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Levis Mound chalet burns down, May 25, 2016

Levis/Trow Mound Trail, January 25, 2005 (Photo: Gil Williams)

Teresa Moriarty, Womens Cat 1/2/3 Winner, Tour of 10,000 Lakes, May 27, 2005

Steve Wenzel riding in the Gunnison Meowler Mountain Duathlon, May 22, 2016

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.

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February 5, 2009
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Levis Mound Chalet Burns Down
May 26, 2016
The scenic chalet at Levis Mound near Neillsville, WI, burned down in a fire earlier this week. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. However, plans are already being made to build a replacement and a funding page has been started.
Related:
GoFundMe Page for Levis Mound Chalet

Weekend Events
May 25, 2016
May 28-30 MN Memorial Classic - Four cycling events over three days including circuit race, time trial, road race and criterium.
May 28 Stillwater Half Marathon - Half marathon and 5K running races, point-to-point courses finishing in downtown Stillwater.
May 28 Rib Mountain Adventure Challenge - Team event running, biking and paddling through the Rib Mountain area wilderness.
May 29 MedCity Marathon - Rochester hosts full marathon, 20 mile, half marathon and relay running events.
May 30 Brian Kraft Memorial 5K - Beautiful 5K around Lake Nokomis in south Minneapolis.

Midwest MTB Report
May 24, 2016
This week Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report goes out west for a first-hand report from the Gunnison Meowler, Strava rides of the week, and a wide range of interesting news and interest items, including a look at some of the eMTB products.

Web Roundup
May 23, 2016
Looming Large - We neglected to mention Eau Claire native Ben Loomis won the Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year at the USSA Annual Awards Banquet!
Bending It - Photos from the Bend Camp, featuring most of the US Ski Team squad kicking off their new season of training -- and on snow.
Windy City - Rosie Frankowski shares her experiences in Barrow, Alaska, skiing with native kids (and surviving epic windstorms).
Earn Your Turns - Jessie Diggins gets back at it with teammates, on snow, in Bend, OR.
Targeted - Ian Torchia was the subject of a FasterSkier profile, highlighting his naming to the US Ski Team development squad.
Man Camp - Brian Gregg updates on his recent training, including the first training camp of the new season with LNR.
Alaska Uppercrust - Some epic backcountry/late season skiing in Alaska with Birkie champ David Norris and a number of other elite skiers.
Big Snow America - One of the first indoor snow parks in America will be built in East Rutherford, NJ.
Late Supper - Researchers find no link between eating late suppers and childhood obesity.
Thin Air - Can air pollution counteract the benefits of cycling in a big city?

Birkie Board of Directors Elections/Annual Meeting Set for August 6th
May 23, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting will be Saturday, August 6th. Come check out the new, permanent Birkie start venue, dedication of the new Birkie trailhead cabin, and tour the new Great Hall. Registration for the annual meeting begins this Friday, May 27th.
Related:
Video: Birkie Great Hall and New Start Area Preview

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 22, 2016
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures graced the race courses for the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday morning. Skiers topped the 10 mile field as Craig Cardinal edged out Brian Gregg for the victory with Matt Liebsch taking third. Josie Nelson was the womens champ, with Vivian Hett taking second in a sprint out with Martie Kuzzy and Erica Sharbono. Andrew Towne pulled away from Xavier Mansfield for the mens 10K title with Christina Roberts taking the womens division by a large margin. A small set of photos posted from the 10 mile race course.
Related:
Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

Out There: Rollerski Sessions
May 22, 2016
Out There shop is hosting some evening and overdistance rollerski sessions, with the first one on tap for Wednesday, May 25th.

NNF: National U16 Summer Camp Selections Announced
May 20, 2016
The seventh edition of the NNF/USSA National U16 Camp will be held July 24-31 on the campus of St. Scholastica in Duluth. The NU16 camp brings together the top U16 boys and girls from across the USA for a week of intensive training and ski sport education as one of the first steps in the USSA National Development Pipeline. Representing the Midwest: Anders Sonnesyn, Peter Moore, Abigail Jarzin, Kelly Koch, and Siri Bohacek.

Ski Hut: Spring Newsletter
May 19, 2016
Ski Hut's spring newsletter highlights Summer Fever sale, group rides, Le Grand Du Nord (epic gravel rides), and the Duluth Enduro series.

CXC: Top Junior Skiers Will Come Together for the 2016 REG Camp
May 19, 2016
The 2016 Regional Elite Group camp is scheduled for July 5-11 in Marquette, bringing together over 20 of the top Juniors from the Midwest.
Related:
2016 CXC Dream Camp Athletes Named

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 Clinic this Saturday
May 18, 2016
Hoigaards is offering another introduction to rollerskiing session this Saturday, May 21st. Lead by Andy Turnbull, the clinic introduces the equipment and teaches basic rollerskiing skills and training techniques. Bring your ski boots, a helmet, and ski poles (or borrow some) -- RSVP is required.

Edina City Council Moves Forward on Braemer Winter Park Project
May 18, 2016
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, the Edina City Council voted to move forward on the Braemer Winter Park Project. The next step will be a study on the financial feasibility and trail design for a snow tubing and cross country skiing operation.

Midwest MTB Report
May 17, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest report on mountain biking this week covers the WORS opener, Buck Hill races (and the return of a legend), a sundry of news and interesting topics, including a new feature: Strava Ride of the Week.

Endurance Training Retreat June 3-5
May 17, 2016
Elite runner Nichole Porath (Team Nichole Coaching) is hosting her third annual Endurance Training Retreat, June 3-5, in Hayward, WI. This year, Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join up for part of the camp. Just a few spots left, so act soon!

Web Roundup
May 16, 2016
Spring Loppet - Caitlin Gregg updates on her spring training, including numerous workouts with LNR.
Ironman Again at 57 - Jan Guenther shares her reasons for signing up for another Wisconsin Ironman.
Here we go again - Jessie Diggins fires up her 2016-17 season training and catches up with her April activities.
Catching Up - Amanda Kautzer reviews her last two months of late winter skiing and spring training, and shares some lessons learned.
Stuff Happens - Podiumwear's rapid rise in the Nordic and now cycling world is profiled in Upsize Magazine.
Running it Out - Recent research confirms running helps clear the mind.
Not Your Enemy - Wall Street Journal article on the absurdity of tension between motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Harm in Gluten-Free? - Does a gluten-free diet pose some risks?  And is there more hype than science behind the interest?
Hacking Pills - Big business behind supplements for boosting your brain?

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards
May 16, 2016
Minnesota native Jessie Diggins was among the honorees at the USSA Annual Awards banquet last Friday, May 13th, in Park City, Utah. Diggins received the Beck International Award for her performance in international competition, marking the first time a cross-country athlete has won this award since Bill Koch in 1982!

Gear West: Learn to Rollerski Event
May 16, 2016
Gear West will be hosting a free rollerski clinic Sunday, May 29th. Bring your helmet, ski boots and poles and they'll set you up with a pair of demo rollerskis.

Finn Sisu: Last Call for Ski Swap Gear
May 16, 2016
Finn Sisu has a last call for used ski gear skis, boots, poles, clothes in advance of their 4th Annual Ski Swap May 19-21. Plus checkout deals on saunas and accessories.

St. Scholastica: Salmela Stepping Down as Nordic Coach
May 16, 2016
Chad Salema has announced he will be stepping down as College of St. Scholastica's head Nordic ski coach to take up a new position as the head cross-country running and assistant coach for distance running at St. Scholastica. Salmela and the school will work to hire a replacement Nordic coach in the coming months.

Moose Valuable Skier Nominations
May 14, 2016
Moose Nordic is seeking nominations for their Moose Nordic Moose Valuable Skier of the year. This award will be presented to a Nordic athlete who lives the four core values of sportsmanship, humility, empowerment, and integrity. The winner will be announced at the Moose Nordic Picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.

Head Coaches for Junior Nationals and U16 Championships Announced
May 14, 2016
The head coach and trip leaders for the Midwest and Great Lakes teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 Championships, have been named. Piotr Bednarski and Andy Keller will lead the Midwest squad, while Tom Wood and Nick Baic direct the Great Lakes team.

Coaching Openings
May 12, 2016
Head Nordic ski coach positions are available at SPA and Mounds View high schools for the upcoming season.

Battle Creek Winter Recreation Legislative Update
May 12, 2016
The Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area was not included in the final Senate bonding bill. Supporters have now turned their attention to a Senate Supplemental Budget Bill and a project called Snow Angels, which funds a ski jump in Red Wing. They hope to get the Battle Creek project added to this same bill, and are asking for constituents to contact their representatives.

Midwest MTB Report
May 10, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights the Thursday evening racing at Buck Hill, pro racer and cancer survivor Jen Hanks, a Woolly baby recap, profile on Hansi Johnson, Detroit Lakes group ride, Movil Maze trail development, and the start of the big WORS series.

Borah Epic and Trek Team Up for Custom Bike
May 10, 2016
Celebrating the upcoming Borah Epic race, Trek's project one team has created the Epic bike. Featuring Trek's Procaliber 9.8 SL build, its sports a custom color scheme and matching Borah Epic and CAMBA logos. The Borah Epic is June 4th (registration still open).

Final Chance for Haig Glacier 2016
May 9, 2016
Matt Liebsch is taking final reservations for the Haig Glacier trip, June 27-July 4th. There are just a few spots left and reservations are due very soon, otherwise those remaining spots will be filled by a Canadian group.

Finn Sisu: Spring Fest May 19-21
May 9, 2016
Finn Sisu will be holding their Spring Fest event, May 19-21, featuring their best sauna deals of the season and annual ski swap. Gear for the ski swap can be dropped off now until May 18th. Plus check out their summer training programs, for adults as well as juniors.

CXC Announces New College Summer Residency Program
May 9, 2016
CXC has announced a new summer residency training program at Northern Michigan University for current, past and developing college athletes. The program will be led by Andy Keller and Shane MacDowell, and also provides living, studying and training options.

Snake River Canoe Race Coverage
May 7, 2016
It was a beautiful May morning Saturday for the annual Snake River Canoe Race in Mora. The event is the first in the Classic Series, which also includes a bike race, running race, and of course, the Vasaloppet. Pro boat victories were earned by Scott Nesvold/John Mundahl and Io Harberts/Amy McLaughlin, with Dave and Josie Nelson taking the mixed division. Kira and Craig Stolen conquered the aluminum canoe division. Mike Brumbaugh posted the top kayak time (and fastest overall).
Related:
Photoset: CR 19 Bridge - 152 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Deb Ernst Passes Away
May 6, 2016
Deb Ernst, active member of the Green Bay area silent sports community, and wife and partner to InCompetition's Mark Ernst, passed away on Tuesday, May 3rd. There will be a memorial service Saturday May 7th, at Saint Louis Church in Dykesville.

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 this Saturday
May 6, 2016
Hoigaards Andy Turnbull will be leading a beginners rollerski session this Saturday morning, May 7th, at Hoigaards. Demo equipment can be provided, please RSVP as class size is limited. There will be a second session on Saturday, May 21st.

More Job Openings
May 4, 2016
A number of job postings have been recently added: Minocqua Winter Park - Executive Director, Podiumwear - Production and Shipping Assistant, Loppet - Middle School coaches, and Gear West - Web/SEO/Ski Sales.

Midwest MTB Report
May 3, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest mountain bike report this week features a big recap from the St. Croix Valley Woolly, info on upcoming events including a cool short MTB film festival, and more new trail development up north.

US Ski Team: 2016-17 Team Nominations
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, based on published selection criteria in the prior season. From the Midwest, Jessie Diggins continues her run on the A squad, with NMU's Ian Torchia joining the D (development) team.

CXC Announces 2016-17 Elite Team
May 3, 2016
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced that Felicia Gesior (NMU) and Oscar Friedman (Dartmouth) will be joining the CXC Team for the 2016-2017 season. Nichole Bathe and Kyle Bratrud will return for another season.

Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Recap
May 2, 2016
The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting was held in late April in Eau Claire. Among the topics discussed were the JNQ schedule, bylaw amendments on scoring, team composition, and waxing restrictions, and election of new head coach, Piotr Bednarski. Read the full meeting summary for more details.

MN Spring Coaches Association Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association meeting was held back on April 16th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, including a proposal for on a new State Meet format, as well as one to limit high school conference racing to non-fluro waxes. Doug Boonstra was named the new president. Full meeting minutes posted.

Birkie Events Registration Opens Monday
April 30, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will open registration for the Birkie week events, as well as the popular Fat Bike Birkie, starting this Monday, May 2nd. And to celebrate the opening, there will be a Flash Party at Fitger's Brewhouse on Monday evening, 5-7 pm!
Related:
May 2nd Birkie Kickoff Flash Party in Duluth

Loppet Spring Trail Kids Mountain Bike Program
April 28, 2016
The Loppet Foundation is offering a MTB program, covering all skill levels, for kids ages 8 to 13 years old. Sessions start on May 2nd, and there is an open house with bikes to test drive this Saturday at Wirth.
Related:
Apr 30 Girls Spring Mountain Bike Test Drive Clinic

Spring Jobs
April 28, 2016
Gear West is looking for a Web SEO/Ski Sales associate, and there are a number of local and national coaching openings.


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