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Green Acres CX, October 17, 2015

Rendezvous trails, West Yellowstone, MT, November 26, 2014

Seeley Pre-Fat MTB course, August 20, 2016 (Photo: Jay Ric)

2003 Nordic World Championships at Val di Fiemme in the Italian Dolomites, February 22, 2003 (Photo: Paul Belknap)

LNR training camp in Utah, July 2016 (Photo: Team Gregg)

Hannah Rudd, Ringer Roll, August 12, 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
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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Weekend Events
August 24, 2016
Aug 27 Cuyuna Crusher - Minnesota's MTB series comes to the popular trails at Cuyana.  Special time trial event on Sunday.
Aug 27 Minnesota State Road Race - Champion titles will be awarded at the Minnesota State Road Race this weekend in Richmond.
Aug 28 Superior Man Triathlon
- Jump from a boat, swim Lake Superior, bike along the Northshore, and finish running through Canal Park.
Aug 28 State Fair Milk Run - Take in a 5K run, then get a free malt and enjoy the Minnesota State Fair!

Job Openings
August 24, 2016
New job postings including head Nordic coach at Burnsville and seasonal jobs at Snow Mountain Ranch!

Kevin Johnson Joins Endurance Enterprises
August 24, 2016
Kevin Johnson has joined the Endurance Enterprises team as their Midwest Sales Rep. Johnson will be promoting Start, Bliz and Swenor brands.

Wisconsin DNR Survey on Outdoor Recreation
August 24, 2016
The Wisconsin Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is seeking public input on outdoor recreation which will help develop a blueprint for future needs.

Finn Sisu: Strength Clinics
August 24, 2016
Finn Sisu founder Ahvo Taipale is leading a fitness testing session this Saturday morning, Aug 27th at Battle Creek, and Jill Winegar is speaking on core strength on Monday evening, August 29th at Finn Sisu.

Midwest MTB Report
August 23, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes recaps from the Great Deer Chase, the Seeley Pre-Fat, and mountain bike access in National Wilderness areas along with other news, and the look ahead.

Web Roundup
August 22, 2016
Training Update - Caitlin Gregg updates on her recent training with LNR, gains made in technique, as well as sharing some of her upcoming season goals.
Sore Legs - Jessie Diggins logs some big training out East, including her first trail marathon, as she prepares to head to New Zealand.
Saddled - Insight into how Team GB overcame cycling issues as they tuned up for the Rio Olympics.
Get Up - Recent statement on the hazards of sitting too much, even if you exercise regularly.

Loppet Fall Programs
August 22, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of fall activities ramping up soon, including...
Trail Kids Fall Program - The Trail Kids program is designed for youth ages 7-13, featuring activities like mountain biking, trail running, dryland training and more (test drive sessions available).
Adult Fall Programs - A wide range of fall adult program options available, including dryland, rollerskiing, and strength training.  Price hikes for many programs are coming August 31st.

Classified Deals
August 21, 2016
Already plenty of deals on the classified board with plenty of skis, boots, and everything from bikes to cabin rentals.

Endurance United 55km Rollerski Coming Sep 10th
August 18, 2016
After an extremely popular inaugural event last fall, Endurance United will again host a supported 55K point-to-point rollerski event. Starting at Desnoyer Park in the heart of the Twin Cities, this year the course will roll east, following the Mississippi and then connecting trails to Gateway and eventually the new Browns Creek trail to finish in downtown Stillwater. Reserve your spot today for the Sep 10th rollout.

Braemer Skiing Petition
August 18, 2016
The City of Edina is proposing a 3 km cross country ski trail with snowmaking to be built at Braemar Park. The trails would provide an additional venue with guaranteed snow for the public and ski teams. Backers are asking the cross country ski community at large as well as Edina residents to voice their support before the public hearing on Sep 7th by signing their online petition.

International Junior Camp - Uphill Time Trial
August 18, 2016
On Tuesday the athletes at the International Junior Camp competed in an uphill time trial. Guest World Cup star Astrid Jacobsen set the benchmark time, and once again, Midwest's own Nicole Schneider lead the way for the US juniors taking 15th. Zane Fields was the lone US junior in the mens race, placing 30th.

Hoigaards: Rollerskiing 101 Clinic
August 17, 2016
Hoigaard's Andy Turnbull will lead a rollerski clinic for looking to explore the off-season training sport, this Saturday morning, August 20th. RSVP is required.

Continental: Giant Bikes Demo
August 17, 2016
Continental Bike and Ski is hosting a Bike Demo and Customer Appreciation Lunch August 27th at Lester Park and 28th at Spirit Mountain in Duluth. Bring your helmet, bike shoes, and check out the latest MTB bikes and some lunch.

Midwest MTB Report
August 16, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards offers a recap from Ore to Shore, his own first-hand report from the Great Hawk Chase, news on the Leadville 100, the Strava Ride of the Week, Olympic MTB watching, and his usual round-up of upcoming events.

Finn Sisu: Summer Wind Down, State Fair Deals
August 16, 2016
Finn Sisu is offering 40% off on their summer clothing, State Fair deals on sauna, and an upcoming talk by Jill Winegar on core strength.

Web Roundup
August 15, 2016
Utah! - Caitlin Gregg posts a big photo recap from the LNR training camp out in Utah.
24 - Annie Hart turns 24, reflecting back on the past season and what life holds ahead.
Olympics - Brian Gregg posts checks in with some Olympic opening ceremonies and recent training in Utah and back in the Twin Cities.
Schommer
- Former St. Scholastica skier Paul Schommer has his own blog, chronicling his life as he pursues a biathlon career.  Plus check out his video, Audience of One
Dear Struggling Skier - Finn Sisu features tips for a struggling skier from Kermit Pattison.
Route 41 - MNDOT is finalizing plans for a bike route that will stretch over 300 miles from St. Paul to Grand Portage.
Madonna Buder - During the Olympic coverage Nike is featuring an inspiring 80+ year old triathlete - find more details on her wiki page.
Armstrong Was Awesome - Deadspin offers a different view on the impact of Lance Armstrong's cycling career.

NNF: International Junior Camp Update 1
August 15, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) posted a new update on the International Junior Camp going on this week in Norway. Top Midwest juniors Zak Ketterson and Nicole Schneider are participating in the camp (and can be seen in some of the photos/videos).

Mighty Miss Results
August 15, 2016
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Perfect conditions with high water led to record times for the 55 mile and 12 mile Mighty Miss races Saturday. 50 paddlers in 32 boats competed in the three events. Dan Luoma and Patrick Nelson won the 55 mile race from St. Cloud to Champlin with a time of 6:09:17 breaking the old record by 20 minutes. Joe Zellnar was first on a surf ski and third overall beating Josh Flatten by a second. In the 12 mile race Doug Berg and Greg Zophy won in a record time of 1:23:21 beating the mixed team of Dave Dahl and Mary Bauer by only 22 seconds.
Related:
Results: Mighty Miss

Deux Pipe Canoe Race Results
August 14, 2016
Eve Graves reports: We had picture perfect conditions Saturday for the Deux Pipe Canoe race in Duluth. Jason and Caley Larsen won the short 8 mile course race by hundredths of a second in a last minute sprint with two other boats in a time of 1:03:52. Fred Kueffer and Kira Stolen beat out the rest of the boats by a hair in the Long 12 mile Course in a time of 1:37:48. The first women's team to finish in the Long course were Maria Schilling and Emily Johnson in a time of 1:40:53.
Related:
Results: Deux Pipe Canoe Race

International Junior Pre-Camp Update
August 12, 2016
Zak Ketterson shares some of the junior athlete experiences in Sweden, including some ski tunnel time, before they attended the official International Junior Camp in Norway.

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 12, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park Friday morning drew another large field. Clouds kept the temperatures down for the race. After completing the 10K course, many skiers tested their skills on a new agility course while waiting for the awards ceremony. Posting the top junior times (stock skis) on the day: Hannah Rudd and Xavier Mansfield.

Minnesota Coaches Association Website Overhaul
August 11, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association website has been completely revamped.  Two important proposals to check out:
State Meet Proposal - New proposal introduces a team sprint element, used for qualifying for sections and at the State Meet.
Wax Truce Proposal - A proposal to limit the use of expensive flurocarbon waxes in regular conference meets.
Update:  The State Meet proposal is undergoing additional revisions, watch for a new proposal later this fall.

More Jobs
August 10, 2016
A number of new jobs have been added to the board, including a head coaching position at Benilde-St.Margarets and a maintenance foreman at the Loppet Foundation.

Birkie Development Grants Applications Available
August 10, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs. Priority will be given to organizations that are cross country ski focused, but organizations that support running, biking, and other off-season programs for skiers are also encouraged to apply. Applications are available now, deadline is Sept 15th.

Schneider, Ketterson Shine at International Junior Camp
August 10, 2016
A number of top US juniors are over in Hamar, Norway, for the International Junior Camp. On Wednesday, the group participated in a 10K skate rollerski race against the best juniors from around the world. Nicole Schneider, starting from near the back of the field, rocketed to the 4th best time in the U20 category! And Zak Ketterson, attending the camp for the second time, hammered out a 10th place finish (after suffering a broken pole tip). The International Junior Camp participation is funded largely by NNF.
Related:
Results: International Junior Camp - Rollerski Race
NNF: What We Fund
NNF: International Junior Camp Preview

Midwest MTB Report
August 9, 2016
In the weekly Midwest MTB recap, Jay Richards posts stories from the Maah Daah Hey 100, Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, a new Strava Ride of the Week, along with a number of other news tidbits and a look at upcoming events.

Maria Stuber Named Head Coach at St. Scholastica
August 9, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica announced the hiring of Maria Stuber as the school's next head men's and women's nordic ski coach on Monday. Stuber has been the Nordic Program Director of Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club since 2013.

Web Roundup
August 8, 2016
Dog Days - Annie Hart emphasizes some training advice based on her dog.
Rest Week
- Jessie Diggins covers her "rest week", including a quick stop in Duluth for the National U16 Camp.
Castle Peak - Ben Saxton tackles 14er in Colorado, chronicling his heavy breathing experience.
SuperHero Genes - Caitlin Gregg is featured in an article about the pursuit of genes that help to make elite athletes.
Staying Straight - CXC Academy offers advice on developing the ability to keep your classic rollerskis straight when striding.

Ringer Roll Friday
August 8, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday Aug 12th at Baker Park. The 10km event is an end of summer training tradition and offers both skate and classic options. New this year, there will be an optional agility course competition in the parking lot with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls.

Stockyard Days Sprints Coverage
August 7, 2016
New Brighton's Stockyard Days rolled out a new criterium race for the northern suburbs, with riders doing circuits on a short rectangle just east of Long Lake Park. Photos from the final two races on the day.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 31 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Stockyard Days Sprints

Vakava Time Trial Coverage
August 7, 2016
Members of the Vakava Team took to the hills of Afton Sunday morning for a test drive of a time trial course they hope to utilize for future events. The group went off on skate rollerskis with interval starts first, then after an equipment change and brief warmup, many of them went at it again in classic technique.
Related:
Photoset: Skate - 43 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 6, 2016
Over 400 cyclists participated Saturday in the annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI. The big 50 mile citizens race came down to a two person breakaway as Adam Hanson edged out Matt Muyres for the victory, with both riders posting the only sub two hour times. Angela Engel was the top womens finisher. In the time trial, Jason Frank rocketed to a winning time of 1:53, more than six minutes faster than the next rider. Deanna Willems topped the womens field, just five seconds ahead of Judy Schmidt.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: TT/Ride the Divide, Race
Results: Firehouse 50

Loppet Passes Another Hurdle Toward Adventure Center Development
August 5, 2016
The Administration and Finance Committee of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Wednesday night passed a series of resolutions supporting the Loppet Foundation's Adventure & Welcome Center project. The next hurdle is approval by the full Park Board, which is expected to vote later this month. Assuming approval by the full board, the last big hurdle is fundraising of an additional $1.2 million to complete the first phase of the project. As a side note, the Adventure Center has been rechristened as 'The Trailhead'.
Related:
Star Tribune: Winter sports/bike center on verge of final approval for Wirth Park
Adventure Center Project

American Birkebeiner Museum Grand Opening Coverage
August 5, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner on Friday evening in Hayward. The new museum is full of memorabilia from past events, as well as a giant 3D model of the trail system and numerous multimedia kiosks. Saturday the excitement will continue with the unveiling of the new start area and trailhead, plus the annual foundation meeting and elections.
Related:
Photoset: 29 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner

CXC Eriksen Road Bike Drawing
August 4, 2016
Help grant a child with physical disabilities and visual impairments the opportunity to try the joy of cross country skiing, via the CXC Adaptive Program, by entering their drawing for a custom Eriksen road bike.
Related:
CXC's Staff is Growing

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Finale
August 3, 2016
The last Hoigaard's Paddle Derby of the 2016 series is this Thursday evening, August 4th. Their goal is to have 50 plus boats at the starting line so invite everyone to show up! Following the race they will move to Hoigaard's for a Paddler's Potluck and awards presentation. Hoigaard's will be grilling, so bring a dish to share and celebrate paddling in Minnesota!

Midwest MTB Report
August 2, 2016
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards has reports from the Singletrack Six and Yeti Tribal Annual Gathering, plus notes on a Midwest Rio Olympic star, MTB camps at Cuyana and Lebanon, a new MTB trail being developed near Cohasset, and a look ahead to some of the weekend events.

Out There: Support Team Out There Athletes
August 2, 2016
With the Olympics starting this week, its a great time to rally support for athletes, both local and international. Out There is offering trucker hats with some of the proceeds going to the OT athlete of your choice.

Loppet Trail Kids Programs
August 2, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of kids programs designed to introduce them to great activities outdoors.  Just a few of the upcoming events:
- Aug 10 Intro to Orienteering
- Aug 22-28 Trail Kids half day camp
And fall is just around the corner, you'll find a wide assortment of opportunities in their Fall programs.

Web Roundup
August 1, 2016
Full Buck - Buck Hill is installing an synthetic snow surface this summer which will eventually allow for year-round skiing.
Marquette - Kyle Bratrud extols the benefits of training in Marquette, MI.
Up North - Oscar Friedman joins the CXC Team and provides a brief recap on his summer training.
Secret Weapon - Local cyclist Pat Lemieux provides the support to elevate Olympic triathlete Gwen Jorgensen.
Olympics - NBC has published a preview guide for the Olympics, including info on streaming live coverage.

Birkie Museum Grand Opening this Friday
August 1, 2016
The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner this Friday evening, August 5th, in Hayward. Members of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Wise family, and race fans, will gather for the landmark event. There is no fee for admission to the museum or the Grand Opening event. And on Saturday, there will be a celebration of the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead/start area, just before the annual meeting.
Related:
ABSF Annual Meeting Aug 5-6
New American Birkebeiner Permanent Start And Trailhead a Reality

USSA: Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher
July 31, 2016
Taylor Fletcher broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow on Saturday. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend earning bronze after leading the jump. The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben from Eau Claire, WI, finished 4th and 5th.

National U16 Camp - Friday Coverage
July 29, 2016
The National U16 Camp had another epic day on the Northshore of Lake Superior as the group took in the sights (and hills) from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Friday morning. Adding extra star power, Jessie Diggins flew into town for the workout, leading the group in warmups and participating in the classic rollerski drills. After the two and half hour workout, most the athletes enjoyed the cool waters of the big lake, including a brave few that did a little cliff jumping! The U16 camp wraps up Saturday.
Related:
Photoset: Friday Rollerski Session - 191 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Friday Rollerski Session


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