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Zak Ketterson working on agility, Midwest REG Camp, July 7, 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
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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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.

CXC Summer Training Camps
April 26, 2016
CXC has a number of summer training camps available for juniors, including the Igor Legacy Camps, U16, Open and Regional Elite Group camps, with options across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Midwest MTB Report
April 26, 2016
Spring must be here -- Jay Richards fires up the Midwest MTB report, and its chalk full of news on the area races and riders, as well as interesting tidbits from the national and international scene.

Web Roundup
April 25, 2016
ESM - American stories from the Engadin ski marathon, including USSA's own Tiger Shaw in only his second ski marathon, are featured on FasterSkier.  One more perspective.
Low Impact Marathon - Astronaut Tim Peake become the second person to run a marathon in space, competing in the London Marathon last weekend.
One of those Nordic Days - Another extreme Nordic video, this one from the French.
Going Dark - Dark chocolate may boost athletic performance?
NDC Review - Year-end video review of the Canadian National Development squad.
10^32 - Love hot sauce?  A limited edition GE developed hot sauce claims to be the world's hottest.

Training Programs Underway
April 24, 2016
Spring training sessions have begun around the region, and summer break is fast approaching. Get on it!

Battle Creek Winter Recreation Legislative Update
April 20, 2016
The rally cry has gone out to help press legislative efforts to keep the Battle Creek Winter Recreation Area in the Minnesota state bonding package. Supporters are being asked to contact their legislative leaders to express their opinions on this key topic.
Related:
Make Snow East Metro website

North Star Ski Touring Club Announces Major Gift to the Loppet Foundation
April 20, 2016
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) recently provided a gift of $20,000 to the Loppet Foundation to help finance construction of the Adventure Welcome Center at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
Related:
Adventure Center at the Loppet

Web Roundup
April 19, 2016
April Attitude - Jessie Diggins updates on her busy April break, enjoying time with family and friends.
Run Club - Caitlin Gregg features the Run Club, a health and wellness workouts with her north Minneapolis community.
Distinguished - Darby and Geri Nelson, which have been very active in the skiing community of the years, will receive the 2016 Distinguished Minnesotan award. 
Moto Doping - NY Times highlighted the development of motorized "doping" in the cycling world.

MDRA Mudball Run Coverage
April 17, 2016
With temperatures already nearing 70F, it was a warm and dry Mudball run Sunday morning at Theodore Wirth. Photos posted now, results should be up by Sunday evening.
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Photoset: Kids Race - 26 photos, 4 Mile - 128 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Haig Glacier 2016
April 16, 2016
Matt Liebsch has posted preliminary plans for the 2016 trip to the Haig Glacier (Canada). This year's trip will be going a little earlier on the calendar, scheduled for June 27-July 4. Limited openings, reserve your spot now.
Related:
Haig Glacier Packing List

NNF: Kashiwa Named Executive Director
April 15, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation announced Thursday the hire of Hennie Kashiwa as Executive Director. The Steamboat Springs, Colorado native assumes the leadership role in the National Nordic Foundation on May 1st and will work in tandem with outgoing director James Southam to ensure a smooth transition.
Related:
National Development Project Grants Open

Hoigaards: Annual Bike and Boat Swap and Sale
April 13, 2016
Looks like it will be wonderful weather for Hoigaard's Annual Bike & Boat Swap and Sale! Sell your bike, kayak or canoe at the swap this weekend, April 15-17. Bring your bike or boat to the store on Thursday for the swap beginning on Friday. Sale prices on all new bikes, boats and bike/boat accessories at Hoigaard's from April 15-24.

Igor Legacy Camps
April 12, 2016
CXC has published the dates for the summer Igor Legacy Camps, honoring Igor Badamshin's commitment to the sport and designed for youth ages 10-13. Camps will be in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Edina Snowmaking Proposal
April 12, 2016
Edina is considering a snowmaking operation at Braemer Park. Early plans call for a 1.25K snowmaking loop to be completed by December 2017. Review more details, then watch for the May Edina park board meeting when the proposal will most likely be voted on.
- Proposal Background/Timeline
- Winter Park at Braemer - Statement of Qualifications
- Park Board Meeting schedule

Web Roundup
April 11, 2016
With most of the skiers taking the spring off from blogging, we retool our weekly 'Local Stars' into a round of some of interesting local and silent sports related stories from the web....
VT Memories - Caitlin Gregg enjoys a whirlwind trip down memory lane in Vermont.
Spring Break - Brian Gregg is up in Alaska as part of the NanaNordic program, sharing his love for skiing with rural villages.  Check out his video as well.
Skijoring with love - CNN profiles Twin Cities own Dallas Johnson, as well as the City of Lakes Loppet Festival. 
Swim, Bike, Cheat? - NY Times had a detailed expose on Julie Miller, who is believed to have cheated in a number of top triathlon events.
Cake for Breakfast - Some research indicates chocolate may help with brain activity and cognition.

Weekend Trail Reports
April 10, 2016
Entering mid-April, and still some very good skiing being reported up north! No recent reports.

MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program Coverage
April 9, 2016
A big turnout Saturday afternoon at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center for the MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program. Jessie Diggins was the guest speaker and kicked the program off with a presentation on her racing career and all the people and organizations that helped make her so successful. Past Lifetime Achievement awardees were recognized, then Bob Montebello, currently the oldest active ski trail groomer in North America, was honored as the 2016 award winner. The afternoon wrapped up with posthumous recognition of 12 great heroes in Minnesota skiing history: Nikolai Anikin, Robin Baker, Charlie Banks, John Burton, Earle Dickinson, Tim Knopp, Jinny McWethy, Brother Jerome Rademacher, Toni St. Pierre, Al Waverek, and Don Wolter.
Related:
Photoset: 65 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Borah Teamwear Offers Juniors MTB Incentive Program
April 8, 2016
Borah Teamwear, a long-time advocate of youth cycling development and high school athletics, is offering an additional 10% discount off its already competitive NICA apparel program through June 15th.

Coaching Positions Around the Nation
April 8, 2016
There are a number of coaching jobs posted from across the US, including positions in Idaho and Alaska, as well as Twin Cities area posts, along with jobs in sales, race director, and store manager.

Endurance United Weekly Speaker Series
April 7, 2016
Endurance United is hosting a new weekly speaker series this spring, covering a variety of topics. First up on Monday, April 11th, is Ben Bruno, personal trainer and endurance athlete, with a presentation about sports nutrition for endurance.

MNSCA Spring Meeting Set for April 16th
April 7, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Spring Meeting is scheduled for Saturday April 16th at the Mora Nordic Ski Center. A number of topics are on the agenda, including discussion of changes to the State Meet, nominees for the coaches Hall of Fame, as well coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards. RSVP for lunch.

Cross-Country Skier Magazine Sold to Vermont Publisher
April 7, 2016
Cross-Country Skier Magazine has been sold to Vermont publisher, Height of Land Publications. Current publisher Ron Bergin will remain on in a sales position as well as continuing to write.

Biathlon: National Team Nominations Announced for 2016-17
April 6, 2016
US Biathlon has released the nominations for the 2016-17 season teams, everything from the A team to the development groups. Minnesota once again has strong representation with Leif Nordgren on the A team, Jake Brown on the X team, and Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka on the development squads.

Finn Sisu: Training, Ski Deals
April 6, 2016
Finn Sisu has training programs starting as soon as next week, along with details on the summer programs. Plus score deals on remaining 2015-16 season racing skis!

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event this Sunday!
April 6, 2016
There will be a 'Welcome Home' event for Jessie Diggins, this Sunday, April 10th, at Stillwater Area high school. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Jessie will do some poster signings, as well as a presentation on her 2015-16 season.

Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings
April 6, 2016
The Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings are scheduled for Sunday, April 24, at Dooley's Pub in Eau Claire, WI. The meetings are open to the public, voting is limited to coaches who are licensed and represent a registered CXC club or high school team.

2016 Collegiate Tally Board
April 4, 2016
We've been updating the collegiate tally board as news comes in. Keep the updates rolling!

Training Programs
April 4, 2016
Training programs will be firing up soon, so now is the time to start signing up.
- Apr 5 LNR Juniors Training Informational Meeting
- Apr 6 Endurance United Juniors Training Informational Meeting
And there are a number of other adult training programs, including mountain biking, trail running, and more.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Recap
April 3, 2016
Duluth News Tribune posted complete coverage on the 2016 Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America, including first-hand video and a number of photos. Find more coverage on the event Facebook page.
Related:
Bjorn Bakken Championships of America Facebook Posts

CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting
April 2, 2016
The American Birkebeiner is hosting the CXC Marathon Cup Committee Meeting this April 22-24 in Hayward. The weekend is open to all race organizers, as it will cover topics like best practices in cross country ski event operations, marketing and promotions.

Bike Dr: Bike Sale, Paul Sandgren, Final Grinds
April 2, 2016
Bicycle Doctor's latest newsletter highlights their upcoming Whale of a Sale, April 9-10, the passing of Paul Sandgren, and a call for final ski grinds.


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