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City of Lakes Loppet Festival, Jan 30-Feb 1st, in Minneapolis, MN

Exel Poles -- Back in the USA!


Girls' top finishers, Metro East Conference Sprints, January 23, 2015 (Photo: Heidi Ledermann)
Trail Report / Training Report Drawing
Submit a trail report and be entered into our weekly $100 lodging gift certificate drawing.
Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior


Pincushion Mountain Trail, January 24, 2015 (Photo: Kerrie Berg)

Siri Bohacek, Twin Cities Championships, January 24, 2015

Anita Kirvesniemi, Twin Cities Championships, January 24, 2015

Twin Cities Championships, January 24, 2015

Essex Park, January 23, 2015 (Photo: Andrew Wood)

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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World Cup Rybinsk: Skiathlon
January 25, 2015
Sunday wrapped up the weekend series in Rybinsk, Russia, with the unusual skiathlon format events. Racing 7.5K classical, then switching to skate for another 7.5K, Jessie Diggins capped a fantastic weekend finishing 5th! Teammate Liz Stephen was just less than 10 seconds back, in 7th, with Sadie Bjornsen 13th and Rosie Brennan 20th. Matt Gelso was the lone American in the mens 15K/15K race, finishing 48th. Champions were Russian's Yulia Tchekaleva and Maxim Vylegzhanin.
Related:
Results: Skiathlon 15K, 30K

Twin Cities Championships CCSA/JNQ Classical Coverage
January 24, 2015
Mild weather, even balmy by afternoon, made for toasty racing Saturday at Theodore Wirth for the first day of the Twin Cities Championships races. In the mens 15K classical mass start race, a Northern Michigan trio of Fredrik Schwencke, Adam Martin, and Erik Soderman broke away early to sweep the podium. Zak Ketterson posted the top junior time, finishing 5th overall. The womens 10K came down to an exciting finale as Anita Kirvesniemi, CSS, reeled in Felicia Gesior, NMU, in the final kilometer to take the victory with junior sensation Michaela Keller-Miller, Wayzata, popping third overall. The boys 5K saw Eagan's Ryan Steger surge to the lead on the final lap to garner the win. Siri Bohacek, Stillwater, took control of the girls 5K early and held off a late rush by Erin Moening for the title. Earlier in the morning, Zach Handler won the mens citizen/open race, with Kim Rudd edging out Ingrid Leask for the womens crown. Results linked in along with over 1000 photos, covering the four CCSA and JNQ races.

Noquemanon Results
January 24, 2015
Another epic Noquemanon is in the books as skiers completed the point-to-point races Saturday morning, finishing in Marquette. The 50K classical titles went to Tad Elliott and Natalia Naryshkina, while Robert Douglas (NY) and Vicki Asmus won the 50K freestyle races. In the 24K races, Benjamin Wright and Joan Rundman won the classic divisions, Logan Zueger and Erica Ohearn the freestyle events.
Related:
Baker Shaker Results Posted

Nordic Combined: Dramatic Podium for Taylor Fletcher
January 24, 2015
Brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher worked together to move up in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo Saturday, with Taylor coming out on the podium in dramatic fashion. Taylor was third, Bryan eighth as the USA picked up its first World Cup podium in two years.
Related:
Biathlon: Dunklee Races to 6th at Antholz World Cup pursuit

World Cup Rybinsk: Classical Sprints
January 24, 2015
Jessie Diggins posted her best result of season Saturday in Rubynsk, Russia, making the women's classical sprint final and finishing 5th! Sophie Caldwell just missed the finals, taking 7th. Ida Sargent qualified 5th overall, with Jessie Diggins 13th, Sophie Caldwell 16th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th. The US men also had great qualifying times: Simi Hamilton 6th, Andy Newell 16th, Erik Bjornsen 20th. Sweden's Jennie Oeberg and Italy's Frederico Pellegrino took the titles.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Sleeping Giant Loppet Early-Bird Deadline Fast Approacing
January 24, 2015
The Sleeping Giant Loppet, in Thunder Bay, Canada, March 7th, is having their next price hike on Feb 2nd. With 20K, 35K and 50K distance events, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Borah Teamwear Expands Nordic race Suit Selection
January 23, 2015
Borah Teamwear has expanded their retail collection with 25 stock XC suit designs, and now with cool matching XC hats! Both stock and individual-custom designs are made-to-order and shipped in just five business days.

Big Island and Back 2015
January 23, 2015
The Big Island and Back race is on for 2015! This year, the race on Lake Minnetonka will include professional chip timing, prizes including brew from Excelsior Brewing Company, pint glasses, and more. Lake conditions are currently good, and official grooming will begin the week before the race.


World Cup Rybinsk: Freestyle Races
January 23, 2015
Liz Stephen skied into the history books Friday finishing second in the Rybinsk 10K freestyle World Cup, her career first podium! Jessie Diggins had a great day as well, finishing 12th with Rosie Brenann 13th. Norway's Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen won. Dario Cologna collected the mens 15K title. Erik Bjornsen was the top American at 40th. (Photo: Getty Images-AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Biathlon: Dunklee posts season-best 8th at World Cup sprint in Italy
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Jumps Into Contention in Japan

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
January 22, 2015
Warm weather for some, snow possible for others. Check the reports and get on the good stuff this weekend. New reports from Spooner City, Giants Ridge, Willow River SP, Chain of Lakes, Mt. Ashwabay, Central Gunflint, Lauterman National, Underdown, Balsam Branch, Red Cedar River, Moccasin, Mukwonago, Piedmont, Hornet Hiihto, Eagle Lake, Great River Bluffs SP, Reforestation Camp, Anvil National, Lapham Peak, Jay Cooke SP, Hickory Ridge, Chester Woods, Lakewood XC, Pincushion Mtn, Timberland Hills, Valley Spur, Honey Tree Farm, Minocqua Winter, Theodore Wirth, Schlecht Lake, and recent reports from Cannon Valley, Boulder Lake, Nicolet North, Afterglow Lake, Washburn Lake, Nose Lake, Balsam Branch, Iola Winter Sports, Nordic, Camp Forest Springs, Lone Rock, Whitetail Woods, Spring Lake, Lebanon Hills, Spirit Mtn, Elm Creek, Essex, Lakewood XC(2), Minocqua Winter(2), Valley Spur(2), After Hours, Big Aspen(2), Three Eagle, ABR, Mt. Valhalla, Evergreen/Maywood, Raven, McNaughton Lake, Lake Elmo, Birkie, Marshfield School Forest, Lauterman National, Underdown, Nordmarka, Gov Thompson SP, Honey Tree Farm, Nine Mile Forest, Hyland Lake, Greenbush, Madeline Lake, Rapid River, Penokee Mtn, Rock Lake, Mukwonago.

Chippewa Valley Nordic Invite Results
January 22, 2015
Ted Theyerl reports: The inaugural Chippewa Valley Nordic Invitational was held at Tower Ridge in Eau Claire, WI on Thursday evening with 75 skiers from Chippewa Valley Nordic (Eau Claire, WI), Red Wing and Winona doing a 4.7k mass start skate race under the lighted loops. Temperatures were in the upper 20's, on a hard packed, very fast course. In the boys varsity race, Ben Theyerl (CVN) won in 12:23, while CVN teammate David Ecker held off Winona's Jake Williams by a second for second and third. In the girls varsity race, Anni Skillicorn of Winona won by 45 seconds over CVN skiers Kaija Hudacek and Mikaela Walters. For the varsity boys team results, depending on which state (MN or WI) method used, Winona won with 4 skiers scored, CVN won with 3 skiers scored. The Varsity girls race was won by CVN using either state scoring method, with Winona second.

Win An Opportunity for a 2015 Birkie Entry
January 22, 2015
The Birkie office is running a special offer on 10 entries to the 2015 Birkie, Kortie or Prince Harkon races. Be one of the first 10 people to comment on an upcoming Facebook post, make a donation to benefit Life Link lll, and you'll earn one of the prized entries.

Finn Sisu: Race Ski Special Offers, Race Wax Service
January 22, 2015
Finn Sisu is offering some unique deals on race skis, poles, and jackets, plus race wax service for the Loppet, and other major events.

Exel at SIA Trade Show
January 22, 2015
Exel Ski Poles will be at the Snow Sport Industry Association Trade Show (SIA) January 29th through February 1st. Stop at their booth and check out their latest designs, including the Curve-poles.

Twin Cities Championships On-site Grind Special
January 22, 2015
Gear West will be on-site at Wirth this weekend, offering a World Cup grind service utilizing their new Tazzari RP23 Stone Grinder.

Vasaloppet Update
January 22, 2015
Vasaloppet USA has issued an update on their early February race. While still hoping for some major snow, they are making backup plans to hold the race on Knife Lake, which currently has plenty of snow cover.

Weekend Racing
January 21, 2015
A number of cancellations already posted, but still some great options on the table this weekend...
Jan 24 Noquemanon - The mighty Noque appears to have great conditions and should help get your Birkie legs in shape.
Jan 24-25 Twin Cities CCSA/JNQ - The collegiate/junior series comes to the Twin Cities for two days of racing at Wirth.  Citizen mass start races too!
Jan 24 Baker Shaker - Racing on the snowmaking at Elm Creek, show off your hard earned training with this four or eight lap event.
Jan 25 Iola Norseman Challenge - Recent snowfall has ensured the race is on, come out for 10K classical and/or 20K freestyle races.
As always, check our Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
Related:
Skiwerx Series/CXC Youth Cup Mid Year Updates
Waxing Recommendations

Ski Hut Newsletter
January 21, 2015
Ski Hut's latest newsletter features their event at Spirit Mountain this weekend, new stock on skis, a National Forest Lodge special, and the upcoming Winter trails day.

Lake Elmo Ski Festival this Weekend
January 21, 2015
Ride and Glide Ski Club will be helping host the Lake Elmo Ski Festival this weekend. Come out for some free ski lessons, including some loaner equipment to try. Snow conditions may be lean, but they expect to have some skiable trails.

BNS Waxing Observations
January 21, 2015
Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest shares notes on their wax testing so far this winter. BNS will be at the Noquemanon this weekend, or feel free to stop in at their Bloomington location just to talk "shop".

World Cup Rybinsk Weekend Series
January 21, 2015
The World Cup series comes to Rybinsk, Russia for a three day weekend series. Friday features freestyle 10K/15K events, Saturday freestyle sprints, and then Sunday comes skiathlon format races.

Midwest Mountaineering January Newsletter
January 22, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering latest newsletter has a 20% off coupon (skis!?), along with another 15% coupon, as well as a full list of their upcoming events and clinics this winter.

South Suburban Conference Classic Results
January 20, 2015
Brian Abery reports: On a perfect day for klister skiing, the South Suburban Conference held its last regular season race prior to the Conference Pursuit Championships with a two wave mass start event on the Hyland trails. Skiing in the first wave in the Boy's race, Eagan sophomore Patrick Acton turned in the best time with 15:18 only to be topped by his team mate sophomore Ryan Steger who skied to a 1st place time of 15:13 out of the second wave. In 3rd position providing an Eagan sweep was sophomore Ryan Conroy. On the team front Eagan took 1st with ISD 196 in 2nd. The Girl's race was not as tight an affair with Eastview junior Margie Freed topping the field with a 16:39 finishing 35 seconds in front of her team mate Annika Martell. ISD 196 senior Camille Sjoquist rounded out the podium with her 3rd place finish. Team results on the girl's side had Eastview in 1st with ISD 196 taking the 2nd spot.

Skiwerx Series and Cities Cup Near Halfway
January 20, 2015
The Skiwerx and Cities Cup series are near the midpoint, and this weekend presents a double-points opportunity in the Twin Cities Championships events. Plus updated standings are now online.

Out There: Birkie Wax Service
January 20, 2015
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is again offering their premium wax service for the American Birkebeiner. If you'd like you get your boards in top shape, you'd better sign up soon -- they reportedly are already 75% full!

Madshus Race News
January 20, 2015
Madshus highlights some of the top performances in January, including Heidi Weng's third place in the Tour de Ski and Caitlin Gregg's National Championship title.

Local Stars
January 19, 2015
Chaux Neuve - Adam Loomis, Eau Claire native, provides a great recap on his early January Nordic Combined racing, including his first World Cup points!
Lean In - Paige Schember shares her epic US Nationals experience (selected for U23 Champs!) and the inspiration a coach can provide.
Surviving the Keweenaw Glacier - Alice Flanders highlights the week of US Nationals with event recaps and a neat video clip.
Sunny Side - Jessie Diggins keeps her head up as she recovers from sickness and takes in the beautiful scenery.
Road Warriors - Gordon Vermeer recaps the remaining US Nationals events, the long long drive back to Vermont, and prepares for upcoming east coast races.
Purpleness - John Munger makes good on a bet, channeling his inner "Prince" for the Loppet Give to the Max challenge.
The Colder, The Better - Former State Nordic Champ, Garrett Heath, credits his cross-country skiing in giving him an edge in repeating as Edinburgh XCountry champion against some of the best in the world.
Defying the Numbers - Forest Lake and their long history of top Nordic squads was featured in the Star Tribune.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 5
January 19, 2015
Things start to shake in the Minnesota high school Nordic rankings, with a number of movers this week, including a new number one in the team rankings. Plus some commentary on JNQs and high school racing.

Ski and Spirituality Retreat at St. Johns
January 19, 2015
St. John's University is hosting a ski and spirituality weekend retreat on Feb 6-8. Skiing on the St. John's trail systems, great food and accommodations, and even optional lessons.

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
January 18, 2015
A light turnout for the Boulder Lake ski race Sunday, as just under 100 skiers crossed the finish line on a very busy weekend for racing in the Midwest. Anders Osthus and Annalisa Peterson won the 32K freestyle titles, Matt Lee and Elspeth Ronnander the classical crowns. Shorter 11K freestyle victories for Joe Rauzi and Sarah Allen, classical to Kendall Hill.

Marine/O'Brien Coverage
January 18, 2015
Defying the low snow winter in the Twin Cities, the Marine/O'Brien race was successfully held on thin conditions at William O'Brien State Park Sunday morning. Organizers did trim two hill sections from the race loop, revising the distances to 10K and 20K. In the 20K classical, Tyler Gilbert and Nate Rhode broke away with Gilbert winning by nearly two minutes. Kathleen De Wahl was the womens champion. For the 20K freestyle race, Alex Reich cruised off the front to also win by nearly two minutes. Sara Graves topped the womens field. The 10K skate race featured a crop of fast Stillwater high school skiers, lead by Shad Kraftson and Fredrika Von Essen. The 10K classical titles were awarded to Jack Lange and Rachel Peterson. Results plus photos posted.
Related:
King Boreas Results Posted

Telemark CCSA/JNQ: Freestyle Results
January 18, 2015
Mass start skate events provided some exciting racing at the Telemark CCSA/JNQ in Cable Sunday. In the mens 15K, it was the unstoppable Kyle Bratrud taking another victory as he pulled away from the field to win by 11 seconds. Teammate Erik Soderman was second with St. Scholastica's Paul Schommer third. Jordyn Ross, NMU, topped the womens 10K field with Alice Flanders, MTU, second and Andrea Lee third. The the juniors 5K titles were taken by Abigail Jarzin and Mitchell Delong.


Holly Brooks Wins Dolomitenlauf
January 18, 2015
American Holly Brooks, racing on the WorldLoppet circuit, won the Dolomitenlauf in Lienz, Austria on Sunday.


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