Olympian George Hovland, Snowflake Nordic Center, November 21, 2020 (Credit: Dave Johnson)
CityTrail Loppet approaches Hwy 55 underpass, May 22, 2016
St. Croix Woolly MTB racing action, May 2, 2021 (Credit: Janine Sieja)

Minnesota Nordic legend George Hovland passes on

May 9, 2021
It is being reported on Sunday that one of Minnesota's major Nordic Legends Duluth native George Hovland passed away, just a few weeks shy of his 95th birthday. Hovland competed for the US in the Winter Olympics and eventually went on to found Snowflake Nordic Center. He will be sadly missed in the community. No further details at this time.

US Ski Team 2021-22 Nominations Announced

May 5, 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Making the list from the Midwest: Jessie Diggins (A) and Kevin Bolger (B). Two new stars get updated to A team: Gus Schumacher and JC Schoonmaker.

Ski Hut: Mountain Bikes in Stock!

May 5, 2021
Skihut in Duluth would like everyone to know that they have a few mountain bikes in-stock! They are also offering up their MTB Bike Buyer's Guide for your perusal.

Birkie Registration at Record Pace

May 5, 2021
Sign up for American Birkebeiner events has been at a record pace for May, with Tier 1 pricing already full. Act quickly to still get in on the lower price levels, once they're full the price will go up!

Midwest MTB Report

May 4, 2021
Jay Richards turns out a jam packed Midwest MTB report this week with local recaps from the Fat Fish 40 and race #1 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MNMBS) at St Croix Falls as the racing season is underway. Also reports on the Midwesterners at the PRO XCT race in Soldier Hollow UT, US women posting solid results in the Swiss Power UCI XC race plus a handful of mountain related links.

Gear West Rollerski Intro Session May 8th

May 2, 2021
Gear West is offering a demo and question/answer session on Saturday, May 8th with two time slots available. Learn about rollerski types, benefits, and all the equipment you need.

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 1, 2021
With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, the annual Snake River Canoe Races was one of the warmest on record. Over 130 entries competed on the smooth running Snake River. Pro Boat winners: Joe Manns/Allen Limberg (male), Maria Schilling/Greg Zophy (mixed); Open racing: Kari Henry/Jan Guenther (female), Jeremiah Menk/Steven Menk (male), Chris Godwin/Amy Godwin (mixed). Check out the full results for all the division winners.


Results: Snake River Canoe Race

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Posts Historic Season

April 30, 2021
The US Cross Country Ski Team posted a historic season as they racked up two World Cup overall titles, the first American FIS Tour de Ski overall victory, five World Cup victories, and 14 World Cup podiums. Read the full recap on the season.

Midwest MTB Report

April 27, 2021
Jay Richards reports on the Midwest MTB scene, this week providing a number of trail updates, X Games MTB, morel hunting, and the start of the Minnesota series this weekend!

Telemark Development Update and Q&A Live Event Replay

April 27, 2021
The Birkie staff held a Live Event Tuesday evening to discuss recent progress on Telemark development, plans and dreams for the future, and answer questions from the audience.

US Elite Racing: End of Season Recap

April 27, 2021
We catch up with a wild finish to the elite racing season with Michaela Keller-Miller as she recaps all the action across the US from mid-February to some of the final races in mid-April!

Ultimate Midwest Ski Tour Prize Wheel

April 22, 2021
Last winter a coalition of Midwest ski races offered an opportunity for prize drawings for skiers that competed in a number of the races. On Thursday, they held their random prize drawings for eligible skiers. Check out the winners and the goodies.


Video: Drawing Replay

2021 Collegiate Tally Board

April 21, 2021
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Midwest MTB Report

April 20, 2021
This weeks Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards includes a recap from Minnesota native John Wessling on racing in Fayetteville, AR, for the US Pro Cup, updates on the PRO XCT series race at Englewood Farms, WI, and a few articles of note including the upcoming International Women's Mountain Bike Day.

Web Roundup

April 18, 2021
Maui - Jessie Diggins shares a photo montage from her vacation in Maui, Hawaii.
Ski Analysis - David Chamberlain of Gear West writes about their ski analysis and selection process.
Threshold - Chad Salmela has been running a podcast that takes a deep dive into the Nordic world.
Sundbye - Norwegian legend Martin Johnsrud Sundby announces the end of his professional career.
e-LeMond - Greg LeMond rolls out their first two e-bikes and talks past bike industry history.
Like It - NYTimes ran a feature on how to get started running for those that may be running adverse.
Just Move - NPR talks with Harvard professor on human evolutionary biology, debunking myths about sleep and exercise.

Job Openings

April 15, 2021
A number of job openings have been added to the board over the past month including several at the Loppet Foundation, along with coaching positions in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Craftsbury, Vermont.

CXC Spring Congress this Saturday

April 14, 2021
CXC Spring Congress will be held this Saturday, April 17th, as a virtual event via Zoom video conferencing. The agenda will cover a wide range of topics including new coaching certification programs, a Midwest Elite Team, JNQ formats and schedules, Junior Nationals planning, and much more. The sessions are open to all, no cost involved.

Pioneer Midwest: Ski Picking Time

April 13, 2021
Matt Liebsch of Pioneer Midwest is prepping for his annual ski picking venture to the major factories. If you dreamed of getting some of the cream of the crop skis, get your name added to his personal selection list.

Midwest MTB Report

April 13, 2021
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB Report this week covers early season racing action down in Bentonville, AR, as well Puerto Rico, along with updates on the Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, and a couple of additional major events for the season.