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Three Eagle Trail, January 21, 2019 (Photo: Tom Rulseh)

Mens lead group, Cable JNQ, January 20, 2019 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Luci Anderson takes the victory, Cable JNQ, January 20, 2019 (Photo: Jackie Schneider)

Three Rivers Rennet, January 19, 2019

Upper Gunflint trails, January 18, 2019 (Photo: John Silliman)

Planning Calendar for 2019-20 Season
January 16, 2019
For events already looking ahead to next season, we've started collecting key dates to help in the planning process.

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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Weekend Trail Reports
January 21, 2019
Crisp weather over the holiday weekend but those that ventured out found some great conditions up north! New reports from Central Gunflint, Valley Spur, Blue Mound SP, Elm Creek, Mother Bear, After Hours, Theodore Wirth North, Eastwood GC(2), Lester, UW-Parkside, Biskey Ponds, Three Eagle, Nordic(3), Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen), Northland Arb, Pattison SP, Snowflake, Reforestation Camp, Halls Creek, Carey Lake, Black River Falls SF, Sheboygan Jaycee, Sugarbush, Grand Avenue, Bally Creek, Hyland Lake, Swedetown, Afterglow Lake, and recent reports from Mirror Lake SP, Pleasant View GC, Hormel Nature, Essex, Coloma, Nordic(3), CLCF, Hiram, Wickiup Hill, Lapham Peak, Washburn Lake, Elver(2), Boulder Lake, Point Beach SF, Rib Lake, Sugarbush, Magney-Snively(2), Snowflake(3), Blue Mound SP(2), McMiller(2), Iola Winter Sports, Greenbush(2), Sheboygan Jaycee, Chester Bowl, Lester, Brown Deer, Great River Bluffs SP, Swedetown, Theodore Wirth North, Reforestation Camp, Korkki, Carleton College Arb.

Racing Outlook
January 21, 2019
Working on updates for the coming weekend: Iowa Winter games are on!

Collegiate Racing Recap: Midwest, EISA, RMISA
January 21, 2019
While roughly have the collegiate field was racing last weekend in Cable, both east and west coasts had full fields for the weekend of racing. Mary Kozloski has the breakdown on all the action and Midwest skier highlights.

Cable JNQ Classic Distance Coverage
January 20, 2019
Cold temperatures delayed the start by two hours on Sunday morning, but things heated up once the start gun went off for the Gitchi Gami Games 10K classic races. St. Scholastica men swept the podium in the senior race with Emil Book Bratbak (Norway) taking the victory followed by Nicholas Matelich and Jack Christianson. Peter Moore, Endurance United, was the best of the junior field finishing 4th overall. In the senior women's race, LNR juniors did the sweeping as Luci Anderson dominated the field winning by nearly a minute with Emma Albrecht second, Libby Tuttle third. Sadie Peterson, UWGB, was the best of the collegiate field in 4th overall. U16 titles were won by Lauren McCollor and Caden Albrecht. Results linked in, photos posted from Jackie Schneider.

World Cup Otepaa: Classic Distance
January 20, 2019
The Estonia World Cup wrapped up in Otepaa on Sunday with some difficult classic distance races. Returning to the racing circuit after a mid-season break, Norway's Threse Johaug picked up right where she left off -- dominating the women's field, winning by over 45 seconds in the 10K race with Sweden's young star Ebba Anderson second and Russian Natalia Nepryaeva third. Jessie Diggins lead the US womens squad, taking 13th. Finland's livo Niskanen, racing in his favorite discipline, won the men's 15K with Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, second and Didrik Toenseth, Norway, third. Erik Bjornsen posted the best place for US men at 30th.
Results: 10K, 15K classic
US Ski Team: Diggins Leads U.S. in Otepaa 10k Classic

Cable JNQ Classic Sprints Coverage
January 19, 2019
Enduring single digit temperatures and a challenging course, skiers competed in classic sprint races Saturday in the Gitchi Gami Games in Cable, WI. Jake Ajax, UWGB, and Luci Anderson, LNR, won the senior sprint finals, U16 victories were earned by Jasper Johnston, Ely, and Lauren McCollor, Wayzata. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Loppet Loppet Results
January 19, 2019
Over 130 skiers took to man-made snowmaking loop at Lapham Peak on Saturday for the annual Lapham Loppet race. Tristan Schocten won the men's 10.5K freestyle race with Matthew Dugan second, Danny Sonnentag third. Teenager Avery Tolbert took the women's division followed by Ella Rienemann and Shelbey Suhr. Classic champions were Ethan Blischke and Kim Hughes.
Hinder Binder Results

Three Rivers Rennet Coverage
January 19, 2019
Bright sunshine did little to offset the bone chilling temperatures for the Three Rivers Rennet 22K races on Saturday morning at Hyland. The men's freestyle race quickly developed into a two horse show with Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch setting the pace. The pair stuck together throughout, including a blistering fourth lap, taking it down to a sprint finish, where Liebsch appears to have dove for the line - and was awarded the victory over Gregg. Thomas Kendrick wrapped up the mens podium. Maggie Pierson and Jenna Ruzich had a close battle for much of the race with Pierson eventually pulling ahead on the final lap for the win, Ruzich second, with Melissa Berman taking third. Andrew Tilman and Marian Delaney collected the classic titles. In the 10K races held in slightly more balmy weather, Jonathan Moreno and Danielle Ungurian topped the freestyle fields, Gene Kay and Emily Borderson won the classic races. Results linked in, photos are up.

World Cup Otepaa: Classic Sprints
January 19, 2019
Classic sprints were the featured event Saturday for the World Cup as the series races in Otepaa, Estonia this weekend. The US qualified three women and two men for the heats, Jessie Diggins the best performance on the day finishing 12th and exiting in the semi-finals. Sadie Bjornsen appeared lined up for a great finish to her quarterfinal, but crash on the last turn. Andy Newell had the best result for the men, taking 15th. Norway's Johannes Klaebo dominated the event, easily winning his heats and the final. Sweden's Stina Nilsson was also skiing strong, but appeared to have pulled a muscle in her semifinal and did not compete in the final, which was won by Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla. Sunday will be classic distance races - women's 10K at 2:30 am CST, men's 15K at 6 am.
Results: Classic Sprints
US Ski Team: Diggins Leads U.S. in Otepaa Sprints

Loppet Opens Snowmaking Trails for Limited Fat Biking
January 17, 2019
The Loppet Foundation has started a limited pilot project allowing fat bikers to ride on the snowmaking trails on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings when the trails are open.

North Star Ski Touring Club Seeks Applications for Grant Fund Projects
January 17, 2019
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) is seeking grant applications from the North Star Grant Fund. Grant application deadline is March 31st.

CSS Socks For the Sisters
January 16, 2019
St. Scholastica skiers are running a fundraiser with Saints "For The Sisters" socks. If you place your before the weekend, choose "pick up" and write "Cable JNQ" in the pick-up notes and you can get them at this weekend's JNQ event.

Unconference Championships
January 16, 2019
Conference championships are coming up at the end of January, but some schools are no longer in a specific conference. But don't despair, Mora is hosting 'Unconference Championships' for all those teams -- Tuesday, January 29th at the Vasaloppet Center.

Web Roundup
January 15, 2019
Big Picture - Alayna Sonnesyn reflects on her decisions for international competitions and her progress this year.
Ups and Downs - Vakava skier Elspeth Ronnander highlights some of the ups and downs from the last two months.
Mara - CXC interviews Mara McCollor on her US Nationals performance and World Junior Championships qualification.
Moonie Represent - New Moon is helping raise funds for former employee Alexia Abric to compete at the World University Games in Russia.
Grand - The new Grand Avenue Nordic Center was featured by the Duluth News Tribune.
Ready, Set, Cheat - Wall Street Journal featured e-bikes and how they are impacting popular sports apps like Strava.
Cat 5 - The National Weather Service is experimenting with a new winter storm severity index, using a category scale similar to hurricanes.
Allergic Thoughts - Recent survey finds only about half the people claiming food allergies have matching symptoms.
Magnetic Madness - The magnetic north pole is moving, faster than predicted, causing some problems with navigation.
Sisu Death - Ironwood skier and community activist passed away during the SISU Ski Fest.  More details.
Spryng - New tech for speeding up recovery, especially for runners.
Artificial - A review of recent studies is showing that artificial sweeteners have no real benefits in losing weight.

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