Barnebirkie wave start, American Birkebeiner, February 20, 2020
Trail Report Drawing
Submit a trail report and be entered into our weekly $50 store gift certificate drawing.

Chomonix Golf Course, February 20, 2020 (Credit: Joe Baker)
Barkiebirkie, American Birkebeiner, February 20, 2020
Carey Lake, February 20, 2020 (Credit: Kraig Stolhammer)

NewAmerican Birkebeiner - Kortelopet Livestream Replay

February 21, 2020

NewWeekend Skiing and Trail Reports

February 20, 2020
Should be a great weekend of skiing around much of the Midwest! New reports from Spring Rapids, Hyland Lake, Hiawatha GC2, Maplelag, Blueberry Hills, Erkki Harju, McNaughton Lake2, Nicolet North, Banadad, Plover River, Wild River SP, Sugarbush, Boulder Lake2, Timberland Hills, Univ of Minnesota GC2, Flathorn-Gegoka, Theodore Wirth North2, Como GC, Sturgeon River, Woodland, Suomi Hills, Nordmarka, Battle Creek West, Three Eagle, Elver, Cut Lake, Afterglow Lake, River Road Unit, Lake Emily, Halls Creek, Soaring Eagle, Theodore Wirth South, Willow River SP2, Reforestation Camp2, Tamarack Nature, Hayward Hospital, Zillmer, Carey Lake, Lake Elmo, Chomonix GC, Red Cedar River, Hormel Nature, McCarthy, Hiram, Tower Ridge, Valley Spur and recent reports from Yahara Hills GC, Forest History, Battle Creek West, Flambeau Hills3, Korkki, Hoffman Hills, Big Aspen, Warman Public, Hiram, Machickanee, Perkinstown Winter Sports, Lakewood XC, Hayward Forest, Woodland, Wolverine, ABR, Nashotah, Eagle Lake, Minocqua Winter, Zillmer, Hiawatha GC, Days River, Suomi Hills, Hartley, Land O' Lakes, Drummond, Nordic2, Penokee Mtn, Razorback Ridges, Graystone, Afterglow Lake3, Bridgewood2, Heartwood, Anvil National, Maplelag, Trade River, Otsego, Robert Ney, William O'Brien SP, Terrace Oaks, Schlecht Lake, Lake Elmo2, Lebanon Hills, Black River Falls SF, Como GC, Brunet Island SP, Pine Point, Gartzke Flowage2, North End, Mecca, Hormel Nature, Theodore Wirth North, Mukwonago, Sheboygan Jaycee, Univ of Minnesota GC, Greenbush, Kinnickinnic SP, Bunker Hills, Lake Wissota SP, Battle Creek East, Reid GC, Pincushion Mtn, Eldora, Reforestation Camp, Jackson Meadow, Irondale, Carver, Snowflake, Sunfish Lake, Blackwater Environmental, Vasaloppet, Willow River SP, Lester, Navarino Wildlife, River Bend Nature, Mt. Ashwabay, Collinwood, Harry Larson Forest, Stanley Eddy, Hilly Haven GC, Potawatomi SP, Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen).

NewSki Hut: XC Ski Blowout

February 20, 2020
Even though there appears to be plenty of winter still to come, Ski Hut is offering up their XC Ski Blowout sale. All remaining Nordic tour skis are at least 20% off as well as most race skis.

NewBirkie Week Thursday Events Coverage

February 20, 2020
Thursday brings a whole ramping up of events for the big Birkie week festival as Barkiebirkie (skijor), Barnebirkie (youth), Junior Birkie, and Giant Ski events all take place in downtown Hayward, culminating Thursday evening with the Birkie Bash featuring Kikkan Randall.

NewWeekend Racing

February 19, 2020
It's Birkie weekend!
Feb 21 Kortelopet - Starting at Hwy OO and racing right into downtown Hayward, field is getting bigger every year!
Feb 22 American Birkebeiner - The big dog, rolling out from Cable and heading 50+ kilometers to come into downtown Hayward.


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NewNew Moon: Video Profiles Chris and Joel

February 19, 2020
New Moon has released two more videos on skiing and the Birkie:
Chris Young
Joel Harrison

NewPioneer Midwest Birkie Wax Tips

February 19, 2020
Pioneer Midwest has an extensive write up on ski selection, grinds, and wax for the big race.

NewBiathlon: Leif Nordgren Takes Career Best 8th Place at World Championships

February 19, 2020
Minnesota native Leif Nordgren shot his way to a career-best finish in the men's 20-kilometer individual on Wednesday at the IBU World Championships in Antholz, Italy. The two-time Olympian was the only competitor in the 104-man field to shoot a perfect 20-for-20 on the range, propelling him to a career-best eighth place. Nordgren's previous best was a 16th-place finish in the same event at last year's world championships.

NewWorld Cup Report: Ski Tour Stages 1-3

February 19, 2020
The FIS Ski Tour is underway and World Cup wax tech Chris Hecker of Rex brings us a recap on the first three stages, plus notes on the upcoming events this week.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA, RMISA

February 19, 2020
Another busy weekend on the collegiate racing calendar as NCAA Championships are rapidly approaching. Luke Brown has the racing breakdown for EISA, CCSA and RMISA divisions. Plus Midwest skier photos from EISA by Linda Kerker.

Fast Wax: Fluorocarbon Ban

February 18, 2020
Fast Wax dives into the fluorocarbon controversy, explaining the issues involved and how it related to their products now, as well as the future.

Fischer Expanded Birkie Week Line-up

February 18, 2020
Fischer will have an active presence at the 2020 American Birkebeiner, including at the Birkie Expo with Kikkan Randall with autographs and neck tube sales, and handing out replacement poles on the powerline section on race day.

Swix Birkie Wax Tips

February 18, 2020
Swix Nordic Racing Service Director Evan Pengelly shares his recommendation for what waxes and tools to bring for your trip from Cable to Hayward.

Frankowski: Minnesota World Cup (aka FIS Sprint Tour) Qualification

February 17, 2020
Rosie Frankowski follows up her World Cup article with details on what it takes to qualify for the Minnesota World Cup in March. Read all the details, and discover the different pathways athletes might be taking.

Fast Wax: Ski Waxing Tips

February 17, 2020
Fast Wax has cranked out a number of posts to help get your skis in the best shape for the Birkie. Find notes on preparation, brushes, wax irons, and money-saving tips.

Mayor's Challenge Classic Coverage

February 17, 2020
Racing Monday at Wirth, the Mayor's Challenge wrapped up the JNQ season with classic technique events. Adam Martin posted a scorching fast 10K time of just over 22 minutes to take the men's victory. Kaitlynn Miller collected the victory in the women's 5K. Top U20 skiers were Gus Schumacher and Canadian Anne-Marie Petitclerc. U18 titles went to Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle, and fastest U16 times on the day belonged to Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

New Moon: Steve Morales Video Profile

February 16, 2020
Stoke your Birkie Fever! Enjoy this interview with New Moon founder, Steve Morales, and his thoughts on the past and a bright future.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Sprints Coverage

February 16, 2020
The Loppet Foundation began their final push to the World Cup with the Mayor's Challenge freestyle sprints Sunday at Theodore Wirth. The course setup provided the organization another chance to dry-run their World Cup layout. In the senior heats, mens U20 sensation Gus Schumacher posted the top qualifying time and took each heat in route to winning the title. On the women's side, Becca Rorabaugh bested Erika Flowers in the finals. Many juniors raced in the senior heats, thus providing some opportunity for others in the junior heats. Junior titles were earned by Charlie Grabow and Lauren Loppnow, U16 titles for Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos by Jackie Schneider posted.

Birkie Waxing Service

February 15, 2020
A lot of options out there for getting your race skis ready for the big Birkie and Korte events...
- Ski Hut
- New Moon
- Gear West
- Hoigaards
- Pioneer Midwest
- Boulder Nordic
- Finn Sisu
Note:  Many of these stores have a cut-off for dropping off your skis early this week, so don't delay!


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Minnesota State Meet Recap and Stats

February 15, 2020
With the State Meet in the books and a day to catch our breath and look over the numbers, we present our meet recap and expanded stats breakdown. Read up on the big movers and interesting team stats, plus see how our predictions panned out.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage

February 15, 2020
Beautiful weather Saturday for the annual Minnesota Finlandia events in Bemidji. Craig Cardinal collected another rose-mailed axe in taking the premiere 50K title with Jenna Ruzich the women's champion. Soren Dybing pulled ahead for the 25K freestyle victory with Susanne Hill the top female. Classic 25K titles went to Kerrie Berg and Nicholas Youso. And the skiathlon winners were Logan Jenson and Anna Dehler. Results posted, plus some photos from Monte Draper.

Minnesota State Meet Coverage

February 14, 2020
Quite a long day at Giants Ridge Friday for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championships. Cold weather delayed and compressed the morning races and some issues with results delayed the afternoon pursuit races even further. Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, grabbed the early lead by posting the top skate time in the morning freestyle race. But it was St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening putting on a stunning classic pursuit to overtake Tuttle and win the overall title! Tuttle finished second with Forest Lake's Jordan Parent third. On the boys side, Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, got the pursuit head start after taking the freestyle race. Starting fourth, Henry Snider of MPA, strided his way up to Anderson, and the two came into the finish together, Snider just edging ahead for the pursuit victory. CJ Young, Maple Grove, rounded out the podium in third. St. Paul Highland Park girls beat out Forest Lake by 12 points for the team title, Stillwater taking third. Forest Lake and Minneapolis Southwest tied on points with Forest Lake winning the tie-breaker based on time (8 seconds difference!), St. Paul Highland Park was third. Results are up along with big photosets and even video highlights!