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Saux Head Trail, January 25, 2022 (Credit: Greg Dahl)
Men's photo finish in the 10K classic, Coleraine CCSA, January 25, 2022 (Credit: Mt. Itasca Nordic Ski Association)

NewTrail Report Updates

January 25, 2022
Good skiing across much of the region! New reports from Rock Lake, Blueberry Hills, Woodland, Lake Kegonsa SP, Columbia GC, Atwood, Great River Bluffs SP, Blueberry Ridge, Nordic2, Maple Lane, Mt. Valhalla, Andes Tower Hill, Terrace Oaks, Sturgeon River, WinMan, Highland 9-hole GC2, Lake Elmo2, Battle Creek West, Zillmer, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes, French, High Cliff SP, Lester, Greenbush2, McMiller, Navarino Wildlife, Spring Rapids, Hartley, Mecca, Frontenac SP, Coulee Experimental SF, Mt. Ashwabay, Pine Point, Chomonix GC, Lapham Peak2, Birkie, Ski Brule, Mount Itasca, Pike Lake Unit, Nordic Woods and recent reports from Whitnall, Tower Ridge2, Forest Springs Camp2, Univ Ridge GC, Blue Mound SP2, River Bend Nature, Saint Mary's Univ2, Mt. Ashwabay, Old School Forest Preserve2, Peninsula SP3, Saux Head2, Lapham Peak5, Elm Creek, Big Bay Pathway, Rockport2, Univ of Minnesota GC4, Theodore Wirth South5, Montebello, Carleton College Cowling Arb, ABR2, UW-Parkside2, Dorothy Carnes, Wildcat Mtn SP, Cottage Grove Ravine2, Theodore Wirth North3, Mirror Lake SP2, Reforestation Camp2, Hyland Lake5, Wolverine, Pike Lake Unit, Lester3, Machickanee, Chain of Lakes3, Red Cedar River, Lake Bluff GC, Carver, Madeline Lake2, Black River Falls SF2, Como GC4, Nine Mile Forest2, Phalen GC4, Gov Thompson SP, Lake Superior View Golf, Graystone, Riverside, Bunker Hills, Lodi, Elver2, Zillmer3, Kent, Univ of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course2, Lebanon Hills3, Highland 9-hole GC3, Northland Arb, Gov Nelson SP3, Central Gunflint, Columbia GC3, Tomahawk Lake, Pine Point3, Navarino Wildlife, Hickory Ridge, Penokee Mtn, Nordic3, Willow River SP4, Schlecht Lake, Timberland Hills West, Timberland Hills, Trade River, Escanaba, Fort Snelling SP2, George Young Complex, Blueberry Ridge2, Heartwood, Kinnickinnic SP, Lake Kegonsa SP3, Hiram, Irondale, Mukwonago, Barkhausen, Essex, Whitetail Woods, Cowhorn Lake, Tamarack Nature, Washburn Lake Solitude, Black Bay, Piedmont2, Spring Lake2, Superior MF, Bird Lake, Hixon Forest, William O'Brien SP, CLCF, Afterglow Lake, Copper Falls SP, McNaughton Lake, Hormel Nature2, Baker2, Balsam Branch, Woodland2, Lake Elmo3, George Washington Pines, Hartley2, Cleary Lake, Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen), Deep Portage, Chomonix GC, Anvil National, Hoffman Hills, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes, French, Greenbush2, Moccasin, Treehaven, Nicolet North, Pioneer Creek, Battle Creek West, Goose Lake, Jackson Meadow, Green Haven GC, Chester Woods, Anoka, Hiawatha GC2, Lake Emily, Halls Creek, Sturgeon River, Black's Grove, Ringle, Drummond, Maple Lane.

NewCollegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA

January 25, 2022
Undeterred by the cold weather gripping the nation, the collegiate racing circuit continued on to Mt. Itasca (CCSA) and the St. Michael's Carnival (EISA) for another weekend of racing. Here to get us up to speed is Luke Brown with highlights and more.

NewSwix: Waxing Clinic with Team Birkie

January 25, 2022
Team Birkie is offering free waxing clinics teaching how to use Swix’s new Fluoro Free ski wax and products. Over a half dozen clinics, both in-person and virtual, starting as soon as this Thursday, Jan 27th and running through Birkie week.

NewRacing Outlook

January 25, 2022
Elm Creek series is on, weekend races looking good.

NewMadshus: Vilde Nilsen Makes History at the World Championships

January 25, 2022
The 21-year-old Norwegian Vilde Nilsen crushed her competitors by nearly 1.5 minutes in the 10-kilometer classic race at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer on Thursday, Jan 13.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Half Noque Update

January 24, 2022
The Midwestern Collegiate Ski Association (MCSA) returned to racing last weekend, with a field of seventy-seven skiers beginning the chase for the 2021-22 Midwest Collegiate Cup at the Upper Peninsula’s Half-Noquemanon.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Coverage

January 23, 2022
Classic mass start races were contested Sunday at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Emil Book Bratbak,CSS, bested Kjetil Banerud, NMU, in a photo finish in the 10K race with Kristoffer Karsrud, NMU, just behind in third. MTU's Henriette Semb came in a half second in front of teammate Anabel Needham with NMU's Merle Richter third for the women's 7.5K race. Jordan Parent topped the U18/U20 field, finishing 4th overall. Adrik Kraftson completed the weekend sweep, taking the men's 7.5K race. Best performances from the U16 field came from Anders Westanmo (11th overall) and Sydney Drevlow (9th overall). Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage

January 22, 2022
Saturday at Mt. Itasca featured individual start classic races on a challenging course. In the CCSA races, Kjetil Banerud took the men's 15K and Anabel Needham the women's 10K. Adrik Kraftson posted the top 10K time in the U20/U18 race, while Sydney Drevlow crushed the 5K U16/U18/U20 event. Sunday will feature mass start classic races, with the events being delayed two hours due to forecast cold weather. Photos from Dave Zoll linked in.

Noquemanon Results

January 22, 2022
Temperatures were in the teens on Saturday morning for the start of the Noquemanon races in Marquette, Michigan. In the 50K classic, Brian Gregg took the men's title, while the other half of the dynamic duo, Caitlin Gregg, took the women's. Claiming second and third for the ladies were Vivian Hett and Molly Watkins, and Christian Gostout and Andrew Millan secured second and third for the gents. Turning bronze into gold, Zach Varty improved upon his 2019 50K freestyle performance crossing the line in first, with Zachary Nelson second by thirty seconds, and Jordan Wakeley another thirty seconds back in third. For the women's 50K freestyle race, the top three times were set by Laura Cattaneo, Hanna Derby, and Quinn Schollett, in that order. Jordan Woods and Shelby Suhr were the men's and women's victors in the 24K classic race, and Henry Campbell and Lindsey Dehlin were their counterparts in the 24K freestyle race.

Web Roundup

January 20, 2022
You Can Do Hard Things - In novellike fashion, Jessie Diggins offers a behind-the-scenes look at her experience competing in this year's Tour de Ski.
More Than Medals - Sports Illustrated poses the question: how have, or haven't, things changed for Jessie Diggins since winning gold in 2018?
Intro to World Cup Racing - Fresh off the Tour de Ski, Zak Ketterson shares four takeaways from his first World Cup starts.
Tour de Pasta - Like the slopes of Alpe Cermis, there are highs and lows to World Cup racing, and Alana Sonnesyn shares some of both in her latest blog post.
Hotel Cali-Oberhof - From US biathletes Paul Schomer and Jake Brown comes an in-depth look at their accommodations in Oberhof, Germany.
MSC in Midway - Part of the sizable contingent from Midwest that competed at US Nationals, MSC athletes recap their time spent racing at the Soldier Hollow venue in Midway, Utah.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction - Toko rep Ian Harvey interviews the legendary NMU coach of 35 years, Sten Fjeldheim.
Onto The Trail - Trail to the Prince Haakon, a brainchild of the American Birkebeiner and New Moon Ski Shop, aims to gets skiers out of their comfort zones and onto the trail.
Mother Nature Knows Best - Manmade snow may not be all it's cracked up to be, especially when things get (d)icey.
Skate of Mind - As Hockeytown USA, Warroad, Minnesota has it all when it comes to skating, including the longest skate path in the US.
No XC Zone - Sometimes the obvious need to be stated.

Biathlon: Schommer Scores Top Ten in Antholz

January 20, 2022
U.S. Biathlon Team and Team Crosscut athlete Paul Schommer (Appleton, WI) on Thursday added to his already stellar season with the first top-10 performance of his career. Schommer, who earlier this season qualified for his first Olympic Winter Games, placed ninth in the 20km Men’s Individual race in Antholz, Italy under gusting conditions and on one of the more challenging 20km courses on the IBU World Cup.

US Ski Team: Nominations Announced for Olympic Cross-Country Team

January 20, 2022
The nominations for the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team were announced on Thursday by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with 8 women and 6 men making the team. An athlete each from the men's and women's teams, Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger, will represent the Midwest at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, which begin on February 4.

Gear West: Basic Kick Wax Clinic

January 20, 2022
Gear West is hosting a kick waxing clinic next Tuesday, Jan 25th, to help get dialed in for the big Seeley Hills Classic races. Led by David Chamberlain, learn about the necessary tools and equipment, plus application and removal of kick wax.

Nordic Combined: Team Roster Nominated For Winter Olympics

January 19, 2022
USA Nordic Sport announced its nominations for the U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team that will represent Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Included in the squad is Ben Loomis, of Eau Claire, WI.

Farmstead Bike Shop Welcomes Phil Bowen

January 19, 2022
Native Minnesotan Phil Bowen returns to the retail scene, joining the Farmstead Bike Shop in Northfield. The shop is featuring glide and kick waxes and invites you to stop in this winter and learn about the latest lineup!

Marine O'Brien Races Ready for 50th Year

January 19, 2022
The Marine O'Brien races at William O'Brien State Park are set for Sunday, Jan 30th. Organizers are reporting good trail conditions and encourage skiers to get registered by Friday night, Jan 28th, as there is no day of race registration!