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Personalized computer-aided ski selection on Madshus skis, Boulder Nordic Sport, October 14, 2014

Tent Sale at Hoigaards, September 19, 2014

Stonegrinding expert Lars Svensson at Gear West, showcasing their new Tarzzari RP23 stone grinder, July 12, 2014

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Jason Cork Wax Clinics
March 25, 2015
US Ski Team mens Nordic coach Jason Cork will be in the Twin Cities next week for a series of wax clinics and discussion sessions: Monday, Mar 30 at BNS, Thursday Apr 2nd at Finn Sisu and Saturday April 4th at Gear West.

Borah Teamwear Custom Pro Kit Giveaway
March 23, 2015
Borah Teamwear is offering five custom pro cycling kits, to be awarded by random drawing from all the entries they receive by next Monday, March 30th.

Gear West: Alpine for XC
March 20, 2015
For those into both cross-country and downhill, Gear West is offering a free performance tune for those purchasing Alpine skis -- with up to 50% off Alpine skis, boots and casual winter clothing.

Bike Dr: New Website, Rides begin, Road Bike Closeout Sale
March 20, 2015
Bicycle Doctor rolls out a new website, fires up their spring rides, offering closeouts on some road bikes, and final call for stonegrinding.

Finn Sisu: Race Skis, Wax and Trail Running
March 19, 2015
Finn Sisu is offering sales on race skis (up to 40% off), deals on wax and waxing accessories, and discounts on trail running shoes for the spring.

Midwest Mountaineering March Newsletter
March 19, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering's latest newsletter has some coupons on keeping your equipment secure, plus highlights of upcoming clinics and seminars.

Gear West: Ski Base Analysis
March 9, 2015
Matt Liebsch covers ski bases and shows how many skis can get "burned out" by season end, and the benefits of a fresh stonegrinding. Bring your skis in, they will analyze the bases for free.

BNS: Spring Sale, Warm Waxing
March 9, 2015
Boulder Nordic Sport is running their Spring Sale with discounts on a wide array of Nordic products including top-of-the-line skis and boots, and also has some suggestions for warm weather waxing as the season winds down.

Hoigaards: Final Markdowns in Winter Clearance
March 6, 2015
Hoigaard's is on their final markdowns as they clear out remaining winter equipment with savings of up to 50% on skiing equipment and apparel.

Gear West: Skin Sale
March 5, 2015
Just in time for the spring skiing, Gear West is cutting prices on skintec skis including the Atomic Sport Skintec, Salomon Equipe RC Skin, and Atomic Redster Skintec models.

Ski Hut: Best Weekend of the Season
March 5, 2015
Ski Hut is celebrating one of the best weekends of the season -- fresh snowfall, great weather, and equipment on sale 20-60% off store wide. Plus info on the Balsam Basher Fat Bike race next week.

Joes Ski Shop: Final Winter Clearance
March 5, 2015
Joe's Ski Shop is St. Paul is running their final winter clearance sale this weekend, March 6-8th. Savings of 50-70% off Nordic and accessories!

Midwest Mountaineering March Newsletter
March 4, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering rolls out their March newsletter with some big coupons on kayaks and SUPs, clearance pricing on cross-country equipment, and a list of March events.

Podiumwear Offers New Jessie Diggins Products Celebrating Historic World Championships
March 4, 2015
Podiumwear is celebrating Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg's historic World Championship medals with a new line up of hats, headbands and buffs. Designs include a World Championship theme, as well as items matching the Jessie Diggins ski suit designs.

Fitzharris: End of Year Blowout
March 3, 2015
Fitzharris Ski Shop in St. Cloud has cut their remaining inventory even lower, with Salomon Equipe 10 and Madshus Nanosonic Skate skis more than 50% off, plus deals on poles and bindings.

BeFAST Licensed for Univ of Minnesota, Michigan
March 1, 2015
BeFAST Sportgear is announcing that they are now licensed to teams and clubs at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan! You can use official school logos in your new BeFAST designs.

Pioneer Midwest: Winter Clearance
February 26, 2015
The snow may not have been deep this year, but Pioneer Midwest discounts on all winter products are stacking up -- stop in now through Mar 15th for savings on all winter products. And check back throughout the spring as they bring in new summer products.

Fitzharris: End of Season Blowout
February 26, 2015
Fitzharris Ski and Sport in St. Cloud is clearing out their remaining winter gear, including huge savings on Madshus and Salomon skis, Swix poles, and winter clothing.

Out There: World Championships Celebration Deals
February 25, 2015
Out There shop in Rice Lake has special offers on Johaug gloves and Madshus skis, in celebration of the awesome results by the US skiers at the World Championships. For each pair sold, Out There will contribute a portion of the proceeds to support the athlete.

Birkie: iSUP Fundraising Partnership Announced
February 25, 2015
The Birkie has partnered with Mike Cichanowski, 38-year Birkie vet and owner of Wenonah Canoe and C4Waterman paddle boards to help ensure the Birkie future. Buy any new iSUP (inflatable stand-up paddleboard) and C4Waterman will donate 20% of the sale to the Birkie Capital Campaign.

CyclovaXC: Padding Adventures, Fat Bike Tech
February 25, 2015
CyclovaXC in St. Croix Falls is continuing their Adventure and Tech Social Series this Thursday evening, Feb 26th, with presentations on paddling adventures and the trends in Fat Bike technology.

ONEWAY: Mathias Wibault Skis to 4th at Birkie
February 25, 2015
Athletes using ONE WAY poles and skis did very well at the American Birkebeiner, including Mathias Wibault fourth place finish on the new ONE WAYT Premio HD skis in the mens 51K skate race.

2014-2015 Contest Winners
February 25, 2015
With the wrap up of our trail drawings, we post a summary of all the prize drawings and winners. Thanks to everyone that contributed trail reports, and especially the fine sponsors.

Finn Sisu: End-of-Season Sale
February 24, 2015
Finn Sisu is having an end-of-the-season blowout, with 40% off all winter clothes, 30% off all skis, 20% off all saunas, plus special deals on select boots and poles.

Hoigaard's Winter Clearance Sale
February 23, 2015
Hoigaard's is running their Winter Clearance sale, with savings up to 25% Off XC apparel for men, women and kids along with deals on all XC skis, boots, bindings and poles!

Finn Sisu: Birkie Week
February 16, 2015
Birkie week at Finn Sisu with wax clinics, wax service and recommendations plus thoughts on what to wear and deals on skis, poles, and boots.

Salomon: Tad Elliott's Birkie Smash Mode
February 16, 2015
Tad Elliott blogs on his Birkie, sharing his secrets to preparing for a major event like the Birkie and handling a case of the Birkie Fever.

Salomon Introduces New Carbon Skate Lab Ski
February 15, 2015
Salomon is rolling out a new Carbon Skate Lab ski, and you can test drive the models yourself at the Birkie Demos on Sunday, Feb 23rd. Check out the product promotional video of their latest black beauty!
Birkie Sunday Ski Demos

Hoigaards: Birkie Clinic with Brian Gregg
February 13, 2015
Olympian Brian Gregg will be at Hoigaards Wednesday evening, giving a presentation and answering questions on preparing for the Birkie.
Hoigaards Five Star Waxing Service for the Birkie
Feb 17 Fast Wax Founder Dan Meyer on Birkie Wax Prep

Ski Hut: Fastest Birkie Ever
February 13, 2015
Ski Hut in Duluth is offering to make it your fastest Birkie ever with their Birkie Race Wax Service. Skis must be in by Wednesday for wax service. Also stop in to check out their sale on demo equipment.

Gear West: Birkie Week Wax Clinics
February 12, 2015
Gear West is got their Birkie Week events rolling, including a number of waxing clinics. Sunday it's Evan Pengelly from Start Wax, Monday night Brian Knutson, Gear West owner and kick wax guru will demo. Tuesday Chris Hall from Swix will introduce the Cera Nova X line of waxes.

Birkie Fever Sale and Service
February 12, 2015
Get your prescription for Birkie Fever starting today at Pioneer Midwest! Stop in for savings on race supplies for the big day including apparel, accessories, wax and nutrition. Service requests for race waxing are already lining up, bring your skis in today.

Bike Dr: Ski Sale, Birkie Waxing and Wax Clinic
February 11, 2015
The Bike Doctor has dropped the pricing on their remaining skis to the lowest prices this season, and they've got your Birkie Fever covered with waxing service and clinics next week!

Madshus Birkie Skis Drawing
February 10, 2015
Madshus is showing their Birkie Fever and will be giving away a pair Madshus REDLINE Commemorative American Birkie Skate skis! Enter into their drawing for your chance to win.

Joes Ski Shop: President's Day Sale
February 10, 2015
Joe's is running their President's Day Sale starting Wedneday running through Monday the 16th. Lots of great gear on sale before the Birkie!

Hoigaards: Winter Clearance Blowout
February 9, 2015
Hoigaards is into their Winter Clearance Sale, with savings like 25% off XC ski apparel, and running their Five Star Wax service.

Gear West: Inga Lami / Snowflake Races this Weekend
February 9, 2015
Celebrate Valentines Day skiing the Inga-Lami for women or the Snowflake for men. New this year is the Skins + Scales category for no-wax skis (also 11k). There is also a 20k distance ski for high school racers.

BNS: State Meet Waxing, Sales, Birkie Wax Service
February 9, 2015
Boulder Nordic Sport has published their own insight on the waxing conditions for the State Meet, is starting a big sale beginning Feb 11th, and will be offering Birkie Race Wax Service again this year.

Ski Hut Post Snow Show Sale
February 6, 2015
Ski Hut is back from the Snow Industries Association Snow Show in Denver, and ready to clear out equipment as they make plans for next season. Get great deals on the demo skis, race boots, and much more.

Borah Teamwear Hires Customer Experience Manager
February 6, 2015
Borah Teamwear is excited to announce its newest team member, Tad Hylkema, as the company's innovative Customer Experience Manager. Tad will lead a team of customer service representatives and focus on refining Borah's custom experience through the eyes of its clients.

Continental: Vasaloppet Wax Service
February 3, 2015
Nikolai Anikin and Continental Ski Shop staff will be at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on Friday, hosting a wax clinic as well as performing on-site race wax service for the big races on this weekend. And they'll have wax and accessories for sale to meet your last minute needs.

New Moon Birkie Fever
February 1, 2015
New Moon ski shop in Hayward is all set for February, offering their expertise for the Birkie, including trail updates and custom wax service. Stop in this weekend while up for the Pre-Birkie and North End Classic, and take in a Pre-Birkie waxing clinic on Friday, Feb 6th with Fast Wax.

Podiumwear: Ambassador Jessie Diggins Named to World Championship Team
January 28, 2015
Podiumwear Ambassador Jessie Diggins of Afton, Minnesota, is among 16 Americans named to compete at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden. In honor of Jessie being named to this year’s World Championship team, Podiumwear will be once again offering for sale special men’s and women’s Gold and Silver nordic suits designed by Jessie Diggins, herself.

Finn Sisu: Get Ready to Race
January 27, 2015
Finn Sisu is offering Loppet wax service, along with deals on race suits, skis and poles. Dan Meyer of Fast Wax will lead a wax clinic on Thursday evening, Jan 29th.

Gear West Second Annual Wax-A-Palooza
January 27, 2015
Gear West is hosting their annual waxfest, Wax-A-Palooze, on Wednesday, Feb 4th. Tech reps from Start, Rode, Toko, Swix, Solda and Fast Wax will be demonstrating and answering questions. Plus an elite wax clinic and an alpine ski tuning demo. And refreshments! RSVP requested.

Hoigaards Five Star Waxing Service
January 26, 2015
With February bring some of the major marathon races on the calendar, Hoigaards has their Five Star Wax Service up and running. Four different options give the aspiring ski racer a wide range to choose from. Get your skis in early!
Jan 27 City of Lakes Loppet Waxing Clinic with Fast Wax

Borah Teamwear Expands Nordic Race Suit Selection
January 23, 2015
Borah Teamwear has expanded their retail collection with 25 stock XC suit designs, and now with cool matching XC hats! Both stock and individual-custom designs are made-to-order and shipped in just five business days.

Twin Cities Championships On-site Grind Special
January 22, 2015
Gear West will be on-site at Wirth this weekend, offering a World Cup grind service utilizing their new Tazzari RP23 Stone Grinder.

Finn Sisu: Race Ski Special Offers, Race Wax Service
January 22, 2015
Finn Sisu is offering some unique deals on race skis, poles, and jackets, plus race wax service for the Loppet, and other major events.

Exel at SIA Trade Show
January 22, 2015
Exel Ski Poles will be at the Snow Sport Industry Association Trade Show (SIA) January 29th through February 1st. Stop at their booth and check out their latest designs, including the Curve-poles.

Midwest Mountaineering January Newsletter
January 22, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering latest newsletter has a 20% off coupon (skis!?), along with another 15% coupon, as well as a full list of their upcoming events and clinics this winter.

Ski Hut Newsletter
January 21, 2015
Ski Hut's latest newsletter features their event at Spirit Mountain this weekend, new stock on skis, a National Forest Lodge special, and the upcoming Winter trails day.

BNS Waxing Observations
January 21, 2015
Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest shares notes on their wax testing so far this winter. BNS will be at the Noquemanon this weekend, or feel free to stop in at their Bloomington location just to talk "shop".

Madshus Race News
January 20, 2015
Madshus highlights some of the top performances in January, including Heidi Weng's third place in the Tour de Ski and Caitlin Gregg's National Championship title.

Out There: Birkie Wax Service
January 20, 2015
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is again offering their premium wax service for the American Birkebeiner. If you'd like you get your boards in top shape, you'd better sign up soon -- they reportedly are already 75% full!

Pioneer Midwest Kick the Cold Sale
January 17, 2015
Come out of hibernation for Pioneer Midwest's Kick the Cold Sale. They are offering savinges of 30-50% on all clothing, 30% off all classic boots and 20-50% on classic skis. Sale runs January 17-31.

Meet and Greet with Birkie Champ Tad Elliott
January 17, 2015
Salomon elite skier Tad Elliott will be at Gear West, Tuesday evening, Jan 20th for a meet and greet session. Come out and ask questions on training and racing, and pick up an autographed poster. Gear West will also offer free Salomon bindings with Salomon ski purchase that evening.

Borah Epic Registration Now Open
January 15, 2015
The Borah Epic, 30 mile point-to-point MTB race through the vaunted CAMBA trail system, has opened their registration. With only 500 spots available, the event is sure to close up quickly.

Hoigaards: Super 16 Hour Sale
January 15, 2015
Hoigaard's is running their Super 16 Hour Sale this weekend - Saturday and Sunday only. Everything winter is going on sale for two days, plus 20% off already reduced clearance items.

BNS Midwest Updates
January 15, 2015
BNS Midwest will be holding another equipment demo this Saturday, Jan 17th, at Hyland Park. Test drive some of the latest equipment and get advice on the new gear. Plus, the shop is running a Thursday night waxing clinic.

Salomon Equipe RC Skin Classic Raffle at Seeley Hills
January 15, 2015
A pair of Salomon's Equipe RC Skin Classic race skis will be raffled off at the Seeley Hills race on Saturday. The RC Skin delivers waxless kick in all conditions.

Bike Dr: Free Ski Lessons, Lapham Loppet, Trail Assail
January 13, 2015
The Bicycle Doctor's latest newsletter highlights the Lapham Loppet and Winter Trail Assail races, along with their offer of free ski lessons.

Riverbrook Ready to Go
January 13, 2015
Riverbrook is featuring a ski and boot sale this week, with deals on Atomic, Madshus and Salomon skis and boots. Drop in while you're in town for the races and Birkie Tour.

New Moon: Brand Reps and Wax Clinics for Seeley Classic and Birkie Tour Weekend
January 12, 2015
New Moon Ski Shop in Hayward has a number of special clinics this weekend, helping skiers with their Seeley Hills race and all their equipment needs for the Birkie Tour.

Matt Liebsch Mora Ski Clinic
January 12, 2015
Matt Liebsch will be hosting a free ski clinic at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN, this Wednesday, Jan 14th.

Fischer Nordic Racing Team Highlights
January 11, 2015
Fischer celebrates another great week of racing by sponsored athletes, including Marit Björgen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby victories in the Tour de Ski, as well as a number of top biathlon and Nordic combined results.

Midwest Mountaineering Year End Clearance
January 7, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering is featuring a number of year-end clearance items, including some coupons for deals on LED flashlights, thermometers, and pack cube. Plus a listing of their upcoming January events.

Salomon: Tad Elliott - Confidence
January 7, 2015
In the latest blog update from Salomon's Tad Elliott, he writes about the line between confidence and cockiness, and how to foster your own confidence.

BNS: US Nationals Freestyle Race Wax Report
January 5, 2015
Boulder Nordic Sport has been on-site at US Nationals, testing wax combos and posting recommendations. Read their recap on Sunday's skate race waxing conditions and waxing solution.

Great Start to New Year for Fischer Skiers
January 4, 2015
Fischer highlights some of the top performances by sponsored athletes already in 2015, including Marit Bjoergen and Petter Northug as leaders for Tour de Ski.

Wheel & Sprocket Toko Ski Wax Clinic
January 4, 2015
Ben Lund will be at the Wheel and Sprocket shop in Brookfield on Wednesday evening, January 7th, for a general waxing clinic.

Bike Dr: Birkie Future, Wax Guru, Lessons
January 2, 2015
The Bicycle Doctor will be hosting a Birkie fundraising event on Thursday, Jan 8th. Waxing and ski lessons are also being offered this winter.

Fast Wax for Cold Snow
December 26, 2014
Fast Wax founder Dan Meyer shares tips on creating fast skis for cold snow conditions in a video presentation.

Pioneer Midwest Holiday Ski Sale
December 24, 2014
Pioneer Midwest's Holiday Sale starts Friday! Race performance skis from Fischer, Salomon, Atomic and Madshus 20-30% off Dec 26-Jan 4th. Stop in for great deals before you hit the trails!

Midwest Mountaineering After Christmas Sale
December 24, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering has a raft of items on sale in their post-Christmas event. Plus a set of coupons with discounts ranging from 15 to 50% off.

BNS Demo, Wax Tips and Nationals Support
December 21, 2014
Boulder Nordic Sport will be hosting another equipment demo, this one next Saturday, Dec 27th at Hyland. In addition, their sharing tips on successful waxing combinations with the recent weather, and offering waxing support for US Nationals next month.

Finn Sisu: Last-minute Gift Ideas
December 19, 2014
The holidays are nearly upon us and Finn Sisu is highlighting some last minute gift ideas, as well as their JNQ wax service and 30% off Yoko poles.

Salomon: Tad Elliott - Importance of Goals
December 18, 2014
Elite skier Tad Elliott reflects on his goals this winter, both daily and long-term. Elliot will be racing for Salomon across the US this season, including a number of races in the Midwest.

New Moon Winter Events
December 18, 2014
New Moon has a number of events going on this winter, including the Holiday Demos, Ashland Park Womens Ski Clinic, expert waxing for the Seeley Classic and Pre-Birkie, as well as a weekly Tuesday Night under the Lights ski.

Finn Sisu: JNQ Waxing Service
December 16, 2014
Finn Sisu will be providing elite-level racing service at all 4 weekends of Midwest Junior National Qualifying races for the 2014-2015 season. They hope to provide all skiers with access to high quality waxing service (epsecially if they don't have club service) and assist coaches with information and on-site access to the best wax.

December Salomon Demos
December 15, 2014
Salomon is making the rounds in December, hosting demos events at a number of venues. Come test their latest equipment, including the new Equipe RC Skin classic skis, at Elm Creek on Dec 17, Hyland on Dec 20 or the Birkie trail on Dec 27.

Holiday XC Ski and Fat Bike Demo
December 14, 2014
New Moon and Riverbrook will be hosting a combined Holiday Equipment Demo, Saturday Dec 27th, at the Hwy OO Birkie trailhead. Come out and test drive the latest in ski equipment or take a new Fat Bike for a single on the nearby CAMBA singletrack.

Continental: Anikin Wax Clinic
December 14, 2014
Nikolai Anikin will doing a general wax clinic at Continental, Tuesday evening, Dec 16th, discussing both glide and kick wax applications. He will also give some explanation of both grinding and kick zone marking.

Ski Hut: Holiday Gift Ideas
December 13, 2014
The Ski Hut in Duluth has suggestions for your Holiday Gift list.

Finn Sisu: Holiday Shopping Ideas
December 11, 2014
Finn Sisu has posted more holiday gift ideas for skiers and sauna lovers, plus 20% off hats.

Hoigaards Instant Cash Back Sale
December 11, 2014
Hoigaards has begun their Instant Cash Back sale, offering up to 20% off your purchases, running now through Dec 24th.

Bicycle Doctor's 12 Days of Christmas
December 11, 2014
The Bicycle Doctor is offering a special deal each day, starting on Dec 12th for .. you got it, 12 days. Check their Facebook page for the daily deals.

Madshus Smart Skis Demo at Birkie Events
December 10, 2014
Madshus' new Smart Ski technology, Madshus empower, helps select your perfect ski, and even assists you in tracking its performance. You can test drive these new skis with a pair of on-snow demos being hosted by the American Birkebeiner.

Hoigaards: Wax Man Cometh
December 10, 2014
This Saturday Dan Meyer from Fast Wax will be at Hoigaard's and he's ready to solve all your ski waxing problems. Bring your questions and your skis in for a one-on-one consult. Dan will have his wax bench set up and he will be available from 1 to 4 PM, offering waxing advice, solving base-prep problems and demonstrating waxing techniques to nordic skiers, alpine skiers and snowboarders.

Midwest Mountaineering Holiday Shopping
December 9, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering has published their holiday shopping guide, with a number of coupon specials, and plenty of gift ideas for every budget. And check out their line up of clinics and special events for December.

Salomon Demo at Elm Creek Wednesday Evening
December 9, 2014
Salomon and Gear West will be hosting a demo of some of the latest Salomon products, include S-Lab skate and classic skis, as well as the new RC Skin classic skis. Stop out at Elm Creek between 5:30 and 8:30 pm Wednesday, Dec 10th.

Boulder Nordic Sport: Hyland Demo Recap, Mantra
December 8, 2014
BNS Midwest shares their waxing solutions from last weekend's equipment demos at Hyland, and highlights the upcoming Mantra Wax clinic with wax tech Randy Gibbs.

Complete Guide to Start Waxes
December 8, 2014
Start Wax has published their complete guide to the Start wax lineup, including tips and application instructions.

Ski Hut: Skigo/Holmenkol Wax Clinic
December 8, 2014
Dave Chamberlain will be at Ski Hut Thursday, Dec 11th, to show the latest and greatest from Skigo and Holmenkol.

Gear West: Enter the Cool
December 8, 2014
Gear West is looking for your 20 seconds of skiing fame -- create and share your own 20 second video and have a chance at winning a free Birkie entry or Swix gift card.

Joes Sporting Goods: Fast Wax Clinic Wednesday
December 7, 2014
Joes is hosting a Fast Wax clinic this Wednesday evening, with an hour of open forum topics, following by waxing clinic for alpine and Nordic.

Joes Sporting Goods: Customer Appreciation Sale Dec 6-7
December 5, 2014
Joe's Sporting Goods in Saint Paul is running their Customer Appreciation sale this Saturday and Sunday, Dec 6-7.

Finn Sisu: Holiday Gift Shopping
December 4, 2014
Finn Sisu has Holiday gift ideas for skiers and sauna enthusiasts, plus 20% off base layers through Sunday, December 7th.

Borah Teamwear Nordic Race Suit Giveaway
December 3, 2014
Borah Teamwear will be drawing two lucky winners to receive their own custom designed race suit! All you have to do is sign up and wait for the winning names to be drawing on Friday, Dec 12th.

Bike Dr: Ladies Night and Bock with the Doc
December 3, 2014
Bicycle Doctor Ski Shop's latest newsletter highlights their Wine and Cheese Skis on Dec 4th, and Bock with the Doc next Thursday, Dec 11th.

Out There: Americans, Finns, and Swiss Wearing Johaug
December 2, 2014
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is featuring Johaug gloves, now the choice for top US skiers including Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, and Liz Stephen.

Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest Updates
December 2, 2014
Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest, located in Bloomington, will be hosting an equipment demo on snow this Saturday at Hyland. Their stonegrinding and hotboxing operation is in full swing, and World Cup and Olympic wax technician Randy Gibbs will be in shop later this month for a special presentation.

Gear West Upcoming Events
November 30, 2014
Gear West has a number of upcoming activities...
Tuesday evenings: Custom Boot Fitting (Nordic and Alpine) by Paul Langer, Podiatrist
Wednesdays evenings, Dec 3 - Feb 11: On snow Technique and Training
Dec 13-14: Women's XC Clinic (with wine and chocolate) on the Birkie Trail 
Jan 2: Ski and Tea Women's Technique Clinic, at the 00 Cabin

Gear West Black Friday Sale
November 28, 2014
Gear West has jumped into the Black Friday craze with their own set of deals this weekend. Discounts on Atomic race skis, Fischer ski packages, BK's favorite kickwax kit and more.

Bike Dr: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and Sunday
November 26, 2014
Bicycle Doctor is offering special savings all weekend long, beginning Black Friday. Plus check out upcoming events including Bock with Doc.

Podiumwear Black Friday Sales Event
November 25, 2014
Podiumwear will be holding a 4-day sales event starting on Black Friday and ending Cyber Monday, featuring seven brand-new ski suits designed by World Champion and Podiumwear Ambassador Jessie Diggins. A portion of these sales will help benefit Diggins world Nordic tour.

Pioneer Midwest Nor-ski Sale
November 25, 2014
Pioneer Midwest is offering 10-50% off Norwegian product from Swix, Bjorn Daehlie and Madshus starting Black Friday and continuing through the weekend, Nov 28-30th. Shop small this Saturday!

Midwest Mountaineering Holiday Deals
November 24, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering has a big Black Friday deals, along with a special $15 of $40 coupon, as well as a free fluorinated glide wax application.

Hoigaards: XC After Hours - Shoulder Problems
November 24, 2014
At Hoigaards this Tuesday evening, as part of their XC After Hours series, Melissa Shirriff of Institute for Athletic Medicine will provide her insights on common shoulder problems and how to treat them.

Skihut's 60th Anniversary Sale
November 23, 2014
Ski Hut is celebrating their 60th anniversary with a huge three day sale coming up this weekend, Nov 28-30th. Lots of deals, including ski packages and even combos with National Forest Lodge.

Continental: Borealis Fat Bike Demos Friday
November 20, 2014
Stop out at Lester Park on Friday afternoon, Nov 21st, and demo some Fat Bikes from Borealis, compliments of Continental Ski and Bike!

Gear West: Grind Testing
November 19, 2014
Gear West staff, including Birkie champ Matt Liebsch, have already been out testing out new grinds on our recent snowfall. Matt shares some of his findings. And you can still get your skis prepped for Yellowstone, and get a free bar of wax in the deal.
Yellowstone Grinding and Free Block of Swix Wax

Fitzharris Ski & Sports Skinny Ski Only Sale Nov 21-23
November 18, 2014
Fitzharris Ski & Sport is holding their Skinny Ski Only Sale this weekend, Nov 21-23.  Come early for the best selection of closeout skis, boots, and poles, up to 55% off, including top end race skis from Salomon and Madshus. 
Fitzharris Ski & Sport

Midwest Mountaineering Expo Newsletter with Coupons
November 17, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering has released with Expo Newsletter, featuring a number of special coupons for free or greatly reduced items.

Midwest Mountaineering Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo
November 16, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering huge winter celebration, the Outdoor Adventure Expo, is coming this weekend, Nov 21-23. Over 80 free presentations to attend, more than 70 vendors on display, the Banff Mountain Film Fest Tour, and of course, everything in the shop on sale!
Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo Newspaper

Ski Hut Wax Clinics
November 15, 2014
Ski Hut has posted their wax clinic schedule, with the first event on tap this Thursday, Nov 20th.

Hoigaards: I Love Snow Sale
November 14, 2014
Hoigaards is celebrating the start of ski season with their 'I Love Snow Sale', offering deals on complete ski packages.

Fischer Demo Reservations for Yellowstone
November 14, 2014
Fischer will be back at the Yellowstone Ski Festival, and is again offering their online reservation system for skis and boots. Make your reservation now - the first 50 people demoing equipment will receive a free Fischer race hat!
Fischer Yellowstone Demo Online Reservations

Gear West at Yellowstone Ski Festival
November 14, 2014
Gear West will be at Yellowstone Ski Festival providing stonegrind service drop off, race ski flex testing and ski demos. Matt Liebsch will give ski tech talk and be a guest coach for a five day race camp.
Nov 18 Women's Alpine Event at Gear West Adrenaline

Start's New Glide Wax Series
November 13, 2014
Start wax has reformulated is wax line this winter, and is now using four primary classifications for its glide waxing system.

Midwest Mountaineering November Newsletter
November 13, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering's latest newsletter highlights the upcoming Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo, plus a deal on a Firesteel Mini, huge hat selection, and additional upcoming events.

CXC Super Fit at Joe's Ski Shop this Weekend
November 13, 2014
CXC Super Fit series returns to the Twin Cities this weekend for three days at Joe's Ski Shop in St. Paul. CXC athletes and coaches will be on hand to provide expert advice and fitting as you gear up for the season!
Joe's Sporting Goods

Back in the USA: Exel Poles
November 12, 2014
Exel ski poles return to the US marketplace this winter under an distribution agreement with DNA Importers. The latest generation poles have been endorsed by World and Olympic champion Ole Einar Björndalen.

New Moon Customer Appreciation Sale this Weekend
November 10, 2014
New Moon celebrates their 38th birthday this weekend with the Annual Customer Appreciation Sale. Snow is on the Birkie Trail, so stop by the shop and enjoy our storewide discounts, waxing clinic with Fast Wax founder, the HASTA ski swap, and a special ladies clinic Saturday night.

Joes Sporting Goods: Gear Up for Winter Sale
November 10, 2014
With some fresh snow in the Twin Cities, Joes is having their Gear Up for Winter Sale, starting this Thursday, Nov 13th.

Midwest Mountaineering: Time to Get the Skis Out
November 10, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering is offering a free pair of ski straps just by stopping in with their latest newsletter. Plus clothing drive for the homeless, and highlights on the upcoming Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo.

Hoigaards: Waxing Clinic with Brian Gregg
November 10, 2014
Olympian Brian Gregg will be at Hoigaards this Wednesday evening, Nov 12, for a Toko waxing clinic covering both glide and kick wax.

Joes Sporting Goods: Race Night (Day)!
November 9, 2014
Joe's Sporting Goods is expanding their annual Race Night event to a full day celebration! Come celebrate the new snow with specials deals all-day Tuesday, November 11th.

BeFAST in West Yellowstone
November 9, 2014
BeFAST Sportgear announces their fourth year of being present at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival by producing a custom headband. The festival runs from November 25th to November 29th in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Yellowstone Ski Festival

Finn Sisu Wax Clinics Start Wednesday
November 8, 2014
Perhaps not so coincidently, Finn Sisu is starting up their weekly wax clinics this Wednesday, Nov 12th. First topic: Waxing like a Finn, an open-house for high school coaches, parents and skiers.

Gear West Gore-Tex Demo Run this Saturday
November 6, 2014
Gear West Ski is having a Gore-Tex demo run this Saturday, Nov 8th. The Gore-Tex rep will have demo shoes for you to use and abuse during a trail run through Wolsfeld Woods. Refuel after the run with coffee and goodies.

Bike Dr: Ski Swap and Swap
November 5, 2014
The big weekend at the Bicycle Doctor: CXC SuperFit in store all weekend, and the Peak Nordic Ski Swap on Saturday! Plus check our the new race series, Winter Trail Assail.

Winter Outdoor Adventure Expo Nov 21-23
November 4, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering's Winter Outdoor Adventure, with over 80 programs and loads of exhibitors, is coming up the weekend of Nov 21-23. The full expo newspaper is online now.

Pioneer Midwest Ski Swap this Weekend
November 4, 2014
Pioneer Midwest in Osseo is having their big Ski Swap this Saturday, November 8th. This sale remains one of the most popular on the fall schedule. Check your gear in, or be up there early Saturday morn!

CXC Super Fit Coming to Bicycle Doctor this Weekend
November 3, 2014
The CXC SuperFit tour rolls on, this weekend in SE Wisconsin for the big sale weekend at the Bicycle Doctor. Get your skis checked out by CXC athletes and coaches, and receive assistance in selecting the best fitting skis from the Doc's big selection.

New Moon Big Nordic Weekend Nov 14-16
November 3, 2014
New Moon is hosting a big Nordic weekend, Nov 14-16, with their Customer Appreciation sale, the HASTA ski swap, and special Ladies Night event.

Madshus Announces Peter Hale Memorial Recipients
October 30, 2014
Madshus has announced Erin Moening and Conner Truskowski as the winners of the inaugural Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship. Moening skis for St. Paul Highland Park and competed on the 2014 Midwest Junior National squad.

Out There: Drive for 25 and Test Driving
October 29, 2014
Out There is upping the ante in the Drive for 25 NNF fundraising, offering to pitch in an extra $10 donation for just mentioning the Alpina Skate Boots ESK test drive when you stop in the shop! Now thru Nov 15th.
Drive for 25: Skiing's Grassroots Funding Program

CXC Super Fit Coming to Fontana Sports this Weekend
October 28, 2014
The CXC SuperFit tour rolls into Madison this weekend and will be coupled with the Madnorski Ski Swap at Fontana Sports westside. Stop in for expert critique on your current ski fleet and top advice of new ski selection -- and shop for some used bargins as well!
Fall Ski Swaps

Gear West: It Starts Here
October 27, 2014
Gear West is partnering with Craft on a project called "It Starts Here". Share your training goals, progress, pictures and receive discounts on a Craft baselayer plus have a chance to win more gear and even a free entry to the 2015 Birkebeiner.

Kikkan Randall, Super Fit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 25, 2014
World Champion Kikkan Randall drew huge crowds Saturday to Finn Sisu in St. Paul as she signed autographs and took photos, all part of her renewed partnership with Yoko poles and gloves. CXC SuperFit team was on hand as well, helping select and fit equipment (through the weekend).
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Bike Dr: Ski Shop Open, Birthday Bash Nov 1st
October 23, 2014
Bicycle Doctor's latest newsletter highlights their ski shop all geared up, Fischer U, the Doc's big Birthday Bash, Fat Bikes, Mountain King run, and upcoming Fright Hike!

Finn Sisu: Kikkan in Town, SuperFit, and Fall Fest is On!
October 22, 2014
Finn Sisu is going all out this weekend, with World champion Kikkan Randall in shop Saturday and their big Fall Fest sale going on, plus CXC SuperFit with their athletes and coaches on-hand for expert advice.
CXC Super Fit Coming to Finn Sisu this Weekend

Podiumwear: Thick Bikes Case Report
October 22, 2014
Podiumwear details one of their recent production runs - cyclocross uniforms for Thick Bikes.

CXC: Bike Drawing, Coaches Clinic and SuperFit Weekend
October 21, 2014
CXC is busy this month with custom Eriksen road bike drawing (enter by Nov 1st), Coaches Level 100 clinic in Mora this weekend, and SuperFit tour stop at Finn Sisu.

Finn Sisu: Kikkan is Coming!
October 20, 2014
Multi-time World Cup champion, World Champion, and Olympic hero Kikkan Randall is coming to Finn Sisu this weekend! Randall will be in shop Saturday, Oct 25th, celebrating her new partnership with Yoko poles and gloves.

Outdoor Diva Night Thursday Oct 23rd
October 20, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering will have Ann Bancroft in-house Thursday evening as part of their Outdoor Diva night. In addition to Bancroft's talk on Adventures Near and Far, there are numerous coupons and special offers for Thursday.

Gear West: A Different Kind of Ladies Night
October 19, 2014
Gear West is offering a women's empowerment training session on Sunday, Oct 26th. Lead by a former Navy seal, the session focuses on simple, effective ways to stay safe and prevent assaults from happening. RSVP by Oct 22nd.

Borah Teamwear Offering Birchleggings Nordic Apparel
October 16, 2014
Borah Teamwear has released an exclusive lineup of American Birkebeiner Birchleggings Club ski wear, including race suits and warmups. Online ordering is open now!

CXC Super Fit Weekends
October 15, 2014
CXC is firing up their SuperFit Weekends Tour, bringing technical expertise and experience from top athletes and coaches to a number of regional shops this fall. First on the tour stop will be Finn Sisu, Oct 24-26th!

Podiumwear Announces New and Improved Products
October 15, 2014
Podiumwear is showcasing some of their new and improved products for this season, including a women's Silver Suit, Silver Nordic Vest and upgraded men's and women's Gold Suits.

Hoigaards Kid's Sale
October 15, 2014
Hoigaards is running their Kids Sale event, Oct 15-26, with up to 15% off kids ski equipment, and up to 20% off kids outerwear.

Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest Grand Opening Celebration This Saturday
October 14, 2014
The long-awaited Grand Opening of the brand new Boulder Nordic Sport Midwest store is this Saturday, October 18th. To celebrate, BNS is throwing an all-day party with shop tours, giveaways, stone grinding demonstrations, wax clinics, expert ski analysis, double poling contests and more. Plus a special two-for-one deal on stonegrinding (Saturday only!)
Photoset: Midwest Store Preview - 9 photos

Fischer University Kicks Off Two Days of Racing Dealer Outreach
October 14, 2014
Nordic racing dealers from across the United States are in the Twin Cities for a two-day Fischer University event. Participants will get the latest info on the Fischer Nordic products, including the new boots, as well as historical perspectives and industry outlooks.

Midwest Mountaineering October Newsletter
October 13, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering is featuring a wine and cheese event this Wednesday, Oct 16th, to check out the latest Icebreaker gear. And the following Thursday, Oct 23rd, Ann Bancroft will be the guest speaker with her presentation, Adventures: Near and Far.

Hoigaards: Swix Clinic with Chris Hall
October 12, 2014
Hoigaard's will have the Chris Hall from Swix in shop Thursday evening, Oct 16th for a waxing clinic. Hall will cover the latest in the Swix lineup, including the Cera and 5 series. Prizes and swag!

Ski Hut: Snow Fever Oct 16-19
October 10, 2014
Ski Hut is running their Snow Fever sale Oct 16-19, featuring savings on alpine packages and cross-country equipment, plus apparel and accessories.

Inaugural Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon
October 7, 2014
The inaugural Gandy Dancer trail marathon is this Saturday, Oct11th, starting in Luck, WI. Run the the full marathon or take the half. Online registration closes Thursday at midnight! (Race day registration available)

Gear Western Country Half Marathon and 5K
October 7, 2014
Enjoy the peak of fall colors this weekend, Oct 11th with the Gear Western Country half marathon (and 5K!). If you register in store now thru Friday, you'll snag some free socks (or volunteer and receive a GearWestern t-shirt and all the country music you would ever want to hear!)

New Moon Fall Newsletter
October 7, 2014
With the leaves falling and snow season just around the corner, New Moon is preparing their big cata XC Ski Catalog release, firing up the fall stonegrinding, and has joined the Birkie in a Gold Level Partnership. Plus still some time for Fat Bike rentals and Demo Bike Sale.

Hoigaards Rollerski 101 Clinic this Saturday
October 7, 2014
Hoigaards own Andy Turnbull will be teaching a Rollerskiing 101 clinic on Saturday morning, October 11th. This is an introductory class with a limit of 8 students (RSVP required). Previous nordic skiing experience on snow recommended!

Continental's Tent Sale this Weekend
October 6, 2014
Continental is running their big fall Tent Sale this weekend, Oct 11-12th. Great deals on used equipment, plus bargins on the new stuff! And even some blowout deals on bikes.

Fischer's Redesigned Boot Prompts New Athlete Partnerships
October 1, 2014
Fischer's redesigned RCS Carbon Skate is receiving some strong endorsements from the elite skiers for the improvements in stability and lightweight design. Sporting the boots this winter are the likes of Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, Kikkan Randall, Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen, and Kris Freeman.

Finn Sisu: Fall Training, Skintecs
September 30, 2014
Finn Sisu's latest newsletter highlights the fall training programs that will be starting up soon, plus a new batch of Atomic Skintecs in store!

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