Gear West - Salomon - Jessie Diggins gold medal package
ABR ski trails, November 28, 2021 (Credit: Levi Smith)
Grooming the Manka Trail, November 27, 2021 (Credit: Steve Johnson)

NewRacing Outlook

November 30, 2021
Racing action in the Midwest kicks off this weekend with events at Grand Avenue in Duluth! Online registration closes Tuesday night.

NewBorah Teamwear Cyber Monday

November 29, 2021
Save 10% on Nordic ski suits from Borah Teamwear as part of their Cyber Monday deal. Plus, sign up for a free Birkie entry drawing (before Dec 1st).

NewTrail Report Updates

November 28, 2021
Warmer weather may slow down the snowmaking progress but Theodore Wirth, Elm Creek, Grand Avenue and the Birkie trailhead have some trail open. Plus natural snow skiing in the UP. New reports from Escanaba, ABR2, Washburn Lake, Nose Lake, Afterglow Lake and recent reports from Elm Creek2, Theodore Wirth North3, Birkie2, ABR4, Grand Avenue3, Manka.

NewCollege of St. Scholastica Open House

November 28, 2021
Heading to Duluth this weekend for the opening races? The College of St. Scholastica is hosting an open house for prospective collegiate skiers -- RSVP by Dec 1st!

NewPrices Hikes: Sisu Ski Fest, Vasaloppet

November 28, 2021
With December 1st coming on Wednesday, a number of price hikes are on the way as well.   Register by Tuesday night to save some money on these popular events:
Sisu Ski Fest
Vasaloppet USA
Also note, the American Birkebeiner is reporting that the big race is almost full -- act quickly if you haven't registered already.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Pursuit

November 28, 2021
Very cold weather delayed the start of Sunday's freestyle pursuit races in Ruka, Finland, but did little to stop Norwegian legend Therese Johaug from reeling in Sweden's Frida Karlsson for the women's victory. Rosie Brennan continued her strong early season form, finishing 5th (just a boot throw out of 4th) and Jessie Diggins moved up seven places to finish 11th. Russians swept the men's podium with Alexander Bolshunov taking the win. Gus Schumacher had an strong performance, starting 31st and finishing 11th with the fifth fastest time on the day. More than 15 men decided not to start the Sunday race, mostly due to the cold temps.


Results: Freestyle Races

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance

November 27, 2021
A very crisp day of racing with temps in the single digits for the men's 15K and women's 10K classic races in Ruka, Finland Saturday. Rosie Brennan led the US women's squad, posting an excellent top 10 result taking 6th. Jessie Diggins was 18th, only 1:13 off the lead going into Sunday's freestyle pursuit. Gus Schumacher posted the best US men's time at 32nd. Sweden's Frida Karlsson topped with the women's field with Finland's hero Iivo Niskanen taking the men's title.


Results: Classic Distance

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints

November 26, 2021
The World Cup season opened Friday with classic sprint races in Ruka, Finland. Jessie Diggins posted the top women's qualifying time, with Rosie Brennan and Julia Kern also qualifying for the sprint heats. Unfortunately, none of the US women advanced. On the men's side, youngsters JC Schoonmaker, Ben Ogden, and Luke Jager posted career-best results with Schoonmaker advancing to the men's semifinals to finish 7th. Maja Dalqvist, Sweden, and young Russian Alexander Terentev took the sprint titles. Saturday will feature classic distance races.


Results: Classic Sprints

New Moon: Cyber Weekend Sale

November 26, 2021
New Moon is offering a wide range of discounts for Cyber weekend, Nov 26-29, including 15% off ski poles and bags, plus big discounts on ski packages.

Installing Skinnyski App

November 25, 2021
Did you know Skinnyski can be installed as an app on your phone? We've posted a step by step guide.

World Cup Ruka Coverage

November 23, 2021
The World Cup season kicks off this Friday, Nov 26th, with three days of racing action in Ruka, Finland. We've got the start times, result links, and details on livestreaming options.

Biathlon: Opening Teams Named for 2021-22 Season

November 22, 2021
The final roster of eight athletes have been selected by the U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee to compete at the opening World Cup events of the 2021-22 season. Midwest athletes competing in these opening rounds include Jake Brown, Leif Nordgren, Deedra Irwin and Paul Schommer at IBU World Cup races, and Luke Brown and Vasek Cervenka at IBU Cup events.

Mpls Ski Club Winter Programs

November 21, 2021
Winter Program Registration for Minneapolis Ski Club is now open for Junior Training Sessions, Junior National Qualifying Race Support, and Personal Coaching.

Fischer: King Prep for First Birkie

November 21, 2021
Follow Kikkan Randall as she helps pro bike racer Ted King prepare for his first Birkie. Earlier this year King and Randall partnered up to prepare for her first big gravel bike race.

NNF: Drive for 25 Ambassadors Needed

November 20, 2021
The National Nordic Ski Foundation (NNF) needs your help -- please consider becoming an "NNF Ambassador" for the Drive for 25 fundraiser between November 22nd and 26th. If the Drive for 25 event can fundraise 1000 contributions of $25 or more, they'll unlock a $100K donation.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Cancelled

November 20, 2021
Organizers of the Yellowstone Ski Festival have announced the cancellation of all events (races, clinics and ski passes) due to the unusually low snow conditions.

Tribute to Roy Carlsted on Dec 4th

November 18, 2021
Come out to Hyland Lake Park in Bloomington Saturday, Dec 4th, to celebrate with Nordic legend Roy Carlsted, who is now just a few years shy of 100. Share stories and reminisce with old friends.

Madshus: Pärmäkoski And Bakken Rule Season Openers

November 18, 2021
Madshus sponsored athletes scored well last weekend with Norwegian Sivert Bakken and Finn Krista Pärmäkoski collecting season opening victories in biathlon and cross-country skiing.

Midwest Skiing Book: Winter's Children

November 17, 2021
A new book on the history of Midwest Nordic skiing titled "Winter's Children", by Ryan Rogers, has been published by the U of M press.

World Cup Coverage: Season Preview

November 16, 2021
With the World Cup starting up in Thanksgiving weekend, our new World Cup writer Erika Peterson highlights the upcoming season, including the Olympics, as well as the top prospects.

Team Birkie and PRG Training Run this Weekend

November 16, 2021
Come join Team Birkie and Performance Running Gym (PRG) for supported long run in Theodore Wirth Park on Saturday morning, Nov 20th. There will be options to run 5 miles, 10 miles, or 15 miles with multiple paces for each distance.

Ski and Tea Women's Clinic Coming Dec 31st

November 16, 2021
The annual Ski and Tea Women's on-snow ski clinic is set for Dec 31st at the Hwy OO trailhead. Sign up for technique lessons lead by some of legendary women ski coaches.