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Alayna Sonnesyn, American Birkebeiner, February 23, 2019

Rivet Run, July 14, 2019

Snowmaking segment opens at Grand Ave Nordic Center, December 12, 2018 (Photo: Dave Johnson)

Bryan Fish, Midwest REG Camp, July 7, 2015

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
Found a photo you'd like to get a copy of? Looking for images from a past event? Find out how to dig through our archives and help support the web site by purchasing photographs.

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Gear West: Taking Strides Rollerski Clinic
July 15, 2019
Gear West is presenting a special evening with Birkie champ Alayna Sonnesyn, Thursday, Aug 8th at the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Sonnesyn will talk about transitions in her skiing career spanning many years and then afterward will give a rollerski clinic.

River Run Summer Results
July 14, 2019
Eve Graves reports: We had a nice breeze and temps in the 70's Sunday for the Rivet Run/Walk. Alex Kasparek repeated his win with a time of 18:37 while Anna Lahti won for the women in 22:13.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Web Roundup
July 9, 2019
Words Matter - Jessie Diggins latest blog emphasizes the powerful impact even a casual comment can have on an athlete.
Ready for Adjustments - Alayna Sonnesyn takes a break and reflects on lessons learned from last season.
NTG Recap - Mara McCollor was the featured writer for a recap on the second half of the National Training Group camp last month in Utah.
Battle Creek - Ramsey County is seeking input on plans for development of Battle Creek with a number of sessions scheduled this summer.
Oly Italy! - Italy (Milan and Cortina regions) will host the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Playstreets - Some intense urban freestyle skiing in the Red Bull Playstreets competition.
Moonroller - How well can you moonwalk ... on rollerskis!

Job Openings
July 9, 2019
Pioneer Midwest has an opening for retail sales manager, plus check out a number of head coaching positions available.

CXC: Athletes Invited To Regional Elite Camp
July 6, 2019
The top elite junior athletes in Central Region will have a unique training opportunity this July. Invited athletes will take part in a six-day Regional Elite Group Camp under the leadership of both Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski Team staff.

Loppet: Seeking Adventure Center Partner
July 4, 2019
The Loppet Foundation is seeking a bike and ski service provider to partner on the Loppet's new Trailhead facility at Theodore Wirth. Unlike past RFPs, this one has the service provider doing the rentals and merchandise sales along with bike and ski sales and the customer service in The Trailhead facility. Deadline for proposals is July 26th, with a Q&A session on July 16th.

Midwest MTB Report
July 2, 2019
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, by Jay Richards, find recaps from the Lutsen 99er and Duluth Hard Enduro events and previews of the weekend races in the MNMBS and WORS series.

Spotlight: LNR Juniors Classic Rollerski
July 2, 2019
Tuesday morning we dropped in on the LNR Juniors competition team in Afton, Minnesota. Enduring damp and humid conditions, the group hit the major climbs on the backroads for a number of sustained L3 intervals under the guidance of coaches Chris Harvey and Andrew Joda.
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Photoset: 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Birkie Signs Lease for Telemark Property
July 1, 2019
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced the signing of a two-year lease to utilize the trails found on the 713-acre Telemark property. While the focus is directed on the trail system, the lease has an option to purchase the property and the Birkie organization is pursuing possible partners in development.

Ski Hut: Kids Bike Clinics
June 27, 2019
Join Ski Hut on Monday evening, July 1st, for a free kids informational and educational clinic. Learn the basics on how to size and choose the proper bike for your child, the ABC's of biking safety, and proper equipment fitting. Staff will be available to answer questions and assist in helping you and your kid be prepared for an active biking summer!

Midwest MTB Report
June 25, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week recaps the Mount Wirth Loppet, WORS Firecracker, UP Junior MTB camp, big changes for Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead to events this weekend.

Haig Glacier Camp Recap
June 24, 2019
Matt Liebsch reports: This year marked my 11th trip to the Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center aka the Haig Glacier. Our group included a mix of junior, college and master skiers. Due to the high snow pack, we had to take a helicopter ride into and out of camp. The camp included 6 mornings of skiing and the afternoons included hiking, snowshoeing, strength and new this year, snowman building and snowball fights. We received over 2 feet of snow midweek which is extremely rare for the end of June. The ski conditions varied all week but the group managed to ski and train many hours. Already looking forward to next year!
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Photoset from Matt Liebsch: 19 photos

Mount Wirth Loppet Coverage
June 23, 2019
Humid and tacky conditions Sunday afternoon for racing on the twisting singletrack for the Mount Wirth Loppet, part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike series. Photos up from the pro/comp afternoon races.
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Photoset: Pro/Comp Race - 98 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
June 18, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week includes highlights from the WORS race at Mt Morris, the Otter Creek 55, the Chain Drive Festival in the UP and Wednesday Night at Wirth Midweek mountain bike series.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby: Solo Race Night
June 18, 2019
Solo Race Night is returning to the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby on Thursday, Jun 20th. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe and celebrate the Summer Solstice on the city lakes!

Web Roundup
June 17, 2019
New Focus - Jan Guenther shares news of her recent cycling crash and new focus on recovery.
Milestones - CXC featured Alayna Sonnesyn and her huge American Birkebeiner victory.
Bend Camp - A late May update on the US Ski Team members training at the Bend Camp.
NTG - An update on the National Training Group camp going on out in Park City, Utah, which includes MN State champ Mara McCollor. 
Luke Out - Luke Bodensteiner will be leaving the US Ski and Snowboard organization in mid-July.
Snowed Out - The Hardrock Hundred trail running race in Colorado was cancelled last week due to unsafe snow conditions!
Hardest Ever - Elite Minnesota runner Kara Goucher competed in the Leadville Trail Marathon, taking 5th female, and claiming it was the hardest thing shes ever done.
GPS Meltdown - Washington Post had an opinion piece on how the use of GPS directions is impacting your brain.
Endurance Limit? - Recent studies on human endurance indicate there is a threshold.
World Dog Record - A new mile record of 4:06 for dog - person pairing.
Bike to Work - MinnPost had some interesting stats on the demographics that bike to work.

Ski Hut: Womens MTB Clinic thisThursday
June 16, 2019
Ski Hut is offering another women's mountain bike maintenance clinic this Thursday evening, Jun 20th. Learn the basics on repairs, as well as much of the jargon and even topics such as what to wear.


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