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Midwest skiers at the Haig Glacier, July 31, 2015 (Photo: Michael Nightingale)

Erin Moening, Ringer Roll, August 8, 2014

Midwest gals at the National U16 Camp, July 30, 2015 (Photo: Erin Moening)

Igor Legacy Camp, Bemidji, MN, July 25, 2015 (Photo: Bruce Manske)

Vakava Juniors, July 31, 2015

Vakava Juniors, July 31, 2015

Nordicwerks, July 30, 2015

Leo Hipp, LNR/EU Time Trial, July 30, 2015

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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Midwest Juniors at the National U16 Camp
August 2, 2015
Erin Moening reports on the National U16 Camp, which just wrapped up in Vermont. The Midwest had six talented skiers who represented well again the best in the nation.

Rollerski Racing Season
August 2, 2015
August brings two Midwest rollerskiing races...
Aug 7 Ringer Roll - The classic Midwest rollerski race, one lap around the 10K trail at Baker Park.  Online registration open through Wednesday.
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - The banana belt series drops to a single race this season.  Held at Moraine Hills State Park.

Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji
August 2, 2015
Bruce Manske highlights the Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji last week, where U12 and U14 athletes came together for training sessions, to plays games, and to make new "ski" friends.

Hoigaards: Final Paddle Derby of the Season
August 2, 2015
Next Thursday, August 6th, is your final chance to race in the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby this year. The last race of the season will be followed by the popular Paddler's Potluck and Racer's Social Hour and the Championship Awards Ceremony.
Related:
Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results

Midwest Mountaineering: Mosquito Coupons
August 2, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering's latest newsletter has a couple of 50% off coupons for bug protection products, and highlights upcoming events including the Reel Rock film tour, Customer Appreciation Party, and a load of clinics and special events.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 31, 2015
Friday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors program for a skate workout at the Battle Creek Ravine. Five coaches, including the founder Ahvo Taipale, put the juniors through a battery of drills including a harrowing cornering/awareness test, then worked on skate technique drills, each tailored to the subgroup skill sets.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Workout - 129 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Rollerski Dexterity Derby

MacDowell Hired as NMU Assistant Nordic Skiing Coach
July 31, 2015
Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has announced the hiring of Shane MacDowell as assistant coach. MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School.

Gear West: Birkie Trail Run Entry Drawing
July 30, 2015
Gear West is drawing names to give away an entry to the Birkie Trail Run and Trek, Sep 26th. Just sign up for one of their email lists and you'll be automatically entered! Contest ends August 23rd

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 30, 2015
Nordicwerks training program, under the direction of head coach Deno Johnson, was out Thursday evening for a classical rollerski workout near Scandia. After some warm up loops near the starting area, the group rollerskied over to some quiet backroads and then participated in an individual start time trial. Once all the skiers had completed the course, they skied a warm down then headed back to the start area for some sprints and agility work.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Workout - 89 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

LNR/EU Time Trial Coverage
July 30, 2015
Loppet Nordic Racing and Endurance United juniors held a rollerski time trial Thursday morning on the quiet backcountry roads near Afton. After being rescheduled due to a rainout on Tuesday, the conditions Thursday morning were perfect with bright sun and temps in the low 70s. Abigail Drach and Zak Ketterson posted the top times in the 7K distance.
Related:
Photoset: 192 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: LNR/EU Time Trial

Midwest MTB Report
July 28, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers a big weekend of racing as the PRO XCT came to the upper Midwest, Minnesota checked off one more race in it's series, and Gooseberry Park in Moorhead was host to the Wild Goose Chase. First hand reports from all three events, along with couple mountain bike related articles to note plus a look ahead all in this week's report.

Local Stars
July 27, 2015
Accidents - Eric Carter posts a chilling update on mountaineering accidents he encountered recently.
Exercising on the Fly - Alice Flanders shares her tips for training while traveling and on vacation.
Altitude Camp Deux - Brian Gregg updates on his summer training, including more training at altitude.
On the Offensive - Annie Hart picks up her game, warding off bears and running a personal best 10K!
Fast and Female - Caitlin Gregg blogs on the Fast and Female event, and some training with the LNR juniors.
Patience, Pain and Paradise - Jessie Diggins wraps up her New Zealand on-snow training, and shares a lesson learned on dealing with pain.
West Yelly Buildup - Endurance United is already getting pumped for the trip to West Yellowstone this November!

Fast and Female Power Hour Coverage
July 26, 2015
Nordic superstars Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg (all holders of World Championship medals) hosted a huge Fast and Female event in the rotunda at the Mall of America on Sunday. The hour long sessions (2) started with a number of aerobic activities, including some dance moves and Olympic simulations, followed by a viewing of the legendary US Ski Team Uptown Funk video, and then sharing of inspirational/motivational speeches from each of the athletes, before wrapping up with some Q & A and a big group photo. Poster autograph sessions were held at the LL Bean store, providing stellar support to the team. At 5 pm, Jessie Diggins returned to the rotunda for a discussion on her own racing history and lessons she learned along the way, and with the support of Salomon, held an informative discussion session before a final round of autographes.
Related:
Photoset: Power Hour - 97 photos, Take the Next Step - 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Power Hour Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
July 21, 2015
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards highlights trip reports from out west, racing at US MTB Nationals and a look ahead to the weekend which includes the big PRO XCT stop in Wisconsin.

Local Stars
July 20, 2015
Diggin' Down Under - Jessie Diggins reports in from New Zealand, where she's been enjoying some quality on-snow time!
Flying By - Rosie Frankowski has also getting on the white snow, skiing up in Alaska on the glaciers.
Homemade Energy - Annie Hart shares her new recipe for homemade energy bars.
We All Win - Caitlin Gregg updates on her recently training and racing, and her love for the skiing community.
Minneapolis Training - Brian Gregg blogs on their work with the Minneapolis community and training with some of the US ski team elite.
North Shore - LNR has been holding a junior training camp on the North Shore.
Jumpin' and Jammin' - Nordic Combiners, including Adam Loomis, face off in some summer competition in Steamboat Springs.

Fast and Female Power Hour
July 5, 2015
Olympians Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be hosting a huge Fast and Female event at the Mall of America, July 26th! The event is free, just register online. And afterwards, Diggins will host an equipment and racing talk, plus poster signing.
Related:
Taking the Next Step with Jessie Diggins

Finn Sisu: Summer Doldrums Sale
July 19, 2015
Finn Sisu is offering 20% off nearly everything in the store. Plus stop in on Monday, July 27 for a presentation by Jill Winegar on dry-land training.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 19, 2015
Road bike racing came to the streets of south Minneapolis Sunday for the Southside Sprints. The event featured a fast criterium course which included a finishing stretch past the popular 48th and Chicago neighborhood, with Minnesota state criterium championship titles on the online. We captured images from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Masters Cat 4/5 - 104 photos, Citizen/Cat 5 - 43 photos, Cat 4/5 - 115 photos, Juniors - 105 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Southside Sprints

Run for Snow Results
July 18, 2015
Supporting the snowmaking efforts at Mt. Itasca, the Run for Snow 5K attracted nearly 50 athletes from the community on Saturday morning. Youngster Geno Uhrbom logged the only sub-20 time, taking the victory at 19:13. Hannah Baird was the top female, clocking in at 21:36.
Related:
Results: Run for Snow

Ski Hut July Newsletter
July 17, 2015
Ski Hut's July newsletter highlights a number of big events going on in the Twin Ports area this summer, including bike and kayak festivals, triathlons and MTB races.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 17, 2015
Results are up from last Thursday's Paddle Derby, #7 in the series. Racing continues into August for the Thursday evening events.
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 16th

Out There to the Top
July 16, 2015
Out There Shop is on a mission to grow the Nordic sport. This year, they've added Minnesotan Ben Saxton to their list of team athletes. Check out their programs and services to learn how you can be part of the team!

Gear West: 2015 Ski Selection Trip
July 16, 2015
Gear West's Matt Liebsch will be heading east to the U.S. distribution center for Fischer Skis in search of the very best race skis. Liebsch will be taking their Flex Tester to facilitate the ski-picking. Reserve your new race skis now!

Midwest MTB Report
July 14, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week: The summer heats up and so has the racing and riding. This week's report is highlighted by first hand reports from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike series, the Otter Creek 55 at Harmon Lake in Bismarck, ND area and the Tatanka 100 which saw a healthy contingent from MN and WI. A look ahead caps off the report.

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors
July 14, 2015
Endurance United is running a full slate of training programs this summer, with east and west side workouts in the Twin Cities for the juniors. On Tuesday morning, coaches Jake Morgan and Tom Jorgenson had the east side group on the hills of Battle Creek. After a warm up run, skiers worked on foot speed, bounding, and striding. Eventually moving to one of the major climbs, the group did a number of 45 second intense bounding intervals before finishing with a warm down run and strength and stretching drills.
Related:
Photoset: East Side Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Local Stars
July 13, 2015
Skis to the City - Jessie Diggins is honored in Fourth of July parade, and enjoys some classic summer fun before heading for snow in New Zealand.
Fired Up - Annie Hart updates from Vermont, enjoying some hard training, grilling, and new training partners.
Keeping Up with Friends - Tony Mommsen reports on his wave one training, including some new workouts and plans.
Race to Beat Yourself - Alice Flanders blogs on the spirit of racing to best yourself.
Lemonade - Chris Pappathopoulos updates his CXC Team training, adjusting to new priorities.
Bend Preview - Alayna Sonnesyn and Kris Bourne are some of the skiers that appear to be featured in an upcoming film about Nordic training in Bend.
National Cycling Stars - Bjorn Larson and Kelly Catlin captured titles at the US Junior National cycling events last month.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Features New Route
July 13, 2015
Endurance United's St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon is featuring a new course this year. The event will now start at Battle Creek, taking on the challenging hills first, then working its way towards downtown St. Paul with a finish right outside the new Saints Stadium!

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club
July 13, 2015
Olympian Kevin Brochman has his training programs rolling again this summer, with sessions on both sides of the Twin Cities, as well as St. Cloud. We caught up with his Elm Creek group early Monday morning as they worked on strength, classic technique, and some distance classic rollerskiing.
Related:
Photoset: Elm Creek Juniors - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Loppet is Hiring
July 13, 2015
The Loppet Foundation has positions open for an administrative assistant as well as a youth program coach.

Rivet Run Coverage
July 12, 2015
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run was a muggy one! 61 people started the race and had a great time navigating the beautiful trails of Pattison State Park to race money for the trails. Paul Mueller, 17, of Indiana won the race with a time of 20:30 setting a new course record, followed by Jon Lindberg, 53, of Wisconsin with a time of 21:10. Winning for the women, and also in 3rd place overall just behind Lindberg was Kaelyn Williams of the University of MN Duluth, age 21, with a time of 21:25 setting a new course record also. The next Rivet Run will be November 8th.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Birkie Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting on Aug 8th
July 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting and elections for Board of Directors positions on Saturday, August 8th. The day will include a number of outdoor activities in the morning, a memorial to Dave Nelson, along with the meetings.

Legendary Laurentian Returns to Giant Ridge
July 11, 2015
John Filander is resurrecting the Giants Ridge mountain bike event from the 90`s with a MTB/gravel/grinder event, the Legendary Laurentian, on Saturday, September 5th. The event will feature a 50 mile ride on XC trails/snowmobile trails and gravel roads around Giants Ridge.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 10, 2015
Results are up from Thursday's Paddle Derby run by Hoigaards. The series has just four events left on the calendar!
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 9th

REG Camp Coverage
July 7, 2015
The Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp is going on this week in Cable. We dropped in Tuesday to catch the group for their agility testing in the morning, as well as the strength testing in the afternoon.
Related:
Photoset: Agility Testing - 206 photos, Strength Testing - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from CXC: Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Strength, Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Agility

Midwest MTB Report
July 7, 2015
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week covers multi-day racing across British Columbia, recap on last week's WORS race, highlights from recent articles, new funding for Cuyuna trails, and some key races coming up.

Local Stars
July 6, 2015
Summer Update - Ben Saxton returns to his blog with an update on his summer training with SMS in Vermont.
Three Race Week - Matt Liebsch recaps one busy week of training/racing, including his Tri-Loppet victory.
Worldloppet Not - The American Birkebeiner takes a year off from the Worldloppet circuit.
Young and Wild - Adam Loomis is interviewed in an FIS profile on Nordic Combined skiers.
Glass Half Full - Jan Guenther writes on dealing with expectations and attitude.
Impulse - Jessie Diggins blogs on her late June training, including an east coast surfing adventure.
And some extras this week...
NNF Board - The National Nordic Foundation announces new board members, including Peter Ashley, Ryan Green and Craig Ward.
Prejudiced Behavior - MinnPost featured several articles on cyclists vs drivers, including this one on drivers' antagonism.

Gear West: Threshold Thursday
July 6, 2015
Gear West invites runners and skiers to ramp up their training with Threshold Thursday Series at Baker Park. This will be an out and back timed run for a total of four miles. Meet at Snap Fitness in Maple Plain. First race is July 9th!

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 5, 2015
Enduring some extra heat and humidity to go with the infamous hills, over 500 runners hit the trails Saturday for the Afton Trail run. In the 50K division, Chris Lundstrom cracked the four hour window to win with a time of 3:47:41. Rebekah Metzdorff posted the top womens time at 4:49:26. The 25K titles went to Adam Dohm and Christine Loza.
Related:
Photoset from North Woods Photos: Race Start, Northern Hill
Video from North Woods Photos: Race Start
Results: Afton Trail Run


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