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Archives: 5/1/2017 to 4/19/2018

MNSA 2018 Nordic Skiing Awards
April 15, 2018
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association held their annual Awards program on April 8th in Mora. Review the award winners and some photos from the event.

Endurance United and Finn Sisu Adult Programming Announced
April 10, 2018
Ahvo Taipale, Owner of Finn Sisu, and John Richter, Executive Director of Endurance United, are pleased to announce the formation of combined Adult/Masters Nordic Training programs for the upcoming season. Programs include both year-round and fall/winter training groups.
Endurance United Training Programs

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration This Saturday
April 8, 2018
The big Welcome Home Celebration for Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins is set for this Saturday afternoon, April 14th, in Oakdale. There will be a slide show and speech by Jessie, question and answer session, posters, door prizes, and more.
Jessie Diggins Parade Saturday Morning in Stillwater

NNF: Travel to 2019 World Championships with Lumi Experiences
April 5, 2018
Lumi Experiences is offering two trips to Seefield, Austria next February to watch the World Championships. On each of these 8-day trips, guests will be able to cheer on their favorite athletes at the World Championships, ski in- and around Seefeld, and relax in the four-star, trail side Hotel St. Peter. Proceeds from the trip go to funding NNF programming.

CXC Congress This Weekend
April 4, 2018
A full weekend of meetings, guest speakers and discussion groups all related to Nordic skiing at the CXC Congress, April 6-8 in Eau Claire. Topics include club development, fundraising strategies, building leadership,and Matt Liebsch will be on-hand to show ski fit testing and discuss his glacier camp. Plus awards recognizing some the region's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders.
Igor Legacy Camps Camps Filling Up
CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner

Pretzel City Paddle Camp April 20-22
April 2, 2018
Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association is hosting a paddle camp in Freeport, IL, April 20-22.

MSC Juniors Spring Meeting this Saturday
March 26, 2018
Kevin Brochman of the Minneapolis Ski Club will be holding an informational meeting this Saturday, March 31st at Merriam Park Library in St. Paul. Topics include spring training sessions and summer camps.

CXC Spring Congress
March 25, 2018
Central Cross Country Skiing will host educational workshops for club leaders, host sport committee meetings and recognize top coaches, volunteers and community leaders during the 2018 CXC Congress in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, scheduled for April 6-8th. The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting will be part of the congress and is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Saturday.

CXC: Junior Summer Camps
March 23, 2018
Four weekend long junior camps will be offered at locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
CXC: NENSA U16 Championships 2018 Recap

LNR Spring, Early Summer Junior Training
March 21, 2018
LNR has a number of spring and summer training programs and there are some informational meetings coming up...
Mar 26 Devo and Comp Team Info Meeting - Head coach Piotr Bednarski will host an informational meeting for juniors ages 12-17 that are interested in taking their training to the next level.
Loppet Trail Kids Programs - LNR has a wide range of spring and summer programs for kids with an emphasis on mountain biking.
Loppet Adult Programs - Women's strength sessions, pllates, and event rollerskiing sessions are just some of the offerings.

MNSA Nordic Skiing Awards Banquet Set for Apr 8th
March 18, 2018
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) will celebrate Nordic skiing in Minnesota by holding its annual awards banquet at the Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Social hour starts at 1:30 p.m. There is no cost for the event, although donations to MNSA will be appreciated. This year's Lifetime Achievement Awards nominees are Darby Nelson and Bruce Adelsman. Plus top high school and biathlete skiers will be recognized.

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps
March 15, 2018
Weekend camps in four exciting locations across the Midwest: Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan are set to host U12 and U14 skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun outdoor activities. First camp is Jun 15th in Stevens Point.

PSIA Valley Spur Cross-Country Clinic Feb 17-18
February 14, 2018
Amy Powell will be hosting a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Classic and Skate Technique Workshop for the beginner to the advanced skier this weekend, Feb 17-18 at Valley Spur in Munising, MI.

NNF: Meet the US Ski Team and Raise Funds for the NNF with Lumi Experiences
February 3, 2018
NNF has Partnered with Olympian Garrott Kuzzy, owner of Lumi Experiences. Lumi Experiences trips include front line experiences in Europe, cross country skiing, sight seeing, attending races and interacting first hand with the US Ski Team and World Cup Athletes. Kuzzy and his guests are giving back to the sport by donating a portion of each trip to the NNF.

Third Annual Snow Ball Gala Set for Feb 10th
February 2, 2018
The Duluth Cross Country Ski Club (DXC) is excited to announce its third annual Snow Ball gala fundraiser, which will be held Saturday, February 10th at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth. Gala proceeds will support DXC's Capital Campaign to help ensure the future of cross-country skiing in Duluth by building snowmaking ski trails at the Grand Avenue Nordic Chalet at the bottom of Spirit Mountain.
DXC Tour Duluth Ski Festival on March 3rd

Ski Test Guys: Effect of Dirt Accumulation
January 10, 2018
The Ski Test Guys are back, this time discussing the impact that dirt has on the performance of your skis.

MYSL SkiSparks Club Kickoff Weekend
January 3, 2018
MYSL SkiSparks are having their club kickoff this weekend, January 6-7. Registration is still open club chapters around the state. SkiSparks has multiple skill levels to help kids ages 4 up to 14.

Jake Brown Workout and Fundraiser Friday
December 27, 2017
Twin Cities native and biathlete Jake Brown is hosting a light workout and fundraiser event at Higher Power Training in Eden Prairie this Friday evening, Dec 29th. The event is free and open everyone.

CXC Final Week of Fundraising
December 27, 2017
Take a look at all the programs and actions CXC is involved in and help them succeed in these endeavours with your contribution before the end of the year!

CXC Masters Technique Camp in Cable
December 22, 2017
CXC's last Open Technique Camp of 2017 for master skiers is coming up Dec 29-31 in Cable. The camp is open to skiers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Participants will be divided in small groups based on their level to provide adequate personal attention.

Web Roundup
December 18, 2017
Pounded - Comedian Paula Poundstone picked on the US cross-country ski team in a recent Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me episode ... and the US gals helped set her straight.
Maplelag Weekend - Highland Park Nordic Ski team wrapped up a weekend camp at Maplelag, posting an extensive blog update with photos.
With Love from Italy - Jessie Diggin's latest update comes from the SMS blog, where she posts a short entry on post period one World Cup racing.
Sky Fall - Wall Street Journal opines on the state of pro cycling after another legend fails a drug test.
Looming - Ben Loomis placed strongly in the recent Nordic Combined Continental Cupl, positioning himself for a possible Olympic team berth.

Midwest Adaptive Nordic Intro Clinics
December 18, 2017
US Paralympics Nordic Development coach BethAnn Chamberlain is hosting a couple of clinics in the coming weeks to introduce people to the sport of adaptive skiing:
Dec 21 Sit Ski Trial at Hyland
Dec 23 Sit Ski Trial at Wirth 
Dec 27-28 Midwest Adaptive Nordic Festival - Held at Hyland, two days of seminars, videos, and on-snow time with adaptive ski equipment.
There is no cost for any of those events, but please register for the Nordic Festival to ensure they have enough equipment and materials.

Double Birkie Set for Friday Dec 29th
December 14, 2017
The Double Birkie event, a low-key long distance workout on the Birkie trail, is set for Friday, December 29th. The group plans to ski from the Fish Hatchery trailhead up the the North End cabin (lunch break) and back again. Skiers are welcome to join in anywhere along the route.

Big Snow Country Welcomes New Youth Program
December 13, 2017
The SISU Endurance Team (SET) is a new program being offered to Michigan upper peninsula Iron and Gogebic county youth, grades 2-12. The goal is to get kids to participate in silent sports, such as XC-Skiing and mountain biking. SET will hold the first winter program starting on January 14th and continues Sundays afternoons for the next 8 weeks.

Bemidji's Sunday Ski School
December 12, 2017
Bemidji is hosting a series of ski lessons Sunday's in January, culminating with the Sons of Norway Barnelopet on Jan 28th. Lessons are designed to teach basic skills of both classical and skate skiing techniques.

CXC: Year End Challenge Grant
December 11, 2017
CXC is holding their annual 'Support our Sport' year end fundraiser. This year, they have a 3:1 challenge grant with a goal of raising $45K by the end of December. Help support this major Midwest organization today!

Minnesota Nordic Opener this Saturday
December 5, 2017
Three Rivers Park District is hosting a new Nordic Opener event this Saturday, Dec 9th, at Elm Creek. Over 40 vendors will be on hand, plenty of equipment demos to try, and even presentations.

NNF: Final Push for annual Drive for 25 Fundraiser
December 4, 2017
The big Drive for 25 fundraising event for National Nordic Foundation wraps up this weekend. Minnesota is dragging behind Alaska, so please consider your contribution to help support current and future Nordic development!
Midwest ambassadors:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Kyle Bratrud
- Alayna Sonnesyn
- Sam Elfstrom
- Abigail Drach
- Joe Haggenmiller
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis

Gear West: Skiku
November 28, 2017
Gear West's Jan Guenther along with Kate Ellis will be heading up north next spring to an Alaskan village to coach cross-country skiing to Alaska Native kids, as part of the Skiku non-profit program. Skiku's mission is to foster the health, recreation and competitive benefits of cross country skiing and biathlon through sustainable programs across Alaska.

Loppet Thanksgiving Midwest Ski Trip
November 20, 2017
Weren't able to get to West Yellowstone but still want to get on snow this Thanksgiving? Join the Loppet Ski Club on a trip to the ABR Trails in the UP, Friday thru Sunday, Nov 24-26. Options for transportation and lodging available!

Loppet Program Price Hikes
November 19, 2017
If you're still on the fence about getting your kids, or yourself, into a winter training program in the Twin Cities, the Loppet Foundation has price hikes coming up Monday and Tuesday...
Trail Kids Winter Programs - Jumps Monday
Adult Winter Programs - Jumps Tuesday

Out There: Ladies Clinic January 6th
November 15, 2017
Out There is hosting a Ladies Clinic in early January and it's filling up fast. Advanced and Beginner sessions (classical and/or skate) with strength and conditioning afterwards, followed by dinner.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Keynote Speaker: Billy Demong
November 6, 2017
Billy Demong, America's first Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic skiing, will be the keystone speaker at the Yellowstone Ski Festival on Friday evening, Nov 24th. Preparations are well underway for the big festival, with first grooming of the trails occurring last weekend!
NNF Drive for 25: Cross-Country Skiing
NNF Drive for 25: Nordic Combined

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic Sunday
November 2, 2017
U.S. Paralympics Nordic Development Coach BethAnn Chamberlain is hosting an adaptive Nordic coaches clinic and open house this coming Sunday afternoon, Nov 3rd at Boulder Nordic Sport in Bloomington, MN. The clinic is aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programming throughout the Midwest as is open to anyone who has an interest.

Jessie Diggins Super Clinic Twin Cities
November 1, 2017
A big turnout Wednesday evening at Theodore Wirth as the Twin Cities came out to celebrate the start of Jessie Diggins 2017-18 season and her big run at the Winter Olympics. While a light drizzle fell with temps in the 30s, most of the crowd still participated outdoors in a warm up run and then strength and agility drills led by Diggins. Afterwards, Diggins provided a great presentation on her summer/fall training (and breaks), as well as a look at her goals heading into the season. A question and answer session wrapped up the formal part of the evening, with Diggins staying for poster signings, photos, and prize drawings from Salomon and other sponsors.
Photoset: 30 photos
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NNF: Drive for 25 Kickoff
October 29, 2017
Every year the U.S. Nordic Skiing community comes together to support the National Nordic Foundation's (NNF) largest fundraising efforts of the season, Drive for 25. NNF funds a large portion of the US B Team and World Cup Starts, the US World Junior and U23 teams, as well as supporting the U18 Nordic Nations Trip, the National U16 camp and Junior National Training Group Camp. Please donate and/or become an ambassador!

Loppet Games this Saturday at Wirth
October 26, 2017
The Loppet Games are this Saturday at Theodore Wirth and will include six competitions concluding with an Age Gap relay race where parents/mentors can compete in a relay style obstacle course race with kids! Loppet Games is a great way to test drive what TRAIL KIDS Programs are all about.
Oct 30 TRAIL KIDS Preseason Meeting and Wax Clinic/Equip Tips

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Coverage
October 8, 2017
A good turnout with some wonderful weather the Endurance United 55K rollerski on Sunday morning. The event started at Desnoyer Park on the east bank of the Mississippi and rolled on trails down to downtown St. Paul, up past Lake Phalen and onto the Gateway trail before finishing on the newer Brown Creek trail right into downtown Stillwater on the banks of the St. Croix River.
Photoset: 231 photos
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Loppet Trail Kids Adventure Race Finale
October 7, 2017
The Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids program held their final event of the Fall Adventure race series on Thursday at Wirth. Nearly 100 kids participated, with top finishers receiving pumpkin prizes.
Photoset: Adventure Race #4
Results: Adventure Race #4, Adventure Series Standings

Riverbrook: December Womens XC Clinic
October 5, 2017
Riverbrook along with Gear West will be hosting a women's XC ski clinic on the Birkie trail, the weekend of December 9-10th.
Riverbrook Seeley Building For Sale

Fall Training Programs
September 29, 2017
There is a wide range of fall training programs going on across the Midwest. We've compiled a collection of links to help find something in your area.
Ramsey County Parks Controlled Deer Hunts Start Oct 6th

Rollerski Clinic with Team Gregg Sunday
September 28, 2017
Join Olympian and 4x American Birkebeiner Champion Caitlin Gregg and Olympian Brian Gregg for a short Freestyle roller ski technique clinic on Sunday morning to shake out your legs from the Birkie Trail Run and Trek. After the clinic, feel free to join them in a 3.5 hour overdistance rollerski.

DXC Fall Update and Kickoff
September 27, 2017
Duluth XC ski club (DXC) has a full slate of activities this fall including hillbounding sessions on Wednesday evenings, rollerskiing workouts on Sunday mornings, and Tuesday night training with Nikolai Anikin. Come out this Sunday, Oct 1st, for their fall kickoff event at the remodeled Lester-Amity Chalet.

Gear West: Women's December XC Clinic
September 25, 2017
Gear West is hosting a women's cross-country ski clinic again this December 9-10th on the Birkie Trail near Seeley, WI. They promise to pamper you with positive attitudes, chocolate, coffee and wine. Registration is now open!

CXC: Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing Update
September 20, 2017
Help support CXC's adaptive Nordic program and have a chance at winning a Kent Eriksen bike (road, cyclocross or MTB)! Drawing closes by Oct 24th, so don't delay.

Endurance United's 55K Rollerski Set for Oct 8th
September 12, 2017
Endurance United is holding their annual 55K rollerski on Sunday, Oct 8th. The long roll starts at Desnoyer Park and runs all the way to downtown Stillwater, almost entirely on trails. Sign up now, and consider donating to their Junior/Youth scholarship fund as well!

CXC Coaches Conference Oct 20-22
September 9, 2017
CXC is hosting their annual Coaches Conference the weekend of Oct 20-22 at Lakewoods Resort in Cable. Some of the guest speakers include Bryan Fish, Ivan Babikov, Pamela Lemons, and Jim Tervo, as well as presentation on budget snowmaking options.

Fall Training
September 1, 2017
Fall training sessions are firing up....
Vakava - Finn Sisu's junior and master fall/winter training programs.
LNR - Loppet Nordic Racing offers a wide range of training programs.
MSC - Minneapolis Ski Club, under Kevin Brochman, has a slate of fall/winter training programs.
EU - Endurance United has fall/winter training programs for juniors and masters.
Midwest Training Programs

Loppet: Trail Kids Fall Test Drive Events
August 24, 2017
The Loppet Foundation is hosting a pair of test drive events for their Trail Kids program as an opportunity to see what the program is all about. Monday, Aug 28th at Wirth Beach and Tuesday, Aug 29th at Elm Creek chalet. The evening will include outdoor adventures, games, relays and an introduction to orienteering.
Loppet: Trail Kids Program

CXC: Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing
August 22, 2017
Check out the 4th Annual Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program. The winner will choose from Road, Cycle Cross or Mountain bikes. Tickets on sale through October 24 (or until the first 250 tickets are sold).

Wausau Minicamp Recap
August 16, 2017
Scott Putman reports: Wausau Nordic United hosted a ski-summit-swim minicamp last weekend for 15 skiers including five from the Ashwaubenon program. Coaches Ross Dreger and Ernie Luedke led the junior skiers though a late Friday hill bound and run adventure to the summit of Granite Peak, a 9K skate time trial, an over-distance run at Nine Mile, capped off by Sunday's two rounds of roller skiing, skate and classic, up Park Road to the summit of Granite. The athletes used their down time to take on swimming and a raft balancing act, a bonfire, and finished recharged.
Photoset from Scott Putman: 5 photos

LNR Northshore Camp: Tuesday Morning Workout
August 15, 2017
LNR juniors and Canadian development skiers were back out rollerskiing on Tuesday morning in NE Minnesota, as the sun finally broke out. After a warmup on the Gitchi Gami State Trail, the groups did long intervals up the ever climbing Sawbill Trail Rd south of Tofte. LNR classic rollerskied with their northern neighbors opting for a skate workout.
Photoset: Tuesday Morning Workout - 202 photos
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LNR Northshore Camp: Monday Workouts
August 14, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is holding their final big summer camp this week on the Northshore. Monday morning they joined up with Canadian athletes including a number from the National Development Centre Thunder Bay for a classical rollerski workout. The centerpiece of the workout was a brutal rollerski time trial up Ski Hill Rd in Lutsen, finishing under the ski bridge at the top (rough 2.5K). After the TT, the group did additional rollerskiing along Caribou Trail Rd before wrapping up the morning with a lakeside lunch. After some rest, most of the group took to the backroads near Grand Marais for a 7 mile run followed by a dip in Lake Superior.
Photoset: Monday Morning Workout - 195 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Morning Rollerski, Top Picks (high res) - Afternoon Run

EU 55K Rollerski Event Set for Oct 8th
August 3, 2017
Endurance United is planning to host their 55K point-to-point rollerski event again this year, but has shifted date to Oct 8th. They are planning to start again at Desnoyer Park and rollerski all the way to downtown Stillwater..
Sep 16 Northshore Inline Marathon - Rollerski Race

Spotlight: Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
July 24, 2017
Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST) held a minicamp last weekend, July 21-23. Scott Putman reports: This was the first of 5 walkouts we did last as part of mini camp 3. We started with poling technique work (broad jumping without poles) and some striding starts (photoset). Then we did a 12k classic rollerski time trial where we saw both the men and women course records fall and pretty much PRs from anyone that participated.
Photoset from Cathy Putman: 37 photos

CXC: Second of 2017 Igor Legacy Camps a Success
July 20, 2017
The Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota was the host venue for the second 2017 Igor Legacy Camp on July 14-16. Over 35 boys and girls, ages 10-14, attended the Minnesota camp.

Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Sunday Morning Workout
July 2, 2017
After a tough afternoon of rollerski racing Saturday, the Thunder Bay Alignment Camp skiers were back out on Sunday morning for a classical workout on some smooth roads west of town. Most of the group did sets of zone 3 eight minute double pole intervals, while some juniors did short sprints. The camp continues their two-a-day workouts through next weekend.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 113 photos
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Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Saturday Morning Workout
July 1, 2017
Thunder Bay is hosting the Canadian National Alignment Camp, bringing together many of Canada's top cross-country senior and junior skiers for a week of training. Caitlin and Brian Gregg are also participating. On Saturday morning at Centennial Park, the group has led through a mobility session with Scott Perras, then did an easy hour hour run.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 60 photos
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Spotlight: DXC Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Thursday afternoon we caught up with the DXC Juniors Program, under the leadership of Jason Kask, as they did a hill workout at Spirit Mountain downhill area. The group started with a short warmup run and some stretching, then did uphill bounding 6 minute sets, 4 minutes with poles, and finishing with sets of full out uphill sprints for 30 secs. A warm up run wrapped up the roughly two hour workout.
Photoset: 84 photos
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DXC Summer Juniors Program

Spotlight: Ely Nordic Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Making the trip up north, we hooked up with the vaunted Ely Nordic Juniors Program on Thursday morning for a classical rollerski workout under a steady drizzle. Led by Tyler Fish and Ellen Anderson, the group did an initial warmup ski on a quiet county road, then went through a series of drills for power and agility using a variety of courses setup by the coaches. After nearly two hours in the wet conditions, the group skied a warm down before wrapping up.
Photoset: 172 photos
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Ely Nordic

Web Roundup
June 26, 2017
Spring on the Coast - Eric Carter updates on his recent mountaining adventures.
Melting - California's Mt. Whitney melts off a 1000 feet of snow in a week.
Lasers - Biking -- with lasers, a new visibility system called BikeSphere.

Midwest Regional Biathlon Dev Camp Recap
June 26, 2017
Bill Meyers provides a recap on recent summer training by Midwest division biathletes up at the Regional Development Camp at Mt. Itasca, June 14-24. Nearly 20 athletes attended, along with six coaches.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Program
June 26, 2017
Monday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors Program at Battle Creek Waterpark for a classical technique workout. Coaches Ahvo Taipale, Greg Weier, Richard Clark and Chris Torvi split the more than 50 skiers into small groups, working on fundamentals, double-pole and striding technique. Taipale collected video and did on the spot analysis with the groups.
Photoset: 124 photos
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Vakava Juniors Program

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps in Minnesota, Michigan
June 25, 2017
Igor Legacy Camps are still open for July in Minnesota and August in Michigan. The camps are designed for juniors ages 10-13 and include an introduction to ski specific dryland training, rollerskiing, and cross training activities such as agility and obstacle courses, pole hiking and bounding, and outdoor games.

Mpls Ski Club Afton Camp this Saturday
June 19, 2017
The Minneapolis Ski Club, led by Kevin Brochman and Alice Flanders, will host a skate and classic rollerski camp this Saturday, Jun 24th, in Afton. The camp will include video analysis, and all abilities are welcome.

Thunder Bay Rollerski Race on Canada Day
June 19, 2017
Thunder Bay will be hosting their first Cross Country Canada sanctioned rollerski race on Canada Day, July 1st, in the Port Arthur section of downtown Thunder Bay. US skiers are invited to participate!

Gear West: Twilight Run and Adventure Race
June 18, 2017
Gear West is hosting a Twilight 5K and Kids Adventure 1K on June 23rd in Long Lake. The kids race course includes a cargo net, balance beam, 4 foot wall, and more.

Hoigaards: Tri-Loppet Training
June 18, 2017
Excited to give the Tri-loppet a try but nervous about the paddling section? Prepare yourself by entering the Tri-loppet training division of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby. They offer a three week course for both canoe or kayak, helping you to develop efficient paddling strokes, practice buoy turns and gain confidence going into the sometimes chaotic mass start.

39th Annual Tofte Trek in July
June 18, 2017
The popular trail run, Tofte Trek, is celebrating their 39th anniversary on July 4th. The event features 10K race as well as kids run and walk.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks SkiKlubb Program
June 16, 2017
Friday marked the end of the first official week of juniors Nordic training in Minnesota, and we stopped out south of Forest Lake for Nordicwerks SkiKlubb's infamous Friday Farm Workout. After warming up (and finishing) a short run, the power and strength training session covered three hours and included tire-pull sprints, Russian box jumps, power/balance on trampoline, slideboard, rollerboard, and a number of routines with weights.
Photoset: 112 photos
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Video: Friday Farm Workout

Spotlight: Mpls Ski Club Juniors Program
June 15, 2017
Lower dewpoints and temperatures made for perfect conditions Thursday morning for a Minneapolis Ski Club Juniors Program workout at the Wabun Picnic area next to Minnehaha Falls in south Minneapolis. The groups started with a warmup jog to the falls and back, then did a short strength session followed by a few laps of a no-pole skate warmup. The advanced group then headed out for a distance skate rollerski and a few pickups, while the newer skiers worked with head coach Kevin Brochman on technique.
Photoset: 151 photos
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Mpls Ski Club Junior Programs

Spotlight: Endurance United Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2017
Wednesday morning we caught up with the Endurance United summer juniors program, training out of Desnoyer Park just a few blocks from the east bank of the Mississippi River. The group started with a warm up run, then worked on strength with three sets of pullups, planks, lunges, and other drills. The skiers geared up and headed out for a roughly hour and half easy classic rollerski along the bikeways above the Mississippi with new head coach Liz Peterson while some stayed back to work on technique with coach Jake Morgan.
Photoset: 78 photos
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Endurance United Junior Programs

Spotlight: LNR Summer Juniors Program
June 13, 2017
Summer junior training programs across Minnesota started up this week. On Tuesday morning we dropped in with the LNR Juniors in Afton (the group was much smaller than normal as many are taking part in training camps in the Black Hills and Hayward areas this week). Led by coaches Piotr Bednarski and David Chamberlain, the group skied from the construction mess in downtown Afton out to Trader Post Rd, where most did 4-5 long classic intervals.
Photoset: 131 photos
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LNR Junior Programs

Out There: Green Mountain Valley School Summer Camp
June 12, 2017
Out There ski shop is offering a unique opportunity for juniors to spend a week out East, training with Green Mountain Valley School, Jul 29th - Aug 6th. Kris Hanson will lead the trip which will including endurance, intensity, and strength workouts. Space is limited!

Igor Legacy June Camp
June 10, 2017
CXC's first Igor Legacy Camp of the summer is scheduled for Standing Rocks County Park located near Stevens Point, Wisconsin on June 16-18th. There are still a few openings remaining. Camps are also scheduled for July and August.
2017 Igor Legacy Camps

Andorra Mountain Running Trip
June 10, 2017
Eric Carter is offering a unique adventure in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Principality of Andorra, mountain running on beautiful trails and rugged peaks. Group size is limited.

Wessling Fitness
June 10, 2017
John Wessling is offering customized training programs via Training Peaks.

LNR Adult Summer Training Programs
June 8, 2017
LNR adult summer training programs have started up, but it's not too late to join up! Strength, rollerskiiing and running options are available.

BNS: Last Call for Hand Selected Race Skis
June 6, 2017
Boulder Nordic Sport in Bloomington is making a "last call" for hand-selected race skis - you'll need to act by Thursday, June 8th. After that, their buyer will be heading overseas to begin the selection process. Stop in with your skis to get a free evaluation and sign up for the service.

NNF Board Elects Peter Ashley as New Chairman
June 6, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has announced the election of a new Chairman of the Board, Peter Ashley. Ashley succeeds former Executive Director and long-time Board Chair, David Knoop who is moving into an unofficial advisory role with the organization.

LNR College Program Training Session
May 25, 2017
Thursday morning the new LNR College Training Program successfully navigated the major Afton road construction to hold time trial and interval classical double pole set on the big coulee.
Photoset: 151 photos
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Video from LNR: Time Trial

CXC Adds Joe Haggenmiller To Staff
May 18, 2017
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced Joe Haggenmiller as the new Director of Athletics. Haggenmiller was the former head coach for Michigan Tech's Nordic ski team and as well as coaching track and field. He will be based out of Duluth, MN.
CXC Membership in Now Open

Rice Creek Boat Club Test Drive Sessions
May 14, 2017
The Rice Creek Boat Club will be offering a series of free "Try it out" events for families, adults, and kids to try out paddle sport boats. The first session is this Saturday, May 20th.
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Class for Juniors

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 Clinic
May 11, 2017
Hoigaards is running an introduction to rollerskiing clinic this Saturday, May 13th. Class size is limited to eight, demo equipment is available.

Loppet: Juniors Endurance Training Presentation Monday
May 4, 2017
LNR coaches Piotr Bednarski and Chris Harvey will give a presentation on the basics of endurance training for juniors this Monday evening, May 8th at Hopkins High School. The talk will cover how the body adapts to training as well as how training should change as an athlete matures and focuses on a particular sport. Presentation is free and open to all.

Trail Kids Events this Week
May 1, 2017
The Loppet Foundation has a number of Trail Kids events this week, including mountain bike test drives on Wednesday and Thursday, and a girls MTB clinic on Sunday.

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