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Jessie Diggins, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

Anders Sonnesyn, National U16 Camp, July 25, 2016

US boys challenge the Nordic powers, U18 Nations relay, January 29, 2017

Zak Ketterson leading the J2 field, Junior Nationals, March 16, 2013

Snowflake Nordic, March 24, 2017 (Photo: Dave Johnson)

Long Lake Lap, July 19, 2014

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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Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event Scheduled for April 12th
March 28, 2017
The public is encouraged to come out Wednesday, April 12th, to welcome hometown gal Jessie Diggins from her most successful season yet! The big event will be held this year at the Slumberland Campus in Oakland, MN. The event is free and there will be door prizes!

LNR Adult Spring Training
March 28, 2017
LNR has their full spring line-up of adult training classes posted. Everything from strength sessions to intro to MTB to running and biking classes, and more.

DXC Capital Campaign Update
March 28, 2017
Duluth XC has made huge progress in their fundraising for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, and is in the final stretch now. Read more details in their latest newsletter, plus take a survey on Chester Bowl.

NNF Auction Fundraiser
March 27, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has launched their late season auction fundraiser. Find loads of unique items to bid on including bibs from the World Cup, autographed clothing and posters, and lots of skiing equipment. Act quickly though, the auction ends next Monday, April 3rd.

Web Roundup
March 27, 2017
Winter Budgets - Star Tribune article highlighted how the recent warm weathers have including metro area park budgets. 
Mammoth - Mammoth Lakes, California, has received so much snow this season, it has called for assistance from the National Guard.  One video example.
Winter Nest - Nest Cam has a compilation of videos featuring the 2017 winter season.
Middle East - Skiing looks good in Egypt -- Africa's first man-made indoor ski slope.

SuperTour Finals: Skiathlon Results
March 27, 2017
The SuperTour Finals/US Distance Nationals opened on Monday with skiathlon format events at Birch Hill in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jessie Diggins left no doubt she is the top US skier, besting the women's 15K field by nearly two minutes. Scott Patterson, APU, topped the men's 22.5K field by just under 25 seconds. Top Midwest results included: Adam Martin 5th, Brian Gregg 11th, Kyle Bratrud 14th; Caitlin Gregg 8th, Annie Hart 9th, Rosie Frankowski 10th. Wednesday will feature freestyle spints.
Related:
Results: 15K, 22.5K skiathlon

Fischer: Crystal Clear Nordic No. 1
March 27, 2017
Fischer highlights all the athletes collecting World Cup crystal globes this season.

SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals Start Monday
March 25, 2017
The US elite racing season comes down to a big final week of racing with the SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska. Monday will feature womens 15K and mens 22.5K skiathlon races, Wednesday are freestyle sprints, Friday 4x5K mixed relays, and then Sunday concludes the week with womens 30K and mens 50 freestyle races. While the field size will not be as large as US Nationals back in January, the competition will be very high caliber with many of the US Ski Team members expected, as well as top skiers like Caitlin Gregg and the Northern Michigan University ski team.
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Live Results

Rice Creek Boat Club Coaching Positions
March 24, 2017
The Rice Creek Boat Club in New Brighton, MN, is seeking head coaches for sprint and marathon canoe/kayak positions. Duties will start in April, so apply soon.

Trail Reports Update
March 23, 2017
Still skiing up north! New reports from Valley Spur, and recent reports from Hidden Valley, Snowflake, Meissner.

Chequamegon Almost Full
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, there are still a few openings for the 2017 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events. Act soon, these will be gone shortly.

Pioneer Midwest: Footwear Closeout
March 23, 2017
Pioneer Midwest has discounted their remaining footwear with discounts of 50% of retail. Plus there is still some ski equipment on sale, as well as a late season grind and hotbox.

Endurance United Junior Scholarship Program
March 22, 2017
For athletes interested in the D-team junior program, Endurance Athlete is offering some financial assistance (funded in part from the 55K rollerski event). Funds are limited, so get your application in today.

Web Roundup
March 20, 2017
Learning to Live in Europe - Ben Saxton writes about his experiences racing overseas and living on the road.
World Championships
- Eric Carter competes in the sport of mountaineering and reports on his recent World Championship experience.
Italian National Champs - Annie Hart blogs on her racing action in Italy, including dealing with unexpected situations.
New Norm - Elspeth Ronnander recaps the Midwest winter and highlights from the season.
JN Recap - CXC posted a brief recap on the 2017 Junior Nationals competition.   Plus a recap from the U16 Championships.
Doggy Quebec
- A loose dog hit the course during the World Cup race Sunday in Quebec.

Gregg Posts Top Results in OPA Cup Series
March 20, 2017
Caitlin Gregg lead the way for American skiers racing in the OPA Cup series in Seefield, Austria over the weekend. On Friday, Gregg won the 2.5K freestyle race, Saturday came in 7th in the 10K classical, and then posted the top time and nearly won the 10K freestyle pursuit on Sunday. Fellow Minnesotan Annie Hart also competed, posting a couple of top 20 results.
Related:
Results: Alden Cup - OPA Cup Series

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Pursuit Coverage
March 19, 2017
The World Cup series in Quebec wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting freestyle pursuit races. Conditions were once again spectacular, with temps in low 30s and bright sunshine, drawing huge crowds. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng held off all challengers to finish 1-2 in the women's 10K with Sweden's Stina Nilsson taking the sprint out for third. The men's race pitted the crowd favorite Canada's Alex Harvey against the young phenom Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway, with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug holding his own. The race eventually came down to a fantastic three sprint photo finish, with Klæbo just barely taking the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Freestyle Pursuit - 387 photos, Men's Freestyle Pursuit - 299 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Womens Freestyle Pursuit (high res), Top Picks - Mens Freestyle Pursuit (high res)
Results: Freestyle Pursuit 10K, 15K

Coaching Positions
March 18, 2017
Job postings for Endurance United and National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay.

World Cup Quebec: Classical Coverage
March 18, 2017
A second perfect day of racing at the World Cup series in Quebec city Saturday, with mass start classical races the featured event. A huge crowd turned out, especially for the men's race featuring golden boy Alex Harvey. However, it was the youngster Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway that stole the show, taking the big pack sprint finish with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Alexander Bessmertnykh third, favorite Harvey fourth. Erik Bjornsen skied well to take 31st for the top American male. The women's race was another page in the legend of Marit Bjoergen, after getting tangled up on the first lap Bjoergen recovered quickly and controlled the race right to the finish, taking yet another victory. Teammate Heidi Weng was second with season star Finland's Krista Parmakoski third. Skiing well for the US women, Sadie Bjornsen was in the top 10 for parts of the race, finishing eventually 15th to lead the squad.
Related:
Photoset: Women's 10K Classical - 261 photos, Men's 15K Classical - 247 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

U16 Nordic Championships Recap
March 18, 2017
Kris and Bjorn Hanson provide a recap on the recent U16 Championships in Maine, where the Midwest kids scored some top results.

CXC Marathon Cup Final Standings
March 17, 2017
The final tally has been made in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Individual overall winners were Matt Liebsch and Isabella Howden.

Endurance United: Jake Morgan Announcement
March 17, 2017
Endurance United announced on Friday that Junior Head Coach and Programming Director, Jake Morgan, will be leaving the organization to attend law school. The search committee will begin looking for a replacement.

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 17, 2017
An absolutely perfect day Friday in Quebec for the opening for the three day World Cup series, as temperatures rose into the mid 20s under sunny skies, highlighting the fresh snowfall from earlier this week. The racing action proved quite exciting has Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla had to make the women's final based on lucky loser format, then went head-to-head with Sweden's Stina Nilsson, Nilsson taking the victory with Falla able to collect on the World Cup overall sprint title. Canada's own Alex Harvey delivered the goods for the home country, putting together an impressive sprint final to take the mens victory. Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo sealed up the World Cup overall sprint title, becoming the youngest ever. Simi Hamilton had the great day for the US, narrowly missing the podium to take 4th in the men's sprint final. Jessie Diggins had the top result for the US women, advancing to the semi-finals before getting bumped out. Saturday's racing action will feature mass start classical races.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Qualifying - 298 photos, Men's Qualifying - 255 photos, Heats - 621 photos, Awards - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Qualifying (high res), Top Picks - Heats/Awards (high res)
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Michigan Tech Head Nordic Coach Opening
March 15, 2017
Michigan Tech University in Houghton is seeking candidates for the fulfill the role of Head Nordic Ski Coach. Apply Online.


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