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Crowded Finn Sisu for Kikkan Randall visit, October 25, 2014

Ben Saxton training out east, Summer 2013, November 22, 2013

Jessie Diggins signing posters at Lake Elmo, April 19, 2013

CXC Coaches Conference, October 20, 2013 (Photo: CXC)

Upcoming Events
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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!

MYSL Announces New Club Programs and Website
November 26, 2014
The Minnesota Youth SKi League is rolling out a brand-new website, as well as new branding for their traditional club programming.

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.

Drive for 25 Final Week
November 9, 2014
The Drive for 25 National Nordic Foundation fundraising effort concludes on November 15th.  They are seeking just five more ambassadors to reach a special matching grant!  And there are a few Midwest athletes that could use your support in reaching their fundraising goals:
- Andrew Poffenberger
- Andy Keller
- Jessie Diggins
- Tom Bye
- Yuriy Gusev
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
- Erin Moening
Related:
Drive for 24: Nordic Combined

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!

Loppet Games
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.
Related:
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Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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!

Fall Training Programs
October 3, 2014
Many fall training programs are well underway, but its not too late to join in. We've updated our listings, including new program offerings by Nikolai Anikin, Kevin Brochman and Karen Bechuk.
Related:
Kevin Brochman Fall/Winter Training Programs Announced

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.

Bike Duluth
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.

Minneapolis Ski Club Saturday Morning Workouts with Bjorn Lasserud
September 1, 2014
Nordic legend Bjorn Lasserud will be back again this season to led Minneapolis Ski Club Saturday morning workouts at the Hyland downhill area! Note: due to construction, park at Richardson Nature Center and hike over.

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.

Hoigaards: Interval Training With Brian Gregg
August 26, 2014
Olympian Brian Gregg will be at Hoigaards this Wednesday evening for a presentation on interval training. Just a talk, so no need to get sweaty!

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.)
Related:
NTG Camp Schedule Aug 13-20

National U16 Camp: An NNF Pillar Project Explained
August 5, 2014
National Nordic Foundation explains the U16 Camp, including the selection process and goals, plus links for coverage.
Related:
Photoset: National U16 Camp

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.

National U16 Camp Update
July 31, 2014
The National Nordic Foundation has posted a big update from the U16 camp going on this week in Jackson, WY. Midwest skiers Claire Benton, Anna Johnson, Amanda Kautzer, Erin Moening, Hannah Rudd, and Henry Gore are in attendance.
Related:
Photoset: National U16 Camp

CXC Chicago Masters Clinics
July 16, 2014
Join the CXC Masters Team for monthly technique clinics in the Chicagoland area, meeting at the Cook County Forest Preserve. Sessions include rollerski technique clinics along with video analysis. Next clinic is this weekend, July 19-20th.

Hoigaards Inline Skate Clinic this Saturday
July 15, 2014
Join Chuck Smerdon and Kathy Wagle from Team Hoigaard's Inline Race Team for this free clinic focused on technique on the trail. Included will be tips on maintaining wheels and bearings plus skating safety. Bring your gear, they'll be outside!

CXC Masters Clinics in Wausau
June 25, 2014
Join CXC for a Masters Clinic in Wausau, this weekend, June 28-29. They will focus on ski technique, agility and strength.

Dryland Workouts with Caitlin
June 21, 2014
Hoigaards is running two dryland sessions with Olympian Caitlin Gregg. The first one is this Wednesday evening, June 25th.


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