Mark Ernst leading the Smartie Pants Dance, Bay Nordic, December 17, 2011 (Photo: Bill Schneider)
Nordicwerks, July 26, 2013
Sisu juniors, Trollhaugen, November 3, 2012 (Photo: Bjorn Adelsman)
Haig Glacier, August 28, 2012 (Photo: Michael Nightingale)
CXC Challenge Grant
December 4, 2013
CXC has a matching challenge grant drive on-going, attempting to raise $40K by the end of the year in order to receive a $20K matching donation. Special Sochi mittens for $100 donors!
Gear West Winter Technique and Training Group
December 3, 2013
Improve your technique and fitness with great coaching and a fun group of skiers with Gear West's Wednesday Night Training Group. Winter session starts Wednesday, Dec 4th, but you can start a week or two later if needed.
LNR Yellowstone Downhill TT Results
November 30, 2013
Loppet Nordic Racing held a 1.7km downhill time trial (top of Rendezvous cabin hill to biathlon range) featuring some good technical training for descents, transitions, and corners.
Photoset from Mark Nachbor: LNR Yellowstone Downhill TT
Results: Yellowstone Downhill TT
Trollhaugen Nordic Race Clinic Weekend
November 28, 2013
Trollhaugen is hosting their annual Nordic race clinic this weekend, Nov 30-Dec 1. Classic technique on Saturday, skate on Sunday. Discounts for season pass holders.
Minnesota Paddling Symposium Dec 7th
November 28, 2013
The Minnesota Paddling Symposium will be held next Saturday, December 7th at the Humphrey Institute, U of M West Bank. There will be presentations about a wide variety of paddling opportunities.
FAST Kids Winter Programs
November 22, 2013
The Loppet Foundation's FAST Kids Winter Programming starts in December, and this year they'll feature a new chapter at Hyland Park (with the new snowmaking!). Full and half winter options, and multiple locations available.
Ben Saxton: Catching Up
November 21, 2013
Midwest star Ben Saxton has been out east this past summer and fall, training with the Stratton Mountain School. Now in West Yellowstone, Saxton brings us up to date.
Three Rivers Park District Nordic Skiing
November 18, 2013
Three Rivers Park District is offering a number of Nordic skiing opportunities this winter. Check out their morning and evening traveling ski clubs, adaptive program, and even some private lessons.
Life Time XC Program
November 14, 2013
Lynne Cecil and Drew Holbrook will be leading a number of XC training sessions this winter. The groups will be at Hyland and Theodore Wirth, with both morning and evening classes.
North Star Ski Touring Trip Sign-up
November 11, 2013
North Star Ski Touring Club winter trips sign up meeting is this Tuesday, Nov 12th. The club is offering 17 weekend and mid-week cross country ski trips in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.
Youth/Junior XC Racing Clinics Sunday Nov 10th
November 3, 2013
Gear West and Finn Sisu will both host informational clinics on youth/junior XC ski racing, presented by MYSL, this coming Sunday, November 10th. Come out to learn about the opportunities to get your kids into Nordic ski racing this winter!
North End Ski Club Masters Clinics
November 2, 2013
The North End Ski Club will offer a series of cross country ski clinics for adults interested in learning to ski and improving their skiing abilities. Sessions begin November 16th.
West Yellowstone FAST KIDS and Adult Camp
November 1, 2013
Join Loppet Nordic Racing coaches Lynne Cecil and Drew Holbrook for a 6 day Marathon Ski Training Camp in West Yellowstone, MT. The camp will include skate and classic technique progressions, video analysis, and evening presentations covering marathon training, ski preparation, and nutrition. And for kids 8-13, a special FAST KIDS camp as well!
NNF: One Final Challenge
October 28, 2013
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) announced it has reached their original $50k goal, and has now issued a final challenge: a $15k match grant, which would bring a total of $65k for $20k raised by U23 and Junior Nordic skiers.
CXC Coaches Conference 2013
October 22, 2013
Ken Schoville provides a nice recap on the CXC Coaches Conference, held last weekend in Cable, where over 50 skiers gathered to become certified as Level 100 USSA Coaches.
Fast Kids Loppet Games Oct 26th
October 18, 2013
The Loppet Foundation is hosting their second annual Loppet Games for kids on Saturday, October 26th at Wirth. The day includes a trail project, an adventure race, obstacle course, strength tests, and the Adventure Hill Run.
October 14, 2013
Park City Camp - Elite skiers from across the country, including the Midwest, have been out in Park City for some top level training. Second album: October Intensity.
Chasing the Big Dogs - Matt Liebsch managed to snag some video with working out with his fellow competitors out West.
Working Out with the Gals - Caitlin Gregg on video mixing it up with some of the best.
Elite Camp - Bill Pierce has added to his album on as his elite team travels across the west and up to Canmore.
Date with Diggins - Jessie Diggins has posted details on her fall fundraiser dinner back in Stillwater, along with an update from Park City.
Send Off to Sochi - Canada is running a contest for the best Sochi send-off video for their 2014 athletes.
Team in Training: Vasaloppet USA
October 13, 2013
Team In Training offers coaching, team training, event support, and more to help you as you get in shape, and ski for a cure in the 2014 Vasaloppet USA. Attend an information meeting Tuesday, Oct 15th at REI in Bloomington, or the big kickoff meeting Thursday, Oct 24th at Wirth.
KarenB Training XC Programs
October 12, 2013
Karen Bebchuk is offering fall and winter training XC programs, based out of Theodore Wirth. Special Saturday dryland clinic, Oct 26th.
Yellowstone Ski Festival Highlights
October 7, 2013
The huge Yellowstone Ski Festival is a little over five weeks away! Organizers report on this year's lineup. Join the thousands of skiers from around the National in West Yellowstone, November 26-30th.
North Star STC: Gooseberry Falls Presentation
October 5, 2013
View stunning photos that former Gooseberry Falls State Park manager Paul Sundberg will present on Tuesday evening, October 8 at the North Star Ski Touring Club's first meeting of the season. Also, come find out what trips the club has planned for this upcoming skiing season.
Ride and Glide's New Venues
October 4, 2013
The Ride and Glide winter program will be featuring new venues this season as the club moves to Lake Elmo and branches out to Elm Creek. Sessions start in November.
FAST Kids Open House Saturday
September 29, 2013
The Loppet Foundation is hosting a free open house Saturday, October 5th at Wirth Park for the FAST Kids program. Kids ages 8-12 can trying out obstacle courses, agility and strength tests, orienteering, and relay games.
Cardinal Mile Time Trial
September 19, 2013
The Coon Rapids cross-country team is hosting a special one mile run and rollerski race, Wednesday evening, September 25th (just before their homecoming game). The rollerski portion is meant to generate excitement and interest in the upcoming Nordic season. Open to the public.
NNF Drive for 25 Kickoff
September 18, 2013
The National Nordic Foundation’s Drive for 25 kicks off this month, beginning a two-month fundraising effort to support development opportunities for cross-country and Nordic combined. Supporters can choose to donate or to become ambassadors and collect donations on behalf of the National Nordic Foundation with a focus towards Cross Country or Nordic Combined directed funds.
Training with Nikolai Anikin Jr
September 13, 2013
Nikolaki Anikin will be offering training sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings in the Duluth area, beginning Oct 21st. Dryland training with some time trials in the fall, then on skis once the snow flies.
Fall SISU Masters Open House
September 12, 2013
The fall sessions of the Sisu Foundation's masters training groups kick off in early October, including new sessions at Elm Creek. Find out more details and take a test drive with a free training session and open-house at Battle Creek on Monday evening, September 30th.
KarenB Training XC Program
September 11, 2013
Karen Bebchuk is offering small group and private training: Get a jump on XC Ski season by increasing your ski specific strength and refining technique before the snow flies with KarenB Training. Three 6 week small group dryland sessions, beginning Oct 15 and private/semi private rollerski lessons by appointment.
Ride and Glide Moving
September 9, 2013
The Ride and Glide Club is moving their winter training programs to Lake Elmo this winter, utilizing the great new Nordic Center and lighted trail system. Plus there will be a chapter at Elm Creek.
Lake Superior Ski Club Masters Ski Training Group
September 7, 2013
Based in Duluth MN, LSSC wants to help you take your skiing to a new level. Whether it is faster Birkie time, better technique, or simply developing your fitness, LSSC can help you accomplish it. The LSSC program will be starting in early October and will run until the Birkie.
LNR Fall Adult Ski Training Programs
September 6, 2013
Loppet Nordic Racing has a big set of training programs this fall, including rollerskiing sessions, dryland and womens only sessions. Programs fire up Monday, September 9th, but join in anytime.
SISU Fall Junior Program
September 5, 2013
The SISU Foundation's fall programming schedule is underway, yet there are a few openings left in the juniors program. Workout options for the busy student, including one day, three day and five day options.
CXC Coaches Conference
September 5, 2013
CXC Coaches Conference, Oct 18-20 in Cable, will focus on USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification and practical experience. Coaches will be able to complete full certification during the weekend.
Train Like a Birkie Champion Camp
September 4, 2013
There are only a few spots left in the Train Like a Birkie Champion camp this weekend, Sept 6-8th. Former champion Tad Elliot and David Chamberlain will be the featured guests with proceeds benefiting Tad and the Birkie Skier Development fund.
Saturday Morning Workouts with Bjorn Lasserud
September 3, 2013
Ken Tobacman reports: Yes, Bjorn will be back again this year to assure that the traditional Minneapolis Ski Club Saturday morning dryland workouts continue without a hitch. As always, the workouts are held every Saturday morning after Labor Day until the snow comes, at 8:30 a.m. sharp, at the Hyland downhill area.
Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area
CXC Masters Team
August 29, 2013
CXC has started a new program CXC Masters Team. The new program will offer local chapters for group workouts, race support, and technique camps.
FAST Kids Fall Programming
August 28, 2013
The Loppet offers fall dryland training for kids ages 8-13, with two sessions a week and a number of locations available. And they'll be hosting the Loppet Olympics event at the end of October.
3G Nordic Fall Training
August 25, 2013
3G Nordic is offering a 10 week fall training program which meets Sunday afternoons for rollerski workouts. Program starts the weekend after Labor Day.
CXC Master Introductory Potluck
August 18, 2013
Friday evening, August 23rd, Out There Shop will be hosting a potluck to learn more about Masters Programming, CXC and the opportunities that will be available starting this fall in the Rice Lake Area.
Birkie's Skier Development Grant Program
August 16, 2013
The mission of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is to promote cross country skiing as a fun, energetic activity that is part of an active and healthy lifestyle. The Foundation annually provides grant funding to skier development programs, both young and adult, throughout the nation. The application deadline is fast approaching: August 23rd!
Gear West: Fall Training Programs
August 15, 2013
Gear West Ski Technique and Training Program celebrates 22 years. Get ready for the Birkie with a fun group of skiers just like you. Gear West welcomes skiers of all abilities from beginner to advanced. Sign up for Fall (Sept-Nov), Winter (Dec-mid-Feb) or both.
Mattie Liebsch Golf Tourney Sept 29th
August 10, 2013
Once again this season, come out to the links to support Matt Liebsch with a golf tournament at Shamrock Golf course in Corcoran, MN on Sept 29th. Bring your buddies for a foursome, or come solo!
August 8, 2013
Coach John Dyste is offering private lactate guided training programs for Nordic skiers and runners.
Train Like a Birkie Champion
August 8, 2013
FAST Performance Training is hosting a special Train-Like-A-Birkie-Champion with Tad Elliot, September 6-8th, in Seeley. The camp is designed to give citizen athletes the same opportunities and feelings of what a professional athlete goes through in their daily training routines.
Spotlight: Duluth XC Juniors
August 6, 2013
The Duluth XC Juniors are wrapping up their summer season this week and on Monday, participated in their annual Seven Bridges time trial. The time trial consisted of a 2.25k uphill skate rollerski (mass start) followed by a 3.25k run.
Photoset from Bryan French: Seven Bridges Time Trial
Results: Seven Bridges TT
Spotlight: West Side Nordic
July 31, 2013
Coach John Dyste reports: It was a perfect day Wednesday for the WestSide Nordic group to finish its summer program with a lactate guided training session on the Carver Climb.
Photoset from John Dyste: Lactate Testing - 4 photos
July 29, 2013
Weekly round-up on some of the local stars...
SISU MTB - Niki Reker has been running a new MTB program for the Sisu Foundation.
Live Jumpers - Five St. Paul Ski Club skiers will be jumping at US Nationals Large Hill competition this weekend.
Bryan Fish Q&A - NNF has a Q&A session with USSA Development coach (and Wisconsin native), Bryan Fish.
Nygren V2 - Karl Nygren showcases some excellent V2 technique at the recent CXC Summer Championships.
Family Altitude - Caitlin Gregg reports on her family reunion and workout sessions! More photos.
July 26, 2013
On Friday mornings, the Nordicwerks Ski Klubb summer training group heads to the Fick Farm near Scandia for an intense strength/power workout. Skiers participate in nearly 20 different exercises in a program designed by former State Champ Ben Fick's father, John Fick. Russian box jumps, slide board sets, suitcase lunges, kettle bell squats and tire sprints are just some of the more unique drills intended to build explosive power and strength.
Photoset: Fridays at the Farm - 70 photos
Spotlight: Sisu Juniors
July 24, 2013
Near perfect conditions with temps in the low 70s and light winds provided the launching pad Wednesday evening for a number of skiers to assault some Afton coulee uphill time trial records. Leading the way, Irondale's Mattie Watts crushed the previous high school girls time posting a 6:46 time. After the quick TT up the coulee, the Sisu group rollerskied for nearly two hours on the backroads of Afton.
Photoset: 82 photos
Results: Sisu Afton Coulee Skate TT
Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 24, 2013
Wednesday morning the Vakava Juniors were out on the Battle Creek Ravine road in St. Paul for a skate technique session. Ahvo Taipale, along with long-time coaches Greg Weier, Richard Clark with assistance from Chris Torvi, worked the over 50 strong group in a series of series, including video analysis.
Photoset: 52 photos
July 22, 2013
Updates on some of the top Midwest skiers...
Training with Vakava - Tean Gregg drop in for a training session with the Vakava Juniors. The Greggs recently announced a sponsorship deal with Madshus.
NAWTA Camp - Jessie Diggins blogs on her workouts with the North American Womens Training Alliance up in Alaska.
Glacier Camp - Sisu Juniors recap a productive and exciting week long camp at Glacier National Park in early July.
And some North American heroes as well...
Babikov and Kershaw Rollerski Drills - Photos from a recent rollerski intensity session with top Canadians.
Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing Juniors
July 19, 2013
We stopped out Friday morning to catch the big Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) junior program working out on the downhills at Hyland. The group was roughly 60 strong, even with a majority of their competition team up in Hayward this week. After a 15 minute warm up run, the group did four level 3 hill striding reps then broke into smaller groups, working on explosive power and some technique. The groups came back together for the final drill, a set of 1 minute fast walking/striding straight uphill.
Photoset: 76 photos
Central REG Camp Review
July 12, 2013
Bryan Fish has posted a nice video montage from the recent Central Regional Elite Group (REG) camp up in Cable, WI.
Video from Bryan Fish: Central REG Camp Review
Gear West Nordic Summer Camp
June 27, 2013
Gear West's Nordic Summer Camp is fast approaching - July 12-14th. Bryan Fish to present on skier development, Matt Liebsch will share double poling tips, and Jan Guenther will discuss training for 'Mature' Adults.
Velokids Corporate Challenge
June 26, 2013
Want to try out track riding and help support kids cycling programs as well? Take part in the Corporate Challenge series and get access to track bikes and training sessions on the wooden track in Blaine, then race your corporate team in August. Proceeds benefit the Velokids Cycling Program.
Nordic Summer Camp - Fish Talk
June 17, 2013
Bryan Fish has joined the Gear West Summer Nordic Camp line up and will be making a presentation, "The Strides to U.S. Skiing Success." during the camp, July 12-14. The talk will include outlining a clear path from youth to international success, discussing training principles, organizational structure, and staffing/team cohesion that have provided the positive momentum in skiing talent, particularly at the World Cup level.
Nordic Walking Northshore Edition
June 9, 2013
Linda Lemke, Nordic Walking queen, is coming to the Northshore, June 14-16th. Come out for clinics in Duluth and Grand Marais.