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City of Lakes Loppet Festival, Jan 27th thru Feb 4th

Three Rivers Rennet, XC ski and Fat Bike races, January 19-20, 2018

Gatineau Loppet, Feb 16-18, 2018

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Nicolet North, January 18, 2018 (Photo: Jeff Higley)

Gov Thompson State Park, January 18, 2018 (Photo: Maggie Kailhofer)

Wild River State Park, January 17, 2018 (Photo: Kris Backlund)

Abigail Jarzin, top junior girl, Cable JNQ/CCSA, January 21, 2017 (Photo: Jennifer Brisbois)

Three Rivers Rennet, January 23, 2016

Vasaloppet ski trails, January 16, 2018 (Photo: Wade Weber)

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
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February 5, 2009
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Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
January 18, 2018
Looking excellent for the weekend -- good snow, great weather, get out and explore some new trails! New reports from Forest Springs Camp, Lebanon Hills(2), Underdown, Kohler-Andrae SP, Whitetail Woods, Spring Lake, Penokee Mtn, Cannon Valley, Hixon Forest, Reforestation Camp, Hayward Hospital, Ashland, Mother Bear, Cut Lake, Birkie, Blue Hills, Valley Spur, Soaring Eagle, Balsam Branch, Minocqua Winter, Terrace Oaks, William O'Brien SP, Levis/Trow Mound(2), Gov Thompson SP, Maplelag, Superior MF, Maasto Hiihto, Carver, Columbia GC, Phalen GC, Mecca, Elm Creek, Sturgeon River, Lakewood XC, Big Aspen, Cassian Two-Way, Spirit Mtn, Nordic, Theodore Wirth South, McNaughton Lake, Brunet Island SP, Sheboygan Jaycee, Nicolet North, Pine Point, Tower Ridge, Cowhorn Lake, Lester(2), French, Kinnickinnic SP, Lake Elmo(2), Trade River, Lapham Peak, Battle Creek West, Stoney Ridge, and recent reports from Swedetown, Hidden Valley, Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth North, Springvale, Univ of Minnesota GC, Cassian Two-Way, Moccasin, Flambeau Hills, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes(2), Red Cedar River, Plover River, Brown Deer, Tower Ridge, Spooner City, Beaver Brook, Mt. Valhalla, Terrace Oaks(2), Drummond, Lake Elmo(2), Iola Winter Sports, Gov Thompson SP, Wild River SP(2), Theodore Wirth South(2), Trout Lake(2), Sugar Hills, Superior MF, Lapham Peak, Tamarack Nature, Washburn Lake(2), Elm Creek, Big Island Back, Hickory Ridge(2), Woodland(2), Kohler-Andrae SP, Watersmeet, Reforestation Camp, Nine Mile Forest, Washburn Lake Solitude, Nose Lake, Northland Arb, Bunker Hills, Great River Bluffs SP, Green Haven GC, Pine Point(2), Balsam Branch, Blue Hills, Baker, Point Beach SF, Sheboygan Jaycee, Wintergreen, Afterglow Lake, Carey Lake, Jackson Meadow, Andes Tower Hill, Wolf Lake, Larson Lake, Northwoods, Heartwood, Battle Creek East, Sister's Farm, Phalen GC, Minocqua Winter, Sugarbush, Standing Rocks, River Road Unit, Cleary Lake, Honey Tree Farm, Giants Ridge, Battle Creek West, Saint Mary's Univ, Hyland Lake, North End, Forest Springs Camp, Mt. Ashwabay, Lebanon Hills.

NNF: Nordic Juniors Competition Team Named
January 18, 2018
The official team for the Nordic Juniors Competiton (U18 Nations, Scando trip) has been announced by National Nordic Foundation, the major underwriter of the trip. Burnsville's Kelly Koch from LNR will be representing the Midwest as the team competes in Vuokatti, Finland, Jan 26-28th.
2017 U18 Nation's Trip Coverage

World Cup Planica Weekend Series
January 18, 2018
Most of the US squad will be back in action in one of the final tune up races before the Winter Olympics, racing in the scenic alpine valley Planica in Slovenia. Saturday is classical sprints, Sunday classical distance races. Live coverage Saturday morning starting at 6 am streaming on Olympic Channel website.
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results

Vasaloppet Course Update
January 18, 2018
Vasaloppet USA organizers report great progress on their 'Mora Course' for the upcoming Vasaloppet races in early February. Next price hike will come Feb 1st!

Madshus: Master Moen
January 18, 2018
How does Madshus apply World Cup technology to every product level? Meet Svein Ivar Moen, the head of the Madshus ski testing department.

Weekend Racing
January 17, 2018
A busy weekend (and week ahead) on the calendar...
Jan 20-26 Masters World Cup - Racing action almost every day Saturday through Friday bring some of the best from across the US and the World.
Jan 20 Three Rivers Rennet - 26K and 10K races on the trails at Hyland Lake Park.  High school race on Friday evening!
Jan 20-21 Cable JNQ/CCSA - Full weekend of junior and collegiate racing, based out of the new Birkie start trailhead in Cable.
Jan 20 Lapham Loppet - Racing on the man-made snow at Lapham Peak, one of the biggest events for SE Wisconsin.
Jan 20 Hinder Binder - Camp Forest Springs hosts a series of races.
Jan 20 Marshall Sprints - Bigtime high school sprint races on the Marshall School campus in Duluth.
Check for the latest event updates in our Racing Outlook.
Waxing Recommendations

Web Roundup
January 16, 2018
Tour Life - Jessie Diggins shares the ups and downs of life on the Tour de Ski circuit.
Life Lessons - Paul Schommer reflects on his biathlon career and missing out on an Olympic squad birth.
Scoles Story - Steve Scoles shares his story (and inspiration) in winning the 2017 Vasaloppet USA classic at age 45.
Its Coming - Gear West staff discuss memories of past Birkies, as well as notes from US Nationals, in their latest podcast.
Dresden - FIS Inside the Fence video featurette on the Dresden city sprints held last weekend.
China - A surprise at the 2018 Vasaloppet China -- a local skier won the 50K mens event!
Diggs - Minnesota Public Radio had a feature on Jessie Diggins and her Olympic quest.
Northeaster Talent - Amaya Rambacchus, an aspiring Paralympian, and part of the Junior Loppet program, was profiled recently.
SuperBridge - Plenty of stories being posted on the Super Bowl and the famous Birkie bridge, including this highlight.
Sahara Snow - Yes, a rare snowfall in the Sahara desert happened last week.

Biathlon: Midwest Skiers Make European Teams
January 16, 2018
Skiers from the Midwest have named to teams for the upcoming Open European Championships and IBU Cup 6, including: Deedra Irwin, Paul Schommer, Jake Ellingson, as well as Jake Brown.
Biathlon: Two athletes added to Open European Championships team

Collegiate/Elite Racing: CXC Marathon Cup, EISA, RMISA
January 15, 2018
Mary Kozloski reviews top racing action from the Seeley Hills Classic, start of the CXC Marathon Cup, as well as the opening races for the east coast (EISA) and Rockies/west coast (RMISA) collegiate race series.

Registration Open For Borah Epic
January 15, 2018
Registration is now open for the 2018 Borah Epic mountain bike race, Saturday, Jun 9th in Cable, WI. The point-to-point, single track challenge runs from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin annually, with a registration cap of 750 riders.

The House: XC Specials
January 14, 2018
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Special Feature: EISA Series Colby Carnival Coverage
January 14, 2018
For years, a large percentage of Midwest juniors have been making the leap to East coast colleges, racing the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) series. This past weekend, we made a special trip out to Waterville, Maine, to feature the Colby Carnival, the first stop of the season, with an emphasis on the Midwest skiers. Warm weather (temps in the 40s) and rain generated havoc with the trails and venue Saturday, forcing organizers to cancel the races and scramble to salvage a trail section for Sunday. Organizers shoveled and groomed up a 1.7K loop for Sunday, and much colder weather and bright sunshine helped generate a fast (and somewhat tricky) course for individual start freestyle races. Minnesota's own Alanya Sonnesyn, racing for Univ of Vermont, and hot off a strong US Nationals performance, dominated the womens field, winning by almost 20 seconds. Host Colby's Zane Fields won the mens 10K, with Minnesotan Luke Brown, skiing for Dartmouth, taking third. Big photosets from Sunday's races, and we'll have a full collegiate recap from Mary Kozloski coming Tuesday.
Photoset: Womens 5K - 351 photos, Mens 10K - 331 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Womens 5K, Top Picks (high res) - Mens 10K
Results: Women's 5K freestyle, Men's 10K freestyle
EISA Official Recap: Fields Brings it home for Colby while UVM and Dartmouth teams Dominate
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Hoigaards: Fast Wax Clinic Tuesday
January 14, 2018
Hoigaards is helping you get your skis ready for the Masters World Cup and the Ski Rennet hosted by Three Rivers Parks with a waxing clinic with Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer, Tuesday evening, January 16th.

World Cup Dresden: Freestyle Team Sprints
January 14, 2018
Another exciting (and beautiful) day of World Cup racing along the Elbe River in Dresden, Germany, as skiers participated in freestyle team sprints (2-person relays). The American women were part of the fireworks, taking the women's race down to the wire and a photo finish, as the duo of Ida Sargent and Sophie Caldwell came in third. Sweden took the top two steps of the podium, with the pairing of Ida Ingemarsdotter and Maja Dahlqvist first and Hanna Falk and Stina Nilsson second. The flat course also kept the men's race very tight, with six teams vying for the victory. But it was Italy's combo of Dietmar Noeckler and Saturday's winner, Federico Pellegrino that burst ahead of the pack finish. Sweden's Emil Joensson and Teodor Peterson were best of the rest, with Russian's Andrey Krasnov and Gleb Retivykh third. The US men were 8th.
Video: Men's Highlights, Women's Highlights
Results: Freestyle Team Sprints
US Ski Team: USA Sprints to Dresden Podium

ABC Relays Results
January 13, 2018
Charlie Rietschel reports: A chilly start, but the low winds, sun, and the wonderful people of Mora made for a great day of racing at ABC Relays. Victories were earned by the Mora boys and Armstrong girls. Top times on the day: Ben Olson, Blaine, in classic, Cooper Lennox, Mora, in the boys freestyle; Luci Anderson, Armstrong, for the girls classic, Maes Barnes, Armstrong, in freestyle.

Biathlon: US Olympic Squad Finalized
January 13, 2018
U.S. Biathlon has selected Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.) and Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine) as the final two members of the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team following their performances at recent IBU Cup races. The announcement finalizes the 10-member team that will compete at next month's Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 13, 2018
Racing under a bright ski and crisp temperatures, an amazing amount of skiers turned out Saturday for the Seeley Hills Classic. Team Gregg, Caitlin and Brian, swept the shortened marathon distance (38K) races! In the 18K events, Betsy Youngman and Quinn Duffy took the titles. Results linked in, along with a photoset from Kelly Randolph.

World Cup Dresden: Freestyle Sprints
January 13, 2018
World Cup racing resumed Saturday in the city of Dresden, Germany, with freestyle sprint events. The nearly flat course along the Elbe River provided some extremely fast racing. Federico Pellegrino, Italy, made his move on the one slight hill to jump in front of Norway's Johannes Klaebo and take the men's sprint final, with France's Lucas Chanavat third. Simi Hamilton advanced all the way to the semi-finals, finishing 10th. Even with Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen taking the weekend off, the US women continued to shine. Sophie Caldwell made the sprint finals, and survived being boxed in for most of the last 1/3 of the race to take third in a photo finish. Sweden's Hanna Falk took the victory with teammate Maja Dahlqvist second. Sunday will be team sprint freestyles races, streaming live on the Olympic Channel at 4:15 am CST.
Video: Women's Highlights, Men's Highlights
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Caldwell Podium in City Sprint

US Ski Team: Junior Worlds, U23 Teams Named
January 12, 2018
The line up for the World Junior Championships and U23 Championships, to be held in Goms, Switzerland, has been announced. The Midwest is well represented -- selected are: Zak Ketterson, Ian Torchia, Andrew Egger and Nicole Schneider (along with Alayna Sonnesyn, who declined) for the U23 crew, Hannah Rudd on the WJC squad, and Ben Loomis for the U23 Nordic Combined team.

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