Hyland Lake Park Reserve, December 4, 2020 (Credit: Michael Garrity)
Early season conditions at ABR, December 3, 2020 (Credit: Dale Fanney)
Mount Itasca, December 3, 2020 (Credit: Vladimir Cervenka)

NewWeekend Skiing and Trail Reports

December 3, 2020
Some decent natural snow skiing to be had in parts up north, and manmade snow operations are ramping up (Hyland is now open!). New reports from Birkie, ABR, Snow Mtn Ranch, Hyland Lake2, Grand Avenue, Elm Creek2, Snowflake and recent reports from Theodore Wirth North3, ABR3, Hyland Lake2, Elm Creek2, Lappe, Birkie, Mount Itasca, Michigan Tech Univ, George Washington Pines, Snowflake2, Lester, Theodore Wirth South, Hidden Valley, Snow Mtn Ranch.

Vasaloppet Livestream Friday Evening

December 2, 2020
Vasaloppet USA organizers will be hosting a livestream session this Friday evening, Dec 4th, to discuss the latest plans for the 2021 Vasaloppet weekend. Tune in to catch all the details and ask your own questions.

World Cup Update: Ruka Recap, Davos Preview

December 2, 2020
Jeremy and Chris Hecker comment on last weekend's racing action in Ruka, Finland for the World Cup opener, and share news on what lies ahead on the World Cup calendar.

Survey Input Sought on Telemark Development

December 1, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is requesting input from the community on plans for the Telemark Lodge property. Please fill out their short survey before the Dec 14th deadline.

CXC/Salomon Club Support Grant Announced

December 1, 2020
CXC Skiing has announced over $8K in grants as part of the CXC/Salomon Club Support Program which will go to member clubs that offer programming and race support for youth (U16) and adaptive youth.

Biathlon: Brown Scores Career Best Top 30 in World Cup Opener

December 1, 2020
U.S. biathletes returned to the comforting confines of competition last weekend as the IBU World Cup got underway for the 2020-21 season in Kontiolahti, Finland. The U.S. team’s performance was highlighted by a career-best 30th by Minnesotan Jake Brown in Sunday’s men’s sprint. Midwest natives Leif Nordgren finished 48th and Paul Schommer 75th.

NNF: Drive for 25 - $10K Challenge Grant

November 30, 2020
The National Nordic Foundation is highlighting a $10,000 matching grant challenge. Please step up to help fund our Nordic development in the US.   Some of the Midwest ambassadors include:
Ian Torchia
Alayna Sonnesyn
Rosie Frankowski
Mara McCollor
Ben Saxton
Bryan Fish
CXC Skiing

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Opening Day: Highland Park

November 30, 2020
With Covid 19 restrictions in place across Minnesota until Dec 19th, Monday's opening day of the high school Nordic season was all virtual. St. Paul Highland Park shares their plans for virtual meetings and training as the skiers prepare for the racing season.

Mesabi East Nordic Invitational Cancellation

November 30, 2020
Organizers have announced the cancellation of the Mesabi East Invite for this season due to the pandemic. They are already beginnng plans for the 2022 event.

Classified Deals

November 29, 2020
Plenty of great used equipment on sale in the classifieds, including equipment from elite skier Alayna Sonnesyn as well as US Ski team clothing. Find your own "Cyber Monday" deal!

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Pursuit

November 29, 2020
Another fantastic performance from Rosie Brennan on Sunday in Ruka, Finland, as she started the 10K freestyle pursuit in 11th place and moved up the field to finish 5th! Jessie Diggins started 21st and climbed to 15th. Brennan and Diggins posted the 3rd and 5th fastest times on the day! Gus Schumacher again led the US men's field, pushing through the field to finish 32nd after starting 41st. Therese Johaug easily took the women's victory while Johannes Klaebo had to use his sprinting prowess to hold on to the men's title.

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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance

November 28, 2020
Rosie Brennan scored a fantastic top ten finish on Saturday in the women's 10K classic race in Ruka, Finland, placing 8th and just over 20 seconds off the podium! Jessie Diggins was 22nd. Gus Schumacher lead the US men's squad, placing 39th. Norwegian favorites Therese Johaug and Johannes Klaebo took the victories in closely contested races. Sunday concludes the weekend racing with freestyle pursuit races.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic