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Hamsterbeiner, February 26, 2017
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Greenbush, February 26, 2017 (Photo: Jim Van Akkeren)

Lakewood ski trails, February 26, 2017 (Photo: Tom Lane)

Birkie champs Matt Liebsch and Sergio Bonaldi, Hamsterbeiner, February 26, 2017

BirkieFest, February 25, 2017
Photoset: BirkieFest
Video: Saturday Morning Birkie Update

Giants Ridge, February 24, 2017 (Photo: Dave Johnson)

Three Eagle Trail, February 24, 2017 (Photo: Tom Rulseh)

Birkie Expo, February 24, 2017
Photoset: Birkie Expo

Junior Birkie, February 23, 2017

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
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February 5, 2009
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Send Skinnyski Out East
February 19, 2017
With both Junior Nationals and NCAA Championships out East this March, and during the same week, we are attempting to attend both events, providing same day coverage with emphasis on the Midwest competitors. But its a major undertaking, so we are asking for your financial support to make this happen.

Weekend Trail Reports
February 26, 2017
Some great skiing being reported across many parts of the region as trails de-ice as well as groom up the recent snowfalls. New reports from Honey Tree Farm, Piedmont, Lester, Snowflake, Greenbush(2), Hormel Nature, ABR, Hyland Lake(2), McKeever Hills, Moccasin, Camp Forest Springs, Chester Woods, Elm Creek, Boulder Lake, Minocqua Winter, Nose Lake, After Hours, Giants Ridge, Wolverine, Cannon Valley, Three Eagle, Mount Itasca, Lakewood XC, Theodore Wirth North(2), Maplelag, Rib Lake, Mt. Ashwabay, Willow River SP, Flathorn-Gegoka, Essex, Magney-Snively, and recent reports from Sugarbush(3), Snow Mtn Ranch(2), Frontenac SP(3), Saint Mary's Univ, Razorback Ridges(2), Sugar Hills, Essex(2), Greenbush(4), Valley Spur, Reforestation Camp, Snowflake(2), Plover River, Maplelag, Mt. Ashwabay, Bridgewood, Quarry Hill, Honey Tree Farm(2), Standing Rocks(2), Hyland Lake(3), Madeline Lake, Minocqua Winter, Three Eagle, Tower Ridge(2), Central Gunflint, Red Cedar River, Hiram, Maranatha, WinMan, Nose Lake(2), Washburn Lake, ABR, Great River Bluffs SP, Swedetown(2), Lakewood XC, Cannon Valley.

National Forest Lodge: March Weekend Clearance
February 26, 2017
National Forest Lodge is running a special for the March 3rd weekend: $155 per person for 2 days which includes 6 meals, skiing, hot tub, sauna/polar plunge and live music. Limited space available.

Hamsterbeiner Coverage
February 26, 2017
Roughly 30 skiers turned out Sunday morning for the post-Birkie cancellation Hamsterbeiner short-notice race at Elm Creek. The race came down to a battle of former Birkie champions as Matt Liebsch (2009) and Sergio Bonaldi (2013, 2015) as the pair eventually dropped the rest of the field, with Liebsch using a burst of power on the final lap to gain the advantage on Bonaldi. Elspeth Ronnander topped the womens field.

World Championships: Team Sprint
February 26, 2017
An incredible day of racing Sunday at the Lahti World Championships as the countries competed in classical Team Sprint format events. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla sealed the victory with teammate Heidi Weng, with Russia second, and then an awe inspiring dual between USA's Jessie Diggins and Swedish sprinter Stina Nilsson, which Diggins won for the first classical medal in the US history at the World Championships! The American men had a historic day as well, taking fifth. But the men's final was marred by a crash between Norway and Finland in the final stretch, allowing Russia to take the victory, Italy second and Finland settling for third. Next race is Tuesday morning, womens 10K classical starting at 5:45 am CST.
Results: Team Sprints

World Championships: Skiathlon
February 25, 2017
Racing under a beautiful sunny sky on fast, firm conditions, the Lahti World Championships on Saturday featured skiathlon format races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Finland's Krista Parmakoski broke away from the field, with Bjoergen using the final climb to pull ahead of Parmakoski and collect yet another World Championship gold medal, Parmakoskoi second, and Sweden's Charolette Kalla third. The mens race unfolded in similar fashion, with Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Russia's Sergey Ustiugov paired up for the skate leg. Sundby self-destructed on the final climb, tripping himself up during a sprint move, allowing Ustiugov to take the gold, Sundby second, and Finn Haagen Krogh, Norway, third. Kikkan Randall was tops for the US women in 17th (Jessie Diggins DNF), Tad Elliot was the best of the US men in 48th, Kyle Bratrud 49th. Next up, classical team sprints on Sunday: womens at 3:30 am CST, men at 4:30 am.
Results: Skiathlon

Skiwerx Series And CXC Youth Cup Updates
February 24, 2017
Points have been updated in the youth series, with the big finale coming next weekend at the Midwest Junior Championships in Minneapolis. A new Wisconsin Skiwerx Series is being rolled out as well.

Short-notice Race: Hamsterbeiner
February 24, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a short-notice race at Elm Creek on Sunday morning. For those desperate to show off some of their marathon fitness, there will be a 25K race, or for the short-winded and speedy, a 5K event.

American Birkebeiner Ski Races Cancelled
February 24, 2017
It's official - the American Birkebeiner ski races for 2017 are cancelled. There was almost no snow overnight and officials can not provide a safe race course for the majority of participants. However, there are a number of fun events planned, including a short trail segment at the new start area for skiing/party, plus music and equipment demos.
Photoset: Birkie Expo
Video: Birkie Friday Midday Update

Junior Birkie Coverage
February 23, 2017
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicked off their Birkie week events with the opening of the expo at Hayward High School and Barkie Birkie, Barnebirkie and Junior Birkie races, converted into running races, at Rosie's Field on Thursday.
Photoset: 160 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Junior Birkie

World Championships: Freestyle Sprints
February 23, 2017
An incredible opening day for the US women at the World Championships Thursday in Lahti, Finland! Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall took to the podium, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the freestyle sprints. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla won the gold. In the mens final, Italy's Federico Pellegrino was the victor with Sergey Ustiugov, Russia, second followed by Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, Norway. The next event is Saturday morning, womens 15K skiathlon at 4 am CST, mens 30K at 6:30 am.
Video: Womens Sprint Final, Womens Sprint Highlights
Results: Freesprint Sprints
Fischer: Maiken Caspersen Falla becomes sprint World Champion

Birkie Thursday Update
February 23, 2017
Thursday morning update from the Birkie highlights the changes to the Barnebirkie, Barkie Birkie, and Junior Birkie events. Organizers are dependent on Friday's snowstorm to pull off a ski event Saturday. A portion of the Birkie trail will be open for skiing.
Video: Birkie Update
Racing Outlook

Rendezvous Race Ready
February 22, 2017
While snow conditions might be tough in parts of the Midwest, the Rendezvous Ski Race in West Yellowstone is reporting great conditions and ready for racing in their annual event, held next week.

USSA: Nordic World Championships Open In Finland
February 21, 2017
The World Championships in Lahti, Finland, start this Thursday, Feb 23rd, with the freestyle sprint races. A number of Midwest skiers will be competing in the events running through March 5th, including Jessie Diggins, Caitlin Gregg and Kyle Bratrud. NBC will have same day coverage with live stream and event replay. The opening freestyle sprint heats will air at 9:30 am CST on Thursday on NBC Sports Live.
USSA: Strong U.S. Team Announced For World Champs
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, Welcome to Lahti
World Championships Lahti Facebook
World Championships Lahti Website
Nordic Combined: Eleven Athletes Named To World Champs Team
Twelve NNF-supported Athletes to Compete at World Champs in Lahti, Finland

Riverbrook Birkie Celebration
February 21, 2017
Riverbrook is hosting a Birkie celebration party on Main Street Hayward with beer and chicken chili. Stop in and visit them this weekend.

Birkie Announces Friday Changes, Saturday Scenarios
February 21, 2017
Updates are coming fast and furiously as Birkie organizers scramble to adjust schedules and map out new scenarios while keeping their eye on the prospects of a Friday winter storm. The Korte has been moved to Saturday, with all Saturday events being labeled as to-be-decided. Stay tuned...
Video: Birkie Update on Races, Birkie Trail Update Wednesday Morning
Birkie Forecast by Ed Liebsch

Birkie Announces Changes to Schedule
February 21, 2017
On Tuesday morning, after an inch of rain Monday, the American Birkebeiner organizers announced a number of changes to events. Some of the major updates: Barkie Birkie, Barnebirkie, and Junior Birkie races on Thursday will be running events. Cancelled at this point are: Elite sprints, Nikkerbeiner, and Adaptive Ski.
Video: Birkie Update on Thursday Events

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 20, 2017
We recap the Minnesota High School Nordic Championships breaking down some numbers in the team competition and looking at the top movers, as well as fact-checking our state meet predictions.
State Meet Lost and Found

Hoigaards: Birkie Race Wax Service
February 20, 2017
Hoigaard's is offering their Five-Star Nordic Wax Service to Birkie skiers facing the difficult waxing conditions at this year's race. Choose the Bronze, Silver or Gold option, based on your need for speed and the level of fluorocarbons you desire.
Feb 21 Birkie Fast Wax Clinic at Hoigaards

Elite Racing Weekend Recap
February 20, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the weekend SuperTour/CCSA Regionals in Ishpeming and the Middlebury Carnival racing from the EISA series.
NCAA Central Region Skiing Championships Recap

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