunday's high school races.

CXC Cup Seeding Rules
February 11, 2018
CXC's Director of Athletics, Joe Haggenmiller, has issued an statement clarifying the CXC Cup seeding policies. The final Midwest JNQ will be next weekend at Mt. Itasca.

US Ski Team: How to Watch the Olympics
February 7, 2018
There is expected to be over 600 hours of broadcast coverage of the Winter Olympics! US Ski and Snowboard has put together an extensive viewing guide, including times, channels, and competitors.
Olympic Coverage using Roku and YouTube TV/NBCSN
Diggins Family Winter Olympics Facebook page
NBC: How to watch all Olympic cross-country skiing competitions live

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