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Eleanor and Mason Bacso, Lutsen 99er, June 28, 2016

American Birkebeiner, February 21, 2015

Tri-Loppet, June 25, 2016

Matt Liebsch and Brett Arenz, Tri-Loppet, June 25, 2016

Tri-Loppet, June 25, 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.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
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Midwest MTB Report
June 28, 2016
Jay Richards has a jam-packed MTB report this week, covering the Lutsen 99er, the Duluth Enduro series, and WORS Firecracker races, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a look at some upcoming races and clinics.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
June 28, 2016
The Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be on October 1st this fall. Save some money on the registration fees by registering before the end of June!

Web Roundup
June 27, 2016
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - Finn Sisu features skiing advice from the old and new:  Jim Carlen and Tom Woolhouse share some of the things they'd do differently in hindsight.
Back At It - Nichole Bathe checks in with an update on her recent vacation and summer training.
Headwind - Annie Hart reflects on perceptions and training, enjoying the time with teammates and some sun. 
Training with the Enemy - Norwegian VG spotlights Jessie Diggins's training with the Norwegian womens team.
Coach Babikov - Canadian's Russian import, Ivan Babikov, has announced his retirement and the start of a career in coaching.
Motivation Monday - The fierce competition level of Petra Majdic, overcoming some major injuries was featured on the Olympic website.
Shocko Choco - A recent study uses electrical shocks to generate a healthier (and tastier) version of chocolate.
Doping - HBO Humorist John Oliver takes on dopers in a recent Last Week Tonight segment.

USSA Announces Seven Stop Super Tour for 2016-17
June 27, 2016
Top cross country athletes from across America will participate in 16 races at seven different stops as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) annual USSA SuperTour. There will be two stops in the Midwest this season: Feb 17-19 in Ishpeming, MI and Feb 25 at the Birkie.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 25, 2016
A very steamy 2016 edition of the Tri-Loppet for racers on Saturday morning as temperatures soared into the upper 80s with dewpoints in the 70s. Matt Liebsch scored the mens individual title with Brian Gregg 2nd and Jonah Lidberg 3rd. Josie Nelson held off Jan Guenther for the womens individual title with Karen Bebchuk third. The top time on the day went to the Gear West corporate team relay.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 116 photos, Running - 96 photos, Cycling - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet Results

APU: Masters Camp on Eagle Glacier
June 24, 2016
APU is hosting another Eagle Glacier Master camp this summer, July 27-30, with top coaches Erik Flora, Dylan Watts and Galen Johnson. The camp is open to nearly all ages and abilities.

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Summer Program
June 23, 2016
A surprisingly cool morning Thursday for a Endurance United juniors summer workout in Afton. The group started off with an easy warm up rollerski along River Rd, before the big focus: 5-7 skate rollerski L3 intervals up the Afton coulee.
Related:
Photoset: Afton Workout - 121 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Afton Intervals

Finn Sisu: Nutrition Presentation, New Products, Advice for New Skiers
June 22, 2016
The latest Finn Sisu newsletter highlights Nutritionist Katelyn Engel's presentation Monday, Jun 27th, on workout nutrition basics: What to eat before, during, and after exercise. Plus checkout their new product roundup and advice for beginning skiers.

Midwest MTB Report
June 21, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers racing action from Chequamegon 100, Keweenaw Tread Fest, and even the Missoula PRO XCT. Plus check out the Strava ride of the week and the look ahead.

Web Roundup
June 20, 2016
Risky Business - Rosie Frankowski juggles work, training, and more as she reflects on the start of her second season as a pro.
Better Together
- Jessie Diggins extols the SMS team atmosphere as she updates on her early summer training (as a special upcoming trip).
Throwback Camp - Brian Gregg updates on summer training at Cresthill Resort and the summer routine.
Project Rollerskiing - NNF shares an update from Park City and the NTG podium training group.
Eagle Glacier - Eric Packer and friends crank out another highlight training video, this one of June skiing on the Eagle Glacier.
Its the Shoes - Study sheds new light on the impacts of footwear on running muscles.
Work It Out - Exercise after studying shown to improve memory retention.
Headdope? - New headphones claim to improve the effectiveness of athletic training sessions.

Borah Teamwear Seeking Apparel Product Developer
June 20, 2016
Borah Teamwear is looking for candidates for the position of Apparel Product Developer. Skills include apparel technical design related to product fit, stretch fabrics, patternmaking and garment construction as well as providing vision for seasonal product lines.

Clubs Uniting to Bring New TRAIL KIDS Program to Midwest Youth
June 20, 2016
The Loppet Foundation, Endurance United, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Out There, and MadNorSki have united to promote the broader mission of fostering outdoor lifestyles by offering year-­round activities for youth ages 8-­13 within all of their programming under the TRAIL KIDS name. Each TRAIL KIDS chapter will operate from within the umbrella of the club but will share common traits.

Out There: Special Offer on Skate Rollerskis
June 20, 2016
Out There is offering a special online deal on Oneway Skate 7 rollerskis, with just a limited quantity remaining.

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps
June 18, 2016
CXC still has some openings for their July Igor Legacy Camp in Minnesota, July 29-31 at Myre-Big Island State Park. The camps promote growth and development of junior cross country ski racers by exposing young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.

Midwest MTB Report
June 14, 2016
The Midwest MTB report this week, by Jay Richards, covers last weekends WORS and MNMBS series races, the Strava Ride of the Week, a couple of interesting news items, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2016
Most of the Twin Cities summer junior training programs kicked off officially this week. We caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club east side juniors on Tuesday morning. Coach Kevin Brochman led the group through some strength training drills, then skiers put on the classic rollerskis and warmed up on the Greenway trail before splitting into two groups. The advanced group wound their way down to the base of the Franklin hill, then worked on classic technique before wrapping up with a distance ski.
Related:
Photoset: East Side Summer Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Web Roundup
June 13, 2016
Chasing Unconscious Competence - Annie Hart checks in with an update on her spring/summer training, with an emphasis on foot power. 
Six Weeks in Denver - Adam Loomis reports on his internship out west, along with a full schedule of training.
Back to the Basics - Kyle Bratrud examines his past season and rejoins his friends and teammates in Marquette for summer training.
Summer Residency - CXC highlights their Summer Residency Training Program, this year located at the Olympic Training Site in Marquette.
Builder of Champions - Former CSS skier, JR Wessling, is profiled for his work as trainer for one of the top motocross teams.
Sweaty City - Minneapolis ranks as one of the top 10 sweatiest cities!

Director of Ski Operations in Boston
June 13, 2016
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be hiring a Director of Ski Operations to run the winter operations at the Leo J Martin (LJM) golf and cross country ski area (formerly known as Weston Ski Track). Under the new director's leadership LJM is hoping to improve snowmaking, grooming, and the support of the ski community.
Related:
Boston Globe: State poised to take over Weston Ski Track

Hoigaards: Anniversary Sale on thru Sunday
June 13, 2016
Hoigaards is running their annual anniversary sale, now thru this Sunday, June 19th. Everything on sale, plus find a $10 of $50 coupon on their website.

Birkie Assistant Trail Manager Position Opening
June 11, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is seeking an assistant trail manager to help maintain and improve the world famous Birkie Trail. The position is full-time, working with the current trail manager and crew.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 11, 2016
Warm conditions Saturday for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event in Cass Lake. John Kallemeyn posted the top time on the day with Dave Nelson taking second and Ryan Peterson and Jonah Lidberg posting the same times in third. Maria Janowiak won the womens overall with Emily Johnson not far behind.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: Canoe Segment - 45 photos
Results: Chippewa Triathlon


Borah Teamwear Rolls Out Michael Valenti Art Jerseys
June 10, 2016
Renowned artist, Michael Valenti and Borah Teamwear have taken a modern twist on old school cycling art and created a unique and exclusive collection of custom cycling jerseys composed of three original Valenti cycling art prints, featuring the Hoogerheide Cyclocross World Championships, Mount Ventoux from the Tour de France and the spring classic Paris Roubaix.

Bike Dr: Happy Hour with Jens Voigt
June 10, 2016
In the latest Bicycle Doctor newsletter they highlight an evening with euro cycling legend Jens Voight next Tuesday, Summer Solstice event at Lapham Peak, first-time mountain bike clinic, and the upcoming Craft Cow ride.

CSS Head Nordic Coach Position Posted
June 10, 2016
St. Scholastica has officially posted the position of head Nordic coach, seeking a leader to take over after Chad Salmela's announced job change last month. The job is a full-time, 12-month, paid position.
Related:
St. Scholastica: Salmela Stepping Down as Nordic Coach

NNF Announces Training Season Funding
June 9, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced over $28K in training season funding for grassroots skiing support. Supported projects include the National U16 Camp which will be held in Duluth in late July.

Train and Work at Snow Mountain Ranch this Fall/Winter Season
June 9, 2016
Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado is hiring for the fall/winter season, with positions in Nordic Center, Outdoor Ed, Recreation Attendant, Lifeguarding, Gap Year program, Hospitality, and Maintenance.

Pioneer Midwest: Save The Boundary Waters Campaign
June 8, 2016
Pioneer Midwest is partnering with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Stop in the shop this June to sign the petition, sign "Sig", win a canoe paddle.

Midwest MTB Report
June 7, 2016
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest mountain biking report this week: Detroit Mountain, Mt. Borah Epic, and Battle of Camrock recaps/first-hand reports, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the usual look ahead on events.
Related:
Official Borah Epic Recap

Web Roundup
June 6, 2016
Into Dark Places - Ben Saxton reflects on all the effort and sacrifice and at least one big payoff. 
Back At It - Jessie Diggins back at SMS in Vermont, picking up on her summer training.
Starting New - Felicia Gesior files her first update as part of the CXC Team.
Zutter - CXC Junior adaptive athlete Mia Zutter is named to the US Paralympic Development Team.
Still Skiing - Downhill areas in Colorado and California have extended their ski season to June 12th!
Still Skiing 92 - 10th Mountain Division veteran of WWII, Hugh Evans, still skis.

ABSF Phase 2 Kickoff Event at Rivers Eatery, June 27th
June 6, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicks off their Phase 2 capital campaign with an event at the Rivers Eatery in Cable on Monday, June 27th. Besides getting all the details on the new developments, you'll enjoy pizza, a custom pint glass, live music, and auction.

Loppet Trail Kids Summer Programs Starting Up
June 5, 2016
The Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids summer programs begins this Monday, June 6th. The program offers a wide range of outdoor activities for youth ages 8-13 years old. There is even some test drive sessions for mountain biking.
Related:
Full Listing of Midwest Training Programs

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 4, 2016
Hoigaards held their first paddling race of the season on Thursday. Brent Arenz and Matt Liebsch combined for the mens racing victory, with Sarah Tokos and Cheryl Dubois taking the womens division.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Gear West SUP Events
June 3, 2016
Gear West is hosting a pair of stand-up paddle (SUP) events coming July 23rd at Long Lake. Sup-Athlon is a 5K run combined with a 5K SUP paddle race, while the Sup-Tour is a friendly 5K tour.

Midwest MTB Report
May 31, 2016
Driving home his Midwest MTB report this week, Jay Richards climbs on the saddle for some first-hand racing action in Canada, highlights the upcoming Lutsen 99er, Mt Borah Epic, new Longass ride event, and MN and WI series races, as well as news on Chloe Woodruff's Olympic bid, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Web Roundup
May 30, 2016
Bend 2 - Jessie Diggins continues her training out in the Bend, OR, area, including more snow time!  (More photos from Bend)
Birkie Fever - Alice Flanders shares her 2016 Birkie story and starts planning for next season.
Brother Bonding - Adam and Ben Loomis are featured in a profile from FasterSkier.
Shopping Spree - Brian Gregg highlights the great support from LL Bean with the Twin Cities Run Club for kids.
Veering From Lane - The New York Times featured rising runner Alexi Pappas and her immense popularity.
Toronto Indoors - Toronto has plans for an indoor ski and snowboard hill.
Hot Snow - Snowmaking in summer temperatures?   It's being tested this summer near Lake Tahoe.


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