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Archives: 5/1/2015 to 2/6/2016

Pre-Birkie Results
February 6, 2016
With the Birkie just two weeks away, roughly 750 skiers turned out for the Pre-Birkie races Saturday in Hayward. In the big 42K freestyle, Duluth skiers Adam Swank and Annalisa Peterson posted victories, while the big distance classic titles went to Joseph Raebaey and Alyson Chapman. Jonathon Rulseh and Elaine Nelson won the original 26K freestyle race, with Hugh Duffy and Maria Huffy striding to the classic wins.
Related:
Moraloppet Results Posted
Snowjourn Results and Photos Posted

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 6, 2016
Nearly 400 skiers participated in the classical races Saturday morning for the City of Lakes Loppet. Racing from Wirth to Uptown, skiers found the course double-tracked for much of the way, with scattered thin/icy sections on an otherwise beautiful trail system. Chris Pappathopoulos outsprinted Nick Power for the mens title, with Kyle Bratrud bringing home third for a CXC sweep. Natalja Naryshkina topped the womens field with Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht second and Josie Nelson charging in for third. The 20K titles went to Kevin Johnson and Emily Johnson. Results posted, along with nearly 500 photos.

World Cup Holmenkollen: Mens 50K Classic
February 6, 2016
Racing at the famed Holmenkollen venue in Norway, the worlds best competed in the big marathon event of the season, the mens 50K classical Saturday morning. With temperatures near 40F, skiers not only battled tough waxing conditions, but a course shrouded in fog. Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sunby continued his domination of the distance events with teammate Niklas Dyrhaug second and Russian Maxim Vylegzhanin third. Noah Hoffman was the top American, finishing 24th. Sunday morning the women will race 30K, including the US squad and Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins (live coverage starts at 5:30 am).
Related:
Results: Mens 50K classical

Worldloppet: American Birkebeiner Steps in to Host 5th Stage
February 6, 2016
With horrible snow conditions in Europe, the Worldloppet has announced that the American Birkebeiner race will step in to replace the Tartu Marathon (EST) as the 5th stage of the series. The Birkie was originally scheduled to take an "off-year" for this season.

Loppet Volunteers Still Needed
February 4, 2016
The snow is here and the 2016 Loppet course is in great shape, but the Loppet is still looking for volunteers to pull off the big event -- Sunday volunteers are especially needed (and earn a cool hat in the process).

Wisconsin Nordic High School Championship Predictions 2016
February 4, 2016
Ken Schoville brings us up to speed with the favorites at the Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships, being held this weekend in Cable.

Section 4 Coverage
February 4, 2016
An epic day of racing on the trails at Hyland for the Section 4 championships. For the individuals, comeback was the theme of the meet, as both Hanna Torvi, Roseville, and Jack Christianson, Mounds View, started off in third place for the skate pursuit, and reeled in the competition for the victories (matching their conference championships a week ago). The team competition was a nail biter, as the Stillwater girls took first with Forest Lake edging out Roseville by a single point for second. The boys battle was even closer, as the Forest Lake boys pulled off the victory over rival Stillwater after going to the tie-breaker -- an incredibly slim 4 second margin of victory. Results online now, posts coming later tonight.

Section 7 Coverage
February 4, 2016
Racing on the State Meet courses at Giants Ridge, Section 7 titles were decided Thursday. C-E-C's Anja Maijala used an impressive skate race to launch herself into the girls title, winning by over 30 seconds over Anna Johnson, Mesabi, with Erin Bianco, Ely, third. In the boys race, Sam Olson, Proctor/Hermantown, chased down Ely's Seth Prigge and finished just two seconds ahead, with Prigge's teammate Cole Helms in third. The Ely and Duluth East squads, both girls and boys, collected the top two team scores. Results linked in, plus great photos from Joe Bianco.

Section 2 Coverage
February 4, 2016
Section 2 championships were held on the snowmaking loop at Wirth on Thursday. The girls race featured a slate of upcoming stars as only one senior (no juniors) was in the top five. Edina sophmore Triana Willmert stood atop the podium, followed by a pair of freshman from Mpls Southwest, Kasia Bednarski and Lily Richmond. Edina girls won the team title in a tie breaker over Eden Prairie! Number one ranked Zak Ketterson bested the boys field by two minutes with Mpls Southwest William Kerker 2nd, and Kevin Jeter, Eden Prairie, 3rd. The Mpls Southwest and Eden Prairie boys proved to be the two dominated squads on the day. Results linked in, photos from the classic race coming this evening.

Weekend Racing
February 3, 2016
Another busy weekend on tap!
Feb 5 Montebello Niteski - An evening race on the Montebello trails in Bemidji (pair with Snowjourn).
Feb 6-7 City of Lakes Loppet - Going full course with the new snowfall - classical races on Saturday, freestyle Sunday.
Feb 6 Moraloppet - Support breast cancer research and race the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.
Feb 6 Pre-Birkie - 26K and 43K 'tune up' races in Hayward (start area has been moved).
Feb 6 Snowjourn - One of Bemidji's oldest races, running on the trails at Buena Vista ski area.
Feb 6 Pilot Knob Ski Race - Iowans, this is your race -- Pilot Knob State Park should have epic conditions!
Feb 7 Erik Judeen Classic - Old school singletrack classic racing at Korkki Nordic.
Feb 7 North End Classic - Starts and finishes at the North End cabin near Cable.
Find our latest event updates in the Racing Outlook.
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Pepsi Challenge Races Set for Feb 27th
February 3, 2016
Pepsi Challenge is reporting great conditions for their big races at Giant Ridge, this year coming the weekend right after the Birkie.

Section 5 Coverage
February 3, 2016
Skiing on the fresh snowfall from Tuesday, and under a brilliant blue sky, the Section 5 schools competed for State Meet advancement at Theodore Wirth today. Mora's Sadie Peterson dominated the girls race, taking a minute lead after classic in the morning and extending it nearly another 30 seconds during the freestyle for the girls title. Andover and Champlin Park girls were the top two teams, Champlin Park edging out Maple Grove by 4 points. As expected, Xavier Mansfield, St.Anthony/SLP, rocketed to a sizable margin of victory during the skate pursuit to post the boys top time. The Mora and Champlin Park boys earned their trip to State. Results linked in, photos from the skate pursuit races posted.

Racing Outlook
February 3, 2016
Everything looking pretty darn nice for the weekend! City of Lakes Loppet is full course! Pre-Birkie has moved their start (parking the same). Check out all the updates.

World Cup Drammen: Classic Sprints
February 3, 2016
A sunny and warm afternoon for classical sprints on the streets of Drammen, Norway Wednesday for the World Cup. The US women came out flying, as Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen all posted top 12 qualifying times. Unfortunately, the heats were a little tougher, as none of the women advanced. Simi Hamilton fared well for the US men, qualifying 12th and advancing to the semifinals before getting bumped out. Racing action continues this weekend at the famed Holmenkollen with marathon distance classic events!
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Section 3 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Also racing Tuesday in the middle of a major winter storm, Section 3 titles were decided at Theodore Wirth Park. Erin Moening, Highland Park, took the early lead after the morning classic, but it was Rocky-like performance by East Ridge's Megan Schiferl (starting in 4th) to make up a 46 second deficit and power on to win by over 30 seconds! Minnehaha Academy dominated the boys race with Sam Meyers cruising to the boys title, followed by teammates Tyler Radke and Bennett Pope. The Highland Park and East Ridge girls along with the Minneahaha Academy and St. Paul Central boys earned the right to compete at State. Results online, along with snowy photos from the freestyle pursuit.

Section 1 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Section 1 skiers faced off at Hyland Lake on Tuesday, battling not only each other but a major winter storm as well. The girls classic race got in clean, but just as the boys lined up the storm broke over Bloomington, dropping significant snow for the remainder of the meet. Kelly Koch, Burnsville, strided to an early lead of nearly a minute in the classic race, but Margie Freed, Eastview, came on hard in the skate to make up the gap and then double it for the victory. Eastview girls won the title by just four points over Burnsville. Eagan's Patrick Action also used a strong skate performance to take the boys title, as his team took first, with the Burnsville boys collecting second. Results linked in, photos from the classic races posted.

Section 8 Coverage
February 2, 2016
Racing on the trails at Maplelag, the NW and central teams of Minnesota squared off in the Section 8 championships Tuesday. Kendal Hendrick collected the girls title and helped led the way for her team as Little Falls placed five skiers in the top 7 for the team title. St. Cloud Cathdral-Sartell was second, besting Bemidji by 4 points. Hunter Zupko, Little Falls and Robb Pike, Brainerd, had another tight match with Zupko holding Pike by 5 seconds for the boys title. The Brainerd and Bemidji boys both advanced to State. Results linked in, plus a number of photos from Jay Richards.

Fat Bike Birkie Registration Closes Tuesday Night
February 1, 2016
The registration for the Fat Bike Birkie closes this Tuesday at midnight! And if you haven't checked them out recently, they have expanded the event to a three day festival.

Minnesota High School Nordic Academic Award Entries
February 1, 2016
MHSNSCHA coaches, its time to submit your skiers for the Nordic Academic Awards. Entries are due by Monday, Feb 8th.

World Cup Drammen, Holmenkollen
February 1, 2016
The World Cup series hits the streets of Drammen, Norway, on Wednesday for some classical sprints, then moves on this weekend at the famous Holmenkollen for mens 50K and womens 30K classical marathons. As usual, NBC Live Extra will carry video streaming of the events, starting at 7:30 am CST Wednesday.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Drammen website
World Cup Drammen Facebook page
Holmenkollen Ski Festival
Holmenkollen Facebook page

Section 6 Coverage
February 1, 2016
Section 6 opened the Minnesota Sections competition with some highly competitive battles on Monday at Wirth. Anders Sonnesyn took a strong classic time and stretched it into a minute victory for the boys title as his teammates went 2nd, 4th and 5th to easily take the boys title. St. Louis Park boys edged out Robbinsdale Armstrong by 2 points for the second ticket to State. In the girls race, Hannah Rudd, Robbinsdale Armstrong echoed Sonnesyn's performance, showing she will be a favorite for the State Meet with her victory today. Wayzata's squad, led by Michaela Keller-Miller's second place performance, came within 4 points of toppling top ranked Robbinsdale Armstrong, the section champs. Results linked in and photosets posted.

Racing Outlook
January 31, 2016
The Racing Outlook is on the hot plate early this week, with updates on sections, as well as a number of the major events coming up, including the City of Lakes Loppet.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 5
January 31, 2016
A bit of a rush job this week, and without the clarity we had hoped for from conference championships, we crank out our fifth round of the Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings. Most of the changes are in the team rankings. Let sections do the talking!

Peter Westra Sprint Results
January 31, 2016
Held right after the Twin Cities Championships, the Peter Westra Sprints at Wirth on Saturday gave some high school skiers a final tuneup before sections actions this week. Forest Lake skiers came away with the top prizes as Jenna Parent and Ryan Mead took the sprint titles (along with giant cookies!).

Biathlon: Doherty Completes Countdown to Gold at World Juniors
January 31, 2016
American Sean Doherty completed a sequence of bronze, silver and today, gold medal performances at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Romania. Minnesotans Siena Ellingson, Amanda Kautzer and Vaclav Cervenka have been competing as well. The week of competition started back on Jan 27 and wraps up on Tuesday, Feb 2.
Related:
IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Coverage
USSA: Ski Jumping - Top 10s for Wisconsin's Nita Englund

Nordic Spirit Results
January 31, 2016
Just over hundred participants for the Nordic Spirit races in Duluth Sunday morning. Adam Swank skied away with the mens 26K skate title, winning by over four minutes. Alena Tofte collected the womens victory, posting an even larger winning margin. In the 14K races, Jason Mozol and Annalisa Peterson won the skate division, Jacob Boyce and Megan Allen the classic.
Related:
Lumberjack Jaunt Results

Michigan Tech Invite: Classical Coverage
January 31, 2016
Rising temperatures made for some nightmare classical waxing conditions at the Michigan Tech Invite on Sunday. Vivian Hett led an NMU sweep of the womens 15K podium with Felicia Gesior second and Sophie Schimpl, who edged out Andrea Lee in sprint finish for third. The mens 20K grind came down to a double-pole sprint as Kyle Bratrud topped NMU's Ian Torchia, with the NMU club taking the next four places to boot. Results linked in, along with some great photos from the parents.
Related:
CCSA: NMU Sweeps Again
CCSA: Athletes of the Week

Minnesota Sections Preview
January 30, 2016
The Minnesota State High School sectionals, which determine the teams and individuals that will compete at the State Meet, are being held this coming week across Minnesota. Check out our spectator guide and picks for the favorites, plus notes on classical technique rule violations. Scheduling note: Theodore Wirth will be booked out nearly every day next week.
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Twin Cities Championships Coverage
January 30, 2016
A fresh tilling of the man-made snow early morning generated some fast conditions for the Twin Cities Championships at Wirth on Saturday. A lead pack of Matt Weier, Mark Johnson, Cory Ellertson, and Tamer Mische-Richter held together peacefully for the first three laps before Ellertson and Mische-Richter broke away. Mische-Richter used the steep climb before the stadium to launch his winning attack, with Ellertson settling for second and Johnson winning the sprint with Weier for third. Margie Nelson cruised to the womens title. Results posted, along with photos.

Michigan Tech Invite: Freestyle Coverage
January 30, 2016
The CCSA returned to Houghton this weekend, running some freestyle races Saturday under warm conditions on the MTU trails. Ian Torchia powered to victory in the mens 10K, besting former teammate Kyle Bratrud by 12 seconds, with Adam Martin another 16 seconds back. Felicia Gesior continues her run of strong results this season, besting the womens field, with Vivian Hett second, 17 seconds back, and MTU alumni, now Team CXC, Alice Flanders posted third, just 3 seconds behind Hett. Sunday will be mass start classical races. Photosets from a number of parents have been added.
Related:
CCSA: NMU Sweep Men’s and Women’s Podiums

Wolf Tracks Rendezvous Results
January 30, 2016
Over 200 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous races at Minocqua Winter Park. The big event was the 42K freestyle, with Jan Myrda winning a sprint finish over Tristan Schouten. Robin Lauritsen took the womens title. In the 42K classic, Andy Warren strided away with the mens victory as Kim Hughes topped the womens field. For the 24K races, Chris and Cindi McGrath won the freestyle event, Gary Zimbric and Lori House the classic.
Related:
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race Results
Big Island and Back Results

Price Hike Alerts
January 29, 2016
A number of events have price hikes coming around the end of the month...
Feb 27 Minnesota Finlandia - Jumps on Feb 1st.
Feb 27 Squirrel Hill Skiathlon - Jumps on Feb 1st.
Mar 5 Sleeping Giant Loppet - Jumps on Feb 2nd.
Mar 5 Great Bear Chase - Jumps on Feb 3rd.

More Conference Championship Results
January 28, 2016
On Wednesday, Armstrong girls swept the first five places and Xavier Mansfield took the NWSC Championship by over 1:30, while Zak Ketterson crushed the Metro West by 3 minutes; Thursday saw Hopkins girls nearly upset Wayzata with Claire Benton topping the Lake Conf field, and a double upset in SSC as Nate Blichfeldt and Kelly Koch took the titles.

St. Mary's University Establishes Nordic Ski Club
January 28, 2016
St. Mary's University in Winona is taking the first step toward a competitive collegiate team by announcing a new Nordic Ski Club with the intention of competing on the race circuit next season.

Chequamegon, Fat Bike Birkie Almost Full
January 28, 2016
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - The big 40 mile race is full, and there are only a few spots remaining for the Short and Fat race.
Fat Bike Birkie - Under 50 spots open for the Fat Birkie Birkie in March.

CXC Marathon Cup Standings Posted
January 28, 2016
After the first two events, the Seeley Hills Classic and Noquemanon, the CXC Marathon Cup is starting to shape up. Leading the series are Nick Power and Natalia Naryshkina. The City of Lakes Loppet is the next stop in the series.

Weekend Racing
January 27, 2016
Over 10 events on the calendar!   Here are just a few...
Jan 30 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous - Minocqua Winter Park hosts 42K and 24K classic and skate races on their famed trails.
Jan 30 Big Island and Back - Racing across Lake Minnetonka, around Big Island and back. Post-race party at Excelsior Brewing!
Jan 30 Mt. Ashwabay Summit - Beautiful conditions for the races in Washburn, WI, with bakery goods as prizes.
Jan 30 Twin Cities Championships - EU hosts 15K skate race on the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth.
Jan 31 Nordic Spirit - On the trails at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, mid-distance races with some great views of St. Louis Bay.
Jan 31 Lumberjack Jaunt - Recent snow has greatly improved course conditions for this old school race at the Brainerd Arboretum.
There are also races in North Dakota and Iowa, a JNQ for Great Lakes division and CCSA races in Michigan, and Winter Triathlon, all on tap this weekend.  Check the calendar for more details, and monitor the Racing Outlook for our latest race updates.
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Tuesday's Conference Championship Results
January 26, 2016
Most Minnesota high school conferences are holding their championship races this week. Some highlights from Tuesday: Hanna Torvi, Roseville, and Jack Christianson, Mounds View, won over strong competition in SEC; Mpls Washburn's Andrew Sell peaks well taking 2nd in Mpls Conf; Ingrid Thyr, Breck, wins by two minutes in IMAC.

Great Bear Chase: Winter Has Arrived!
January 26, 2016
Organizers for the annual Great Bear Chase, the final event of the CXC Marathon Cup, on March 5th, are reporting excellent conditions in Calumet. Read tips on lodging and more background on the events.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 4
January 25, 2016
Finally - some solid data from last weekend's JNQ races help to sort out the contenders, and validate many of the leaders, in the latest round of our Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings. No changes at the top: Zak Ketterson and Margie Freed rule, along with the Robbinsdale Armstrong girls and Stillwater boys.

CCSA: Northern Michigan’s Martin and Gesior named Athletes of the Week
January 25, 2016
Adam Martin and Felicia Gesior of Northern Michigan University were named athletes of the week after posting impressive results at Telemark last weekend.

Racing Outlook
January 25, 2016
Updates have been flying in this week, including major events like the City of Lakes Loppet, Vasaloppet, Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, and many more. We'll continue to add more updates as the week progresses.

Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Coverage
January 24, 2016
The Telemark JNQ/CCSA series wrapped up Sunday with mass start freestyle races. The womens 10K proved to be an exciting battle with a half dozen skiers in the mix right into the big downhill. In the end, it was a sprint finish between MTU's Andrea Lee and redshirt NMU skier Kristen Bourne, Lee taking it by a tenth of a second, with UAF's Anne-Tine Markset collecting third. In the mens 15K, the trio of NMU skiers Jake Brown, Adam Martin and Ian Torchia broke away by mid-point and finished together, Martin - Torchia - Brown. Abby Jarzin took control of the U16 girls race and skied in solo for the victory with Kelly Koch holding off Rana Kraftson to round out the podium. The U16 boys was much closer with Peter Moore taking over the lead from Ryan Mead in the last 1/2K for the win, Kieran Mullen third. Results linked in, lots of photos now online.
Related:
CCSA: Martin Wins Again While Lee shines for the Huskies

Marine O'Brien Race Coverage
January 24, 2016
Continuing a long tradition, the Marine O'Brien races were held Sunday at William O'Brien State Park. The 25K skate race featured a group of about 10 lead skiers with Matt Zak pulling away for the victory. Emily Davis lead the womens field. Karl Holub and Kim Lidstone won the 25K classical titles. In the original one-lap-around-the-park race, Paul Peterson and Kathryn Williams won the skate division, with Everett Myers and Megan Weaver taking the classic. Results linked in, along with a photoset submitted by Ben Mullin.
Related:
Iola Norseman Challenge Results

World Cup Nove Mesto: Relays
January 24, 2016
Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic the World Cup featured the popular team relays. The Norwegian women took the race out hard half way through their first leg and kept the gas on to take the womens title. The US had a great battle with Finland, with Liz Stephen and Jessin Diggins opening up the lead in skate to take a historic second place! Norway men won the mens relay, just six seconds ahead of Russia. The US men's squad finished 8th.
Related:
Results: Team Relays

Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Classical Coverage
January 23, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday for the first distance JNQ of the season, racing on the tough trails at Telemark. Adam Martin narrowly edged out NMU teammate Ian Torchia for the mens 10K classical victory. Felicia Gesior, NMU, strided to the front of the womens 5K classical field. Racing continues on Sunday with mass start freestyle events. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 10K and 5K races.
Related:
CCSA: Martin and Gesior Take Wins on Day One of the Telemark Chase

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Coverage
January 23, 2016

Three Rivers Rennet Coverage
January 23, 2016
Three Rivers hosted their inaugural ski marathon at Hyland on Saturday morning. Matt Liebsch took the 20K freestyle title with Caitlin Gregg easily taking the womens title (and finishing 5th overall). In the 20K classical, Andrew Tilman and Josie Nelson posted the top times. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 20K and 8K events.

Noquemanon Results
January 23, 2016
Over 800 skiers turned out Saturday for the big Noquemanon events in Marquette. Kyle Bratrud strided away from the 50K classic field, with Natalia Naryshkina easily taking the womens title. In the 50K skate, Michael Brothers topped the mens field while Vicki Asmus came in first for the women. 23K classical titles went to Nick Petersen and Joan Rundman, while 23K freestyle victories were collected by Den Dehlin and Lindsey Dehlin.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Bratrud and Naryshkina Claim Podiums at Noquemanon 50k Classic

World Cup Nove Mesto: Freestyle
January 23, 2016
World Cup racing picked up again this weekend with racing in the Czech Republic at Nove Mesto. Jessie Diggins once again rocked the freestyle field, finishing on the podium in third, just 9 seconds back of winner Therese Johaug, Norway. Maurice Magnificat, France, won the men's 15K with Noah Hoffman top American at 27th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
Worldloppet: Newell Finishes 2nd in Dolomiten-Classic

Vasaloppet Update
January 22, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers have posted a lengthy update on their race plans, including a possibly alternate course and news on their snowmaking equipment.
Related:
Racing Outlook

World Cup Nove Mesto Weekend Series
January 21, 2016
The World Cup continues this weekend with a pair of events in Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic. Saturday is womens 10K, mens 15K freestyle and then Sunday is the popular team relays. Jessie Diggins is expected to be back in action! NBC Extra will have live streaming beginning 5:30 am Saturday.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Nove Mesto Website
Nove Mesto Facebook Page

Chequamegon Fat Tire Registration Nearly Full
January 21, 2016
As a public service reminder, the Chequamegon Fat Tire MTB races switched to an open registration (first-come, first-serve) system -- no more lottery. As of Thursday morning, they were reporting the event was nearly full. If you want to race this big event next fall, registration now!

Weekend Racing
January 20, 2016
Jan 23 Noquemanon - Racing across the UP to finish in Marquette, one of the seasons biggest marathons.
Jan 23 Three Rivers Ski Rennet - The first citizen race at Hyland in over a decade, Three Rivers starts their own ski marathon.
Jan 23-24 Telemark Challenge JNQ - Two days of JNQ and CCSA racing on the Junior National trails at Telemark.
Jan 23 Dam Phunski Race - Cancelled Short distance point-to-point races in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.
Jan 24 Marine/O'Brien - One of the great old school races, one or two laps around the park at William O'Brien.
Jan 24 Iola Norseman Challenge - The races are on at Iola with decent conditions for this season.
There is also the high school version of Three Rivers Rennet on Friday evening, and early next week, the Arrowhead 135!   Check out Racing Outlook for the latest event information.
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South Suburban Conference Sprints Results
January 20, 2016
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference held it's Freestyle Sprint Championships on Tuesday at Valleywood G.C. with several skiers who had scored well at the recent JNQ sprints taking part. The Eastview Girls team swept the podium with Margie Freed taking 1st, Annika Martel 2nd, and Kylie Kraemer in 3rd. The 8th place finish of Sydney Hedberg sealed the team win for Eastview. In the Boys race,. Eagan's Patrick Acton skied to victory with Lakeville South's Tyler Haroldson in 2nd and Prior Lake senior Mitch McDonald in 3rd. True to its early season form, Eagan took the boys team title.

Chippewa Valley Invite Results
January 20, 2016
Ted Theyerl reports: The second annual Chippewa Valley Nordic Invitational was held at Tower Ridge in Eau Claire, WI on Tuesday evening with 121 skiers from Chippewa Valley Nordic (Eau Claire, WI), Winona, Red Wing, and Rochester doing a "Boarder Battle" 4.7k mass start skate race under the lighted loops. In the boys Varsity race, CVN skier Ben Theyerl won in 12:00.4, with CVN teammate David Ecker .4 seconds behind holding off Winona's Jake Williams by 10 seconds for second and third. In the girls Varsity race, Winona 8th grader Anni Skillicorn won by 12 seconds over Rochester skier Aly Welch, with Zoe Smith of CVN in third. Using Wisconsin team scoring of 3 skiers, Winona won both the boys and girls varsity races.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 3
January 19, 2016
Our third go at the rankings, and honestly, almost no changes as the data was pretty light for the past week. A few notables and minor tweaks, as we await the Telemark JNQ showdown this weekend.

Sleeping Giant Loppet Just Six Weeks Away
January 19, 2016
The big Sleeping Giant Loppet six weeks away, coming just two weeks after the Birkie, providing a great opportunity to test the late season fitness. Held in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, a peninsula across from Thunder Bay, it offers a number of distance options that draw numerous Midwest skiers each year.

Racing Outlook
January 18, 2016
Updates on the usual weekly events, and expect more weekend updates to be posted as the weekend approaches.

Price Hike Alerts
January 17, 2016
Jan 23 Noquemanon - Avoid the last price hike by registered by Wed Jan 20th.
Jan 31 Nordic Spirit - The big Duluth race has its final price hike coming this Friday!
Feb 6-7 City of Lakes Loppet - Register by Tue Jan 19th to get in before the next price hike!

Big Island and Back Update
January 17, 2016
The Big Island and Back event scheduled for Jan 30th is shaping up as Lake Minnetonka has frozen over. Organizers recommend registering soon, there are only a limited number of pint glasses for the early registrations!
Related:
King Boreas Winter Triathlon is National Championship

World Cup Planica: Team Sprints
January 17, 2016
Wrapping up the weekend in Slovenia, team sprints were the format for Sunday's World Cup. The US duo of Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent provided a fifth place showing. The pairing of Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell made it into the mens final, but were disqualified after tangling up with another team during an exchange. Teams of the top Swedish women and Italian men tool the titles.
Related:
Results: Team Sprints

Wausau JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 16, 2016
Despite the crisp temperatures, Greenwood Hills Golf Course was home to the first JNQ event of the season as juniors racing for classical sprint titles. Zak Ketterson dominated the U18/U20 boys field, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking second, Russell O'Brien third. The U18/U20 girls field provided some top notch competition with a star packed finale as Hannah Rudd came in first, followed by Erin Moening and Dottie Anderson. U16 titles went to Anders Sonnesyn and Abigail Jarzin. Results linked in, plus photos from Mindy Benton.

Lapham Loppet Results
January 16, 2016
Racing in almost balmy temperatures, the Lapham Loppet attracted over 120 skiers to the start line on Saturday morning. Jacob Groethe skied away with the victory, winning by over a minute in the 11K event. Robyn Lauritsen topped the womens field.

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 16, 2016
With temperatures dipping just below zero, skiers raced a slightly shortened set of courses for the Seeley Hills Classic on Saturday. Brian Gregg took the mens 38K classic race in a near dead heat with training partner Matt Liebsch. Natalia Naryshkina was the womens champion. Anders Osthus and Kate Schaaf won the 18K titles. Results linked in, along with photos from Kelly Randolph.
Related:
CXC Marathon Cup: Gregg and Naryshkina Claim Podiums at Seeley Hills Classic

World Cup Planica: Freestyle Sprints
January 16, 2016
The World Cup series resumed this weekend with a pair of races in Planica, Slovenia. Sweden's Stina Nillson resumed her position on the top of the sprint podium for the women, while Italy's Federico Pellegrino collected another victory in the mens sprint. Top American performances came from Sophie Caldwell 13th and Simi Hamilton 18th. Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Compton did not compete.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
USSA: Catching Up With XC Coach Chris Grover

Borah Epic Registration is Open
January 15, 2016
With only 750 spots and going fast, the registration for the 2016 Borah Epic is now open! The Borah Epic is 35+ miles, point-to-point MTB race with 100% of race profits donated to CAMBA.

Detroit Lakes Invite Coverage
January 14, 2016
Jay Richards reports: Five inches of fresh snow greeted skiers during the 17th annual Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski meet. Moderate temps and no wind made for great racing conditions at sophomore Hunter Zupko of Little Falls held off the Brainerd duo of Robert Pike and Evan Schreifels in the boys Varsity continuous pursuit. In girls varsity, eyes were on Norwegian exchange student Celine Kjernsval skiing at the new Moorhead program but it was ninth grader Molly Lange of Little Falls who took the convincing win over Morgan Sagedahl from Bemidji. Team titles went to Brainerd for the boys and Little Falls for the girls.

BirkieTour Welcomes Olympians
January 14, 2016
Olympians Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join the big turnout Sunday for the annual BirkieTour. The BirkieTour, an untimed, non-competitive, "open-track" event, is this Sunday on the Birkie Trail. Save some money by registering online before Jan 15th!
Related:
BirkieTour One Hour Delayed Start

SSC Meet at Valleywood
January 13, 2016
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference took advantage of the moderate temperatures Wednesday afternoon to hold a 5.6 KM classic event at Valleywood G.C. Fresh from competing at the Senior Nationals, Eastview's Margie Freed skied to a 56 second win over Prior Lake's Maria Berg with Burnsville Sophomore Kelly Koch, also just back from Houghton, taking 3rd. The Eastview Girls, placing 3 skiers in the top 5, took the team title with Burnsville in 2nd. The Boys race turned out to be a three skier dual with Eagan Junior Patrick Acton besting Ryan Steger, his teammate, by 17 seconds to take the win with Burnsville's Nate Blichfeldt in 3rd another 24 seconds back. Eagan took the team win with Lakeville South and ISD 196 tying for 2nd.

USSA: U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named
January 13, 2016
USSA has posted their official announcement of the U23 and Junior World Teams, which include five skiers from Northern Michigan University (six if you include next season's member Zak Ketterson).

CXC Marathon Cup Kicks Off This Weekend
January 13, 2016
The inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series starts this weekend with the Seeley Hills Classic. The CXC Marathon Cup features six of the most prominent marathons in the Midwest and Great Lakes, and offers competition for overall, age-indexed overall, age class, and team/club.

Mesabi East Lost and Found
January 12, 2016
A collection of found and lost items from the Mesabi East Invite last weekend at Giants Ridge.

Racing Outlook
January 11, 2016
The race updates are already coming in, with most ready to race this week -- the only exception so far is the rescheduling of the Snowjourn race in Bemidji.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Round 2
January 11, 2016
With some fresh data and major competitions, we take a new crack at the Minnesota Nordic high school rankings. Margie Freed takes over the top ranking for the girls, and Anders Sonnesyn moves up to second for the boys (behind Zak Ketterson). The Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls and Stillwater boys hold the top team positions.

USSA: Three Nordic Skiers Nominated to 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team
January 11, 2016
Two ski jumpers and one nordic combined skier have been nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to the 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete in Lillehammer, Norway, February 12-21. That Nordic Combined skier is none other than Eau Claire's rising star, Ben Loomis (and brother to Adam Loomis, already a member of the World Cup team).

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 10, 2016
Bright skies but crisp sub-zero temperatures made for a squeaky Pre-Loppet at Wirth Park on Sunday morning. Jake Morgan broke away from the lead pack of five in the final kilometers to take the victory. Siena Ellingson skied a strong race to take the womens title. Results linked in, along with photos.
Related:
Snekkevik Results Posted

Tour de Ski: Stage 8 - Hill Climb
January 10, 2016
The Tour de Ski series concluded on Sunday with the grueling 9K uphill freestyle pursuit. Norway's Therese Johaug erased her small deficit to climb into first place for the stage as well as the series title, with teammates Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Heidi Weng rounding out the podium. Jessie Diggins finished 10th, Caitlin Gregg 42nd. Martin Johnsrud Sundby easily captured the mens title as teammate Finn Haagen Krough moved up to second, with Russian Sergey Ustiugov third. Top American result was Noah Hoffman at 22nd.
Related:
Results: 9K Freestyle Hill Climb Pursuit
Biathlon: Dunklee With Career-Best 6th In Ruhpolding Mass Start
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby celebrate clear Tour de Ski success

Northland Volunteers Needed
January 9, 2016
A couple of pressing needs for volunteers for some major events coming up...
- American Birkebeiner events
- Junior Nationals Qualifiers and Championship events

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 9, 2016
Crisp temperatures and near perfect conditions on the Minnesota State Meet courses provided a great test for the field of 950 skiers at the Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge Saturday. Anders Sonnesyn, Wayzata, strided to the boys top classical time, just three seconds ahead of Ely's Seth Prigge with Joe Rauzi, Duluth East, just another second back. The Northern girls dominated the classic field as Hannah Bettendorf, Proctor/Hermantown, Erika Fox, CEC, and Erin Bianco, Ely, filled out the podium. In the afternoon skate races, just three seconds separate the award winners as William Kerker, Mpls Southwest, finished first with Jack Christianson, Mounds View, second and Mitch Delong, Copper Country (MI) third. Amanda Kautzer, Benilde-St.Margarets, proved to be the queen of freestyle as she posted a victory margin over 38 seconds over Stillwater's Rana Kraftson, followed by Duluth East's Sophie Farrow. Team titles went to the Wayzata boys and Duluth East girls.

Loppet Invite Results
January 9, 2016
Attracting one of their largest fields to date, 18 teams competed at Wirth on Saturday in the Loppet Invite. Erin Moening, Highland Park, dominated the girls field with a winning margin of over 45 seconds. Patrick Acton, Eagan, held off conference rival Nate Blichfeldt for the boys victory. Team titles went to the Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls and Eden Prairie boys.

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 9, 2016
A huge turnout Saturday for the first marathon race of the season, the SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood. Matt Liebsch took the 42K freestyle title, with Jan Guenther topping the womens field. In the 42K classic, Chris Pappathopoulos and Ingrid Leask took the victories. In the 21K events, skate titles went to Josh Doebbert and Sara Morse, classic crowns for Seth Mares and Sarah Wade.

US Nationals: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 9, 2016
The week of US Nationals competition wrapped up on Saturday with classical sprint events. In the senior sprints, APU's Eric Packer took the victory by a boot over teammate Reese Hanneman with NMU's Didrik Fjeld Elset third. Kaitlynn Miller, Craftsbury, won the womens sprint with Annie Hart, SMS T2, collecting second (her second!), and Jennie Bender, Bridger, third. Junior titles went to Ian Torchia, NMU, and Ann-Cathrin Uhl, Alaska-Fairbanks with Sophie McDonald, NMU, the top American in second. Results linked in, along with photosets from Chris Schmidt.
Related:
Final Point Tally for the U23 Championships Competition
SuperTour Standings
USSA: Packer and Miller Score Classic Sprint Titles

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 - Classical Mass Start
January 9, 2016
Saturday the Tour de Ski moved to the famed Val di Fiemme venue in Italy for mass start classical races. The Norwegian women dominated the 10K, with Heidi Weng taking the victory. Martin Johnsrud Sundby continued his winning ways for the mens 15K. Sadie Bjornsen had great race, finishing 9th. Jessie Diggins was 17th, Caitlin Gregg 41st. Noah Hoffman was the top American in the mens race, taking 23rd.
Related:
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

New Moon: Clinics and Fat Bikes
January 8, 2016
New Moon's latest newsletter highlights upcoming waxing clinics with John Bauer and Dan Meyer as well a Ladies Ski Clinic in Ashland and info on fat bike pricing.

Three Rivers Rennet Registration Closing Monday
January 8, 2016
Registration for the inaugural Three Rivers Rennet ski marathon scheduled for Jan 23rd, closes this Monday, Jan 11th. If you plan to take part in this new event, you must register the end of this weekend.

Racing Outlook
January 8, 2016
Snekkevik race is still on but they have cancelled the 24K division race; Pre-Loppet has pushed back their start times to accommodate colder weather.

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 - Freestyle
January 8, 2016
The Tour de Ski stopped back in Toblach, Italy, on Friday for a pair of freestyle races, revisiting the site used for the World Cup a few weeks ago. In an amazing finish, USA's Jessie Diggins won the women's 5K, with Norway's Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Eestber finishing 2-3. Diggins' finish moves her into the top 10 overall in the Tour standings. In the men's 10K race, Finn Haagen Krogh and Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway grabbed the top two podium spots, with France's Maurice Manificat finishing third. Noah Hoffman had the strongest US finish in 19th place.
Related:
Results: Freestyle 5K, 10K

U18, World Junior and U23 Championship Teams Named
January 8, 2016
With the conclusion of the third race at US Nationals, the international trip teams were named at the Thursday night banquet. A number of Midwest skiers qualified for the World Juniors Championships, composed largely of NMU skiers! (Photo: Mary Kozloski/CXC)

US Nationals: Mass Start Freestyle Coverage
January 7, 2016
Thursday at US Nationals in Houghton, MI, featured the exciting mass start freestyle races. Warm temperatures made for fast conditions and enjoyable spectating. In the first race, Ian Torchia and Zak Ketterson pulled away for a 1-2 finish in the Men's 10K. Lars Hannah of Denver followed in 3rd. A pack of 10 skiers led the men's 30K for much of the race, with Tad Elliott breaking away in the final 2K, chased by Brian Gregg. Elliot and Gregg finished 1-2 followed by Canadian Michael Somppi. Adam Martin was the 3rd American finisher (4th place overall). In the women's 20K, the field fractured early with a group of 4 breaking away in the last 5K. Caitlin Patterson, Chelsea Holmes, and Katharine Ogden posted the top 3 finishing times, with Anne Hart skating to 4th. In the final race of the day, Hannah Halvorsen led the pack to the finish, followed by Vivian Hett (2nd) and Julia Kern (3rd). Nicole Schneider (4th) missed the podium by 3 seconds. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the races.
Related:
USSA: Patterson Doubles Up at National Championships

Weekend Racing
January 6, 2016
Jan 9 SISU Ski Fest - The first big point-to-point race of the season is on.  Racing from ABR to downtown Ironwood.
Jan 9 Snekkevik - Freestyle and classical races on the trails at Nine Mile.
Jan 10 Pre-Loppet - Jump start your City of Lakes Loppet training with a tune up racing this Sunday.
Plus the huge Mesabi East Invite, the largest HS meet in the nation, is Saturday at Giants Ridge.  Catch all the latest updates in our Racing Outlook.
Related:
Waxing Recommendations
 

Mora Invite Results
January 6, 2016
Peter Larsen reports: After much shoveling and plowing 1km of raceable track was groomed at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center for the Mora Invitational on Tuesday. Varsity racers completed 1 km sprint races throughout the evening spread out by 2.7km Junior High races and 3.7km JV races. After a full evening of racing under lights, the Mora Boys had 5 of 6 "A final" racers and were the Boys team champion. The Mora Girls with had 3 of 6 "A final" racers, ended up on the top of the results for the girls. Individual varsity champions were Tom Woolhouse and Sadie Peterson, both of Mora.

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 - Classical Distance
January 6, 2016
Again skiing on almost entirely man-made snow courses, the Tour de Ski featured classical distance races. Norway's Therese Johaug collected yet another victory, but it was close as teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg finished just nine seconds back in the 10K race. Jessie Diggins had the top American performance at 23rd, with Caitlin Gregg 49th. In the mens 15K race, Martin Johnsrud Sundby finally faltered as Alexey Poloranin won in a photo finish with Dario Cologna. Noah Hoffman posted the top result for the US men, finishing 41st.
Related:
Results: Classical 10K, 15K

TCNSC/IMAC Invite Results
January 5, 2016
Brad Moening reports: Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference and the Independent Metro Athletic Conference competed in an 8K skate race in near perfect weather at the Como Golf Course on Tuesday January 5. Venerable meet manager Bob O'Hara pulled together another outstanding event. Minnehaha won the boy's race and St. Paul Highland Park won the girl's race. Central Senior Spencer WareJoncas and Minnehaha Senior Elsa Ubel were individual champions.

Finn Sisu: 12 Days of Finn-mas
January 5, 2016
Finn Sisu celebrates the New Year with 12 special Finn-mas deals on wax, clothing, ski gear, and sauna accessories running though Friday, Jan 8, plus a chance to win a free Birkie entry from Fits socks.

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 - Classical Sprints
January 5, 2016
The Tour de Ski moved over to Oberstdorf, Germany for stage 4 with a change up in the original event schedule due to the low snow conditions. And taking advantage of the switch from skiathlon to classical sprints, Sophie Caldwell scored her first victory on the World Cup! Jessie Diggins qualified 11th, and Caitlin Gregg was 53rd. Andy Newell had the top American time qualifying result in 9th.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints
Fischer: Sophie Caldwell and Emil Iversen triumphate in Oberstdorf

Racing Outlook
January 4, 2016
Updates on the Loppet Invite, Pre-Loppet, the SISU Ski Fest, Snekkivek, and more, all in the Racing Outlook.

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 4, 2016
Monday brought the competitors right back to the Michigan Tech trails for a long day of freestyle sprint qualifying and heats. The womens sprint final brought a surprise challenger as Annie Hart narrowly missed upsetting reigning champ Jennie Bender, with Caitlin Patterson taking third. The mens final was equally exciting as sprint specialized Dakota Blackhorse Von Jess was beaten by Reese Hanneman with Julien Locke third. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Michael Somppi 8th, Zak Ketterson 2nd junior; Sarah Bezdicek 2nd junior, Vivian Hett 3rd junior. Results posted, photos coming later tonight.
Related:
USSA: Bender and Hanneman Grab Sprint Titles
U18, World Juniors, and U23 Trip Points (after two events)

NNF: Nationals - What's at Stake?
January 3, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation outlines what US Nationals is all about, and the various trips that top juniors can earn.

US Nationals: Classical Distance Coverage
January 3, 2016
US Nationals opened on Sunday with the mens 15K and womens 10K classical races on the trails at Michigan Tech University. Scott Patterson, APU, claimed the mens title ahead of Canadian Kevin Sandau with NMU's own Adam Martin third (2nd US). Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 5th, Ian Torchia 7th, Matt Liebsch 9th, Michael Somppi 10th. In the womens 10K, Caitlin Patterson, Craftsbury, strided to the national title, with teammate Kaitlynn Miller in 2nd, and Chelsea Holmes, APU, 3rd. Other top Midwest results: Anne Hart 8th, Alayna Sonnesyn 12th, Vivian Hett 13th. With temperatures in the mid 20s, and recent snowfalls, the conditions were close to perfect for racing, as well as spectating. Full results linked in and big photosets posted.
Related:
Start List Posted for Freestyle Sprints
USSA: Patterson Siblings Sweep Classic Titles

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 - Freestyle Pursuit
January 3, 2016
Following up on Saturday's long mass start classic race, the Tour de Ski competitors on Sunday took to their skate skis in a freestyle pursuit format event Sunday. Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen continued their hot form, overtaking a number of skiers to move up to finish 8th and 9th in their 5K race. Caitlin Gregg was 37th. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 25th as the top American in the 10K. In a surprise, Therese Johaug was overtaken by teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg. Martin Johnsrud Sundby held his large lead for the mens victory.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Pursuit

Battle Creek Opener Results
January 2, 2016
Racing on natural snow at Battle Creek, Endurance United hosted a series of freestyle races on Saturday morning. In the citizens 15K race, Cory Ellertson pulled away from the mass start field to win by over a minute. Ingrid Leask top the womens division, also by over a minute. Results posted.

South Suburban Conference Opener Results
January 2, 2016
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference kicked-off its long delayed season on Saturday with 5 Km Classic and Freestyle Races at Valleywood. On the Girl's side, Prior Lake/New Prague skier Maria Berg took the title in the classic race with Eastview Seniors Annika Martell and Kylie Kraemer taking 2nd and 3rd. Martell and Kraemer came back to take 1st and 2nd in the afternoon freestyle race with Berg in 3rd. The Eastview Girls easily took both team races. The boys races were dominated by Eagan's Patrick Acton who skied to a 45 second win over team mate Ryan Steger in the classic race with Winona/Cotter's Jake Williams in 3rd. Acton continued his winning ways by besting Burnsville's Nate Blichfeldt in the Freestyle race by 21 seconds with his team mate Steger taking the third spot on the podium. Placing three skiers in the top 10 in both the morning and afternoon the Eagan boys team skied to victory in both races.

Racing Outlook
January 2, 2016
Start lists are up for Sunday's opening race of US Nationals, mens and womens classical distance. CXC will be livestreaming from the event.
Related:
USSA: Livestreaming Nordic Coverage

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 - Classical Mass Start
January 2, 2016
Picking up after evening sprint finals on Friday, the Tour de Ski featured mass start classical skiing Saturday. In the womens 15K race, Jessie Diggins led the way for the US finishing a strong 12th, with Sadie Bjornsen right behind her in 13th and Liz Stephen 20th. Caitlin Gregg had a solid result, posting 39th. The mens 30K was a grueling event on the manmade snow course, with Noah Hoffman posting the top US time, finishing 23rd. Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby dominated the field.
Related:
Results: Classical Distance

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 - Freestyle Sprints
January 1, 2016
The epic Tour de Ski stage race kicked off the new year as skiers competed in a freestyle sprint races at Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Sophie Caldwell's quick times propelled her to the final round for the US women and a 4th place finish, but Norway and Sweden rose to the top of the field, with Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE), and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) capturing the podium spots. Federico Pellegrino of Italy continued his strong sprint performance to finish first in the men's final round. Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) and Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR) rounded out the top three.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Teams Named For Youth/Junior Worlds & Youth Olympic Games
December 31, 2015
The Youth/Junior World Team Trials and Youth Olympic Games Trials were completed Dec. 27-30 in Anchorage, Alaska, despite warm temperatures and driving winds. Minnesotans Amanda Kautzer, Siena Ellingson, and Vasek Cervenka all qualified for international competitions.

MYSL/Hoigaard’s Team Sprint Series is On
December 30, 2015
The MYSL/Hoigaards Team Sprint Series will start up Jan 6th at Wirth. New this year, a Master-Blasters series allowing shop teams and local clubs to compete head to head.

Tour de Ski Series
December 29, 2015
The epic Tour de Ski event starts this Friday, January 1st! The Tour de Ski is an exhausting eight stage series spanning ten days racing at multiple venues across Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg are expected to compete in the star studded field. Schedule:
#1 Jan 1 Lenzerheide, SUI - Sprint Freestyle
#2 Jan 2 Lenzerheide, SUI - Mass Start Classic 15K/30K
#3 Jan 3 Lenzerheide, SUI - Pursuit Freestyle 5K/10K
#4 Jan 5 Oberstdorf, GER - Skiathlon 10K/20K
#5 Jan 6 Oberstdorf, GER - Sprint Classic
#6 Jan 8 Toblach, ITA - Freestyle 5K/10K
#7 Jan 9 Val di Fiemme, ITA - Mass Start Classic 10K/15K
#8 Jan 10 Val di Fiemme, ITA - Final Hill Climb 9K
NBC Live Extra will be featuring live coverage of the series, streaming online and via cable/satellite.
Related:
Video: FIS Tour de Ski Preview
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
FIS Tour de Ski

Interview: Tom Jorgenson
December 29, 2015
Former St. Olaf ski coach Tom Jorgenson has had a whirlwind 2015, joining up with Team Gregg and providing coaching and support as they compete on the US and World Cup racing circuits. Mark Parman interviews Jorgenson on his new role and experiences this season.

Year End Price Hikes
December 28, 2015
Pull out the wallet to save some cash on race fees by registering before the year end price hike!
Jan 23-24 Noquemanon - The big UP point to point race gets even bigger with a full weekend of events.  Part of the CXC Marathon Cup.
Jan 30 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous - 24K and 42K marathon ski races on the Minocqua Winter Park trail system.
Jan 31 Nordic Spirit Ski Race - Duluth's premiere ski race, with some incredible views of Lake Superior and the Twin Ports.
Mar 5 Great Bear Chase - Return to the UP for a great March marathon on the Swedetown trails.  Part of the CXC Marathon Cup.
Related:
Announcing the CXC Marathon Cup Series

Marine O'Brien Race Planned for Jan 24th
December 28, 2015
Skiers of all abilities are invited to the beautiful St. Croix River valley to participate in the 45th Annual Marine O'Brien Cross-Country Ski Race on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The event features 12.5K and 25K classical and skate races, a special 8K wooden ski race, and the very popular kids races.

Short-Notice: Battle Creek Open Announced
December 28, 2015
Endurance United, in anticipation of big snowfall Tuesday, is announcing a pair of races for Saturday -- a citizens 15K freestyle and Youth Cup classical events at Battle Creek!
Related:
Racing Outlook

Short-Notice: Spooner Holiday Invite
December 24, 2015
Spooner High School is hosting a high school and middle school race on Tuesday, Dec 29th. Registration is due by Saturday, Dec 26th.

Wednesday Night Warmup Coverage
December 23, 2015
Over 50 skiers turned out on Wednesday evening for the inaugural Wednesday Night Warmup, hosted by Salomon and Gear West. Rain/snow mix, with cooling temps made for some fast, slushy trails for the skate and classical events. Results and photos posted.

USSA: 2016 U.S. Cross Country Champs Set for Jan. 3-9
December 23, 2015
Cross country ski racers from around America will converge on Michigan's Upper Peninsula as Michigan Tech University Nordic Training Center in Houghton will play host to the U.S. Cross Country Championships presented by L.L.Bean January 3-9. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has confirmed the event after recent snowfall in the Keweenaw Peninsula allowed organizers to prepare trails.

Mesabi East Registrations Due by Dec 31st
December 23, 2015
Just a reminder that registration for the huge Mesabi East Invite, Jan 9th, is due by the end of the month. And if your team plans to attend the pasta feed Friday night, those forms are due as well.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 1
December 21, 2015
Based on very little data, we attempt the first Minnesota high school rankings of the regular season. With some strong results last weekend, Hannah Rudd, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, takes over the number one spot for the girls, with Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, the boys leader as a dogfight shapes up for that second position. Stillwater boys and Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls are the top teams.

Midwest Junior Nationals Crew Announced
December 21, 2015
CXC has announced the 2016 Junior National coaching staff, along with the waxing techs. Leading the crew again this season is Chris Harvey as head coach, and Andy Keller as trip leader. Wax techs are Jason Kask, glide, and Scott Putman, kick.
Related:
NENSA U16 Trip Coaching Staff Announced

Racing Outlook
December 21, 2015
US Nationals are on for Houghton! And Elm Creek Wednesday night race series resumes this week, along with the inaugural Wednesday Night Warmup races at Hyland. Duluth Wednesday night series is on too! Read the latest updates.

Mt. Itasca Invite Sunday Coverage
December 20, 2015
Due to problems with grooming equipment, the Sunday race at the Mt. Itasca Invite was changed from classical to freestyle, with all skiers going 10K. Annie Hart repeated as the womens champion with Abby Drach and Nicole Schneider rounding out the podium. In the mens race, Chris Parr took the victory with high school skiers Xavier Mansfield and Anders Sonnesyn placing second and third as some of the collegiate skiers opted for a double-pole workout. Results posted along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.

World Cup Toblach: Classic
December 20, 2015
Wrapping up period 1 in Europe, the US squad competed in the classic races at the World Cup in Toblach, Italy Sunday. Sadie Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins led the womens team, taking 19th and 20th respectively. Caitlin Gregg skied to 44th. For the US men, Andy Newell posted the top result at 55th. Norway's dominance continued with Therese Johaug and Martin Sundby collecting yet another set of titles.
Related:
Results: World Cup Toblach
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Therese Johaug continue winning

Maplelag We are Snow Excited Invitational Coverage
December 19, 2015
Brad Moening reports: Teams from Champlin Park, Mound Westonka and Highland Park kicked off Minnesota's natural snow high school racing season. The first race was a 3.8K skate race around Skater's Waltz and the second was a 3.2K classic around the Sukkerbusk Trail. Team titles went to Champlin Park boys and Highland Park girls. Highland's Gabe Pfeiffer won the boy's skate race, Champlin's Ian Ivens won the classic. Highland's Erin Moening won both girl's races. After the racing, all teams then did some serious damage to Maplelag's cookie jars. Results and photos posted.

Mt. Itasca Invite Saturday Coverage
December 19, 2015
Utilizing the snowmaking loop at Mt. Itasca, along with some fresh snow from this week, Midwest collegiate skiers held their first competition of the season Saturday. Northern Michigan's Adam Martin scored the victory in the mens 10K freestyle, edging out former teammate Kyle Bratrud by just four seconds, with Jake Brown in third. Annie Hart topped the womens 5K field by over 30 seconds in a strong performance as NMU teammates Vivian Hett and Sarah Bezdicek took second and third. Racing continues Sunday with classic distance events.

Make Snow East Metro Invite Coverage
December 19, 2015
Nearly 200 high school skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Make Snow East Metro Invite at Trollhaugen. Starting in the pre-dawn hours, the girls raced under the lights in single digit temperatures. As the sun rose, along with the temperatures, the boys took to the track for the three lap course. The Kraftson family ruled the morning as Rana Kraftson won the girls race, and brother Shad bested the boys field. Results and photos posted. Stillwater swept the team titles in a close battle with rival Forest Lake.
Note: Adult/youth race on Sunday at Trollhaugen cancelled, open skiing instead.
Related:
Dec 19 Ely Timberwolf Invite Results Posted

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints
December 19, 2015
Toblach Italy hosted the World Cup Freestyle Sprint on Saturday with an amazing podium finish by USA's Simeon Hamilton! Hamilton bounced from a 16th place qualifier to snag the #2 podium spot behind Italy's Federico Pellegrino. The US women opened the with some flying qualifier results - Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell all qualified in the top ten! However, the Norwegians remained dominant in the finals, with Maiken Caspersen Falla snatching the top spot over teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Sweden's Stina Nilsseon.
Related:
Results: World Cup Toblach
Biathlon: Top-10 Pursuits for Burke and Dunklee in Pokljuka

Biathlon: Dunklee Powers to 6th at Pokljuka World Cup
December 18, 2015
US biathlete Susan Dunklee turned in one of the top performances of her career, finishing sixth in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia on Friday.

City of Lakes Loppet Update
December 17, 2015
The Loppet Foundation has issued a brief update on winter plans for the upcoming City of Lakes Loppet Festival, Feb 5-7, assuring skiers (and other participants) that they have contingency plans, should they be needed.

World Cup Toblach Weekend Series
December 17, 2015
One more weekend series before the holidays... The World Cup comes to Toblach in far northern Italy, just across the border from Austria. Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, with the finals scheduled for 5:30 am CST, and then Sunday is mens 15K classical at 4:15 am, and womens 10K at 6:30 am. Coverage again on NBC Live Extra. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg look to continue their strong early season form.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Toblach Website
World Cup Toblach Facebook Page

Weekend Racing
December 16, 2015
Dec 19 Make Snow Metro East Invite - Endurance United hosts a high school invite at Trollhaugen Saturday morning.
Dec 20 Make Snow Metro East Adult/Youth - Cancelled! Sunday's race at Trollhaugen for citizens and youth skiers. Price drop!
Dec 19-20 Mt. Itasca Invite - CCSA collegiate skiers will compete in a weekend series, along with some select juniors.
Find our latest event updates, along with news on upcoming events, in our Racing Outlook.
Related:
Mt Itasca Start List - Freestyle
Waxing Recommendations
 

Price Hike: Boulder Lake Ski Race
December 16, 2015
Duluth has been picking up groomable snow, and if you act by Friday, you can save some money on the Boulder Lake ski race, coming up on Jan 17th!

Registration Now Open For Great Bear Chase
December 15, 2015
Snow is falling in the UP and registration is now open for the Great Bear Chase, March 5th, 2016. They have a number of new announcements including the return of the 50K skiathlon, more age groups, and new start times!

Racing Outlook: Short-Notice Events!
December 15, 2015
Making lemonade... A number of short-notice events have popped up in the last 24 hours to replace some of the cancellations. Collegiate and elite juniors will have a weekend series at Mt. Itasca, and Endurance United is hosting a high school invite on Saturday and adult/youth races on Sunday at trollhaugen!
Related:
US Nationals: Update on Low Snow Conditions and Options

Granite Ridge Conference Meet Coverage
December 15, 2015
Holding one of the first high school races on snow this season, the Granite Ridge COnference teams competed on the slopes of Powder Ridge Tuesday afternoon. Mora's Sadie Peterson cruised to the girls victory, 1:14 ahead of teammate Mikaela Obert. Tom Woolhouse, Mora, posted the top boys time with CHS/Sartell's Alex Nemeth taking second just in front of Mora's John Swinghamer. Mora swept the team titles. Results posted, along with photosets.

Racing Outlook
December 14, 2015
Bleak... Elm Creek Wed Night series will not be held this week, and the Mich Tech JNQ weekend races have been cancelled.

Nordic Combined: Victory for Taylor Fletcher
December 14, 2015
American Taylor Fletcher summoned every ounce of energy, cutting off 25 seconds in the last three kilometers to catch tour leader David Pommer of Austria at the finish for a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup win at Soldier Hollow Sunday. Fletcher's victory snapped the win streak of Pommer who had been dominant in races Friday and Saturday.

Nordic Combined: Fletcher Takes Austrian to the Line
December 13, 2015
Taylor Flecter narrowly missed victory on Saturday in the Continental Cup event in Solder Hollow, Utah, being edged out at the line by Austria's David Pommer in a photo finish. Ben Loomis has a breakthru day, posting a fantastic jump that had him starting just 8 seconds back in the skate race and skiing with the leaders to finish just off the podium in fourth.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 13, 2015
The World CUp weekend in Davos, Switzerland, wrapped up Sunday with freestyle sprint events. The US women posted strong results again as Sophie Caldwell finished 6th in the womens final, Jessie Diggins was 9th, and Sadie Bjornsen 17th. Andy Newell was the top American male finishing 23rd. Norway's dominance was shaken with victories by Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Italy's Federico Pellegrino.
Related:
Results: World Cup Davos

Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 12, 2015
The Hoigaards Relays salvaged a tough winter by moving the event to the Afton Alps downhill area, a move which proved to be quite popular as a near record field participated on Saturday morning. The masters race started before sunrise under the downhill lights, with the young duo of Tamer Mische-Richter and Zak Ketterson scoring the victory in a tough battle over Andrew Brown and Nick Powers. The Mische-Richter/Ketterson tandem decided one race wasn't enough, and jumped the junior field for their second victory. Results are posted along with video recaps of both races.

South Suburban Conference Coverage
December 12, 2015
Holding one of the latest rollerski races of the season, the South Suburban Conference got their competitive juices flowing Friday afternoon with a rollerski time trial at Cleary Lake. Maria Berg, Prior Lake, posted the top girls edging out Margie Freed, Eastview, and Kelly Koch, Burnsville. Eagan's Patrick Acton topped the boys field with teammate Ryan Steger second, followed by Prior Lake's Mitch McDonald in third. Full results plus photos posted.

Nordic Combined: Fletcher Breaks Up Austrian Podium
December 12, 2015
The U.S. Ski Team's Taylor Fletcher came from a minute, 20 seconds back after the jump earn a spot on the podium with third place at the Continental Cup competition Friday in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Austria took five of the top six places. Ben Loomis was 16th.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Distance Races
December 12, 2015
Continuing her strong showing this season, Jessie Diggins hammered out a US best 11th in the womens 15K freestyle race in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday. Caitlin Gregg had one of her best results finishing second for the US at 20th. In the mens 30K, Noah Hoffman had the top US result at 52nd with Brian Gregg finishing 65th. Victories went to Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby.
Related:
Results: World Cup Davos
Fischer: Johaug and Sundby continue winning series

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
December 11, 2015
The new Three Rivers Rennet race, set for January 23rd at Hyland, has their next price hike on Dec 14th. Register by Sunday night to save on this inaugural event!

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 10, 2015
The World Cup series continues with weekend with racing in Davos, Switzerland. The events this weekend include womens 15K and mens 30K freestyle race Saturday and freestyle sprints on Sunday. Tough conditions have force organizers to use a single 5K loop for the distance races. In addition to Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg competing, Caitlin's husband Brian Gregg has earned a spot on the starting line! Saturdays races will be on NBC Live Extra starting at 4:15 am CST for the women's 15K and 7 am for the men's 30K.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
World Cup Davos Website
World Cup Davos Facebook
Nordic Combined: Continental Cup Comes to Utah
USSA: Behind the Gold: Making History as a Team

National Nordic Foundation Allocations
December 10, 2015
Wondered where your National Nordic Foundation donations are being spent? The NNF outlines some of the major allocations for this season.

Elm Creek Wednesday Night Field Sets Record
December 9, 2015
More than 75 skiers turned out for a jam packed evening of racing at Elm Creek for the Wednesday Night Series. High school skiers provided the extra boost, with Sam Myers of Minnehaha Academy winning both the skate and classic races, just holding off Shad Kraftson, Stillwater, in the skate and his own teammate, Tyler Radtke in the classic. Stillwater star Siri Bohacek won the girls skate just in front of teammate Rana Kraftson, while Libby Tuttle, Mahtomedi, posted the fastest classic time for the girls.

Racing Outlook
December 8, 2015
The Elm Creek Wednesday night race is on, and Hoigaards Relays are on back, moving to Afton Alps!

World Cup Lillehammer: Relay
December 6, 2015
An incredible relay hammered out by the US women, with Jessie Diggins taking the team from 5th to the 3rd place and a podium spot, at Lillehammer, Norway, on Sunday. It marks only the third time that the USA has earned a relay podium. Norway dominated the mens relay, sweeping the podium with three teams, and the Norwegian women won the nearly two minutes, with Finland just eight seconds ahead of the US. Erik Bjornsen had a great second leg to put the mens US team in 5th place, but tough competition had them finishing 12th.
Related:
Video: Womens Recap
Results: World Cup Lillehammer
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby dominate first season's skiathlon

World Cup Lillehammer: Skiathlon
December 5, 2015
Another strong showing for the US women as they placed four skiers in the top 30 Saturday morning in the Lillehammer skiathlon World Cup race. Sadie Bjornsen was 20th with Jessie Diggins 26th and Caitlin Gregg 30th. Noah Hoffman was the top American in the mens event, finishing 25th. SUnday are relay races.
Related:
Results: World Cup Lillehammer
Nordic Combined: Fast Opener for Combined in Lillehammer

World Cup Lillehammer Weekend Series
December 3, 2015
The next round in the World Cup comes to the famed venue of Lillehammer, Norway this weekend. Saturday features skiathlon races, and Sunday are relays. Live streaming on NBC Extra (cable/satellite subscription), with racing action starting at 3 am CST each day.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
FIS Interview wth Kikkan Randall
Nordic Combined: Combined Tried Again in Lillehammer

Racing Outlook
December 1, 2015
The racing season begins Wednesday night as the Elm Creek series will fire up on the snowmaking loop.

Holiday Relays Forms Posted
November 30, 2015
The popular high school Holiday Relays will be held Tuesday evening, Dec 22nd at Theodore Wirth. The event features a new continuous relay format, combining the classical and freestyle event into one relay. Event details and registration spreadsheet are now posted.

World Cup Ruka: Classical Pursuit
November 29, 2015
The opening World Cup events at Ruka, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with classical pursuit format racing. Sadie Bjornsen led the US women again today, skiing well to finish 14th. Jessie Diggins finished 38th with Caitlin Gregg at 68th. The top American male was Erik Bjornsen at 46th. Norway's Therese Johaug and Martin Sundby took the victories. Racing action resumes next weekend in Lillehammer.
Related:
Results: Ruka World Cup
Nordic Combined: Wind Takes Out Ruka Weekend
Fischer: Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby win Ruka Triple in Kuusamo

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Results
November 28, 2015
Another crisp morning in West Yellowstone caused the freestyle races to be delayed, but the weather warmed quickly for some fast racing. The "old men" came out in force Saturday as Minnesota's own Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch went 1-2 in the mens 10K race. In the womens 5K, junior sensation Katherine Ogden topped the field with Chelsea Holmes 2nd, and NCAA champion Emilie Cedervaern third. Rosie Frankowski, 7th, Deedra Irwin, 11th, and Annie Hart 14th, were the top Midwest results.
Related:
Results: Mens 10K, Womens 5K

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle
November 28, 2015
World Cup racing at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, continued Saturday morning with the ladies 5K and mens 10K freestyle races. The US women showed their depth with Sadie Bjornsen taking 14th and Jessie Diggins 16th and three more, including Caitlin Gregg, finishing in the top 50. For the men, Simi Hamilton lead the way in 49th. Canada's Alex Harvey had a spectacular race, finishing on the podium in 2nd!
Related:
Results: Ruka World Cup

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
November 27, 2015
The SuperTour series in West Yellowstone, MT, on Friday battled some crisp morning temperatures, delaying by an hour the freestyle sprint events. Jennie Bender again showed her sprinting prowess in taking the womens title over young upstart Hannah Halvorsen, with Dahria Beatty third. The Hanneman brothers, Logan and Reese, took first and second in the mens final with Dakota Blackhorse-Von Jess settling for third. Top Midwest results from qualifying: Ben Saxton 10th, Deedra Irwin 6th, Rosie Frankowski 13th, Annie Hart 15th.
Related:
Results: Mens Sprint Qualifying, Womens Sprint Qualifying

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 27, 2015
The World Cup season opened Friday at Ruka in Kuusamo, Finland, with classical sprint events. Andy Newell showed remarkable form, narrowly missing the podium as he came in fourth in the men's sprint final (just a second behind Petter Northug). The US women did well in the qualifiers, placing four in the top 30. Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen both advanced as far as the semifinals. Saturday will be freestyle 5K and 10K races. Winners on the day were Norwegians Sondre Turvoll Fossli and Maiken Caspersen Falla.
Related:
Results: Ruka World Cup

USSA: Nordic Combined Team Named for 2016
November 25, 2015
Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher were named to the 2016 U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. They will open the 2015-16 season this weekend with the kickoff to the International Ski Federation's Nordic Combined World Cup tour in Ruka, Finland. Eau Clarie's own Adam Loomis will also be part of the squad competing on the World Cup circuit this season, including the opening series in Ruka this weekend.

SuperTour Yellowstone Starts Friday
November 25, 2015
The Yellowstone Ski Festival comes to a culmination this weekend as skiers get a chance to test their fitness with citizen and SuperTour races. Friday will feature freestyle sprints, Saturday are freestyle distance races. Two of the top Midwest collegiate graduates, Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders will be shooting for a podium position.
Related:
CXC Team Naming Announced

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2015
The FIS World Cup series launches this weekend with three days of competition in Ruka, Finland. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday freestyle individual start 5K and 10K races, and Sunday is classical pursuit 10K and 15K events. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be competing. Most of the events will be early morning hours in the Midwest, and may be streamed on NBC Live Extra (requires cable/satellite subscription).
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League
USSA: Head Coach Chris Grover's 2015-16 Season Preview
USSA: USA Takes Momentum into Ruka Opener

USSA: 2016 Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2015
The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced Tuesday, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

Mesabi East Meet Details Posted
November 23, 2015
Organizers have released the full meet information packet for the 2016 Mesabi East Invite, to be held Jan 9th at Giants Ridge. Mesabi East is the single largest one day high school meet in the nation.

FIS: Gallivare Freestyle Results
November 22, 2015
Another amazing day in Sweden Sunday as the American women continue to show great form early season. Jessie Diggins won the womens 10K freestyle with Caitlin Gregg collecting third! Liz Stephens and Rosie Brennan also had top results, finishing 4th and 5th. Canada's Alex Harvey was second in the mens 15K race, with Noah Hoffman the top American at 6th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

FIS: Gallivare Classical Sprints Results
November 21, 2015
Starting off their season with an exclamation point, the US women had an excellent classical sprint Saturday morning in Gallivare, Sweden, posting top times through qualifying and then going on to the finals where Jessie Diggins won with Sophie Caldwell second! Caitlin Gregg had a strong showing as well, advancing to the semifinals. Andy Newell had a great day for the American men, finishing second in the mens final.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

US Stars in Action this Weekend
November 19, 2015
World Championship medalists Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins will get their first racing action of the season this weekend in Gallivare, Sweden with some early FIS racing. Saturday is classical sprints while Sunday will be freestyle distance events.
Related:
Results: FIS Live Results

Zak Ketterson Signs Intent Letter with NMU
November 19, 2015
Top junior prospect and Minnesota state high school champion Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, has signed a letter of intent with Northern Michigan University. He'll be joining up with two other Minnesotan friends: last year's state champ, Leo Hipp and another of the top US juniors, Ian Torchia.

CXC Marathon Cup Just Months Away
November 17, 2015
There is just two months left before the first CXC Marathon Cup race, the Seeley Hills Classic. The series brings the six most prominent marathons from three states (MN,WI,MI) into one cohesive competition. Register today to secure your series scoring (team or individual).

Volunteers Needed for 2016 US Nationals
November 16, 2015
Michigan Tech is seeking volunteers to help with the 2016 US Nationals in January. The event consists of four race days: classic distance races on Jan 3, freestyle sprint races on Jan 4, freestyle distance races on Jan 7 and classic sprints on Jan 9.

Spotlight: Ely Nordic
November 16, 2015
A cool and damp afternoon for the opening day of practice of the mighty Ely Nordic ski team at their home field of Hidden Valley ski trails. The went through a series of agility drills, dryland technique progression drills and then ended with some ski walking/moosehoofing. Orange was the theme of the day as deer hunting season is still in progress.
Related:
Photoset from Tyler Fish: Opening Day - 16 photos

Birkie Video Challenge Grant Announced
November 16, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is excited to offer a $2500 youth racing development grant for junior ski clubs or teams (kids 13-18 years of age). The focus of the grant is for groups that encourage junior racing and training. To enter the grant contest, please submit a video that expresses what a healthy, active Birkie lifestyle means to you, your training, your team, and your life.
Related:
Video: Annie Hart Birkie Grant Announcement

Up Up and Away Coverage
November 14, 2015
Roughly a dozen skiers participated Saturday morning in a rollerski time trial up the infamous Blue Mound road just west of Madison. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time, with Abby Jarzin clocking the fastest female time. Results and some photos posted.

Registration Open for Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
November 10, 2015
Registration is now open for Minocqua's Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, coming up January 30th. Pricing is still at the ground floor.

2015-16 Minnesota High School Nordic Season Preview
November 8, 2015
While the warm weather might make it seem like ski season is still far off, Minnesota high school Nordic practice kicks off Monday! And in our usual excitement for junior racing, we've got a season preview including our pre-season rankings to get the smack talk started.

Theodore Wirth CX Coverage
November 8, 2015
An unseasonably warm day Saturday for the cyclocross races at Theodore Wirth as temperatures quickly rose into the upper 50s. This year's course featured a fair amount of singletrack, but not the infamous staircase climb of seasons past. We captured images from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 90 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 51 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Minnesota State CC Results
November 7, 2015
Once again, near perfect conditions Saturday for the Minnesota high school Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield. In the morning AA races, the Hasz sisters Bethany and Megan of Alexandria finished as the top two runners for the third straight season. The boys AA race was won by Jaret Carpenter of Wayzata in a very competitive field. Team titles went to the Edina girls and Hopkins boys. In class A, Winona Cotter's Grace Ping made history in becoming the youngest CC champion (age 12) in taking the girls title by almost a minute (and posting third fastest time of both A and AA classes). La Crescent's Zack Emery won the boys race. The Perham girls and Mora boys collected the team titles.
Related:
Results: Girls AA, Boys AA, Girls A, Boys A

Ice Artists Sought for the Luminary Loppet
November 5, 2015
Showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation is encouraging community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet by developing sculptures for both large scale and smaller group exhibits.
Related:
2016 City of Lakes Loppet Posted Unveiled

Birkie Seeks Birkebeiner Warriors, Inga and Prince Haakon
November 5, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) seeks a trio of cross country skiers to represent two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon, in the 43rd American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 20, 2016. Toss your ring in the hat -- register by Nov 30th. Winners will be selected by former Inga and warrior participants.

Midwest MTB Report
November 3, 2015
As the weather continues to run warm, we feature another "post-season" MTB report from Jay Richards. This week's article includes reports from Collegiate Nationals, a new trail review in Duluth mountain bike trail system and some incredible mountain biking in Iceland.

Local Stars
November 2, 2015
Park City Moments - Ben Saxton recaps his most amazing moments from the recent training camp in the Park City area.
Fall Training
- Endurance United juniors fall training featured in another highlight reel.
Meet Team Gregg - Caitlin and Brian Gregg are profiled by one of their big supporters, Madshus.
Home Sweet Home - Jessie Diggins is back in Minnesota, storing up the hometown vibes and ready for the ski season to begin.
Campaigns - Annie Hart wraps up the Park City mini camp with some "campaign" synergy.
Sweden in Sight - Caitlin Gregg is looking forward to the opening races in Europe after some great fall training out West.
Park City - Brian Gregg highlights training (and racing) out in Utah, and the benefits of their coach Tom Jorgenson.
October Focus - Paige Schember offers advice to make that final training push to snow season.

Birkie Closes Tuesday Night!
November 2, 2015
This is it -- your very last chance to register for the 2016 American Birkebeiner and Korteloppet races is Tuesday, Nov 3rd. At midnight they'll close it down, as they've reached their race cap. Get on it!

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 1, 2015
November is here and we've rolled out our nearly complete Midwest Racing Calendar! Check out our season preview to get the scoop on changes this season (and there are some big ones!), as well as new events and a few goodbyes as well.
Related:
Full Racing Calendar

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Price Hike Coming Nov 2nd
October 29, 2015
Three Rivers will bust out their own major tier ski race this winter with the Twin Cities Orthopedics Ski Rennet at Hyland on Saturday, January 23rd. Register by November 1st to get in the ground level pricing!
Related:
Three Rivers Ski Passes Available Now

Grind Up Granite Rollerski and Run Scheduled for Nov 14th
October 29, 2015
The inaugural Grind Up Granite Races is to be held November 14th at Rib Lake State Park in Wausau. It features a nearly two mile hill climb event for runners, walkers, rollerskiers and cyclist and is hosted by the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team.

Kevin Brochman Named as New St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach
October 26, 2015
St. Olaf has announced Olympian Kevin Brochman as their head Nordic ski coach. Brochman returns to the program after coaching it from 2003 to 2007.

Frozen Thunder Begins
October 26, 2015
The annual Frozen Thunder event kicked off on Monday at Canmore with classical sprint races. The unique event utilizes snow stored from last season to provide a short, early season ski loop at Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore will be part of the huge Ski Tour Canada event to end the World Cup season in March.

Midwest MTB Report
October 20, 2015
Jay Richards checks in with a final special report on the Midwest MTB scene, covering the Black's Grove Crossing and touching on some new trail developments.

Going, Going ... Birkie Is Nearly Full!
October 20, 2015
If you'd held off registering for the 2016 American Birkebeiner events, don't wait any longer - there are less than 500 openings left for the big events! It could well fill before the end of the month...

Green Acres CX Coverage
October 17, 2015
A crisp fall morning, complete with blue skies and great fall colors, was on display Saturday morning for the Green Acres cyclocross races. The morning started off with mens Cat 3/4 races and was followed by the juniors and womens Cat 3/4. Racing action at Green Acres repeats on Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 194 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 150 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

USSA Seeking Coaches for the U18 and WJC/U23 World Championships
October 16, 2015
USSA is looking for coaches to help with the U18 Trip (NJC) in Estonia late February, and the WJC/U23 Championships in Romania, also late February. You'll be working with the best juniors the US has to offer.
- Feb 22-29 Nordic Junior Countries Competition (JNC - U18 Trip)
- Feb 18-29 Junior World / Under-23 Championships (WJC/U23 Trip)
Application deadline is Nov 8th!

USSA: Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy
October 15, 2015
World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season as Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back strong next year.

Biathlon: Midwest Athletes Earn Early-Season World Cups and Training Camps
October 14, 2015
U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced team nominations for the three World Cup races in December, as well as those athletes invited to this month's training camp at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, and to the November training in Lake Placid, N.Y. Minnesotan Leif Nordgren comes off strong trials and qualified for all the events, while Jakob Ellingson earned a trip to the Lake Placid training camp.

Midwest MTB Report
October 13, 2015
Jay Richards puts the wraps on another great season of mountain biking coverage with his final report. Read recaps from Oremaggedon and Deer Fly Chase as well as final notes on the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school and citizen race series, as well as a few final events. Big thanks again to Jay Richards for his in-depth and dedicated coverage all season!

Ski Jumping: First Time Titles in Lake Placid
October 12, 2015
The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titleists as Mike Glasder of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Both skiers are Midwesterners - Glasder from Illinois, Englund from Wisconsin.

Gear Western Half Marathon Coverage
October 10, 2015
Matt Nistler reports: It was a beautiful fall day and the colors were great for the Gear Western races Saturday morning! Men's Half marathon winner was Ben Jacobs with a time of 1:15:33, women's Half marathon winner was Sonya Decker with a time of 1:30:41. Men's 5k winner was Brad Mitchell with a time of 18:51, women's 5k winner was Laura Jacobs with a time of 19:06.
Related:
Photoset: Gear Western
Results: Gear Western

Birkie Waves Closing Fast
October 5, 2015
The Birkie is rapidly filling, and a number of waves have already been closed for the 2016 event. If you haven't registered already, get on it!

Twin Cities Marathon Coverage
October 4, 2015
Near perfect conditions Sunday morning for the Twin Cities Marathon with temperatures in the low 40s rising to the mid 50s under sunny skies. Dominic Ondoro broke from the lead pack of runners and held off Elisha Barno to take the overall title with a blazing time of 2:11:16. Serkalem Abraha outsprinted Jane Kibii to claim the womens title, clocking 2:31:39.
Related:
Photoset: Mile 1 - 84 photos, Mile 9 Leaders - 210 photos, Mile 17 Front runners - 94 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Marathon, TC 10

2018 World Masters Cup Awarded to Twin Cities
September 29, 2015
In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation will host the Masters World Cup on the trails at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association awarded the bid at their annual meeting in Klosters, Switzerland last Friday, Sep 25th. Exact dates are yet to be decided.

Price Hike: Noquemanon
September 29, 2015
The mighty Noquemanon, which features point to point distance races along the Noquemanon trail and finishes in Marquette, is having their first price hike on October 1st. Register by Sep 30 to save some cash!

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 26, 2015
A beautiful fall morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. The half marathon race came down to a tight group as the top four all finish in a 30 second spread with Justin Grunewald taking the victory. Jillian Tholen hammered out an incredible pace in taking the womens title, finishing 14th overall. Ben Janke won the three way battle for the 13.1K title, with Candice Todryk cruising in for the womens crown. In the 5K race, victories were earned by Andrew Crocker and Susie Kelleher.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon - Wave 1 Start - 43 photos, Half Marathon - Wave 2 Start - 17 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 2.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 131 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 8.5 - 43 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.5 - 42 photos, 13.1K - Mile 4.5 - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet Results
Trail Loppet Recap

Upcoming Trail Runs
September 25, 2015
A couple of additional trail runs this fall that will help support area ski trails...
Oct 3 WIllow River Trail Challenge - 6.6K and 10.6K trail runs, along with a kids race, supporting the Willow River ski trails.
Oct 17 Grantsburg Trail Run - 5K and 10K trail runs, plus kids race, for support of the Grantsburg ski trail grooming.

St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach Opening
September 23, 2015
St. Olaf College in Northfield is encouraging coaches to apply for the head Nordic ski coach position. This salaried position will work with both the mens and womens teams, and is a full 12 month commitment.
Related:
More Job Postings

Fall Coaches and State Meet Format Meetings
September 23, 2015
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Fall Meeting is set for Saturday, October 24th in Mora. There will also been a meeting on October 5th, in the Twin Cities, to discuss possible State Meet formats.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Features New 100K Division
September 22, 2015
The 14th annual American Birkebeiner Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be held on the iconic Birkie Trail this Saturday, September 26th. From the challenge and intensity of a new 100K Ultra Marathon to the fun of a 5k run/walk, an estimated 1000 runners and trekkers from around the Midwest will take to the trails.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap Edition
September 22, 2015
Jay Richards weekly MTB report is out, providing a recap on the 2015 Chequamegon with some exclusive interviews from the winners, Jeff Hall and Chloe Woodruff, as well as a couple of top ten riders flying in under the radar. Plus the usual look to upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 20, 2015
A cool start did little to slow down the speeds Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Anders Osthus, Tamer Mische-Richter and Daniel Rasmussen brought the 26 mile race down to a final runout with the trio finishing just six seconds apart. Amanda Schubert won the womens division.

Bangin In The Brush Results
September 19, 2015
Cool fall weather made for some nice conditions at Korkki Nordic for the annual Bangin' in the Brush 10K trail run. Greg Hexum cleaned house, winning the event by nearly five minutes! Annalisa Harrington-Peterson was the top women, and notched sixth overall to boot.
Related:
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival Coverage
September 19, 2015
Jeff Hall put on an impressive tour de force Saturday morning in the Chequamegon 40, breaking away early on, and then holding off a late challenge to take the mens victory -- an amazing performance, made all the more impressive when considering Hall won his first Chequamegon 40 title in 1995! Chloe Woodruff had a powerful race, repeating as womens champion. Short and Fat titles went to Samuel Elson and Sophie Farrow.
Related:
Photoset: Short and Fat - Mile 4 - 128 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 18 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 21 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Fire Tower Hill - 171 photos, Cheq 40 - Mile 31 - 84 photos
Photoset: Short and Fat Top Picks (high res), Chequamegon 40 Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview Edition
September 15, 2015
Jay Richards brings us up-to-date on the recent racing at St. Cloud, rides at the Gitchi Gummi Traverse and Durango's Dirt Fondo, and then breakdowns the Chequamegon 40 field of favorites in his annual preview.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 13, 2015
Brett Arenz reports perfect weather, 70 degrees and 5-8 mph wind from the south, for the Headwaters Canoe race on Saturday in Bemidji. Todd Johnson and Rick Lorenzen took the pro race title with the top three boats finishing just over 30 seconds apart.
Related:
Photoset from Brett Arenz: 57 photos
Results: Bemidji Headwaters Canoe Race

Announcing the CXC Marathon Cup Series
September 10, 2015
CXC in cooperation with some of the major Midwest marathon ski races announces the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series. The series features two races from MN, WI, and MI: Seeley Hills, Noque, Loppet, Vasaloppet, Birkie and Great Bear Chase. Four competition divisions, including a team/club title.

Midwest MTB Report
September 8, 2015
Jay Richards reflects back on his years of running Laddies Loppet and recaps the 25th anniversary edition held this past weekend at Maplelag. Plus the look ahead as Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB seasons get up to speed.

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
September 6, 2015
Surviving some heavy rain overnight, racers hit the trails again Sunday morning for the kids comp and citizen races for the Laddies Loppet series at Maplelag. Sunday evening short track races across the Maplelag campus wrapped up the series.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 82 photos, Citizen - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Jens/Jack Richards: Short Track Races

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
September 5, 2015
Maplelag celebrated their 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet MTB weekend with 11 and 22 mile cross-country races on their extensive trail system Saturday morning. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Jeff Hall collected the victories in the main event, with warm, humid weather adding another factor to the technical course. Sunday will feature kids and citizen races, as well as evening short-track events.
Related:
Photoset: Saturday Races - 254 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Saturday Overall

Price Hike: Birkie
September 3, 2015
The next price hike for the American Birkebeiner events, as well as their Trail Run, is coming up Tuesday, Sep 8th. Register by Labor Day to save some cash!

Midwest MTB Report
September 1, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report takes a look at the impacts of trail development, reviews some homebrew trails in northern Minnesota as well as new trails being developed at Andes Tower Hills, and wraps up with a big selection of upcoming events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet!

USSA: Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix
August 30, 2015
Olympian Taylor Fletcher set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eau Claire native Adam Loomis was 28th.

Midwest MTB Report
August 25, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this weekend includes recaps from the Flugly in Moorhead and the Seeley Pre-Fat and a look ahead to the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet coming Labor Day weekend.

Midwest Wax Coaches for 2016 Junior Nationals Announced
August 25, 2015
In charge of the Midwest fast skis for the 2016 Junior Nationals, Head Kick Wax Scott Putman and Head Glide Wax Jason Kask were announced recently by CXC Skiing. Applications are still being taken for the six coaching positions. The 2016 Junior Nationals will be in Cable, WI.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 3 - Diggins Top 10 in Final Stage
August 22, 2015
In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppedrittsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (11th), as four Americans cracked the top 16.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 22, 2015
The St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon brought a record field Saturday morning as athletes ran from Battle Creek to lowertown St. Paul. Windy conditions and warm temps kept the trails dry, providing for nice course conditions. Ryan Albu won the mens marathon by over 15 minutes, with Lauren Opp taking the womens title. Half marathon winners were Erik Solberg and Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Opening - 189 photos, Half-marathon Opening - 161 photos, Indian Mounds Park - 45 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Birkie Seals Land Deal for Start Area
August 21, 2015
Upon completion of their Phase I Capital Campaign, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has secured land and easements for a permanent start area and is looking forward to the construction of two new buildings for the 2017 event!

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 2 - Stephen, Randall Top 10
August 21, 2015
Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal, Norway, on Friday. Caitlin Gregg had a strong race, taking 11th, with Jessie Diggins 16th.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 1 - Caldwell Takes 5th
August 20, 2015
Olympian Sophie Caldwell opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka rollerski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. The stage race opened with an uphill foot run in the morning that saw the USA scored a pair of podiums with both Noah Hoffman and Liz Stephen finishing third.

USSA: Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka
August 19, 2015
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend's three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be part of the crew!

Midwest MTB Report
August 19, 2015
Featured in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Race reports from Leadville 100 and WORS Coffee Bean Classic, and the look ahead to a number of popular events this weekend.

Big Island and Back Paddle Coverage
August 16, 2015
Rick Carter reports: We had nearly 150 register for the 2015 Big Island and Back Paddle event, raising over $10,000 together with our nordic ski version in February. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry took top honors.
Related:
Photoset: Big Island and Back Paddle

International Junior Camp 2015 Recap
August 16, 2015
Zak Ketterson provides an extensive recap and some commentary on his two weeks in Scandinavia, participating in the elite International Junior Camp and training with some of the best juniors in the world.

Trail Loppet Waves Filling Up
August 15, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is reporting waves for the 2015 Trail Loppet, to be held Saturday, Sep 26th, having been filling up and it appears the race could eventually fill. Get your registration in now!

Legacy of the American Birkebeiner
August 13, 2015
Wednesday evening in Hayward, Tom Kelly presented The Legacy of the American Birkebeiner at the Park Center to a large crowd of supporters. Kelly discussed the origins of the Birkie, the brainchild of Tony Wise, and shared some legendary stories from the early days. Watch the entire presentation, courtesy of CXC.
Related:
Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
Video from CXC: Legacy of the American Birkebeiner

Top 10 Reasons to Hit up the Birkie Trail Run
August 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner crew has listed their top 10 reasons for participating in the annual Trail Run and Trek, Sept 26th. And starting off at #10 -- register by Sat, Aug 15th and avoid the next price hike!

Midwest MTB Report
August 11, 2015
Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the racing action at Ore to Shore and Red Wing Classic, along with a report from Singlespeed USA, and a number of trail updates, and the usual look ahead to weekend events.

USSA: World Cup Athlete Qualification
August 11, 2015
USSA has posted the qualification criteria they'll be using to select athletes for the World Cup races this season. There are four racing blocks to qualify for, as well as the Tour de Ski event.
Related:
USSA and FIS Rankings for 2014-15 Season
FIS Athlete Lookup
SuperTour Final Standings
World Cup Standings

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Final Results
August 9, 2015
The 2015 Hoigaards Paddle Derby has wrapped up its season. They had a good year with no weather cancellations in ten race dates and 734 total participants over the summer, and are already making plans for 2016.
Related:
Results: Final Results

Bend Training
August 8, 2015
Kris Bourne, top skier from Northern Michigan Univ, has been training with Alayna Sonnesyn and a couple dozen other skiers out west this summer, as part of the Bend Endurance Academy. Kris shares some of her experiences as the program winds down.

Saint Paul Trail Marathon Capped
August 8, 2015
The St. Paul Trail Marathon has announced they will be instituting a field limit for this year's race! If you'd like to be part of the big August 22nd event, get your registration in pronto!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 7, 2015
A record field turned out Friday morning for the annual Ringer Roll rollerski races at Baker Park. Overnight rains and cloudy weather provided a few damp, and sometimes slippery, sections on the course after many years of perfect conditions. Tamer Mische-Richter strapped on some rocket classic rollerskis and powered to the top time overall. Sarah Bezdicek, using stock Marwe skates, topped womens field and posted the only sub 26-time for group. Anders Sonnesyn had the best mens skate time. Kris Hansen notched the fastest womens classic time. Full results posted along with a big photoset.

USSA: New Nordic Director Announced
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime Nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new Nordic domestic program director.

Midwest MTB Report
August 5, 2015
Jay Richards report this week includes a recap from the brutal hot and truly epic Mah Dah Heey 100, the Grit Skills Clinic at Spirit Mountain, a couple mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2015
Drawing nearly 250 cyclists for the big race, John Acker took the pack sprint to win the Firehouse 50 on Saturday. Anna Johnson was the top female finisher.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Heroes of Tomorrow: International training camp in Norway
August 5, 2015
One of the biggest training camps for junior skiers is taking place in Norway, Aug 6-14, with 135 athletes and 25 coaches from 15 nations. Included in the group are Midwest stars Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn, as well as development coach Bryan Fish.
Related:
Video from Hailey Swirbul: Training Camp - Day 2, Training Camp - Day 3

Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
August 4, 2015
To commemorate the legacy of the race and inspire future generations, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced plans for the Museum of the American Birkebeiner, slated to open in 2016. On Wednesday, Aug 12th, Tom Kelly will give a free presentation on the legacy of the Birkie, with a reception at the future museum space afterwards - the public is welcome to attend.
Related:
Birkie 2016 T-Shirt Contest Voting Now Open

Nordic Combined: Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis Takes Silver!
August 3, 2015
On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis by just 5 seconds for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher bronze.
Related:
Ski Jumping: Christian Friberg Takes Bronze at US Championships

Rollerski Racing Season
August 2, 2015
August brings two Midwest rollerskiing races...
Aug 7 Ringer Roll - The classic Midwest rollerski race, one lap around the 10K trail at Baker Park.  Online registration open through Wednesday.
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - The banana belt series drops to a single race this season.  Held at Moraine Hills State Park.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 31, 2015
Friday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors program for a skate workout at the Battle Creek Ravine. Five coaches, including the founder Ahvo Taipale, put the juniors through a battery of drills including a harrowing cornering/awareness test, then worked on skate technique drills, each tailored to the subgroup skill sets.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Workout - 129 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Rollerski Dexterity Derby

MacDowell Hired as NMU Assistant Nordic Skiing Coach
July 31, 2015
Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has announced the hiring of Shane MacDowell as assistant coach. MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School.

Price Hike: Trail Loppet
July 31, 2015
Entry fees for the Trail Loppet events jump at midnight on Friday, July 31st. The Trail Loppet has sold out for the past three years in a row, and waves are starting to fill!

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 30, 2015
Nordicwerks training program, under the direction of head coach Deno Johnson, was out Thursday evening for a classical rollerski workout near Scandia. After some warm up loops near the starting area, the group rollerskied over to some quiet backroads and then participated in an individual start time trial. Once all the skiers had completed the course, they skied a warm down then headed back to the start area for some sprints and agility work.
Related:
Photoset: Classical Workout - 89 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

LNR/EU Time Trial Coverage
July 30, 2015
Loppet Nordic Racing and Endurance United juniors held a rollerski time trial Thursday morning on the quiet backcountry roads near Afton. After being rescheduled due to a rainout on Tuesday, the conditions Thursday morning were perfect with bright sun and temps in the low 70s. Abigail Drach and Zak Ketterson posted the top times in the 7K distance.
Related:
Photoset: 192 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: LNR/EU Time Trial

Midwest MTB Report
July 28, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers a big weekend of racing as the PRO XCT came to the upper Midwest, Minnesota checked off one more race in it's series, and Gooseberry Park in Moorhead was host to the Wild Goose Chase. First hand reports from all three events, along with couple mountain bike related articles to note plus a look ahead all in this week's report.

Midwest MTB Report
July 21, 2015
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards highlights trip reports from out west, racing at US MTB Nationals and a look ahead to the weekend which includes the big PRO XCT stop in Wisconsin.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 19, 2015
Road bike racing came to the streets of south Minneapolis Sunday for the Southside Sprints. The event featured a fast criterium course which included a finishing stretch past the popular 48th and Chicago neighborhood, with Minnesota state criterium championship titles on the online. We captured images from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Masters Cat 4/5 - 104 photos, Citizen/Cat 5 - 43 photos, Cat 4/5 - 115 photos, Juniors - 105 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Southside Sprints

Run for Snow Results
July 18, 2015
Supporting the snowmaking efforts at Mt. Itasca, the Run for Snow 5K attracted nearly 50 athletes from the community on Saturday morning. Youngster Geno Uhrbom logged the only sub-20 time, taking the victory at 19:13. Hannah Baird was the top female, clocking in at 21:36.
Related:
Results: Run for Snow

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 17, 2015
Results are up from last Thursday's Paddle Derby, #7 in the series. Racing continues into August for the Thursday evening events.
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 16th

Midwest MTB Report
July 14, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week: The summer heats up and so has the racing and riding. This week's report is highlighted by first hand reports from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike series, the Otter Creek 55 at Harmon Lake in Bismarck, ND area and the Tatanka 100 which saw a healthy contingent from MN and WI. A look ahead caps off the report.

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors
July 14, 2015
Endurance United is running a full slate of training programs this summer, with east and west side workouts in the Twin Cities for the juniors. On Tuesday morning, coaches Jake Morgan and Tom Jorgenson had the east side group on the hills of Battle Creek. After a warm up run, skiers worked on foot speed, bounding, and striding. Eventually moving to one of the major climbs, the group did a number of 45 second intense bounding intervals before finishing with a warm down run and strength and stretching drills.
Related:
Photoset: East Side Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Local Stars
July 13, 2015
Skis to the City - Jessie Diggins is honored in Fourth of July parade, and enjoys some classic summer fun before heading for snow in New Zealand.
Fired Up - Annie Hart updates from Vermont, enjoying some hard training, grilling, and new training partners.
Keeping Up with Friends - Tony Mommsen reports on his wave one training, including some new workouts and plans.
Race to Beat Yourself - Alice Flanders blogs on the spirit of racing to best yourself.
Lemonade - Chris Pappathopoulos updates his CXC Team training, adjusting to new priorities.
Bend Preview - Alayna Sonnesyn and Kris Bourne are some of the skiers that appear to be featured in an upcoming film about Nordic training in Bend.
National Cycling Stars - Bjorn Larson and Kelly Catlin captured titles at the US Junior National cycling events last month.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club
July 13, 2015
Olympian Kevin Brochman has his training programs rolling again this summer, with sessions on both sides of the Twin Cities, as well as St. Cloud. We caught up with his Elm Creek group early Monday morning as they worked on strength, classic technique, and some distance classic rollerskiing.
Related:
Photoset: Elm Creek Juniors - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Features New Route
July 13, 2015
Endurance United's St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon is featuring a new course this year. The event will now start at Battle Creek, taking on the challenging hills first, then working its way towards downtown St. Paul with a finish right outside the new Saints Stadium!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 12, 2015
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run was a muggy one! 61 people started the race and had a great time navigating the beautiful trails of Pattison State Park to race money for the trails. Paul Mueller, 17, of Indiana won the race with a time of 20:30 setting a new course record, followed by Jon Lindberg, 53, of Wisconsin with a time of 21:10. Winning for the women, and also in 3rd place overall just behind Lindberg was Kaelyn Williams of the University of MN Duluth, age 21, with a time of 21:25 setting a new course record also. The next Rivet Run will be November 8th.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Birkie Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting on Aug 8th
July 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting and elections for Board of Directors positions on Saturday, August 8th. The day will include a number of outdoor activities in the morning, a memorial to Dave Nelson, along with the meetings.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 10, 2015
Results are up from Thursday's Paddle Derby run by Hoigaards. The series has just four events left on the calendar!
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 9th

REG Camp Coverage
July 7, 2015
The Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp is going on this week in Cable. We dropped in Tuesday to catch the group for their agility testing in the morning, as well as the strength testing in the afternoon.
Related:
Photoset: Agility Testing - 206 photos, Strength Testing - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from CXC: Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Strength, Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Agility

Midwest MTB Report
July 7, 2015
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week covers multi-day racing across British Columbia, recap on last week's WORS race, highlights from recent articles, new funding for Cuyuna trails, and some key races coming up.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 5, 2015
Enduring some extra heat and humidity to go with the infamous hills, over 500 runners hit the trails Saturday for the Afton Trail run. In the 50K division, Chris Lundstrom cracked the four hour window to win with a time of 3:47:41. Rebekah Metzdorff posted the top womens time at 4:49:26. The 25K titles went to Adam Dohm and Christine Loza.
Related:
Photoset from North Woods Photos: Race Start, Northern Hill
Video from North Woods Photos: Race Start
Results: Afton Trail Run

REG Camps
July 2, 2015
Regional Elite Group training camps are happening across the nation this summer. CXC spotlights these special opportunities, with the Midwest REG Camp being held next week in Hayward.

Midwest MTB Report
July 1, 2015
A big report this week as Jay Richards highlights trails in Colorado as well as North and South Dakota (with lots of photos), plus racing updates from PRO XCT circuit, Lutsen 99er, and Cuyuna Crusher.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah
June 30, 2015
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah's Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships.

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner
June 29, 2015
The first price hike for the American Birkebeiner/Kortelopet events is July 1st! Register by Tuesday night to save some cash.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2015
The first month of competition in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby wrapped up last week, and results are now tallied. The racing continues throughout this summer on Thursday evenings at Lake Calhoun.
Related:
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2015
Perfect weather for the Tri-Loppet races across Minneapolis on Saturday. This year featured the new race and general (stock) boat categories, and based on finishing times, it appears the competition was much tighter. Matt Liebsch won the mens general division with Zach Handler roughly 1:30 behind. The womens general was even closer, with Josie Nelson holding off Kim Rudd by 44 seconds for the title.
Related:
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Tri-Loppet
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
June 23, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week, an interview with Tristan Schouten, reports on Chequamegon 100, and the look ahead to weekend races.

NNF Funds International Junior Camp
June 17, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced financial support for the International Junior Camp, August 6-14, in Norway. The new junior camp is designed for rising cross country skiers, with Midwest stars Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson earning spots on the roster.

USSA: Rookie Camp
June 17, 2015
New members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will be in Park City at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center of Excellence this week for the teams' annual Rookie Camp. Included in the camp is Caitlin Gregg and Nita Englund.

Midwest MTB Report
June 16, 2015
This week's Midwest MTB Report, compiled by Jay Richards, has recaps from the WORS event, Red Eye Rendezvous, the 25 hour event of Dirt Wirx, and spotlights an amazing downhill run with no chain(!), plus the usual look ahead.

Birkie Completes Fundraising for Phase I of Capital Campaign
June 16, 2015
In just seven months, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has reached their goal of $650,000 fundraising for Phase I of its first-ever major fundraising capital campaign. Phase I includes securing a permanent trailhead and race start area in Cable, WI, near the old Telemark Lodge, improving safety, traffic flow, and participant experience at the finish line area in Hayward, WI.

USSA Expands Membership Options
June 15, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. USSA membership pricing has also changed, with general and entry-level memberships starting as low as $15.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 14, 2015
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon. Doubles titles went to David Nelson/Ryan Peterson and Elspeth Ronnander with Elaine and Grant Nelson taking the mixed crown. Solo champs were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Kivi. The top relay team was Big Al and the Funky Bunch (Joshua Tesch, Al Rundquist, Megan Brown and Kell Peterson).
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 54 photos
Photoset from Nikolai Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest Junior National Wax Techs Application
June 10, 2015
The Midwest Junior National Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of head glide and kick wax coaches for the 2016 Junior National competitions next March in Cable, WI. Application deadline is July 14th.
Related:
2016 Junior Nationals

Midwest MTB Report
June 9, 2015
Recaps from the Dirt Wirx, National Press on WORS, area rides, an update on Ore to Shore, Minneapolis global bike city, St. Cloud HS racing, and the usual look ahead are all part of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Spotlight: LNR Advanced Group
June 9, 2015
The summer junior training officially fired up this week in Minnesota, with warm weather to boot. Tuesday morning brought the Loppet Nordic Racing Advanced Group to Afton for a session of classic rollerskiing on the quiet country roads. Coach Piotr Bednarski rode with the girls group while David Chamberlain strided with the boys.
Related:
Photoset: 130 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
LNR Summer Junior Training

Midwest MTB Report
June 2, 2015
Jay Richards weekly update hits on the Borah Epic with two recaps, Duluth downhiller Max Fierax, 25th anniversity Laddies Loppet, lift service for MTB, Lebanon Hills highlight and upcoming events.
Related:
Final Days: Vote for Spirit Mountain Trails for $100K Award
Press Release: Borah Epic hosts record field for year three

USSA: Utah Bids for 2017 Junior Nordic Worlds
June 2, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is making a formal bid for the International Ski Federation's (FIS) 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships, to be held at Utah Olympic Park in Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Interviews: Kyle Bratrud, Alice Flanders
May 31, 2015
As two of the newest members of the CXC Elite team, we catch up with collegiate stars Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders as they prepare for "life after college".
Interview - Kyle Bratrud
Interview - Alice Flanders

Midwest MTB Report
May 26, 2015
Information on a new Alexandria based MTB club developing new trails, college skiers now MTB racers, Kask MTB programs for juniors are all part of Jay Richards MTB Report this week, along with the look ahead to some big weekend events.
Related:
Jun 13 Celebration of Life For David Cook

Midwest MTB Report
May 20, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers the Minnesota series from St. Croix Falls, WORS from Crystal Lake, Gooseberry Park trails (Moorhead), Cable-Offroad's latest minute cancellation, along with upcoming camps, clinics and races.

Big Bay Relay Results
May 18, 2015
Over 30 teams races the Big Bay Relay Saturday in Marquette. "Running Noses" from the Junior division posted the top time on the day.
Related:
Results: Big Bay Relay

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2015
Over 500 runners participated in the Loppet Foundation's CityTrail races on Sunday. The events started in downtown Robbinsdale and finished next to the famous spoon at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Matt Flaherty hammered out an incredible sub-hour time in the 10 mile for the mens victory, with Angie Voight the top female. In the 10K race, Kevin Johnson and Christina Roberts collected the titles.
Related:
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: CityTrail Loppet
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Recap

2015 Collegiate Tally Board
May 16, 2015
Graduation Day is nearly here... We're still looking for more entries on the collegiate tally board. High School senior skiers, let us know your post-secondary plans!

Midwest MTB Report
May 12, 2015
Jay Richards posts his weekly MTB report, this week covering motocross as cross-training, highlighting a number of area clinics, a report on Movil Maze trails, and a look ahead to upcoming events (including the sudden cancellation of the Cable Off-road Classic).

US Ski Team Nominations Released
May 11, 2015
The nominations for the 2015-16 US Ski Team have been posted. Midwest skiers show strongly across all levels, with Jessie Diggins continuing her run on the A-team, and now Caitlin Gregg on the B-team, with Ben Saxton on the development squad.

Collegiate Cycling Nationals: Saturday
May 10, 2015
Mindy Benton reports in from the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, being held in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend. Saturday's event was criterium racing on a tough, hilly course.

Midwest MTB Report
May 5, 2015
Jay Richards MTB recap this week has race stories from the opening MNMBS and WORS series, an ageless note on US Nationals, a first-hand trail report from the Paul Bunyan State Forest, highlights on endurance training diets, trail building, womens and adaptive clinics, and a brief look ahead!

Fossavatn Ski Marathon Coverage
May 5, 2015
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2015 Fossavatn Ski Marathon held last Saturday in Isafjordur, Iceland was a blast. Now that it is a part of the World Loppet circuit, it had it's largest field ever. The 25km skate race on Thursday was won by Olympic Bronze Medalist Iliya Chernousov and Finland star Riita-Lisa Ropenon, both also each went on to win the 50km classic on Saturday as well. 25km classic champions went to Dagur Benediktsson and Anna-Maria Danielsdottir.
Related:
Photoset from Steven Gromatka: 6 photos
Video: Fossavatn Ski Marathon
Results: Fossavatn Ski Marathon

Birkie Registration Open
May 3, 2015
Birkie trail registration opened officially on Monday. Get in on the early pricing, and guarantee your spot on the 2016 starting line!

Buck Hill Birch Bump Coverage
May 3, 2015
Dry and unusually hot conditions for the first MNMBS race of the season as Buck Hill was the venue for the Birch Bump. In the afternoon expert race, veteran Jeff Hall survived the early pressure and took over about half way into the race to take the mens victory. Rebecca Sauber dominated the womens elite field, winning by over four minutes. Ryan Guy and Cindy Schafer won the comp divisions. Photos from the expert/comp afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Expert/Comp - 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Buck Hill Birch Bump

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 2, 2015
Don Olson reports: Race was held on Knife Lake due to low water in Snake River but on a beautiful day with sunshine and very little wind. Winning entries: Pro Boat - Dana Henry/Devin Arenz (same time Al Rudquist/Joe Manns); Open - Brett Arenz/Ed Arenz; Solo - Jonah Lidberg; Kayak Male - Joe Zellner; Kayak Female - Lana Voynich.
Related:
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 high school racing season.

2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 collegiate racing season.


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