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Central Gunflint trails, January 17, 2016 (Photo: Craig Wiklund)

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

Winona High School Nordic ski team, November 13, 2017

ABR ski trails, November 12, 2017 (Photo: Tom Rulseh)

Rivet Run, November 12, 2017 (Photo: Eve Graves)

Ready for winter, Marquette, MI, November 12, 2017 (Photo: Lindsey Dehlin)

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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Bearskin November Newsletter
November 17, 2017
The latest Bearskin Lodge newsletter from up on the Gunflint features their grooming and skiing already this season plus has some special offers.

Weekend Ski Swaps
November 16, 2017
Another big weekend for ski swaps! Events going on in Minneapolis, Long Lake, Mora, Grand Marais, and Marquette.

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
November 16, 2017
Warmer weather has shut down most of the skiing - best bets this weekend appear to be ABR, Swedetown and Lappe Nordic... or West Yellowstone! New reports from Trollhaugen Downhill, ABR, Forest Road 236, Swedetown, and recent reports from Snowflake, Rendezvous, Lappe, ABR, Miners Memorial Heritage, Swedetown, Banadad.

New Moon: Skin Skis
November 16, 2017
New Moon has a breakdown on the hot trend in classic skis -- skin skis. Learn what a skin ski is, and how the new versions provide better performance is nearly all conditions. Then stop in their shop to demo a pair!
New Moon Catalog Signup

Weekend Events
November 15, 2017
Nov 18-19 Minnesota State CX - Minnesota's State Championships are this weekend at the popular Bassett Creek Park in Crystal.
Nov 18 Jingle Bell Run - Holidays get rolling with 5K run on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
Nov 19 Elf Run - Another holiday theme 5K, this one in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield.

Salomon: Jessie Diggins Video Premiere in Yellowstone
November 15, 2017
If you are attending the West Yellowstone Ski Festival, join Salomon at the Holiday Inn on Friday evening, Nov 24th for the World Premiere of Jessie Diggins' Salomon TV Episode. And there will be prize giveaways from Swix, Nuun, Bose, and Salomon!

Out There: Ladies Clinic January 6th
November 15, 2017
Out There is hosting a Ladies Clinic in early January and it's filling up fast. Advanced and Beginner sessions (classical and/or skate) with strength and conditioning afterwards, followed by dinner.

Biathlon: Roster Announced for Opening World Cups
November 14, 2017
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee met today and named Paul Schommer to join Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty on the men's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3. Additionally, trials winner Kelsey Dickinson along with Emily Dreissigacker were named to join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan for the women's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3.

Trail Report Updates
November 14, 2017
Snowmaking is on hold and many trails have closed with warmer weather. New reports from Trollhaugen Downhill, ABR, Forest Road 236, Swedetown, and recent reports from Snowflake, Rendezvous, Lappe, ABR, Miners Memorial Heritage, Swedetown, Banadad.

NNF Drive for 25 Campaign - Where the Money Goes
November 14, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has released a slick video highlighted the impacts NNF funding has had on some of the top juniors. Please show your support by contributing to one of the fundraising campaigns of your favorite Midwest ambassador:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis

Web Roundup
November 13, 2017
Bet on Yourself - Jessie Diggins posts a November update as she wraps up her state-side training before heading overseas for the start of the season.
Ice and Intensity - Nordic Combiner Adam Loomis reports on an intense 11 day training sessopm in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Four Legged Friend - Gear West's Jan Guenther shares tips on how to include your dog in your ski training.
Sparkle - NBC's Olympic website has a video feature on Jessie Diggins and her sparkle.  More coverage.
To Belgium - Corey Coogan Cisek moves to Belgium for a 90 day crack at the cyclocross circuit.
Scaling the Top - Former high school XC champ Courtney Dauwalter's strength in ultra running is profiled by the Star Tribune.
Bike Sharing 2.0 - Minneapolis may soon offer dockless bike rentals.
Imagination - One incredible urban freestyle skiing/music video featuring Tom Wallisch.
Snoring App - A St. Paul inventor/wizard is launching a phone app that aims to help people with snoring problems.

Washington County Undertaking Snowmaking Study for Lake Elmo
November 13, 2017
Washington County will discuss a fesability study for snowmaking at Lake Elmo Park in their Park and Open Space Commission meeting this Thursday evening, November 16th at the Cottage Grove Service Center.

Opening Day: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team
November 13, 2017
Minnesota's high school Nordic skiing season started on Monday! We dropped in on Winona High School for opening day practice. Under the guidance of new head coach Jacob Teichroew, the team briefly met for some introductions then headed out for a short warmup run around part of Lake Winona. Skiers then participated in a strength test session to establish a an initial benchmark for the season. The test included sets of pull ups, sit ups, box jumps, push ups and bench dips. Practice wound down with locker assignments and general first-day paperwork. The team plans to be out on their fleet of rollerskis by mid-week, and hopefully on snow at St. Mary's University by early December.
Photoset: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 12, 2017
With the ski season already underway for some and racing action starting up in less than a month, we present our annual Midwest Racing Season Preview. Find out about some of the new events and changes this season, as well as a few that will drop off, and start making your plans for the season!

Gear West: West Metro Ski Swap this Weekend
November 12, 2017
On Saturday, Nov 18th, Gear West will host the West Metro Ski Swap with proceeds benefiting the Nordic teams from Mound-Westonka, Orono and Wayzata. Drop your stuff off Thursday, Friday evenings, then get out there early Saturday morning for the deals!
Fall Ski Swaps

Fischer: Yellowstone Ski Festival Demo Reservations Now Open
November 12, 2017
Heading West for the big Yellowstone Ski Festival around Thanksgiving? Fischer has opened their online reservation system, allowing you to score dibs on some new boards and boots to test drive on snow!

Rivet Run Coverage
November 12, 2017
Eve Graves reports: Sunday morning's Rivet Run event went off without a hitch despite having icy, snowy conditions thanks to hard working volunteers who sanded, salted, shoveled and used an ice pick to make the trail safe for participants. We had 93 participants ranging in age from 11 to 76 who all finished safely. Paul Gucinski, 37, won this year's event in 25:50 and 11 year old Sofia Brandis, of Ashland, WI was 5th overall and the first female with a time of 27:18. Proceeds from benefit the trails at Pattison State Park.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

BNS: Jason Cork Clinic Monday
November 10, 2017
BNS Midwest is hosting a clinic with US Ski Team World Cup coach Jason Cork Monday evening, Nov 13th at their Bloomington shop. Cork is Jessie Diggins' coach so expect a report on how she and the rest of the US Team are preparing for the upcoming season.

Battle Creek Snowmaking Effort Renewed
November 9, 2017
Finn Sisu is urging skiers to contact members of of the MN House and Senate investment committees and voice their support for snowmaking at Battle Creek. The project is seeking $2.1 million in state bond funding with an equal amount being provided by Ramsey County and private donors. Check out Jessie Diggins' call-to-action video, plus talking points and contact info for legislators.

Weekend Ski Swaps
November 9, 2017
Once of the biggest ski swap weekends of the season! Find events in Duluth, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Plymouth, and in Wisconsin at Hayward, Stevens Point and Dousman.

LNR JNQ and Collegiate Racing Presentation
November 6, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing is presentation this Sunday, Nov 12th, for those interested in learning about Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) racing and XC skiing in college. LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski led the discussion with Q&A afterwards - skiers and parents are invited!

Birksgiving Twin Cities
November 9, 2017
Embrace the giving season by supporting Phase 2 of the Birkie Honoring the Legacy - Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign with a special event in the Twin Cities, Nov 29th. Find out the latest on snowmaking, a new outdoor center at OO, Birkie at the Super Bowl, and even a Telemark update! Register now for the event.

ABR Weekend Ski Shop Sale
November 8, 2017
ABR is holding their pre-season ski sale this Saturday, November 11th. And if you're lucky, you'll be able to test some of that new equipment on their trails -- they've been clearing trees and hope to have trails open this weekend.

New Moon: Big Nordic Weekend
November 7, 2017
New Moon Ski Shop in Hayward is celebrating 41 years of serving Nordic skiers this weekend with their Annual Customer Appreciation Sale! The Hayward Ski Swap is also this weekend, as well as the annual Fall-Winter Ladies Night out evening on Saturday.
Fall Ski Swaps

Collegiate Racing: Base Camp Marquette
November 7, 2017
Mary Kozloski digs into MTG - Marquette Training Group, a group of current and former NMU skiers that spend most of their summer training in Marquette together, when not off on their own adventures.

Pioneer Midwest Ski Swap this Weekend
November 7, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is running their big fall ski swap this Saturday, Nov 11th. The popular event draws a big crowd, so plan to arrive early for the best selection on a wide array of used items.

Finn Sisu: Greg Weier Talk on New Ski Technology and Innovations
November 7, 2017
Greg Weier will deliver a talk on new ski technology and innovation this Thursday evening, Nov 9th. He'll cover how ski manufacturers are adapting their skis to new weather patterns, man-made snow, grooming developments, and changes in ski technique. Anyone struggling with all the new base options skins, hairies, zeroes and/or the challenges of waxing for man-made snow is encouraged to attend.

Web Roundup
November 6, 2017
Theory of Forms - Annie Hart digs into Plato for insight on the "ideal" technique and training, while getting on-snow time in Norway!
Bathe Update - Nichole Bathe posts a brief update on her Euro training with the British National Team. 
NTDC Thunder - A recap on last week's Frozen Thunder event and Thunder Bay athletes.
Rollerski vs XC - Drag race between rollerskier on asphalt vs Nordic skier on snow.
Preseason Teaser - Inside the Fence has posted their preseason teaser trailer to get you amped up for the World Cup season.
Drop the Drops - Outside Magazine discusses the fate of the drop handlebar.

Skiers Needed to Re-enact Historic Birkebeiner Journey at Birkie 2018
November 6, 2017
The American Birkebeiner is seeking a trio to portray Birkebeiner warriors, Torstein & Skervald, and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon - the three characters that played a pivotal role in Norwegian history. The three skiers reenact the historic flight on wooden skis and in full period costume along the entire 55K classic cross-country race course. Applications are due by Nov 30th.

CXC SuperFit Weekend: Dousman
November 6, 2017
The CXC SuperFit series wraps up this weekend in Dousman, Wi, stopping at the Bicycle Doctor Ski Shop for the weekend. Check out rollerski and dryland clinics on Saturday, as well as Peak Nordic ski swap.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Keynote Speaker: Billy Demong
November 6, 2017
Billy Demong, America's first Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic skiing, will be the keystone speaker at the Yellowstone Ski Festival on Friday evening, Nov 24th. Preparations are well underway for the big festival, with first grooming of the trails occurring last weekend!
NNF Drive for 25: Cross-Country Skiing
NNF Drive for 25: Nordic Combined

Salomon TV: Willi
November 5, 2017
Salomon has produced a slick video profile of their master ski selector: Wilheim Engelhardt (Willi). Ever wonder who helps sort, select, and pair the right Salomon skis to fit your profile? Whether you are an athlete, shop, or lifelong skier, Willi may have selected your skis--or might in the future!

Up Up and Away 10K Coverage
November 5, 2017
Chris Pappathopoulos reports: The Up Up and Away 10K 11K rollerski race Saturday had to move to plan C after the standard course was freshly chip sealed shortly before the race and plan B had road construction. Taking top honors in the high school division were Eli Gore of Madison Nordic Ski Team (Madnorski) and Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST).

Minnesota High School State CC Meet Coverage
November 4, 2017
A rather dreary day for the Minnesota High School State Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday. Temperatures stayed in the upper 30s under cloudy and misty skies. However, the racing action was still strong. In the girls AA, Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert topped returning champion Anna Fenske, Farmington, less than 5 seconds. Wayzata's Khalid Hussein pulled away from Roseville's Acer Iverson in the final 500m to take the victory in boys AA. Wayzata swept the AA teams titles. In the afternoon girls A race, Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, took the lead from the starting gun and never looked back, winning by over 45 seconds. La Cresent reversed last year's finish, taking the victory in a sprint over Declan Dahlberg, Mounds Park Academy. Perham also pulled off the sweep, taking the class A titles -- the girls winning by a single point over Winona-Cotter!
Photoset: Girls AA - 173 photos, Boys AA - 155 photos, Girls A - 178 photos, Boys A - 140 photos
Photoset: Class AA - Top Picks (high res), Class A - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Girls AA, A, Boys AA, A

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