Trail Report Drawing
Submit a trail report and be entered into our weekly $50 store gift certificate drawing.

Mt. Ashwabay Ski Trails, January 25, 2021 (Credit: Steve Vizanko)
Wolf Lake Ski Trails, January 25, 2021 (Credit: Bryan Pike)
Aurora Recreation Trails, January 24, 2021 (Credit: Cheri Johnson)

NewRacing Outlook

January 25, 2021
Starting updates on the weekend races: Seeley Hills Classic set to race out of Hwy OO trailhead.

NewSalomon: Strava Challenge

January 25, 2021
Take the Salomon Strava challenge: ski 42K in the next four weeks and get 20% off, post a skiing challenge photo and be entered in their prize package drawings.

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Video: Strava Challenge

NewMadshus: Empower 2 App

January 25, 2021
Madshus has released their new app: Empower 2. The app provides everything from personalized wax advice and equipment management to digital performance tracking and workout overview.

NewFinn Sisu Wax Clinic Mondays Livestream

January 24, 2021
Finn Sisu is hosting free weekly Facebook Live wax clinics Mondays at 7 pm. Our next clinic on Jan 25th features Kristian Johnson and long-time ski tuner Tom Novak on stone grinding basics, including the role of the refresh grind and how we handle base prep on freshly ground skis. All are welcome, all questions answered.

NewWeekend Trail Reports

January 24, 2021
Another big weekend of skiing across much of the region as skiers enjoyed the fresh snowfall. New reports from Swedetown2, Columbia GC3, Machickanee, William O'Brien SP2, Terrace Oaks, Timberland Hills2, Banadad, UW-Parkside, Hiawatha GC2, Mirror Lake SP, Bunker Hills2, Wood Lake Nature2, Hartley, Theodore Wirth South, Univ of Minnesota GC5, Chain of Lakes3, Woodland, Maplelag, River Bend Nature2, Iola Winter Sports, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes3, Central Gunflint, Blue Hills, Uller, Nordmarka, Bridgewood, Lebanon Hills6, Lapham Peak5, Mecca, Pincushion Mtn, Elm Creek2, Land O' Lakes, Spirit River Nature, Graystone, Boulder Lake2, Mukwonago, Lodi, Lake Wissota SP, Lake Maria SP, Willow River SP, Battle Creek East2, Elver, Greenbush2, Zillmer3, Hickory Ridge, Lester3, Namakegon, Spooner City, Wolf Lake, Murphy-Hanrehan, French, Theodore Wirth North3, Reforestation Camp2, Battle Creek West, Baker2, Black's Grove, CLCF, Spring Rapids, McKeever Hills, Superior MF, Marshfield School Forest, Rock Lake, Mississippi National, Birkie2, Hormel Nature, Escanaba, Wintergreen, Sturgeon River, Treehaven, Pleasant View GC, Phalen GC, After Hours, Sugarbush, Piedmont, Lake Elmo, Pine Point, Chomonix GC, McMiller, Nine Mile Forest, Stanley Eddy, Collinwood, Robert Ney, Tower Ridge, Yahara Hills GC, McCarthy, Chester Woods3, Nordic, Northwest, Cottage Grove Ravine2, Mt. Ashwabay, Pioneer Creek, Fort Snelling SP, Ge-Che, Larson Lake, Harry Larson Forest, Afton SP, Noquemanon, Saint Mary's Univ, Soaring Eagle, McCarthy Beach SP, Hixon Forest, Spring Lake, Whitetail Woods, Suomi Hills, Carver, Three Eagle, Jay Cooke SP, Anoka, Green Haven GC, Braemar GC, Goose Lake, Trade River, Hyland Lake, Como GC, Jackson Meadow, Gov Thompson SP, Navarino Wildlife, Cleary Lake, Brown's Creek, Tomahawk Lake, Levis/Trow Mound and recent reports from Columbia GC4, Timberland Hills, Carleton College Arb, Lake Elmo, Theodore Wirth South3, Biskey Ponds, Bagley Nature, Jay Cooke SP, Zillmer4, Lodi, Fort Snelling SP, Madeline Lake2, Lebanon Hills2, Battle Creek West2, Murphy-Hanrehan2, Chain of Lakes2, Maplelag2, Northwood GC, Greenbush, Pincushion Mtn2, Graystone, Wild River SP, Battle Creek East2, Irondale, Quarry2, Washburn Lake, Blue Hills, French Rapids, Coulee Experimental SF, ABR2, Kinnickinnic SP, Mille Lacs Kathio SP, Valley Spur, Raven2, Ashland, Hidden Valley, Essex2, Gooseberry Falls SP2, Birkie, Chomonix GC2, Carver3, Afton SP2, Korkki, Baker, Forest Springs Camp, Superior MF2, Aurora, Tower Ridge2, Univ Ridge GC, Greenwood Hills, Flathorn-Gegoka3, Wilderness Lodge, North End, Nose Lake, Coloma, Cannon Valley, Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen), Cottage Grove Ravine2, Wolverine, Woodland2, Spring Lake2, Nordic2, Hoffman Hills2, Atwood, Quarry Hill, Suomi Hills, McNaughton Lake2, Black's Grove, Jackson Meadow, Boulder Lake2, Como GC3, William O'Brien SP3, Tamarack Nature, Hyland Lake2, Razorback Ridges3, Lake Maria SP2, Sugarbush, Green Haven GC2, Mt. Ashwabay3, Snowflake, Timberland Hills West, Chester Bowl, CLCF, Highland 9-hole GC2, Standing Rocks, Perrot SP, Sunfish Lake, Vadnais/Sucker Lakes, Tomahawk Lake, Hiawatha GC2, Brunet Island SP, Lake Kegonsa SP, Elm Creek2, Phalen GC2, Great River Bluffs SP, Cleary Lake, Pine Point, Lapham Peak2, Odana Hills GC2, Magney-Snively, Red Cedar River, Washburn Lake Solitude, French, Minocqua Winter2, WinMan, Terrace Oaks, Willow River SP, Glen Lake GC, Barron Association, Legion, UW-Parkside2, Trout Lake, Spirit Mtn, Whitnall, Balsam Branch, Anoka, Soaring Eagle, Moccasin, Dorothy Carnes, Hilly Haven GC, Grass Lake, Kraemer Lake-Wildwood, Mississippi River, Warner Lake, Nine Mile Forest, Hormel Nature, McMiller, Mother Bear, Deep Portage, Lindenwood, Goose Lake, Mecca, Swedetown, Theodore Wirth North, After Hours, McKeever Hills, Noquemanon.

NewDuluth CXC Super Cup Freestyle Coverage

January 24, 2021
A big day of freestyle racing at Grand Avenue Nordic Center Sunday for the Duluth CXC Super Cup races. Some blazing fast times for the 7.5K distance with Cooper Camp, U18, posting the best at 18:04. Colin Freed again lead the U20 men (and 2nd overall), while Daniel McCollor also repeated as U16 champion. On the women's side, Isabel Seay, U20, had the top time at 21:13, with U18's Molly Moening second, and Sydney Drevlow continuing her strong run as top U16 in third overall. Results linked in along with U16 boys race photos by Dave Zoll.

NewWorld Cup Lahti: Relay

January 24, 2021
A foggy Sunday in Lahti, Finland, for the team relay races in the World Cup. Norway dominated the event with both the women's and men's teams easily taking the victories. The big story on the day was an altercation between Russia's Alexander Bolshunov and Finland's Joni Maiki in the final stretch as Maiki outfoxed Bolshunov, blocking him out of his lane preference and allowing Finland to take second. Because of Bolshunov's aggressive reaction, he was DQ'd, with the second Russian team moving up to take third. The Swedish women placed second, Finland third. The US squad was fifth in the women's event, seventh in the men's.

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Results: Relays

City of Lakes Loppet Registration Closing for Fat Bike, Skijor Events

January 23, 2021
If you're planning on competing in some of the events on the first weekend of the City of Lakes Loppet, like the fat bike and ski jor races, you'll need to register by Monday night. The major ski races are on the second weekend, and registration for those races close the following Monday night (Feb 1st).

Duluth CXC Super Cup Classic Coverage

January 23, 2021
Grand Avenue Nordic Center was the center of action on Saturday as JNQ format races in classic technique were contested. Gus Schatzlein posted the top time in the men's 10K, with Roger Anderson just five seconds back and the top U18 skier followed by Victor Sparks just one second later. Top U20 skier was Colin Freed (5th overall), Daniel McCollor won the boy's U16 5K race. In the women's 5K, a pair of U16 lead the field with Sydney Drevlow and Margo Nightingale separated by a single second! Lauren McCollor was the top U18 (3rd overall), Isabel Seay best of the U20 gals. Results linked in, photos of the U16 boys from Dave Zoll.

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage

January 23, 2021
A fun, fast day of racing Saturday at Woodland trails in Elk River for the Skinny Santa Solstice events. Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch broke away by the second lap in the 20K race and then dueled to the finish with Liebsch gaining victory by three seconds. Joel LaFrance topped the remaining field for third. Caitlin Gregg was the women's 20K champion with Bonnie Weiskopf second, Jennie Bentrup third. Victories in the 10K race went to Ryan Davis and Renae Anderson. Results posted along with photosets.

World Cup Lahti: Skiathlon

January 23, 2021
The Norwegians returned to the start line as the World Cup resumed in Lahti, Finland, on Saturday with skiathlon format events. Jessie Diggins continued her strong form, just missing the podium in the finishing sprint in the women's 15K, as Norway's Therese Johaug won once again with brand-new star Helene Marie Fosseholm (age 19!) in second and Heidi Weng completing the Norway sweep in third. Diggins was 5th, less than a second off the podium with Rosie Brennan, 11th. On the men's side, the results were much the same as Emil Iversen lead a Norwegian sweep with Sjur Roethe second, Paal Golberg third. Gus Schumacher had yet another great race, finishing 18th (only 1:31 back), with Scott Patterson 21st. Sunday will be the thrilling four person relays, live coverage at 2:30 am CST for the women, 3:40 am CST for the men.

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Results: 15K, 30K Skiathlon

Pepsi Challenge Cancelled

January 22, 2021
Due to continuing concerns over the pandemic, the Pepsi Challenge directors have decided to cancel the 2021 event and begin plans for returning in March 2022.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA, EISA

January 20, 2021
Luke Brown covers the first real weekend of collegiate racing for CCSA and RMISA divisions, along with a brief update on the NCAA Championships.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2

January 20, 2021
After a great weekend of racing in Cable, WI, that featured many of the Midwest's best juniors, we take a dive into the individual rankings and shake things up. But at the top, Colin Freed, Wayzata, and Molly Moening, St. Paul Highland Park, remain firmly seated.