Leaders rounding the NW corner at Cedar Lake, City of Lakes Loppet 37K classic, February 4, 2023
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Caitlin Gregg, City of Lakes Loppet 37 freestyle champion, February 5, 2023
Vivian Hett, Laura Cattaneo, out front, City of Lakes Loppet 37K classic, February 4, 2023
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NewCity of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage

February 5, 2023
Another beautiful winter morning as temperatures climbed into the mid 20s with blue skies as skiers took to the trails for the City Of Lakes Loppet freestyle races Sunday. After whittling the pack down to four, Matt Liebsch eventually powered ahead of Brian Gregg to take the men's title with Jonathan Saldin coming in third by one second over Alex Reich. Caitlin Gregg blasted away with the men's lead pack and went on to win by over two minutes, Renae Anderson and Erin Bianco rounding out the podium. The 20K winners were Eli Andre and Dottie Anderson. Results linked in along with two photosets.

NewMinnesota High School Sections Preview

February 4, 2023
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season ramps up this coming week with sectional championships. We've got the details on the section dates, locations and schedules (take note in the metro area, the snowmaking venues will be busy).

NewWolf Track Rendezvous Results

February 4, 2023
Minocqua Winter Park welcomed over 200 skiers for the Wolf Track Rendezvous races Saturday. In the 42K freestyle, Tristan Schouten topped the men's field with Becky Burdick the top female. 42K classic titles went to Alexander Gude and Delaney FitzPatrick (3rd overall!). Fred Hubley and Johanna Craig (2nd overall!) won the 24K freestyle divisions, Henry Jacobson and Julia Olenchek the 24K classic.

NewCity of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage

February 4, 2023
Warming temperatures and bright sunshine made for great conditions Saturday morning as skiers raced in the City of Lakes Loppet winter festival classic technique events. Andrew Tilman strided to the men's title, pulling away from the pack to win by over a minute. Andrew Brown was second, David Chamberlain third. Vivian Johnson won the women's title, followed by Laura Cattaneo and Sarah Widder. In the 20K race, Sam Rabaey and Allie Rykken posted the top times. Results linked in, along with some photosets.

NewWorld Cup Toblach: Freestyle Distance; Diggins Skis to Second

February 4, 2023
An interval-start 10K freestyle race was the task at hand for World Cup athletes on Saturday, midway through the weekend stop in Toblach, Italy. Showing good form heading into World Championships, Sweden's Ebba Andersson claimed another distance victory in women's race, leaving a healthy gap between her and the rest of the field. For the US women, it was one of the best results yet this season, with Jessie Diggins on the podium again in second, and Rosie Brennan and Julia Kern both notching top-10 finishes in 5th and 10th respectively. With eight in the top-10 in the men's race, it was also Norway's day to shine as Paal Goldberg led the group, earning his third victory of the season. And for the American men, Scott Patterson was the first to finish, putting together another commendable distance performance with a 14th place result. A true test of team depth, team relays await athletes on Sunday for the third and final day of racing in Toblach.

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Results: Freestyle Distance

World Cup Toblach: Freestyle Sprints; Diggins Takes Third

February 3, 2023
Serving as a last chance to iron out any kinks before World Championships, the weekend's World Cup races in Toblach, Italy got off to a start on Friday with freestyle sprints as the opening event. The US women were in as fine of form as ever with four qualifying for the heats: Rosie Brennan, Jessie Diggins, Julia Kern, and Hailey Swirbul. Of the four, however, Diggins would be the only to advance, making it all the way to the final where she would fight back for a third place finish. Sharing the podium with her was the Swedish dominant duo of Jonna Sundling and Maja Dahlqvist who held nothing back in their respective first and second place finishes. Speaking of dominance, Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo produced yet another untouchable performance, topping the World Cup podium for the 14th time this season and tying the record. Two US men made the heats as well—Logan Diekmann and Ben Ogden—but neither could manage to find a way into the semifinals. Coming up on Saturday: freestyle distance racing in an interval-start format.

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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Weekend Skiing and Trail Reports

February 2, 2023
Shaping up to be another great weekend of skiing -- get out and explore some new trails! New reports from Woodland3, WinMan, Highland 9-hole GC, Magney-Snively, Carver, Hiawatha GC2, Blue Mound SP, Perrot SP, River Bend Nature, Mirror Lake SP, Eagle Lake2, Cannon Valley, Maplelag, Hickory Ridge, Nine Mile Forest, Baker3, Birch Lake Plantation, Como GC, CLCF, Mt. Ashwabay2, Mukwonago, William O'Brien SP, Univ of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes2, Chain of Lakes3, Nordic2, Ariens2, Battle Creek East, Marshfield School Forest, Superior MF, Ski Brule, Rock Lake, Gooseberry Falls SP, Sugarbush, Lake Elmo2, Anvil National, Newport SP, Chomonix GC, Cottage Grove Ravine, Rum River Central, Green Haven GC, McMiller, Anoka, Whitetail Woods, St. Croix SP, Andes Tower Hill, Birkie2, Banning SP, Owen Conservation, Flathorn-Gegoka, Cut Lake2, Hixon Forest, Robert Ney, Battle Creek West, Big Ridge, Bunker Hills, Greenbush2, Swedetown, Peninsula SP, Mecca, Terrace Oaks, Levis/Trow Mound, Lebanon Hills2, Northwood GC, Lapham Peak, Jester, Minocqua Winter, Northwoods, Wolverine, Columbia GC and recent reports from Hickory Ridge2, Voyager Village, Perrot SP, Kickapoo Valley, Big Aspen, Blue Mound SP, Snowflake, Willow River SP3, Gov Dodge SP, Jack Lake, Forest History, Brandt Pines, Erkki Harju, Lapham Peak4, Pincushion Mtn2, Reforestation Camp, Lebanon Hills3, William O'Brien SP2, Baker, Univ of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry2, Lake Elmo3, Maranatha, Chester Bowl, Elm Creek2, Magney-Snively2, Nose Lake, McCarthy Beach SP, ABR, Three Eagle, Tamarack Nature2, McMiller, Levis/Trow Mound, Lake Kegonsa SP2, Gov Nelson SP, Nordic2, Battle Creek East, Andes Tower Hill, Maple Lane, Quarry Hill, Woodland2, Greenbush, Rockport, Highland National GC, Highland 9-hole GC, Fort Snelling SP, Razorback Ridges2, Neshota, Robert Ney, Mississippi National, Hiawatha GC, CLCF, Battle Creek West, Mt. Ashwabay, Riverside, Big Ridge, Nine Mile Forest, Brooks-Nature, Drummond, Phillips School Forest, WinMan, Balsam Branch, Maplelag, Rice Creek - Irondale Unit, Wyalusing SP, Goose Lake, Washburn Lake Solitude, Upper Spirit Mtn, Lakewood XC, Brown Deer2, Tribute GC, Theodore Wirth North2, Stoney Ridge, Treehaven2, Dorothy Carnes, Land O' Lakes, Copper Falls SP, Rock Lake, Mother Bear, Cowhorn Lake, Ashland, Coulee Experimental SF, Univ of Minnesota GC, Hixon Forest, Phalen GC2, Reid GC, Deep Portage, McNaughton Lake, Timberland Hills West, Timberland Hills, Superior MF, French, Madeline Lake, Lodi, Warman Public, Whitnall, Lindenwood, Bunker Hills.

Weekend Racing

February 1, 2023
Feb 4-5 City of Lakes Loppet - A huge weekend of winter events, including classic races Saturday, freestyle on Sunday.
Feb 4 Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race - New this year, a 30K event -- and still pies for the winners!
Feb 4 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous - Minocqua Winter Park showcases their epic trail system.
Feb 4 Coloma Glide and Ride - Fun local citizen races on the Coloma trails.
The Wisconsin High School Sprint Championships are also this weekend!  Race updates posted in our Racing Outlook.

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World Cup Racing: Toblach Schedule

February 1, 2023
As the final Period III destination before the start of World Championships in Planica, Slovenia, the World Cup moves on to Toblach, Italy this weekend for three days of sprints, distance racing, and team relays. Sprints are up first on Friday, this time in the freestyle technique, with qualifiers beginning at 5:00 AM CST, and heats running at 7:30 AM CST. The following day (Saturday) athletes' endurance will be tested in an interval-start 10K freestyle race (women's field out at 6:00 AM CST, men's field out at 8:00 AM CST). Finally, Sunday will be a testament to team depth with teams of four lining up for a 4x7.5K relay, with the women's teams leading the charge at 4:00 AM CST, and the men's teams following suit at 6:00 AM CST.

Cook County: Explore by Cross Country Ski this February

February 1, 2023
Visit Cook County invites skiers of all ages to explore over 400km of groomed trails throughout the region with over 95" of snowfall this season. While you’re here, take time to enjoy Hygge, the Danish concept of celebrating life’s simple pleasures. Work up a sweat by day on the trails, and spend your cozy evenings by the fire.

MCSA Midwest Collegiate Cup: Half Noque Update

January 31, 2023
This past weekend's Half-Noquemanon race in the UP of Michigan served as the first scoring event of the season for the Midwestern Collegiate Ski Association's (MCSA) Midwest Collegiate Cup. With just over 100 collegiate athletes across 16 teams lining up for the race, it was the MCSA’s largest season opener to date, and one of the most productive as 11 out of 12 total podium spots were occupied by MCSA skiers.

Biathlon: Teams Named for World Championships, IBU Cup 6

January 31, 2023
With some major competitions on the horizon, U.S. Biathlon has named its 10-person and 8-person teams for the upcoming World Championships, Feb 8-19th, and IBU Cup 6, Feb 2-4. For World Championships, notables from the Midwest include Deedra Irwin, Jake Brown, and Paul Schommer; and for IBU Cup 6, Amanda Kautzer, Margie Freed, Luke Brown, and Vaclav Cervenka all made the roster.

NNF: Third Virtual Speaker Lecture This Thursday, Feb 2nd

January 29, 2023
For the third installment of their virtual speaker series NNF announced Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Association, as the lecturer for the upcoming event. Scheduled for this Thursday evening, Tygart's talk will focus on creating a culture of “clean sport” from the earliest levels of athlete development on up, with specific knowledge applied to US nordic skiing. As before, the lecture series is free to attend, although a $25 donation is recommended. Attendence is limited to the first 300 registrants, so don't wait to sign up!