Henry Snider charges to victory in juniors 10K classic, Mt. Itasca JNQ, January 19, 2020 (Credit: Alex Kelling)
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North End Ski Trail, January 19, 2020 (Credit: Connie Meek)
Minocqua Winter Park Nordic Center, January 19, 2020 (Credit: Erin Blow)
Lebanon Hills Regional Park, January 18, 2020 (Credit: Ken Kuznia)

NewMarine O'Brien Race this Sunday

January 19, 2020
The Marine O'Brien ski races, which hold the claim as one of the oldest ski races in the Midwest, will be held this Sunday, Jan 26th at William O'Brien State Park. This will be the 49th year for the race, which is a significant fundraiser for the St. Croix Valley Ski Club youth skiing program. Race distances include 12.5K and 25K with both skate and classic divisions, as well as a wooden ski event and kids races.

NewMinnesota World Cup: Price Increase Coming

January 19, 2020
The excitement over the Minnesota World Cup, coming March 17th to the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth continues to grow! If you haven't purchased spectating tickets yet, you should get on it this week -- the next price hike is on Tuesday, Jan 28th, so you'll need to grab your tickets before then.

NewColeraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Results

January 19, 2020
Second day of racing at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, featured classic mass start events. The men's 20K came down to a battle of two Norwegians, as Mathias Rolid, NMU, and Emil Book Bratbak, CSS, were separated by just over two seconds as Rolid took the victory. MTU's Reid Goble collected third for the second straight day. NMU swept the women's 15K podium with Hilde Eide, Norway, first, Molly Miller, Canada, second, and Malin Boerjesjoe, Sweden in third. In the 10K junior races, Henry Snider and Lauren McCollor pulled off amazing victories. U16 titles were repeats of Saturday: Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale the champions again.

NewUS Ski Team: Three Americans in Top 20 at Nove Mesto

January 19, 2020
Jessie Diggins once again lead the way for the US Ski Team in Sunday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k classic pursuit in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, finishing in 10th. Rosie Brennan was 13th and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was 20th. Midwesterners Alayna Sonnesyn was 51st, Ian Torchia 64th.

NewColeraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Results

January 18, 2020
The Midwest division of the Junior National competition competed along with the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) in freestyle races on the trails at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, Saturday. In the women's 5K, Sarah Goble, MTU, took the victory 13 seconds ahead of Swiss native Nadine Matter, NMU, with NMU's Katerina Hyncicova, Czech Republic, in third. The men's 10K saw Norwegians Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid, both of NMU, take first and second with Reid Goble, MTU, third. Top juniors on the day: Anabel Neednam, FU20; Libby Tuttle and Lauren McCollor tied as the best FU18; Henry Snider, MU20; Jasper Johnston, MU18. In the U16 division, Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale had the top times.

NewSeeley Hills Classic Results

January 18, 2020
Over 350 skiers successfully navigated to the Birkie Trailhead for the Seeley Hills Classic races Saturday morning. Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch took the 43K race right down to the finish with Gregg besting Liebsch by a half second. John Bauer was third. Caitlin Gregg put on a showcase performance to take the women's division as well as posting 11th overall! Vivian Hett was second, Elaine Nelson third. In the 23K races, Alex Reich and Michelle Flanagan-Haag were the victors.

NewUS Ski Team: Diggins Fourth at Nove Mesto Freestyle, leads Four U.S. Athletes Into Top 30

January 18, 2020
Racing through deep, sugary snow in her first race since finishing the Tour de Ski earlier this month, Jessie Diggins led four US Ski Team athletes into the top 30, finishing fourth in Saturday’s 10k FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Alayna Sonnesyn notched 46th in her first overseas World Cup, Ian Torchia was 67th.

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports

January 16, 2020
Plenty of good skiing to be had around the region! New reports from Minooka, Bridgewood, Neshota, Big Aspen2, Columbia GC, Superior MF2, River Bend Nature, Boulder Lake3, William O'Brien SP2, Jackson Meadow, Lebanon Hills, Gartzke Flowage, Birkie2, Lake Wissota SP, Pincushion Mtn, Mt. Valhalla, Sauk Public School, Bagley Nature, Hiawatha GC, CLCF, Chomonix GC, North End2, Northland Arb, Hixon Forest, Elm Creek2, French Rapids, Trout Lake, Afterglow Lake2, Korkki2, Al Quaal, Noquemanon, Perrot SP, Tamarack Nature, Theodore Wirth North2, Chester Bowl, Cleary Lake, Hyland Lake, Peninsula SP, Lake Kegonsa SP2, Elver, Battle Creek East2, Andes Tower Hill, Mirror Lake SP, Sheboygan Jaycee, Gov Nelson SP, Minocqua Winter2, Rum River Central2, Afton SP, Brown Deer, Scenic SP, Black's Grove, Washburn Lake Solitude, Wolverine, French, Snowflake, Hartley, Chain of Lakes, Cassian Two-Way, Reforestation Camp, Zillmer, Nine Mile Forest, Nordic2, Kraemer Lake-Wildwood, Mississippi River, Warner Lake, Quarry, Cottage Grove Ravine, Rock Lake, Forest Springs Camp, Maplelag, Spirit River Nature, Phalen GC, Drummond, Highland 9-hole GC, Battle Creek West, Hornet Hiihto, Lapham Peak, Spirit Mtn, Balsam Branch, Woodland2, Lindenwood, Sugarbush, Red Cedar River, Standing Rocks, Mecca, Lester, Razorback Ridges, Legion, Tomahawk Lake, Tower Ridge and recent reports from Chomonix GC2, Rum River Central2, Hayward Hospital2, Saint Mary's Univ2, Hyland Lake2, Univ of Minnesota GC4, Battle Creek West4, Plover River2, Hoffman Hills, Yahara Hills GC, Baylor, Lake Minnewashta, Flathorn-Gegoka2, Nine Mile Forest, Zillmer3, Howard Wagoner, Lakewood XC2, Blue Mound SP2, Bridgewood2, Boulder Lake, Bagley Nature2, Erbach, Cleary Lake2, Whitefish Dunes SP, Terrace Oaks2, Timberland Hills2, Gov Thompson SP, North End, Theodore Wirth North, Gov Nelson SP, Afterglow Lake, Coon Rapids Dam, Greenbush5, Bunker Hills, Hartley, Iola Winter Sports2, Hickory Ridge, Theodore Wirth South, Lebanon Hills5, Lester4, Washburn Lake Solitude, Razorback Ridges, Lake Wissota SP, Madeline Lake, Cottage Grove Ravine, Snowflake, Northwood GC, McMiller2, Wolverine2, ABR, Willow River SP, Como GC2, Lake Kegonsa SP, Mirror Lake SP, Beaver Brook, Turville Point Conservation, Cut Lake, Sheboygan Jaycee, Legion, Navarino Wildlife, Brown Deer, Trade River, McNaughton Lake, Chester Bowl, Moccasin, Pike Lake Unit, Coulee Experimental SF2, Balsam Branch, Baker, Highland 9-hole GC, After Hours, Goose Lake, Scotch Creek Woodland Preserve, Nordic, Perrot SP, Mississippi National, High Cliff SP, Pine Point2, Hiawatha GC2, Raven, Escanaba, Phalen GC, St. Croix Bluffs, Seeley, Three Eagle, Whitetail Woods, Spring Lake2, Irondale, Lake Elmo, Battle Creek East, Wolf Lake, Elm Creek, Woodland, Birkie2, Columbia GC, CLCF, Schlecht Lake, Lapham Peak.

World Cup Report: Dresden Recap, Nove Mesto Preview

January 15, 2020
A slushy weekend of World Cup racing in Dresden, Germany, highlight Rex Wax tech Chris Hecker's recap of the World Cup. Plus a look ahead to this weekend in the Czech Republic, and hopefully starts of two Midwest rising stars, Alayna Sonnesyn and Ian Torchia.

U23 World Championship Team Announced

January 15, 2020
With US Nationals conclusion the previous week, US Ski and Snowboard has finally announced the U23 World Championship team that will be competing in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, at the end of February. The Midwest will be strongly represented by Zak Ketterson (NMU), Sarah Goble (MTU) and Amanda Kautzer (MTU). The Junior Championship and U18 teams were previously announced, with Mara McCollor earning a spot on the Junior squad.

Pioneer Midwest: Swix Wax Clinic Wednesday Night

January 14, 2020
Swix Race Director Evan Pengelly will be at Pioneer Midwest this Wednesday evening for a wax clinic with emphasis on the weekend races.

CCSA Spotlight: Michigan Tech Women’s Team

January 14, 2020
The CCSA highlights the rise of the Michigan Tech women's Nordic skiing program in recent years. The team won the College Cup at U.S. Nationals earlier this month.