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Jessie Diggins Super Clinic at Theodore Wirth, November 1, 2017

Tony Wise relatives, American Birkebeiner museum grand opening, August 5, 2016

Endurance United 55K Rollerski, September 10, 2016

Marshal Landrum, Vakava TT, August 7, 2016

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Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!
Related:
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.
Related:
Photoset: 30 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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!

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.
Related:
Photoset: 231 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Photoset: Tuesday Morning Workout - 202 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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.
Related:
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..
Related:
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.
Related:
Photoset from Cathy Putman: 37 photos


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