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Archives: 5/1/2016 to 4/26/2017

Action Alert: Minnesota Ski Pass Price Increase Proposal
April 25, 2017
Minnesota Nordic Ski Association is encouraging all Minnesota skiers to press for legislative action to increase funding for Grant-in-Aid grooming by increasing the pricing on the Minnesota Ski Pass.

Olympic Caliber Ski Jump Proposed for SE Minnesota
April 19, 2017
Plans for a 120 meter Olympic sized large hill ski jump at the Mt. Frontenac Golf Course, south of Red Wing, are moving forward after zoning and a permit approvals last week.
Proposal: Olympic Ski Jump to come to Frontenac

Possible Olympic Skiing Complex for Madison Area
April 17, 2017
CXC is working with officials from Middleton, Wisconsin, on a proposal to develop an Olympic cross-country skiing complex including lighted ski and rollerski trails, biathlon range, and even a year-round "snowmaking barn".

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.

Superior Municipal Forest on Agenda
March 14, 2017
Cross-country ski trails at Superior Municipal Forest will be a topic of discussion this Thursday, March 16th at the Superior Park and Recs public meeting.

Tower Ridge Lighting Improvements Project
March 12, 2017
Light the Way - The Eau Claire Ski Striders are raising money to expand and improve the lighting at the Tower Ridge ski trails. Donations can be made on-line.

Como Winter Sports Booster Club Fundraising Dinner March 25th
March 12, 2017
Como Winter Sports Booster Club is hosting a fundraising dinner on March 25th to help raise funds to support the cross country and downhill/snowboard lessons programs at Como Park in St. Paul. Ward 5 council member Amy Brendmoen and Mike Hahm, director of Parks and Rec, will be there and there will be a chance lobby them with regard to the future of XC ski in Como Park. There is also a silent auction with donations from Finn Sisu.

ABR Taste of the Trails this Saturday
March 2, 2017
ABR is holding their 12th annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday, March 4th. Purchase great local food and drink trailside while enjoy some great March skiing!

Tour Duluth Set for this Weekend
February 27, 2017
The annual Tour Duluth event is this Saturday, March 4th. Tour Duluth is a celebration of the great ski trails in Duluth and all the great people who make it all happen, with skiers visiting a number of Duluth area trails throughout the day. Food and drink are at each of the tour stops with the annual DXC dinner that night.

Sugar Tour on March 11th
February 27, 2017
The Sugarbush trail system is encouraging all skiers to come out and enjoy spring skiing with a special Sugar Tour event planned for Saturday, March 11th. Children and adults can choose 5k, 8k or an 18k loop, with activities on the shorter loops or the personal challenge of skiing the long loop with treats and hot chocolate when you finish at Oberg Trailhead. Register online or in-person.

Duluth XC Announces Snow Ball Gala and Community Ski Awards
January 31, 2017
Duluth XC (DXC) is hosting their second annual Snow Ball Gala, Feb 11th at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth. Proceeds will the Capital Campaign of building new ski trails with snowmaking at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the bottom of Spirit Mountain.

ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 26, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Midwest Grooming Expo and Clinic on Monday and Tuesday, Jan 30-31. Interest has been high, make your plans soon!

Mid-Winter Low Snow Blues
January 24, 2017
Mark Lahtinen posts a mid-winter history lesson, taking a shot at what we can expect for snowfall the remainder of the season based on past data.

Gear West: Nordic Night Fever Feb 9th
January 18, 2017
Six veteran skiers, including Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Executive Director, Lynne Cecil, former Birkie Champ and Brenda Gauvin-Chadwick, a 30-year ski marathon veteran, will share their Birkie experiences in a forum Feb 9th at Gear West. The event will also feature Birkie wax demos, food, and movies.

ABR Grooming Clinic Jan 30-31
January 5, 2017
ABR is hosting their annual Grooming Clinic and Expo on January 30-31 in Ironwood, MI. The first day expo is free, and the second day clinic and seminar costs $80.

Vasaloppet: Snow Tax Deduction
December 27, 2016
Trim some of your tax bill by making a tax deductible donation to the Vasaloppet organization's snowmaking expansion program before the end of the year.

Twin Cities High School Practices Hit the Trails
December 12, 2016
It's that time of year again -- the trails are opening and high school teams will be out in the afternoons for practices and meets. The exact schedule for meets is very fluid still, and will change as additional trail systems come online. Please check out FAQ for suggestions on avoiding the crowds.
Skinnyski FAQ
Three Rivers Practice Schedule for Dec 13-16

Birkie Trail Named Top Ski Destination
November 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Trail was named the number one cross-country ski destination in the nation, as voted by USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. Separately, the American Birkebeiner ski race was recently awarded the 2016 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.

Another Warm November in the Twin Cities
November 29, 2016
Mark Lahtinen looks at our November weather and how it compares historically, and when we might expect some more snowfall.

Theodore Wirth Trail Updates
November 20, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has been hard at work this fall, rerouting sections of the snowmaking loop at Wirth along with adding new event (MTB) trails and moving the tubing operations (just a list a few) as they take over most winter operations from the Minneapolis Park Board. Read more details about the changes, view photos, and review upcoming plans.

Major Winter Storm Taking Aim on Minnesota for the Weekend
November 16, 2016
Winter Storm Watches and even some Blizzard Watches were going up Wednesday as forecasters gain confidence in a major winter storm rolling in for northern Minnesota this weekend. As of Wednesday afternoon, the biggest snowbelt was targeted across west Central to NE Minnesota with a big band of 6-12" by Saturday morning.
Regional Winter Storm Statements
Updraft: Blizzard and winter storm watches posted; radical change by Friday

DXC: Grand Avenue Fundraising Progress Update
November 14, 2016
The Grand Avenue project, aimed at developing a top tier Nordic center and snowmaking trails at the base of Spirit Mountain, has making great progress since the formal campaign began a few weeks ago. Review their progress and additional ways you can help support this project.

Vasaloppet Fundraiser Effort
November 7, 2016
The Vasaloppet USA organizers have launched a major fundraising campaign to fund snowmaking operations and expand trail development and facilities at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Check out the details and kick in!

Rivet Run Coming Nov 13th
November 1, 2016
The Rivet Run, a trail running race at Pattison State Park, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov 13th. All proceeds benefit the ski trails at Pattison State Park.

Madison Snowmaking in the Works
October 28, 2016
CXC and the Madison Nordic Ski Club (MarNorSki) will work together to operate snowmaking equipment at Elver Park in Madison this winter.

Grand Avenue Nordic Center Campaign Fall Kickoff Party Thursday
October 25, 2016
Join DXC for a party Thursday evening to kick off the fall season and the campaign to bring Grand Avenue Nordic Center to life. There will be a live band (The Boomchucks), and they'll have a casual dinner and cash bar.

Frozen Thunder: Canmore Opens Snow Loop
October 23, 2016
Over the weekend, Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, opened their fall snow loop which will be used for the Frozen Thunder events later this week. The loop is created from snow harvested last season and kept undercover over the summer. The first race is this Friday, Oct 28th, and will cover 7.5K freestyle for the women and 10K for the men. The following Tuesday and Thursday will be sprint events.
Video: Oct 20 Frozen Thunder grooming
Oct 23 Canmore Snow Report
Frozen Thunder

Grand Avenue Campaign Kickoff Oct 27th
October 20, 2016
Come out Thursday evening, Oct 27th, for the fall kickoff event for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center campaign in Duluth. Snowmaking loop, lighted trails, and chalet with restaurant and bar -- support the project in their fundraising efforts.
Grand Avenue Nordic Center Project
Grand Avenue Promotional Brochure

Ramsey County Deer Hunts
September 22, 2016
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will host controlled archery deer hunts this October throughout the county parks system. Review the schedule of park closures.
Wisconsin State Park Deer Hunts
Three Rivers Park District Deer Hunts
Minnesota State Park Deer Hunts

Mpls Park Board, Loppet Foundation Celebrate beginning of a new era of outdoor recreation and programming
September 8, 2016
On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Loppet Foundation confirmed a shared commitment to world-class outdoor recreation and programming at Theodore Wirth Regional Park. MPRB Commissioners approved three agreements that facilitate the construction, donation, lease and operation of a new outdoor recreation hub in Wirth Park.

Wisconsin DNR Survey on Outdoor Recreation
August 24, 2016
The Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is seeking public input on outdoor recreation which will help develop a blueprint for future needs.

Braemer Skiing Petition
August 18, 2016
The City of Edina is proposing a 3 km cross country ski trail with snowmaking to be built at Braemar Park. The trails would provide an additional venue with guaranteed snow for the public and ski teams. Backers are asking the cross country ski community at large as well as Edina residents to voice their support before the public hearing on Sep 7th by signing their online petition.

Loppet Passes Another Hurdle Toward Adventure Center Development
August 5, 2016
The Administration and Finance Committee of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Wednesday night passed a series of resolutions supporting the Loppet Foundation's Adventure & Welcome Center project. The next hurdle is approval by the full Park Board, which is expected to vote later this month. Assuming approval by the full board, the last big hurdle is fundraising of an additional $1.2 million to complete the first phase of the project. As a side note, the Adventure Center has been rechristened as 'The Trailhead'.
Star Tribune: Winter sports/bike center on verge of final approval for Wirth Park
Adventure Center Project

Web Roundup
July 11, 2016
Haig Yes - Maria Berg put together a nice highlight video of the recent Midwest trip to the Haig Glacier.
Haig Recap - Brian Gregg posts an update on recent training, including a trip to the Haig Glacier.
Comfortable with Uncomfortable - Annie Hart covers the topic of pain vs discomfort. 
Dinomite - Team Gregg gets a living fossil to try rollerskiing -- seriously.
Air Travei - Jessie Diggins devotes this week's blog to the trials and tribulations of air travel.
Back in the UP - Caitlin Gregg joins the REG and Dream Camp workouts in Marquette last week.
Podium Project Recap - Recap video from the recent Development Podium Project camp in Utah.
- Russian developers are working on a "war theme" ski resort.
Butt Kicker - Scientists breakdown just how hard the Tour de France is on a cyclists body.
Spicy Solution? - Could spicy foods be the key to preventing muscle cramps?

Duluth Planning Commission Hearing on Grand Avenue Nordic Center
July 11, 2016
The City of Duluth Planning Commission will be holding a Public Hearing this Tuesday evening, July 12th, to receive comments on the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area Environmental Assessment Worksheet, which addresses projects including the Grand Avenue Nordic Center, as well as a number of other silent sport efforts.

Levis Mound Chalet Burns Down
May 26, 2016
The scenic chalet at Levis Mound near Neillsville, WI, burned down in a fire earlier this week. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. However, plans are already being made to build a replacement and a funding page has been started.
GoFundMe Page for Levis Mound Chalet

Edina City Council Moves Forward on Braemer Winter Park Project
May 18, 2016
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Edina City Council voted to move forward on the Braemer Winter Park Project. The next step will be a study on the financial feasibility and trail design for a snow tubing and cross country skiing operation.

Edina City Council to Vote on Braemer Winter Park Project
May 15, 2016
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Edina City Council will vote on the a proposal for developing winter activities at Braemer Park including trails with snowmaking capabilities. There is still time to make your opinions known via email or phone.

Battle Creek Winter Recreation Legislative Update
May 12, 2016
The Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area was not included in the final Senate bonding bill. Supporters have now turned their attention to a Senate Supplemental Budget Bill and a project called Snow Angels, which funds a ski jump in Red Wing. They hope to get the Battle Creek project added to this same bill, and are asking for constituents to contact their representatives.

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