Marshall Holiday Ski Camp Set for Dec 28-30
December 2, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp for children ages 5-12 is set for December 28-30 (holiday break) at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth. Members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and alumni will be providing instruction, working to bring each skier to their next level.
Winter Trail Kids Starts Tuesday
December 1, 2016
The Loppet Foundation's Winter Trail Kids program starts up this Tuesday, Dec 6th, at both Wirth and Hyland. The program is for youth ages 7-14 and provides coaching instruction for both classic and skate ski technique.
NNF: Team Gregg - We Believe
November 21, 2016
Brian and Caitlin Gregg make their case for supporting the National Nordic Foundation and the Drive for 25 campaign, highlighting how important funding is for junior development and elite skiers trying to make it to the next level. The Drive for 25 campaign ends on Dec 1st, and has a matching grant for $40K.
Adaptive Coaches Clinics
November 21, 2016
Join U.S. Paralympics athletes and Nordic National Team coaches at an adaptive coaches clinic aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programming throughout the Midwest. The clinics are open to anyone interested in learning more about adaptive Nordic skiing.
Dec 11 Twin Cities Clinic - Held at Boulder Nordic and Hyland Lake Park.
Dec 20 Duluth Clinic - Held at Snowflake Nordic Center.
Loppet Seminars this Sunday
November 12, 2016
The Loppet Foundation is hosting two seminars this Sunday, Nov 13th.
Dryland Technique Clinic for Adults - Some drills outdoors and then inside for classroom review.
JNQ and Collegiate Racing - For parents and juniors, learn about the JNQ series and collegiate opportunities.
Yellowstone Ski Festival Prepares Backup Plans
November 11, 2016
The warm fall weather continues to impact snow conditions throughout the United States, including West Yellowstone. However, organizers are still planning for a big week and have outlined several contingency plans. Historically, Yellowstone will get a November snowfall, though sometimes it has been as late as Thanksgiving week.
Yellowstone Ski Festival Announces Adaptive Sports Grant Award
November 1, 2016
Albany County, in partnership with the Wyoming Consortium for Veterans Activities, was awarded a $200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming. The Casper Mountain Biathlon Club was part of the consortium awarded funding to improve access to sports activities for veterans across Wyoming.
CXC On Snow Juniors Camps
October 21, 2016
CXC is offering a couple of on-snow training camps this winter, including weekends at Wolverine Village in Ironwood and Telemark Condos in Cable. The camps are open to juniors 14-19 years old and will be led by coaches Karmen Whitham and Bruce Manske.
Three Rivers Park District Ski Clubs
October 20, 2016
Three Rivers Parks District offers cross-country ski clubs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Whether the goal is to get out and ski with other beginners, or get conditioned and learn racing techniques for a citizen ski race, there are several ski clubs to choose from.
Team XC United 2016-17 Season
October 19, 2016
Matt Liebsch has announced details on the 2016-17 Team XC United, which is open to all abilities while focusing on intermediate to advanced skills and training techniques. There are a number of perks with the team including wax services discounts and lactate profile with video. The first training session is this Sunday, Oct 23rd.
Over the Peak Kick Off Party Nov 12
October 16, 2016
Come out Saturday evening, Nov 12th, for a discussion about cross country skiing in Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Guest speaker Ben Popp, Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, will describe the exciting changes coming for Birkie 2017!
Loppet Games this Weekend
October 10, 2016
The fifth annual Loppet Games are scheduled for this weekend, Oct 15th, at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Open to kids 7-14, the event features six events: an adventure race, obstacle course, running long jump, Medicine ball throw, SkiErg double pole competition, orienteering Race and wraps up with age-gap relays.
NSSTC: October Meeting
October 6, 2016
North Star Ski Touring Club is holding their October meeting on Tuesday, Oct 11th, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Richfield. This month's featured speaker is Cathy de Moll who will discuss her book, Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica.
TRAIL KIDS Fall Adventure Race Running Series
October 3, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has posted an update on their Fall Adventure Race series. The final event is coming up this Thursday evening and features the infamous stream crossings!
Rollerski Clinic with Team Gregg this Sunday
September 30, 2016
Brian and Caitlin Gregg will be leading a brief clinic and then overdistance rollerski event on Sunday morning, Oct 2nd, starting in Cable. The clinic is open to everyone, the overdistance rollerski is generally recommend for more advanced skiers (plan to be self sufficient).
CXC Fall Junior Open Camp Series
September 26, 2016
CXC is continuing their series of fall/winter open training camps for juniors with the next event planned for Oct 14-16 in Madison, WI. The focus of the camp will include fitness assessment, skill and fitness preparation for the racing season, health and wellness, and developing performance techniques.
NNF: We Believe
September 24, 2016
The Drive for 25 is coming this fall, and right now they are looking for supporters to help communicate their love of Nordic skiing via their "I Believe" campaign.
Yellowstone Trail Passes on Sale
September 22, 2016
Discount trail passes are now on sale for the big November Yellowstone Ski Festival. The Yellowstone Ski Festival brings in skiers from across the country for early season skiing on the Rendezvous trail system, Nov 22-26.
Saturday Morning Dryland Workouts at Battle Creek
September 22, 2016
Bruce Fiedler will once again be leading the Dryland Workouts on Saturday Mornings at the Battle Creek Winthrop Site. The workouts will run every Saturday from Sep 24th thru Dec 10th, or until we have skiable snow. Bring hiking poles!
Park Nicollet Ski Program
September 19, 2016
Park Nicollet has developed a new sports program specifically designed to treat injured cross country and downhill skiers. A team of physical therapists with extensive skiing experience and expertise created this rehabilitation program to help get skiers back to skiing, with better performance and less risk of reinjury.
Gear West Women's XC Clinic
September 18, 2016
Gear West will be hosting their annual Women's XC Ski Clinic, December 10-11. on the Birkie Trail. The clinic provides women a positive, female friendly place to work on your technique and efficiency with Gear West owner Jan Guenther and Riverbrook Bike and Ski owner Cindy Swift. Food, friends, and falling snow...what more could you want?
West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp: Train With a Pro
September 15, 2016
The huge West Yellowstone Ski Festival is Nov 22-26 this season. Registration is now open for their XC ski training clinics featuring coaching staff is composed of an elite group of XC ski professionals which includes retired world class skiers, coaches and professional instructors.
Yellowstone Ski Festival
Gear West: Free Rollerski Clinic this Saturday
September 12, 2016
Gear West is offering a free Learn to Rollerski Clinic this Saturday morning, Sep 17th. The clinic is for beginners who want to learn the basics of roller skiing and Gear West will supply the rollerskis (skate or classic). RSVP required, and bring your boots, poles and helmet.
Bjorn's Workout Starts Saturday
September 6, 2016
The famous Bjorn Lasserud format workouts at Hyland downhill area in Bloomington will start up this Saturday, Sep 10th. Open to all abilities, starts at 8:30 am prompt!
Endurance United 55km Rollerski this Saturday
September 6, 2016
Endurance United's big 55K point-to-point rollerski event is this Saturday, Sept 10th. Park in Stillwater, catch the shuttle bus to the start at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul, and rollerski back. Supported stops, including the ability to change equipment halfway.
Finn Sisu: Fall Training Programs
September 1, 2016
Sign up for one of Finn Sisu's training programs and be a better skier this winter. Vakava Juniors fall training program starts Tuesday, Sep 6th, Vakava Masters begin Oct 6th. And they are offering strength training (for all ages) starting Sep 28th.
Loppet: Fall Training Seminar, Wirth Trailhead Building Update
August 31, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing head coach Piotr Bednarski will hold a Fall Training seminar for adult XC skiers as well as a short presentation on the Wirth Trailhead building project and associated trail/stadium improvements coming this fall.
Loppet Fall Programs
August 22, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of fall activities ramping up soon, including...
Trail Kids Fall Program - The Trail Kids program is designed for youth ages 7-13, featuring activities like mountain biking, trail running, dryland training and more (test drive sessions available).
Adult Fall Programs - A wide range of fall adult program options available, including dryland, rollerskiing, and strength training. Price hikes for many programs are coming August 31st.
International Junior Camp - Uphill Time Trial
August 18, 2016
On Tuesday the athletes at the International Junior Camp competed in an uphill time trial. Guest World Cup star Astrid Jacobsen set the benchmark time, and once again, Midwest's own Nicole Schneider lead the way for the US juniors taking 15th. Zane Fields was the lone US junior in the mens race, placing 30th.
Endurance United 55km Rollerski Coming Sep 10th
August 18, 2016
After an extremely popular inaugural event last fall, Endurance United will again host a supported 55K point-to-point rollerski event. Starting at Desnoyer Park in the heart of the Twin Cities, this year the course will roll east, following the Mississippi and then connecting trails to Gateway and eventually the new Browns Creek trail to finish in downtown Stillwater. Reserve your spot today for the Sep 10th rollout.
NNF: International Junior Camp Update 1
August 15, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) posted a new update on the International Junior Camp going on this week in Norway. Top Midwest juniors Zak Ketterson and Nicole Schneider are participating in the camp (and can be seen in some of the photos/videos).
International Junior Pre-Camp Update
August 12, 2016
Zak Ketterson shares some of the junior athlete experiences in Sweden, including some ski tunnel time, before they attended the official International Junior Camp in Norway.
Birkie Development Grants Applications Available
August 10, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs. Priority will be given to organizations that are cross country ski focused, but organizations that support running, biking, and other off-season programs for skiers are also encouraged to apply. Applications are available now, deadline is Sept 15th.
Vakava Time Trial Coverage
August 7, 2016
Members of the Vakava Team took to the hills of Afton Sunday morning for a test drive of a time trial course they hope to utilize for future events. The group went off on skate rollerskis with interval starts first, then after an equipment change and brief warmup, many of them went at it again in classic technique.
Photoset: Skate - 43 photos
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American Birkebeiner Museum Grand Opening Coverage
August 5, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner on Friday evening in Hayward. The new museum is full of memorabilia from past events, as well as a giant 3D model of the trail system and numerous multimedia kiosks. Saturday the excitement will continue with the unveiling of the new start area and trailhead, plus the annual foundation meeting and elections.
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Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner
CXC Eriksen Road Bike Drawing
August 4, 2016
Help grant a child with physical disabilities and visual impairments the opportunity to try the joy of cross country skiing, via the CXC Adaptive Program, by entering their drawing for a custom Eriksen road bike.
CXC's Staff is Growing
Loppet Trail Kids Programs
August 2, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of kids programs designed to introduce them to great activities outdoors. Just a few of the upcoming events:
- Aug 10 Intro to Orienteering
- Aug 22-28 Trail Kids half day camp
And fall is just around the corner, you'll find a wide assortment of opportunities in their Fall programs.
Spotlight: DXC Juniors Program
July 27, 2016
After chasing the National U16 Camp around the front part of the week, we dropped in Tuesday afternoon to catch one of the local clubs, the Duluth XC (DXC) Juniors for a dryland workout at Chester Bowl. The group started with a 20 minute trail run warmup, before working on strength and quick power drills at the downhill area. The group did a number of repeats including balancing/hoping skills, core strength, and some hill bounding. The session wrapped up with a short warm down run.
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National U16 Camp - Tuesday Coverage
July 26, 2016
The string of warm, humid weather continued Tuesday as athletes in the National U16 Camp in Duluth took to the hills of Spirit Mountain for a morning uphill time trial. Novie McCabe and Ben Ogden posted the top times in the grueling run. There was some rest scheduled for the afternoon, with an optional stand-up paddleboard session on the big Lake Superior.
Photoset: Tuesday Uphill Run TT - 202 photos
Results: Uphill Run TT
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July 18, 2016
Olympics - Annie Hart writes about Olympic dreams and one of her new sponsors.
Alaska Pt 1 - Jessie Diggins covers her early training sessions in Alaska before heading up for glacier skiing.
Is it the bike? - Does a $2000 bike simulator make you fitter?
Mora Welcomes Swedish Juniors
July 15, 2016
The Mora community has been host to junior athletes from their sister city, Mora, Sweden, for a week of training and bonding with the Mora Mustang Nordic training program.
National Development Project Grants Awarded
July 13, 2016
New for 2016, the National Development Project is a program designed to directly benefit the many clubs, coaches and officials that play a tremendous role in skiing development across the United States. Wayata Nordic, Iola Winter Sports Club and CXC were part of the inaugural recipients.
REG and Dream Camp Coverage
July 6, 2016
CXC is holding the Central Regional Elite Group camp, as well as their Youth Dream Camp up in Marquette, MI, this week. The REG group took in an uphill time trial run and agility testing on rollerskis in the opening days.
Photoset from CXC: REG Camp, Youth Dream Camp
Results: Uphill Run TT, Double Pole Time Trial
CXC Coaches Symposium at REG Camp
June 30, 2016
CXC is hosting a coaches symposium at the Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp, open to coaches of all levels (and free). The symposium will be held July 9th at the Superior Dome in Marquette and will feature Bryan Fish, Sten Fjeldheim, Andy Keller and more. The REG Camp runs July 5-11th.
2016 REG Camp
APU: Masters Camp on Eagle Glacier
June 24, 2016
APU is hosting another Eagle Glacier Master camp this summer, July 27-30, with top coaches Erik Flora, Dylan Watts and Galen Johnson. The camp is open to nearly all ages and abilities.
Clubs Uniting to Bring New TRAIL KIDS Program to Midwest Youth
June 20, 2016
The Loppet Foundation, Endurance United, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Out There, and MadNorSki have united to promote the broader mission of fostering outdoor lifestyles by offering year-round activities for youth ages 8-13 within all of their programming under the TRAIL KIDS name. Each TRAIL KIDS chapter will operate from within the umbrella of the club but will share common traits.
CXC: Igor Legacy Camps
June 18, 2016
CXC still has some openings for their July Igor Legacy Camp in Minnesota, July 29-31 at Myre-Big Island State Park. The camps promote growth and development of junior cross country ski racers by exposing young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.
NNF Announces Training Season Funding
June 9, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced over $28K in training season funding for grassroots skiing support. Supported projects include the National U16 Camp which will be held in Duluth in late July.