Opening day at Canmore Nordic Centre, October 19, 2020 (Credit: Skier Bob)
Checking out the fresh snowfall, Maplelag Resort, October 17, 2020 (Credit: Jay Richards)
Central Gunflint Trail System, February 13, 2020 (Credit: Zach Baumann)

NewFrozen Thunder Opens in Canmore

October 20, 2020
Winter has already arrived in British Columbia (Canada) as a snowmaking loop opened on Monday at Canmore Nordic Center, and skiers reported natural snow skiing on the famous Lake Moraine Road in Lake Louise. Due to covid restrictions, skiers must register for a practice time at Canmore.

NewAnother Round of Snow on Tuesday

October 18, 2020
Another round of early season snow is possible on Tuesday, this time targeting central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin with perhaps as much as 6" for some areas.

Trail Reports Trickle In

October 17, 2020
With some of the first snow of the season across the northland, a few eager trail reporters have been out. New reports from Snowflake and recent reports from Al Quaal, Maplelag, William O'Brien SP, Rhinelander, Bass Lake, Kincaid.

Madshus: What’s New With Redline 3.0?

October 16, 2020
There are huge changes under the hood on the new Madshus Redline 3.0 models headed for retailers this season. Madshus engineers explain what’s under the top coat of the all-new Redline 3.0 models.

Bearskin Nordic Series Announced

October 16, 2020
Bearskin Lodge, located on the Gunflint Trail, has announced a new virtual Nordic race series for this season. The series will feature set courses each month that skiers can race and record their times on, making them eligible for some great prizes.

Minnesota Bonding Bill Passes With Battle Creek Funding

October 16, 2020
A record $1.9 billion bonding bill has passed the Minnesota legislature which includes $1.8 million in funding for development of Battle Creek Winter Recreation area. The bill text describes a maintenance building and commemorative marker for Olympian Jessie Diggins. Ramsey County states "the project is for snowmaking on a 2.5km loop and a sledding hill, and the accompanying support infrastructure" but further funding will be needed to complete the project. Watch for more details.

Three Rivers Clubs and Programs Registration

October 15, 2020
Three Rivers Cross-country ski clubs and programs will open for registration next week on Wed, Oct 21st. Find programs at Hyland and Elm Creek for beginners and immediate.

Executive Director Search for Loppet Foundation Underway

October 15, 2020
The Loppet Foundation has hired the firm CohenTaylor to conduct an executive search for their new Executive Director.

Birkie Outlines Plans for 2021 Events

October 14, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has outlined the basic plan for the 2021 Birkie week events. The races will be stretched out over five days in late February, starting and finishing at the Birkie trailhead. Check out the brief recap video from Ben Popp, then join their live video meeting on Monday evening, Oct 19th for more details.


Video: Birkie 2021 Update

World Cup Update: Fluoro Ban News

October 14, 2020
Jeremy Hecker of Rex Ski Wax updates us on the current fluoro ban information, including the delayed action by FIS and the current plans in the US and Canada. World Cup racing begins in just over a month!

Nordic Coaching Positions in Minocqua

October 14, 2020
A couple of Nordic skiing coaching opportunities are available with the Lakeland Nordic Ski Team in the Minocqua area.

Web Roundup

October 12, 2020
Resiliency - Jessie Diggins speaks about resiliency on the US Ski and Snowboard Youtube channel.
Happy Hour or Month - Alayna Sonnesyn latest blog covers a big trip back home, including sister Marit's wedding in Hayward.
Vakava Covid Camp - The Vakava Masters hold their annual fall training camp, this year in Covid style.
Birkie Trailhead Changes - Ben Popp introduces the major changes to the Birkie trailhead area.
Green Skis - A Salt Lake City is building ski bases out of algae instead of petroleum.
Bike Safety Tech - NYTimes looks at efforts to improve bicycle safely, especially in high traffic areas.
Strategic Sadie - US Ski and Snowboard talks with Sadie Maubet Bjornsen about changes in her season plans due to the pandemic.
Outside Up - Washington Post has another article on the rise of outdoor activities in the time of Covid.
Top Five Downhill - Top five highlights from the downhill MTB competition at the World Championships last week.
Footstrike - A new foot insert promises high-tech feedback on your running form.
Frankengun - A look at the history of the snowmaking.

Peak Nordic Ski Swap Upcoming

October 11, 2020
Peak Nordic's annual Ski Swap at Bicycle Doctor is coming up at the end of October, but the timeframe for dropping off equipment has been extended for the entire month. So download the seller form and then drop off your used equipment during business hours this month.

Fall Rivet Run On Now

October 9, 2020
The Fall Rivet Run trail run/walk event is virtual this year, with participants able to complete their 5K anytime between Oct 8th and Nov 9th. Proceeds will go towards a new grooming sled at Pattison State Park.

Borah Teamwear: What are the Ski Suit Differences?

October 8, 2020
Borah Teamwear answers one of the most frequent questions: What the differences in their racing suits by outlining their product collections and the types of fabric, stitching and fit.

Bangin In The Brush Results

October 8, 2020
The Duluth area held their annual Bangin in the Brush trail run as a virtual event with participants completing a 10K course between Sept 15th and 30th. Over 90 runners logged race times, including a number of families.

Midwest MTB Report

October 7, 2020
Jay Richards checks in this fall with updates on the recent Telemark Ascent MTB race and news and reviews on a number of new area trails.

Birkie Trail Run Showcases Covid Safe Practices

October 7, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has rolled out a feature video on the Birkie Trail Run event, showing how they implemented processes and procedures to ensure a pandemic safe event while still allowing participants to compete outdoors on the Birkie trails.


Video: Birkie Trail Run Recap

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Now Open

October 6, 2020
Sisu Ski Fest is adapting for the coronavirus season with a virtual format event this year. Race on home trails or hit the course at ABR, record your event and upload, and you'll have your age factored into the results which could make you eligible for some amazing prizes!

Pioneer Midwest: How We Pick Skis

October 6, 2020
Pioneer Midwest's Matt Liebsch provides a full breakdown on how they select skis from the huge factory batches to find the best fitting skis for you.