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Pre-Loppet, January 7, 2018

Jessie Diggins, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

Ian Torchia, men's 20K freestyle champion, NCAA Championships, March 10, 2018 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

SISU Ski Fest trail, January 5, 2019 (Photo: Jonathon Rulseh)

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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LNR: Adult Winter Training Groups Forming Now
October 20, 2019
LNR's Winter Adult training groups are open for registration. The groups focus on preparing for racing and target skiers ages 20 and on up.

Finn Sisu: FallFest Weekend
October 20, 2019
Finn Sisu's annual FallFest sale is coming up on Oct 25-27. Save up to 70% off last season's demo skis (bindings included), plus 30% off retail on all of last season's skis. And 50% off select clothes, gloves, hats, and shoes. Any skier registering for the 2020 Vasaloppet at the shop on Saturday, Oct 26th will receive a $10 Finn Sisu gift card. Kevin Johnson from Atomic will speak about the new Atomic skis Sunday, Oct 27th.

New Moon: Tuesday Evening Dryland Workouts
October 19, 2019
New Moon is offering a free community workout (and potlock dinner) on Tuesday evenings, beginning this Oct 22nd and running into late November. Come out and kickstart your Nordic ski training with a fun group workout.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets are Now on Sale!
October 18, 2019
Dreaming of seeing all those famous elite skiers racing in your backyard? The World Cup is coming to Minneapolis in March and tickets are on sale now. Limited numbers available, so don't delay!

CXC Rollerski Cup Returns
October 18, 2019
The second annual CXC Rollerski Cup will roll off this November as a prelude to the 2019-20 ski season. New this season, the Rollerski Loppet held in downtown Minneapolis in early November joins the calendar.

CXC Bike Drawing Fast Approaching
October 16, 2019
The annual CXC Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program is at 28% of their goal with just a few weeks left. The winner will receive a custom-designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame built with wheelset and components! Drawing is scheduled is Oct 29th.

Fall Ski Sales and Swaps
October 15, 2019
Every fall there are a ton for ski sales and swaps going on around the upper Midwest. We're keeping a running calendar of the events across the region.

SISU Ski Fest 2020 Is Rolling
October 15, 2019
The SISU Ski Festival, set for Jan 10-12th, is rolling out new updates for the event as they open registration. Read about course improvements and new timing company details. Save some cash, register by Oct 31st to avoid the price hike!

Torchia Fundraiser Event Nov 23 in Rochester
October 15, 2019
The Rochester community is putting on a big fundraising effort for Ian Torchia's 2019-2020 season, hosting a 5K fun run, chili dinner and silent auction, on Saturday, Nov 23rd at Quarry Hill nature center.

Web Roundup
October 14, 2019
Power Up - Jessie Diggins is back at writing, and most recently talking about strength training, women's equality and a brief update on her training out east. 
Fuel - Alayna Sonnesyn posts on summer training at SMS and some incredible meals and treats.
Fall Update - Vakava's Elspeth Ronnander reviews her fall training (including ivy pulling).
Norway Way - Joe Haggenmiller features top takeaways from Norway's development stairs, coming from the recent National Coaches Symposium.
Juniors Growth - Bryan Fish reviews how the US junior development as progressed in recent years.
More Cowbell - The first commercial for the Minneapolis World Cup has been released!
Doc Out - The original Bicycle Doctor, Tom Klein, has sold the shop but will be hanging around to ensure a good transition.
Ruka - Ruka Resort in Lappland, Finland, opened their slopes back on Oct 4th!
SHT Again - Yet another record set on the Superior Hiking Trail this summer, this time for unsupported fastest known time.
Trail Moonies - New Moon features their 2019 Birkie Trail run, where they once again won the 6-person relay team division.
Diet Nuts - Recent study suggests a diet including nuts may help prevent excessive weight gain.
Strong and Nimble - Washington Post pulls together a number of studies to emphasis that remaining strong and nimble can help you live longer.
Accidental Champ - Nine year-old boy goes viral after accidential winning 10K race (and he didn't cheat).

Yellowstone Ski Festival Trail Passes on Sale Now
October 14, 2019
Get a discount on your Yellowstone Ski Festival passes by purchasing them before October 31st. Those that order passes in advance will have them delivered to the hotel of their choice (or other location).

Snow Pass Returns for World Cup Coverage
October 13, 2019
US Ski and Snowboard has announced NBC Sports Gold will be offering full coverage of the World Cup season again this year under their Snow Pass subscription package. The package tentatively has all the stops, including Ruka, Tour de Ski, the Minneapolis stop, and Canmore finale.

Out There: Meet Kevin Bolger Nov 1st
October 13, 2019
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is hosting a meet up with World Cup skier and Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger, Friday evening, Nov 1st. Come out for a short dryland session then back to the shop for snacks, beverages and chat with Bolger.

North Dakota Snowfall Totals
October 13, 2019
Some impressive snowfall totals from last week in North Dakota where a number of areas recorded two feet or more! Langdon 27", Lakin 25", Devils Lake 18", Grand Forks 12".
KFGO: Snowfall Totals from Oct 10-12 Winter Storm

Kenyan Posts First Sub Two Hour Marathon
October 12, 2019
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first marathon runner to break the 2-hour barrier on Saturday morning in a special format event in Vienna, Austria.

Battle Creek Snowmaking Bonding Tour on Nov 13th
October 11, 2019
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov 13th, to come out to Battle Creek and support the latest drive to fund snowmaking for the trails! A number of state legislators will visit the site and review the plans and a strong show of support from the ski community can go a long way.

Hoigaards Kid's Sale Event
October 11, 2019
Hoigaard's Kid's Sale is on now and runs through Oct 20th. Get 20% off all kid's apparel and accessories and get 15% off kid's nordic and alpine equipment.

Job Opportunities Galore
October 10, 2019
A lot of job openings on the board this fall, including many coaching openings as well as retail positions. Throw your hat in the ring today!

Salomon: Finn-Hagen Krogh Joins the Team
October 9, 2019
Norwegian star skier Finn-Hågen Krogh has agreed to use Salomon skis, boots and bindings for the upcoming season.

Blue Hills Fundraising Banquet Set for Nov 2nd
October 8, 2019
The Blue Hills Trail Association encourages you to attend its 31st annual fundraising banquet Saturday evening, Nov 2nd at Lehman's Supper Club in Rice Lake. This year's guest speaker is Birkie Founder and skiing legend Ernie St. Germaine. Evening includes cash bar, buffet meal, raffles and silent auctions.

Pioneer Midwest: Pengelly Joins Staff
October 7, 2019
Evan Pengelly has been named as Pioneer Midwest's new Race Service Manager. Pengelly brings a wealth of experience to the position, having service as race service director for a number of major brands, most recently Rossignol.

CXC: Chicagoland Rollerski Clinic
October 7, 2019
Birkie champion Matt Liebsch will join CXC's certified coaching staff for a two-hour dryland and rollerski technique clinic in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, on Saturday, Oct 26th. Afterwards, get caught up on all things Birkie with director Ben Popp at an evening get-together. Registration is now open.
CXC Annual Bike Drawing

Borah: Nordic Apparel Design Tips
October 7, 2019
With the first snowfall possible in parts of our region this weekend, Borah Teamwear has published tips on designing your own Nordic apparel!

Gear West: Rollerski Clinic Oct 26th
October 7, 2019
Join Jan Guenther and friends on Saturday, Oct 26th at Gear West for an introductory Rollerski Clinic. The clinic is free, but rentals are limited so contact the shop ASAP.

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