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Jessie Diggins in Finland, November 22, 2014 (Photo: Matt Whitcomb)

Wet rollerski after the weekend rain, June 1, 2014 (Photo: Team Gregg)

Igor Legacy Camp, Ironwood, MI, August 8, 2015 (Photo: Bruce Manske)

Matt Leibsch conducting a dryland clinic in Mora , October 5, 2014 (Photo: Vasaloppet US)

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Highlights

DXC: Birkie Bus
February 2, 2016
Live in or near Duluth, and want to avoid the lodging and transportation hassles of the Birkie? The Duluth XC Club (DXC) is offering coach bus transportation to and from the Birkie on Saturday, Feb 20th. There are a limit number of seats available, reserve yours today.

Fast and Female Chat at the Birkie
February 1, 2016
Olympian Kikkan Randall will be at the Birkie this year, and will host a Fast and Female event at the Hayward High School on Sunday, Feb 21st. There will be a Parent & Coach Seminar as well! Sign up today.

Endurance United: Battle Creek Lantern Ski Saturday Night
January 20, 2016
Endurance United is hosting a free lantern lit ski at Battle Creek this Saturday evening, Jan 23rd. Ski the lighted section, then into the woods at top for a luminary lit loop. Organizers ask for RSVP so they can plan refreshments.

Sun Valley Ski Academy Q&A at Wirth
December 31, 2015
The Sun Valley Ski Academy is bring some of its stars to Minneapolis for a Q&A session at the Wirth Chalet, Monday evening, Jan 11th.

Double Birkie Scheduled for Wed Dec 30th
December 24, 2015
The annual Double Birkie ski event has been announced for Wednesday, Dec 30th! Ski the whole thing, from Fish Hatchery up to North End Cabin and back, or simply join in along the way. Lunch being offered by Brick House of Cable.

USSA: Interview with new Nordic Director Robert Lazzaroni
December 16, 2015
Robert Lazzaroni leads a renewed effort to grow USSA support and has launched a revised membership program with some great benefits. And as an added incentive, they are holding weekly drawings for some great prizes.

CXC Fundraising Drive: Almost Halfway
December 15, 2015
CXC's year-end fundraising drive is rolling on, almost to their halfway goal, but only has a few weeks left. Check out their video about CXC Nordic Rocks Programs -- one of their goals is to have a program at 55 schools around Midwest.

CXC Member Drive Update
December 9, 2015
CXC's member drive is underway, and while they've made a good start they still need your help to reach their matching grant. Everyone donating at the $100 level receives a Craft hat. ALso check out their video about why children with physical disabilities should participate in cross country skiing.

CXC Membership Drive
December 2, 2015
CXC is running their Year End Challenge Grant, 'Support our Sport'. Several CXC donors have stepped up to provide a challenge grant, so every dollar donated will be doubled!

Paralympic Nordic Coaching Education Clinic Dec 13th
December 1, 2015
Join National Team coaches Jason Kask and BethAnn Chamberlain along with 3x Paralympians Sean Halsted and Kelly Underkofler for a single day coaches clinic on working with adaptive Nordic skiers. The clinic will cover best practices for working with sitting, standing and visually impaired athletes. The clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Dec 13th, at Hyland Lake.

Womens XC Weekend Clinic Dec 11-13
November 26, 2015
Riverbrook and Gear West are co-hosting a weekend ski clinic on the Birkie trail for women. Receive high quality instruction, with treats like chocolate, coffee and wine. December 11-13, registration online.

Last Chance: FAST Kids Thanksgiving Ski Camp
November 17, 2015
There is still some room for the Loppet's FAST Kids Thanksgiving Ski Camp, Nov 23-27, out in West Yellowstone.

Ski and Tea Clinic Scheduled for Jan 1st
November 17, 2015
The Seeley Ski and Tea group is hosting a special womens technique clinic on Jan 1st on the Birkie trail. The clinic is open to all abilities, from beginners to advanced, and will be led by Jan Guenther, Cindy Swift and Kelly Skillicorn.

North End Ski Club to Offer Masters Clinics
November 13, 2015
The North End Ski Club will offer a series of clinics for adults interested in learning to ski and improving their cross country skiing skills with sessions beginning on Nov 19th and running thru Feb 11th.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Just Weeks Away
November 8, 2015
With a healthy snowfall and first groomings on the Rendezvous trails, the Yellowstone Ski Festival is quickly ramping up. There is still time to register for clinics and book your Thanksgiving break trip!

North Star Ski Club Winter Trips Meeting
November 7, 2015
This Tuesday, November 10th, North Star Ski Club will hold their annual Winter Trips sign-up meeting. This year they planned 15 weekend, 4 midweek and 2 extended trips along with a week long Stokely Trip.

West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp
November 5, 2015
Besides some of the best early season ski conditions in the Nation, the Yellowstone Ski Festival offers a wide range of clinics. Tune up clinics, coaches clinics, skate and classic clinics, and even adaptive clinics for biathlon and XC!

Adam Loomis: Rolling and Jumping
October 30, 2015
Midwest's Nordic Combined star Adam Loomis gives us an inside look at how they "level" the rollerski playing field in Nordic Combined, and what it's like to ski jump without snow.
Related:
Out There: Adam Loomis Clinic, Auction Nov 7th

Loppet Games Coverage
October 25, 2015
The Loppet Foundation held their annual Loppet Games event Saturday at Wirth. Kids from across the metro participated in a number of fun outdoor activities including a double pole circuit, box jump and obstacle course race, and then teamed up with an adult parent for age gap relays.
Related:
Photoset: Loppet Games
Results: Loppet Games

New Wednesday Night Series Announced
October 25, 2015
Gear West and Salomon are teaming up to host a Wednesday evening weekly race series at Hyland this season. The series will include a 5K skate and 10K classic each week, along with Salomon equipment demos on many of the nights.

Duluth Banff Mountain Film Festival Coming in December
October 23, 2015
Tickets are now on sale at Duluth area sponsor businesses for the 2015 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, which returns to Duluth Dec 4-5. Different films each night, so come to one or both, depending on your appetite for adventure.

CXC Coaches Conference Coverage
October 23, 2015
CXC is hosting one of their largest coaching conferences ever this weekend at Lakewoods Resort near Cable, WI. Seminars for Level 100 and Level 200 certification, as well as connected strength, led off things on Friday. A full day of sessions on Saturday with Level 100 and 200 education in the morning, technique and training seminars outdoors in the afternoon, an in-depth ski selection and prep, and finally wrapping up with the CXC Awards Banquet in the evening. Sunday wrapped up the conference with an in-depth review of current technique, training and development philosophies presented by Bryan Fish.
Related:
Photoset: Day 1 - 60 photos, Day 2 Morning Sessions - 35 photos, Day 2 Afternoon Sessions - 190 photos, Day 2 Awards Banquet - 32 photos, Day 3 - 15 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Fall Training Programs Underway
October 22, 2015
It's not too late to get your Nordic training going this fall. There are a wide number of options available across the regions, and while some may have started most allow athletes to join at any time. New offerings this fall from Three Rivers Park District.

FAST Kids Fall Programs Launching Oct 20th
October 15, 2015
FAST KIDS looking to launch two new locations next Tuesday, Oct 20th, at Lake Elmo and French Park along with their other locations at Wirth, Hyland and Lyndale Farmstead. Bring the kids out and take a free test drive session!
Related:
Oct 24 FAST Kids Loppet Games

Jessie Diggins Energy-raiser Banquet Scheduled for Nov 1st
October 14, 2015
The Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater is hosting a "super high energy raiser" dinner for Olympian, World Champion and US Ski Team member, Jessie Diggins, on November 1st. This year's event will not be a fundraiser, but rather just a great event to help launch Diggins 2015-16 racing season. Tickets are on sale now, and will sell out fast!

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Coverage
October 11, 2015
Endurance United hit the jackpot Sunday morning for their 55K rollerski across the Twin Cities as they scored perfect weather with temps in the low 60s to start, bright sunny skies and dry trails. Over 60 skiers turned out for the big event, with many changing up equipment and technique at the midway point at Medicine Lake and then heading to the finish up at Elm Creek.
Related:
Photoset: 165 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

FAST Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 8, 2015
The Loppet Foundation held race #4 in their Fall Adventure Run series for the FAST Kids training program on Thursday at Theodore Wirth. Juniors leaped over haybails, wound through wooded singletrack and crossed streams in a race to the finish.
Related:
Photoset: U10/U12 Race - 79 photos, U14/U16 Race - 81 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: FAST Kids Adventure Race

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Event Sunday
October 6, 2015
Endurance United's 55K rollerski across the Twin Cities trail system is this Sunday morning, Oct 11th. A bus will be available early morning at Elm Creek to ferry skiers over to the start at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul. The event is free and open to everyone, though organizers are asking for donations to help cover the bussing.

Registration Open for Yellowstone Ski Festival
October 5, 2015
The huge West Yellowstone Ski Festival & Cross-Country Ski Camp will be held November 24-28. Registration for the training and technique clinics are now open. With just over a month to go, its time to be dialing in those Thanksgiving plans!

NSSTC Trip to Stokely Creek
September 29, 2015
The North Star Ski Touring Club will be leading to XC ski trip to the famous Stokely Creek trail system in January, and still has a few openings available if you act quickly.

Hyland FAST KIDS Fall Games
September 28, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is hosting their FAST Kids Fall Games event this Sunday, Oct 4th, at Hyland. It is a free event for kids ages 8-13 who want to test drive the FAST Kids program. The LNR Juniors will be there to help lead the different relays and event competitions.
Related:
FAST Kids Fall Adventure Run Series - Oct 1, Oct 8

Endurance United 55km Rollerski Event on Oct 11th
September 24, 2015
How's that fall training coming along? On Sunday, October 11th, Endurance United is hosting a free, supported 55K point-to-point rollerski event across the Twin Cities, starting at Desnoyer Park and finishing at Elm Creek. There will be a bus ride early Sunday morning to take skiers from Elm Creek over to the start at Desnoyer, so cars can be left at the finish.

Endurance United Adult Race Team Formation
September 22, 2015
Endurance United is introducing a newly revamped Adult Race Team for the 2015/2016 season. Join EU for comprehensive race-team experience which includes weekly coaching, an EU Race Team Training Plan, race wax support at four major races as well as on-site coaching at races. Limited number of openings!

USSA: Fast and Female Camp Coming to Utah
September 18, 2015
Utah girls will have an opportunity to train with Olympians on Sunday, Oct 4th, when the Fast and Female Champ Chat returns to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence in Park City. World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will be among the crew leading the event.

Loppet Nordic Training Sessions
September 13, 2015
The Loppet has a number of new fall training options this season:
Womens Fall Rollerski - Monday mornings starting at Wirth Beach.
Intermediate Skate Rollerski - Wednesday evenings at Hyland.
Fall Training for XC - Special presentation on the how, why and when of fall XC training, this Monday evening, Sep 14, at Wirth chalet.
Related:
LNR Fall Training Programs
Full Listing of Midwest Training Programs

Saturday Morning Dryland Workouts at Hyland
September 11, 2015
The Saturday morning workouts at Hyland downhill area will continue this fall, with the first session this Saturday, Sep 12th. Join Ken Tobacman and Tom Anderson as they follow the tradition workout established by Bjorn Lasserud.
Related:
Ride and Glide Instructors Sought

Endurance United 55K Epic Rollerski Event
September 11, 2015
Endurance United is hosting a supported 55K rollerski event on Sunday, Oct 11th. The event starts at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul and winds it way across the river and up to Medicine Lake, where skiers can change equipment and then ski the second half to finish at Elm Creek. Bus transportation will get participants back to the St. Paul start.

Fall USSA Nordic Coaching Clinics
September 3, 2015
USSA has a raft of coaching clinics scheduled across the USA this fall, providing the education for Level 100 and 200 certification. A National Cross-Country Coaches' Education Symposium will take place in New York Sep 11-13, while the Midwest will have clinics late october in Cable, WI.

Hoigaards Rollerski Clinic Saturday
August 27, 2015
Looking to kick off your winter training and improve your rollerski skills? Hoigaards will have a Rollerski 202 clinic this Saturday, Aug 29th, with emphasis on hills (up and down!).

CXC Masters Camp in Park City
August 27, 2015
CXC will be hosting a four-day Masters training camp out in scenic Park City, Utah, Sep 23-27th. Former US Ski Team coach Torbjorn Karlsen along with CXC's own Yuriy Gusev will led the workouts.

Training Programs
August 24, 2015
Many fall groups are about to start up in September, with some junior programming already under way. Check out our roundup of the area training programs.

Gear West: Fall Training Groups
August 20, 2015
Gear West's Technique and Training Program fires up in early September. Learn to ski faster, farther, smoother. The program meets every Wednesday night at French Park with Fall and Winter sessions available.
Related:
More Assistant Coaching Positions Posted

Midwest Mountaineering: Customer Appreciation Party
August 17, 2015
Join Midwest Mountaineering for their Customer Appreciation Party and End of Season Clearance Sale this Thursday, Aug 20th. Their latest newsletter has coupons for a free beer and burger, along with details on upcoming events.

CXC Dream Bike Donation Raffle
August 17, 2015
Kent Eriksen Cycles is partnering with CXC to support the Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike! Donate today and you'll be automatically entered in the drawing.

Igor Legacy Camp in Ironwood
August 14, 2015
Bruce Manske recaps the Igor Legacy Camp, held in Ironwood last week. Over 25 athletes, from ten different Midwest teams, came together to learn about skiing and training, to make new "ski" friends, and to have fun.


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