Winter Trails Event in Duluth Saturday
January 25, 2015
Come out for Winter Trails Day at Spirit Mountain Nordic Chalet this Saturday, Jan 31st. If you're a new skier, they'll have lessons and even some equipment to use. Experience skiers, come celebrate winter, skiing and friends. RVSP is requested.
Lake Elmo Ski Festival this Weekend
January 21, 2015
Ride and Glide Ski Club will be helping host the Lake Elmo Ski Festival this weekend. Come out for some free ski lessons, including some loaner equipment to try. Snow conditions may be lean, but they expect to have some skiable trails.
Top Ten Reasons to Birkie Tour this Weekend
January 13, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has issued their top ten reasons to participate in the Birkie Tour event (non-race) this weekend. Besides the supported long ski workout and forecast awesome weather, you can even catch the Packers game in their big tent (or not!).
Athletic Inspiration and Fun Event With Caitlin Gregg Jan 11th
January 9, 2015
Come out Sunday morning to Michigan Tech Univ, Jan 11th, for a morning of athletic inspiration and fun hosted by US Olympian, Caitlin Gregg, the Michigan Tech Women’s Nordic Ski Team and Blizzard T. Husky for Girls 6-19! Learn from these Nordic ski stars through indoor games, ski games, and inspirational stories. You’ll have a chance to hang out with your heroes, meet other girls interested in sports, and learn about life as a professional and college athlete! (Note: This replaces the Fast and Female event previously scheduled.)
CXC Year-End Fundraising Goal
December 28, 2014
CXC is closing on their year-end fundraising goal, and as of Sunday night, were within $6000 of reaching it. Consider making your own contribution before times runs out on Wednesday night.
Duluth Solstice Bonfire Ski and Race
December 20, 2014
Duluth XC is celebrating the Winter Solstice with an evening of skiing on the trails at Spirit Mountain this Sunday, Dec 21st. A 3k loop will be lit with luminaries and bonfires. A short race to get things "fired up", then stay and celebrate the long night with a hot drink and snacks.
CXC Challenge Grant
December 10, 2014
CXC has received a challenge grant, making your year-end donations to CXC fund twice as much support.
Riverbrook: Womens XC Clinic Dec 12-14
December 3, 2014
Riverbrook and Gear West are teaming up to offer a womens XC ski clinic on the Birkie trail, Dec 12-14th. Get high quality instruction in a fun, friendly atmosphere, with plenty of snow to boot!
Ski and Tea Clinic Jan 2
November 25, 2014
The annual Ski and Tea ski clinic will be Friday, January 2nd at the Hwy OO trailhead on the Birkie trail. The womens ski clinic is open to all levels of skiers, and will cover both skate and classic techniques. Cindy Swift and Jan Guenther will be leading the sessions. Registration is limited.
Level 100 Certification Session in Minneapolis
November 18, 2014
There will be a Level 100 CXC/USSA Coaches certification clinic, Sunday, Nov 30th at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The day long clinic provides the opportunity to take the Level 100 test, along with CXC and USSA memberships and more.
Finn Sisu: Trollhaugen Nordic Clinic
November 18, 2014
Finn Sisu will be helping run a two-day Nordic Race Clinic at Trollhaugen, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov 29-30th. Top coaches will be providing technique work and video analysis, plus equipment demos and waxing clinics. Registration is now open.
Womens XC Clinic Dec 12-14
November 17, 2014
Riverbrook and Gear West are teamed up to provide a special women's XC weekend on snow -- on the Birkie trail -- Dec 14-16th! Expert instruction focused on improving technique and efficiency, while being pampered with treats and positive attitudes.
Loppet Clothing Drive
November 15, 2014
The Loppet Foundation wants your used ski clothing! They are helping outfit some of the Minneapolis middle school programs and need basic items like hats, gloves, warm ups, etc.
KidSki Program Celebrates 20th Year
November 7, 2014
The KidSki program at Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth is celebrating it's 20th year of teaching 4-12 year olds about cross country skiing. Registration is opening now, activities begin the first Sunday in January.
North Star Ski Touring Club Annual Trip Meeting
November 7, 2014
This coming Tuesday, Nov 11th, the North Star Ski Touring Club will hold their annual trip meeting, where skiers can talk with trip leaders and get more info on dozens of daytrips, weekend and week-long trips, both near and far.
FAST KIDS Winter Open House Monday
November 6, 2014
The Loppet Foundation will be holding an open house Monday, Nov 10th, on the FAST KIDS Winter Program. Meet the FAST KIDS coaches and learn about training and racing opportunities, including the Skiwerx Series. Register for the full Winter Program by Nov 8th and save $25!
Finn Sisu Youth Racing 101 Clinic
November 6, 2014
This Sunday, Nov 9th, Finn Sisu is hosting a parent informational clinic on Nordic equipment, clothing, waxing, the Skiwerx Series, and training tips. Presented in partnership with the Minnesota Youth Ski League.
North End Ski Club to Offer Masters Clinics
November 4, 2014
The North End Ski Club is offering a series of clinics for adults interested in learning to ski and improving their skiing skills. Seven sessions of technique, training, and coaching in both classic and skate skiing will be held beginning on Nov 15th and running through Feb 5th.
Tiger Trail 5K
October 26, 2014
Minneapolis South Nordic ski team is hosting a fundraiser 5K trail run this Saturday, November 1st. The event starts at Anwatin School and rolls through the Theodore Wirth woods.
Birkie Bash MYSL Fundraiser
October 23, 2014
Join MYSL on Sunday, Nov 2nd, for their Birkie Bash MYSL Fundaiser at Theodore Wirth pavilion. Get info on the big plans for the Birkie as well as MYSL programming and new website. The evening includes dinner from Birchwood Cafe and silent auction!
October 21, 2014
The annual Loppet Games is this Saturday, Oct 25th at Theodore Wirth. Designed for kids ages 8-14, it features a number of events including Adventure Race, Obstacle Course, DP Test, Orienteering, and Age Gap Adventure Race (adult-kid pairings).
Duluth XC Hill Bounding Starts Wednesday
October 13, 2014
Sarah Allen and Eleanor Bacso will be leading hill bounding sessions at Chester Park starting this Wednesday evening, Oct 15th -- bring your poles! Workouts are free and open to the public.
Brewski Weekend with Matt Liebsch
October 12, 2014
Join Matt Liebsch from October 24-26 for a weekend of relaxation and ski specific training in Seeley, WI, brought to you by Fischer and Gear West. Workouts will include individualized coaching and technique analysis, while beverages will be provided for "recovery" between sessions. RSVP, space is limited.
Fast Kids Fall Adventure Run Coverage
October 9, 2014
The Fast Kids Fall Adventure Run series wrapped up Thursday evening with one last trail run through the woods of Theodore Wirth. The course including a number of haybale hurdles, lots of singletrack and two stream crossings.
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Milwaukee Masters Clinics this Weekend
October 8, 2014
Andrew Poffenberger will be leading a series of masters rollerskiing and dryland clinics in the Milwaukee area this weekend. RSVP if you escape from the leaf raking!
CXC: Eriksen Road Bike Drawing
October 6, 2014
Kent Eriksen Cycles, HED Cycling and Sram are partnering to support CXC's Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike. Only 200 tickets are being distributed in this fundraiser project for an incredible road bike worth over $8000!
Drive for 25 Begins
October 1, 2014
D25 is the largest grassroots fundraising effort for ski sport in the US. The concept is simple: the community comes together to support skiing. Join the Drive, donate and/or become a fundraiser today!
Mora Clinic with Matt Liebsch
September 29, 2014
Matt Liebsch will be in Mora, MN, this Sunday, Oct 5th for a special dryland and rollerski clinic. The event is free - bring your poles, helmet and rollerskis and enjoy a great fall day in Mora!
Endurance United Hires Jacob Morgan as Programming Manager
September 18, 2014
Endurance United recently hired Jacob (Jake) Morgan to be its new Programming Manager and Junior Team Coach. Jake will also help coach the youth and adult training programs offered by Endurance United and will working along side Head Coach and Executive Director, Chris Sachs.
2014 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference
September 15, 2014
CXC will be offering a coaches certification and conference, Oct 17-19, at Lakewoods Resort in Cable. The weekend will be focused on CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification and will introduce the CXC/USSA Level 200 Coaches Certification with specific hands-on session for Adaptive coaching.
September 4, 2014
Ski Hut has updated their Duluth area cycling guide, just in time for that fall adventure.
Cable Masters Camp
September 2, 2014
CXC coach Bill Pierce will be hosting a Masters Training Camp, Sept 19-21 in the Cable area. The camp will focus on technique, with all levels of ability welcome.
Vakava Fall Training
August 29, 2014
Finn Sisu's Vakava fall training starts up next week with the juniors program and a conditioning program open to all. Masters training begins in October.
CXC Masters Clinic in Milwaukee
August 13, 2014
CXC will be hosting a Masters Clinic in Milwaukee this weekend, Aug 16-17. The clinic will feature morning workout sessions, covering both classic and skate technique.
Performance Testing in Nordic Skiing Webinar
August 11, 2014
CXC is hosting a live streaming webinar on Performance Testing in Nordic Skiing, with Matt Whitcomb, Women's XC Coach, U.S. Ski Team. In addition to answering questions from coaches, Matt will share his personal testing philosophy, as well as some specific workouts that are effective benchmarks. The event is scheduled for 5 pm CST, Thursday, August 14th.
Midwest Skiers Heading to NTG Camp
August 10, 2014
The National Training Group (NTG) camp for juniors (U20) starts this Thursday, August 14th, in Park City, Utah. The NTG camp brings the nation's best developing athletes together for a week of intense training and testing. The elite skiers representing the Midwest include Vivian Hett, Mattie Watts, and Zak Ketterson. (Rosie Frankowski was selected for the U24 group.)
NTG Camp Schedule Aug 13-20
Gear West Training Program Registration Open
August 4, 2014
Registration is open for Gear West Technique and Training Program. This program is designed to help skiers of all levels learn to ski faster and more efficiently–for the Birkie or just to enjoy Minnesota parks!
Haig Glacier Coverage
August 2, 2014
Coverage from the 2014 Haig Glacier Camp hosted by Endurance United and led by Matt Liebsch, including some cool video recaps by Taag Ebert.
Birkie Development Grants Program Now Open
August 1, 2014
The Birkie Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs throughout the nation. Deadline for all applicants is September 1st.
FAST KIDS August Camp
August 1, 2014
The Loppet Foundation is offering a special camp this August 18-21 for youth ages 8-13. The camp has two tracks, one for introductory and another for advanced level kids, and will feature sports like mountain biking, rollerskiing, and other fun outdoor activities.