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Swedetown trails, March 23, 2017 (Photo: Ted Lystig)

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, September 14, 2013

Endurance United 55K Rollerski, September 10, 2016

Upper Gunflint trails, March 22, 2017 (Photo: John Silliman)

Sadie Bjornsen skiing to 10th place, women's freestyle pursuit, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

Men's freestyle pursuit podium, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

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
Found a photo you'd like to get a copy of? Looking for images from a past event? Find out how to dig through our archives and help support the web site by purchasing photographs.

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Trail Reports Update
March 23, 2017
Still skiing up north! New reports from Sugarbush, Swedetown, and recent reports from Snowflake(4), Upper Gunflint, Kamview, Mount Bohemia.

Chequamegon Almost Full
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, there are still a few openings for the 2017 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events. Act soon, these will be gone shortly.

Pioneer Midwest: Footwear Closeout
March 23, 2017
Pioneer Midwest has discounted their remaining footwear with discounts of 50% of retail. Plus there is still some ski equipment on sale, as well as a late season grind and hotbox.

Endurance United Junior Scholarship Program
March 22, 2017
For athletes interested in the D-team junior program, Endurance Athlete is offering some financial assistance (funded in part from the 55K rollerski event). Funds are limited, so get your application in today.

Web Roundup
March 20, 2017
Learning to Live in Europe - Ben Saxton writes about his experiences racing overseas and living on the road.
World Championships
- Eric Carter competes in the sport of mountaineering and reports on his recent World Championship experience.
Italian National Champs - Annie Hart blogs on her racing action in Italy, including dealing with unexpected situations.
New Norm - Elspeth Ronnander recaps the Midwest winter and highlights from the season.
JN Recap - CXC posted a brief recap on the 2017 Junior Nationals competition.   Plus a recap from the U16 Championships.
Doggy Quebec
- A loose dog hit the course during the World Cup race Sunday in Quebec.

Gregg Posts Top Results in OPA Cup Series
March 20, 2017
Caitlin Gregg lead the way for American skiers racing in the OPA Cup series in Seefield, Austria over the weekend. On Friday, Gregg won the 2.5K freestyle race, Saturday came in 7th in the 10K classical, and then posted the top time and nearly won the 10K freestyle pursuit on Sunday. Fellow Minnesotan Annie Hart also competed, posting a couple of top 20 results.
Related:
Results: Alden Cup - OPA Cup Series

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Pursuit Coverage
March 19, 2017
The World Cup series in Quebec wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting freestyle pursuit races. Conditions were once again spectacular, with temps in low 30s and bright sunshine, drawing huge crowds. Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng held off all challengers to finish 1-2 in the women's 10K with Sweden's Stina Nilsson taking the sprint out for third. The men's race pitted the crowd favorite Canada's Alex Harvey against the young phenom Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway, with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug holding his own. The race eventually came down to a fantastic three sprint photo finish, with Klæbo just barely taking the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Freestyle Pursuit - 387 photos, Men's Freestyle Pursuit - 299 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Womens Freestyle Pursuit (high res), Top Picks - Mens Freestyle Pursuit (high res)
Results: Freestyle Pursuit 10K, 15K

Coaching Positions
March 18, 2017
Job postings for Endurance United and National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay.

World Cup Quebec: Classical Coverage
March 18, 2017
A second perfect day of racing at the World Cup series in Quebec city Saturday, with mass start classical races the featured event. A huge crowd turned out, especially for the men's race featuring golden boy Alex Harvey. However, it was the youngster Johannes Høsflot Klæbo of Norway that stole the show, taking the big pack sprint finish with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Alexander Bessmertnykh third, favorite Harvey fourth. Erik Bjornsen skied well to take 31st for the top American male. The women's race was another page in the legend of Marit Bjoergen, after getting tangled up on the first lap Bjoergen recovered quickly and controlled the race right to the finish, taking yet another victory. Teammate Heidi Weng was second with season star Finland's Krista Parmakoski third. Skiing well for the US women, Sadie Bjornsen was in the top 10 for parts of the race, finishing eventually 15th to lead the squad.
Related:
Photoset: Women's 10K Classical - 261 photos, Men's 15K Classical - 247 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

U16 Nordic Championships Recap
March 18, 2017
Kris and Bjorn Hanson provide a recap on the recent U16 Championships in Maine, where the Midwest kids scored some top results.

CXC Marathon Cup Final Standings
March 17, 2017
The final tally has been made in the CXC Marathon Cup series. Individual overall winners were Matt Liebsch and Isabella Howden.

Endurance United: Jake Morgan Announcement
March 17, 2017
Endurance United announced on Friday that Junior Head Coach and Programming Director, Jake Morgan, will be leaving the organization to attend law school. The search committee will begin looking for a replacement.

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 17, 2017
An absolutely perfect day Friday in Quebec for the opening for the three day World Cup series, as temperatures rose into the mid 20s under sunny skies, highlighting the fresh snowfall from earlier this week. The racing action proved quite exciting has Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla had to make the women's final based on lucky loser format, then went head-to-head with Sweden's Stina Nilsson, Nilsson taking the victory with Falla able to collect on the World Cup overall sprint title. Canada's own Alex Harvey delivered the goods for the home country, putting together an impressive sprint final to take the mens victory. Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo sealed up the World Cup overall sprint title, becoming the youngest ever. Simi Hamilton had the great day for the US, narrowly missing the podium to take 4th in the men's sprint final. Jessie Diggins had the top result for the US women, advancing to the semi-finals before getting bumped out. Saturday's racing action will feature mass start classical races.
Related:
Photoset: Women's Qualifying - 298 photos, Men's Qualifying - 255 photos, Heats - 621 photos, Awards - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks - Qualifying (high res), Top Picks - Heats/Awards (high res)
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Michigan Tech Head Nordic Coach Opening
March 15, 2017
Michigan Tech University in Houghton is seeking candidates for the fulfill the role of Head Nordic Ski Coach. Apply Online.

World Cup Quebec Series
March 14, 2017
The World Cup season wraps up this weekend with an exciting series of races in historic Quebec, Canada. Friday starts things off with freestyle sprints, Saturday is mass start classical races, and Sunday concludes with pursuit format freestyle races. The US is fielding a large squad including Jessie Diggings and top Junior Julia Kern.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Sprints Qualifying Women's Start List
Sprints Qualifying Men's Start List
USSA: World Comes to Quebec City

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.

CXC Online Auction
March 14, 2017
The 4th Annual CXC Online Auction is officially open. Make sure to bid early and check back often as the auction is only active until Thursday, March 23rd.

USCSA Championships Results
March 14, 2017
The St. Olaf Nordic ski teams competed at the United State Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association Championships last week at Mt. Bachelor, in Bend, Oregon. The men's team took fourth overall, with Spencer WareJoncas leading the Oles with a ninth place finish in the 15K freestyle. WareJoncas and Ethan Holdahl finished in a 14th-place tie in the overall standings. The women's team had the highest finish for St. Olaf placing second of nine teams overall. Bri Paulsen led the way with a third place overall finish, including a second place finish in the 15K freestyle on Friday, where she missed an individual title by just 5.6 seconds. Paulsen was also second in the 7.5K classic, and sixth in the freestyle sprint. Daisy Richmond also placed in the top ten with sixth overall.
Related:
Results: USCSA Championships
This Week in Ole Athletics

Web Roundup
March 13, 2017
Making the Most of an Off Day - Caitlin Gregg recaps her Lahti World Championships experience, including the 30K freestyle race.
Last Three Races in Europe - Jessie Diggins reports on her final World Championship races, as well as the classic sprints in Oslo, and a new household addition.
Tour of Frankowski - Rosie Frankowski won the Tour of Anchorage last week.
Sub 2 on Track - Nike is planning to make an attempt at a sub-two hour marathon on a Formula One race track.

NCAA Championships Recap
March 13, 2017
Mary Kozloski provides a full recap on the 2017 NCAA Championships, with insights from the top Midwest skiers. Plus a summary of the Skinnyski coverage, made possible by support from a number individuals and organizations.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 13, 2017
A full recap of our 2017 Junior Nationals coverage from Lake Placid. Thanks again to all the individuals and organizations that helped underwrite the trip!

Gear West: 2nd Annual St. Patricks Day Stumble 5k Fun Run
March 12, 2017
On Friday evening March 17th, Gear West in Long Lake will hold the second annual St. Patrick's day Stumble 5k fun run. The event features door prizes from Gear West Ski and Run and award provide by Lakeside Wine and Spirits.

Biathlon: U.S. Wins First Team Medal in 23 Years
March 12, 2017
World championship medalists Susan Dunklee and Lowell Bailey combined forces to win the United States' first team medal in 23 years, a silver in Sunday's single mixed relay at the BMW IBU World Cup 8 in Kontiolahti, Finland.

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.

U16 Nordic Championships Results
March 12, 2017
A Midwest crew of U16 skiers and support staff have been out at Titcomb Mountain, in West Farmington, Maine, competing this week in the U16 NENSA Nordic Championships. The team has scored some impressive results, including: Alice House 2nd and Lauren Lackman 3rd along with Matthew Clarke 3rd and Cooper Lennox 4th in the 5K freestyle race. In the 5K classical race, Lauren Lackman was 5th, Anni Skillicorn 8th and boys Nick Parent 7th. And wrapping things up on Sunday, the mixed relay team of Alice House, Nick House, Anni Skillicorn, and Cooper Lennox, took second place.
Related:
Results: 5K freestyle, 5K classical, 4x3K mixed relay

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.

Brand Ambassadors Sought By Borah Teamwear in 20th Anniversary Year
March 12, 2017
Borah Teamwear is seeking 20 brand ambassadors to ride, run, or tri in its exclusive line of apparel and is offering some deals and bonus goods for those who are ready to share their sporting experiences with the brand.

Pioneer Midwest: Final Winter Clearance
March 11, 2017
Pioneer Midwest is running their final Winter Clearance, with many items up to 50% off, including skis, poles and boots, along with 20% off wax and tools, and 50% off in-stock footwear.

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 11, 2017
Over 1200 riders turned out Saturday for the 5th annual Fat Bike Birkie races in Cable. Jorden Wakeley won the mens 49K race over Peter Olejniczak and Will Ross by a narrow three second margin of victory. Leia Schneeberger won the womens divison. The shorter 23K races were won by Adam Altmann and Michelle Flanagan-Haag.
Related:
Results: 23K, 49K Races
Fat Bike Birkie Draws Field of 1200 Participants from 18 States, 2 Countries

NCAA Championships: Freestyle Coverage
March 11, 2017
The NCAA Championships concluded on Saturday under some bitter cold conditions with a pair of freestyle mass start races at Jackon Ski Touring Center in Jackson, NH. Alayna Sonnesyn of Plymouth, MN, and Univ of Vermont, was once again the star on the day, skiing a strong race and hanging on in the womens 15K race until it became a race of just two, with Petra Hyncicova, Univ of Colorado, opening up the winning gap on the climb to the high point on the final lap, and winning by just over 20 seconds with Sonnesyn second, and Hyncicova teammate Christina Rolandsen taking third. The mens 20K came down to a five man pack sprint finish with Martin Bergstroem, Univ of Utah taking the victory, Mads Ek Stroem, Univ of Colorado, second and Moritz Madlener, Denver Univ, third. Adam Martin of NMU just lost contact with the lead pack and finished 6th. Other top Midwest results: Nichole Bathe, Univ of Alaska-Fairbanks, 12th; Kris Bourne, NMU, 13th; Luke Brown, Dartmouth, 9th; Kevin Bolger, Univ of Utah, 10th; Tom Bye, Michigan Tech, 14th. Results along with big photosets posted.
Related:
2017 Championship: Freestyle Recap
Northern Michigan's Martin Receives NCAA Skiing Elite 90 Award

Great Bear Chase Results
March 11, 2017
A great turnout on Saturday for some unusually frigid Great Bear Chase races on Saturday morning. The mens elite 50K skiathlon race was a barn burner between Kyle Bratrud and Matt Liebsch with Bratrud taking the victory by a single second. Deedra Irwin won the womens race, a minute and a half ahead of Felicia Gesior. In the 50K freestyle, Sarah Lyle beat Paulette Niemi by just over 30 seconds while Nikolai Anikin beat out Zach Varty by just over two seconds for the mens title. The 50K classical division titles went to Matthew Egger and Anda Tanaka. Nicole Harvey and John Munger won the 25K freestyle titles, Joan Rundman and Josh Albrecht won the classic titles.
Related:
Irwin and Bratrud take victories at 37th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

Junior Nationals: Relays Results
March 11, 2017
Junior Nationals in Lake Placid, NY, wrapped up its week run with a day of relay racing on Saturday. The team of Abby Jarzin, Hannah Rudd, and Margie Freed won the FU20 title by 10 seconds over NE, and IMD. Earning podium honors: MU16 (Schneider, Nameth, Moore) 2nd; MU18 (Sonnesyn, Acton, Golin) 3rd; FU18 (McCollor, Anderson, Maijaja) 3rd. New England won the Alaska Cup title with the Midwest finishing fourth. The LNR girls won the club championship title!

Skiwerx Series And CXC Youth Cup Standings Announced
March 10, 2017
With the conclusion of the Midwest Jr Championships, the CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series have released their final point rankings.

Junior Nationals: Classical Coverage
March 10, 2017
The Midwest scored one of their best days yet at Junior Nationals racing classical distance events on Friday. Mara McCollor, U18, and Hannah Rudd, U20, both scored impressive podium spots, both taking third place. Other top 10 results: Margie Freed, 9th U20; Xavier Mansfield, 5th U20; Erin Moening, 8th U18, Jenna Parent, 10th U18; Luc Golin, 9th U18; Libby Tuttle, 7th U16; Peter Moore, 6th U16, James Schneider, 9th U16. Results posted, plus photos from all the races.


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