Loppet Fall Adult Training Programs
August 19, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a variety of fall training groups kicking off the first week of September. Training groups cover everything from dryland to rollerskiing to advanced workouts for top skiers.
CXC Master Camps
August 13, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is holding a series of weekend-long group sessions from August thru December. Attend full weekends or selected days. The next session is this weekend, August 16-18, in Cable.
Loppet Trail Kids Age Gap Relays
August 1, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around 160 youth and adults participated in the 2019 age gap mountain bike relay race at Wirth Trailhead on Tuesday evening. Following the event families enjoyed a grill out dinner, door prizes and awards ceremony on a perfect summer night at the Trailhead!
Photoset: Age Gap Relays
Results: Age Gap Relays Results
Endurance United Fall Programs
July 23, 2019
Fall training is just over a month away and Endurance United has a number of great options for juniors, as well as youth athletes. Checkout their full line up and register by July 31st to beat the next price hike.
Gear West: Taking Strides Rollerski Clinic
July 15, 2019
Gear West is presenting a special evening with Birkie champ Alayna Sonnesyn, Thursday, Aug 8th at the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Sonnesyn will talk about transitions in her skiing career spanning many years and then afterward will give a rollerski clinic.
Spotlight: LNR Juniors Classic Rollerski
July 2, 2019
Tuesday morning we dropped in on the LNR Juniors competition team in Afton, Minnesota. Enduring damp and humid conditions, the group hit the major climbs on the backroads for a number of sustained L3 intervals under the guidance of coaches Chris Harvey and Andrew Joda.
Photoset: 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Haig Glacier Camp Recap
June 24, 2019
Matt Liebsch reports: This year marked my 11th trip to the Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center aka the Haig Glacier. Our group included a mix of junior, college and master skiers. Due to the high snow pack, we had to take a helicopter ride into and out of camp. The camp included 6 mornings of skiing and the afternoons included hiking, snowshoeing, strength and new this year, snowman building and snowball fights. We received over 2 feet of snow midweek which is extremely rare for the end of June. The ski conditions varied all week but the group managed to ski and train many hours. Already looking forward to next year!
Photoset from Matt Liebsch: 19 photos
Hoigaards: Rollerskiing 101 this Saturday
June 12, 2019
Come out this Saturday morning, Jun 15th, for Hoigaards original Rollerski 101 clinic. Learn the basics of rollerskiing in a small class setting. Registration is required. Note: Clinic time changed to 1 pm.
Endurance United: Summer Juniors Kick Off Jun 10th
May 29, 2019
Endurance United has junior (~ages 14-19), bridging (~ages 11-13), and trail kids (~ages 8-13) outdoor programming available starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. The junior and bridging programs are focused on summer Nordic ski training and will include rollerskiing, trail running/bounding, and strength workouts. The trail kids program will include mountain biking, trail running/orienteering, and/or rollerskiing. Athletes are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later so they can ensure they have the appropriate number of coaches at each session.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts This Thursday Evening
May 28, 2019
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is back for their 38th year of fun paddling competition on the Minneapolis Lakes! The Paddle Derby is a series of ten races on Thursday evenings, beginning this Thursday, May 30th through August 8th. They invite all levels -- from recreational paddlers to experienced racers -- to compete.
Finn Sisu: Vakava Juniors Starting Up June 10th
May 28, 2019
Register today for Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors Summer Training program and ski faster next season. They've designed the program to help middle school through college-aged skiers to improve technique and build strength and endurance. Coaches include Greg Weier, Chris Torvi, Richard Clark, Ahvo Taipale, Hanna Torvi, and Cece Boyle and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Battle Creek, starting June 10th!
LNR Summer Junior Programs
May 14, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full plate of summer programming for juniors this year, including a number of special camps and various teams to cover all levels of juniors. Plus, sign up before May 16th to avoid the next price hike.
LNR Adult Summer Programs
May 11, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a number of offering for adult training this summer including strength training, rollerskiing, and even pairing with Trail Kids. Sign up now, most programs fire up in June.
Endurance United Coaching Positions
April 16, 2019
Endurance United is seeking qualified coaches and assistant coaches to work with the adult training year round programs, which start their new season on May 7th. Most of the training sessions are evenings.
Haig Glacier Trip this Summer
April 16, 2019
Final openings are filling fast for the June week long trip to ski on the Haig Glacier in Canada. Led by Matt Liebsch, this unique training experience provides invaluable on-snow time in the middle of summer.
Birkie: Med Sleds Donated for Safety of Outdoor Enthusiasts
April 15, 2019
The Town of Spider Lake Volunteer Fire Department has donated a Med Sled for the Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO Trailhead and Spider Lake residents Bobbi and Pete Huot donated a second Med Sled to be based out of the Boedecker Trailhead. The Med Sled is designed for a single person to pull an injured individual over snow or grass.
Trail Kids Spring Mountain Bike Info Session
April 15, 2019
Registration is now open for all spring and summer TRAIL KIDS Programs and camps at Elm Creek, Wirth and Lebanon Hills. Attend a Spring Mountain Bike Pre-Season Informational Meeting Monday, April 29th to learn about the spring and summer program.
EU Summer Training Programs
April 11, 2019
Endurance United is ramping up for the summer training season with offerings for juniors and adults:
Summer Juniors - Tailor your own plan with 2 to 7 sessions a week. Plus summer camps.
Adult Training - Many options available, from race team to just learning how to rollerski.
Gear West: Road and Triathlon Gear Swap
April 9, 2019
Gear West is hosting a road and triathlon gear swap on Saturday, April 27th. Bring your unused equipment or come shop for deals. Plus savings on older inventory.
NNF: Lumi Experiences Prepares for Next Season
April 8, 2019
Lumi Experiences wrapped up the World Cup season trips with the Seefield World Championships and already has big plans for 2020, including trips to Oberstdorf and Dresden.
Haig Glacier Trip in June
April 7, 2019
Once again, Matt Liebsch of Pioneer Midwest will be leading a summer skiing trip to the Haig Glacier, this year, June 18-23rd. The trip is open to master, senior and junior skiers interested in getting some solid on-snow ski training. Space is very limited, so act quickly!
CXC Summer Junior Camps
April 6, 2019
CXC has summer junior camps open for all levels...
Igor Legacy Camps - Camp include an introduction to ski specific dryland training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. Juniors ages 10-13
U16-U20 Camps - Camps designed to bring the committed athletes from collaborating teams and clubs together to train and workout for extended periods. Juniors ages 14-19
U16-U18 Three Day Camps - Designed for athletes ages 14-17 who are newer to dryland training and roller skiing.
CXC Fitness Camp - This camp focuses on fitness testing and individual technique work on a rollerski treadmill in Madison, WI in May. Juniors ages 14-19.
Rice Creek Boat Club Summer Programs
March 28, 2019
Dive into a new cross-training option this summer with the Rice Creek Boat Club. The Rice Creek Boat Club offers summer junior (ages 12-18) as well as adult programming for those looking to learn efficient paddling skills. Explore a variety of paddling styles: canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, surf-skiing, all experience levels welcome.
Trail Kids / LNR Juniors End of Season Celebration
March 27, 2019
TRAIL KIDS and LNR Juniors celebrated the end of a great ski season with some spectacular tubing and ski jumping at Wirth Trailhead last Thursday, March 21st. In addition, awards were presented for top juniors and coach of the year recognitions.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Hosting Outdoor Focus Day Sunday
March 21, 2019
On Sunday March 24th, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will be hosting Outdoor Focus Day for prospective students who have an interest in the outdoors. High school students will be led through various activities by university professors and will be introduced to members of outdoor-focused clubs, including the men's and women's Nordic ski club. This event includes lunch in the student dining hall, a campus tour, and a multitude of hands-on outdoor experiences.
LNR Juniors Information Session Tuesday Evening
March 21, 2019
LNR will be hosting their spring informational meeting at the Trailhead this Tuesday, March 26th. Come find out about the spring, summer, and year-round LNR 2019 Devo and Comp team programs including LNR training philosophy, seasonal training schedule, and training camps. Open for athletes ages 13-19 and their parents.
CXC Congress Scheduled for Late April in Eau Claire
March 19, 2019
Cross country club leaders from around the Central Region will have an opportunity to play a role in the future of the sport during Central Cross Country Skiing's annual CXC Congress. The event features three days of workshops and meetings set for April 26-28 in Eau Claire, WI, and is free and open to all interested parties.
CXC: Junior Camps Filling Fast
March 4, 2019
CXC is running a number of junior camps this summer, including three-day camps up north for U16/U18 athletes, and longer camps for the more committed skiers. Camps are in June, July and August, and are filling fast.
Post-Birkie Party at Elm Creek this Sunday
February 27, 2019
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a post-Birkie group ski, chat session and potluck this Sunday, Mar 3rd at Elm Creek. Come discuss what worked (and didn't), hear Matt's race story from his third place finish and more.