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38th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race on  March 4th, 2017 in West Yellowstone, Montana

Pepsi Challenge Ski Race, March 4, 2017

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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

Junior Birkie, February 23, 2017

Spirit Mountain, February 22, 2017 (Photo: Andre Watt)

Mount Itasca, February 21, 2017 (Photo: Vladimir Cervenka)

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
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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

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports
February 23, 2017
Many places north have survived the warm spell and are back in action. Plus new snow was falling on Friday. Check the reports and seek out some good skiing this weekend. New reports from Tower Ridge, Essex, Greenbush(3), Hiram, Maranatha, WinMan, Nose Lake(2), Washburn Lake, ABR, Standing Rocks(2), Sugarbush, Great River Bluffs SP, Swedetown(2), Lakewood XC, Cannon Valley, Snow Mtn Ranch, Honey Tree Farm, Mississippi National(2), Moccasin, Frontenac SP, Iola Winter Sports, Three Eagle, River Bend Nature(2), Reforestation Camp, Red Cedar River, Mecca, Plover River, Valley Spur, Nine Mile Forest(2), Saint Mary's Univ(2), Chester Woods, Razorback Ridges, Spring Rapids, Point Beach SF, McNaughton Lake, Raven, Navarino Wildlife, Pincushion Mtn, Camp Forest Springs, and recent reports from Tilson Creek, Mississippi National, Mt. Ashwabay(5), Bridgewood, Escanaba (2), Quarry Hill, North End, Red Cedar River, ABR(2), Giants Ridge(2), Washburn Lake, Snowflake(2), Wolverine, WinMan, Upper Gunflint, Carleton College Arb, Minocqua Winter, Three Eagle, Maplelag, Mukwonago, Sugarbush(2), Theodore Wirth North, Mt. Valhalla, Tower Ridge, Central Gunflint, High Cliff SP, Valley Spur, Hormel Nature, Land O' Lakes, Navarino Wildlife, Lester, Elm Creek, Hidden Valley, Honey Tree Farm.
Regional Snowfall Reports

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

Weekend Racing
February 22, 2017
Well, there might, or might not, be a racing in Hayward this weekend...
Feb 25 American Birkebeiner - Cancelled Hoping for a hail mary snowfall, organizers plan to make a decision mid-day Friday on the race status.
Waxing Recommendations

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

Birkie Announces Course Changes
February 20, 2017
The Birkie officials have announced that the traditional downtown finish is no longer an option, but are still looking at using part, if not most, of the Birkie trail. Watch for further updates as the week (and warm weather) progresses.
Video: Monday Morning Update
Junior Birkie Switching to Trail Run

Start Birkebeiner Prep
February 20, 2017
Start has outlined their initial Birkie wax recommendation, and posted a list of upcoming wax clinics in the Twin Cities this week.

Back to Yellowstone: Rendezvous Ski Race March 4th
February 19, 2017
If you've enjoyed West Yellowstone in November, this could be the year to head back for their annual Rendezvous Ski Race on March 4th. There are six different races to choose from depending on your age and ability ranging from 2K to 50K freestyle, along with a 25K classic.

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.

Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Teams Named
February 19, 2017
With the completion of the Junior National competition this past weekend, the Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Championship preliminary teams have been named. Expect some changes/additions to the list over the coming week, as some decline and U20 collegiate skiers may be added.
2017 Junior Nationals (Lake Placid, NY)
2017 NENSA U16 Championships (Farmington, ME)

Minneapolis JNQ Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
Theodore Wirth provided an oasis of snow one more time for the Minneapolis JNQ classical distance races on Sunday. The U18/U20 boys started the show at 8 am with glazed tracks - very fast conditions. The race proved to be one of the most exciting on the day as Madison's Cullen Chosy broke away on the final lap, only to be chased down by Xavier Mansfield on the final climb - an inadvertent miss of the lap vs finish lane left Mansfield soloing in for the victory. John Schwinghamer was third. Abigail Jarzin took control of the U18/U20 girls race in the final lap to take the title, Renae Anderson held with her for much of the race to finish second, with Mara McCollar third. The U16 titles went to Henry Hall and Kaelin Jackson. Results posted, along with photos from the JNQ races.

SuperTour/CCSA Regional: Classical Races Coverage
February 19, 2017
The CCSA Regional competition and SuperTour weekend wrapped up on Sunday with classical races at Al Quaal in Ishpeming. The men raced first, interval start format, and it was David Norris coming on top in the 10K event, besting NMU's Adam Martin by just under four seconds, with Matt Gelso third. In the womens 5K, Kaitlynn Miller led a Craftsbury Green sweep of the podium, with teammates Caitlin Patterson and Elizabeth Guiney second and third. NMU's Nicole Schneider was the top collegiate skier, finishing 11th. Results posted, plus photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

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