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Yellowstone Ski Festival, November 22-26, 2016

Giants Ridge, Minnesota State Meet, February 13, 2014

Jessie Diggins leads the charge on the first lap of the girls OJ race, Junior Olympics, March 9, 2011

Another snowfall on Bruces Trail, Steamboat Springs, CO, October 19, 2016 (Photo: Scott Beattie)
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Minneapolis Ski Club East Side, June 14, 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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LNR MEA Time Trial Coverage
October 22, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing held an MEA weekend time trial in the Hayward area on Friday. Skiers competed on classic rollerskis over a 5.8K course. Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch posted the top times for the field.

World University Games Staff Positions
October 21, 2016
Team USA is seeking two experienced service staff members for the 2017 World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Jan 25-Feb 9th. Staff members will work in a service team of three, including the Head Wax Coach, to prepare internationally competitive race skis for a 16-athlete team.

CXC On Snow Juniors Camps
October 21, 2016
CXC is offering a couple of on-snow training camps this winter, including weekends at Wolverine Village in Ironwood and Telemark Condos in Cable. The camps are open to juniors 14-19 years old and will be led by coaches Karmen Whitham and Bruce Manske.

Fast and Freaky 5K Fundraiser
October 21, 2016
Orono Nordic Ski Club is holding a Fast and Freaky 5K Halloween Fun Run on Saturday morning, Oct 29th. Post race activities include a bonfire, treats and awards.

Three Rivers Park District Ski Clubs
October 20, 2016
Three Rivers Parks District offers cross-country ski clubs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Whether the goal is to get out and ski with other beginners, or get conditioned and learn racing techniques for a citizen ski race, there are several ski clubs to choose from.

Drive for 25 Matching Grant Challenge
October 20, 2016
Make your donate worth double -- contribute now to the NNF Drive for 25 campaign and help them earn a $25,000 match grant. And check out their great promotional video!
Video: Why Drive for 25?

Grand Avenue Campaign Kickoff Oct 27th
October 20, 2016
Come out Thursday evening, Oct 27th, for the fall kickoff event for the Grand Avenue Nordic Center campaign in Duluth. Snowmaking loop, lighted trails, and chalet with restaurant and bar -- support the project in their fundraising efforts.
Grand Avenue Nordic Center Project
Grand Avenue Promotional Brochure

Weekend Events
October 19, 2016
Oct 22-23 Velo CX - Cyclocross racing on the grounds of the National Sports Center velodrome in Blaine.
Oct 22 Pumpkin Run - Break out your Halloween costume early for a fun 5K in Cloquet.
Oct 22 Black's Grove Crossing - Smalltown scenic MTB races, with events from kids up to expert riders.
Oct 22 Zombie Run - A frightening 5K run through zombie infested course - few will complete the race intact.
Oct 23 Sun Prairie CX Cup - Wisconsin cyclocross series comes to Sheehan Park near Madison.

Team XC United 2016-17 Season
October 19, 2016
Matt Liebsch has announced details on the 2016-17 Team XC United, which is open to all abilities while focusing on intermediate to advanced skills and training techniques. There are a number of perks with the team including wax services discounts and lactate profile with video. The first training session is this Sunday, Oct 23rd.

Midwest MTB Report
October 18, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers border crossing MTB racing, Robin Williams bike collection, Steve Tilford's accident, trail repairs in Duluth, and a look ahead to Black's Grove Crossing race.

Fall Ski Swaps
October 18, 2016
A couple of fall ski swaps are on tap this weekend, including a celebration of the grand opening of the new chalet at Giants Ridge, swap at Kamview in Thunder Bay, and kids ski swap as part of the Loppet's Trail Kids winter kickoff on Monday.

CXC SuperFit Series
October 18, 2016
CXC Super Fit is a weekend sale program at select Midwest locations where you can receive information first hand from CXC Team athletes and coaches about equipment, ski fitting, pole and wax selection. Plus bring in your existing equipment and have it evaluated. Stops this fall include Finn Sisu, Fontana Sports, Bike Doc, and Joe's Ski Shop.

Web Roundup
October 17, 2016
More - Team Gregg helps support fellow In-The-Arena athlete Zoila Gomez during the Twin Cities Marathon.
Slacking - Paul Schommer updates on his fall training, including slack line sessions and correlations to life.
Duluth Recovery - Trail clearing after the July windstorm in Duluth is taking longer than expected.

Drive for 25 Ambassadors
October 17, 2016
The Drive for 25 fall event is will underway, and a number of Midwest individuals and teams are seeking your support:
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
- Brian Gregg
- Caitlin Gregg
- Bryan Fish
- Alayna Sonnesyn
- Abby Jarzin
- Matt Liebsch
- Kelly Koch
- Vivian Hett
- Tamer Mische-Richter
- Nicole Bathe
- Team Gregg

MN High School Fall Coaches Meeting Update
October 17, 2016
The Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting is coming up at the end of the month, and they are requesting RSVPs for those planning to attend.

DXC Wednesday Night Hill Bounding Sessions
October 17, 2016
Duluth XC is offering Wednesday evening hill bounding workouts with Jason Kask at Chester Bowl. The sessions are free.

Over the Peak Kick Off Party Nov 12
October 16, 2016
Come out Saturday evening, Nov 12th, for a discussion about cross country skiing in Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Guest speaker Ben Popp, Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, will describe the exciting changes coming for Birkie 2017!

New Moon: Ladies Night Coming Nov 12th
October 14, 2016
New Moon's Annual Ladies Night is on the calendar for the evening of Nov 12th. Held in conjunction with the popular HASTA Ski Swap, this is a great weekend to visit Hayward and get fired up for the coming ski season!

Out There: Fall Frost Update
October 12, 2016
Out There reports frost in the woods and a lot of activities going on, including Team Out There athletes flying high, podcasts, new ski kits, youth equipment exchange, Trail Kids winter sessions, and exciting news about a new club in Barron County.

Midwest MTB Report
October 11, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers the Armageddon at Cuyuna (and how Cuyuna has helped the community), Singletracks video of the week, and a look ahead to two racing events this weekend.

Drive for 25 Begins!
October 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation kicked off their Drive for 25 event on Monday. The event is the primary fundraiser for NNF, supporting junior and elite skier development across the US and internationally as well. Become an ambassador or find your favorite skiers on the fundraising list and kick in today!

Web Roundup
October 10, 2016
Shark Bait - Annie Hart delves into Finding Nemo and correlations with her ski life.
Racing Frame of Mind - Felicia Gesior updates on her recent volume training.
Tilson Troubles - The popular Tilson Creek trails near International Falls have encountered some interested land access issues.
Classic Clamp Down - In an effort to reign in the move toward double poling entire classic races, FIS has issued new regulations on classic pole length.

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