Sadie Bjornsen skiing to 10th place, women's freestyle pursuit, Quebec World Cup, March 19, 2017

Finn Sisu: Save on Wenonah Canoes and Samples from Bjorn Daehlie and Rab

May 18, 2024
Promoting their recent addition of Wenonah canoes, Finn Sisu is currently offering a discount of up to $800 off models through May 31st. Swing by the shop to take a look at some of the models they have on offer, and while you're at it be sure to check out the selection of Bjorn Daehlie and Rab samples they have on sale too.

World Cup Returns to the US - Lake Placid 2026

May 16, 2024
At the US and Snowboard Spring Congress earlier this week it was unveiled that Lake Placid will host the World Cup Finals in March 2026. Nordic Insights reports on the tentative agreement.

Lumi Experiences: Happy Mother’s Day

May 10, 2024
Lumi Experiences takes an opportunity to reflect on the special time that adult children and parents can spend together on a ski vacation, including recent reflections from moms and their grown-up kids during their winter travels. Want to make your own family memories? Lumi is offering all parents and their adult children $300 off any 2025 Lumi trip that still has availability, starting Mother’s Day and ending Father’s Day.

Team Birkie: Junior Development Education

May 10, 2024
Team Birkie offers Champions Corner to educate junior athletes through monthly Zoom sessions with ambassadors David Norris and Jessica Yeaton. The elite skiers share insights on training, nutrition, technique and race tactics. Designed to empower athletes of all levels, the interactive series also offers valuable life skills. Recordings are available.

Executive Director Position Announced for ABR

May 10, 2024
Anderson Bluffs and River Trails Foundation has a new job opening for Executive Director to lead the ABR operations in Ironwood. The role oversees all ski operations, trail grooming, cabin rentals, programming/events, and philanthropy efforts. A competitive compensation package is offered for this opportunity to sustain and grow the legacy ski center for future generations.

Twin Cities Natives Bolster Team Birkie Marathon Squad

May 6, 2024
Team Birkie's Marathon Team gets a big boost with the addition of three former standout Loppet Nordic Racing junior skiers - Abigail Drach, Nicole Eliasson (Schneider), and Vivian Johnson (Hett). The Twin Cities natives bring impressive credentials from junior/collegiate national teams and NCAA All-American honors and will be led by Team Birkie High Performance Manager, Chad Salmela. Note: Team Birkie still has registration open for the College Summer Program.

Ariens Nordic Center to Host Inaugural Biathlon Masters Nationals in 2025

May 6, 2024
The Ariens Nordic Center in Wisconsin will host the inaugural U.S. Biathlon Masters Nationals and North American Masters Championships on Feb 14-16, 2025. In collaboration with Biathlon Canada, this first-ever event is expected to bring one of the largest gatherings of masters biathletes from across North America for sprint, mass start, and individual competitions across five age groups.

Loppet Adult Summer Programs

May 5, 2024
Loppet Nordic Racing offers summer training programs for adult cross-country skiers focused on strength training, rollerskiing, and women's mountain biking/trail running groups. Registration for the 2024 summer programs opened on May 1st, with options like 8-week strength classes, Tuesday/Friday morning workouts with Coach Ingrid Remak, an 8-week intermediate rollerskiing group, and 4-week women's mountain biking/trail running "brick" sessions.

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 4, 2024
With an early ice out this year, water sports have been off to a quick start which was no more evident than at this year's Snake River Canoe Race. Well over 200 participants took part in the 43rd running of the event, its largest turnout post-Covid. The top times in the Pro Boat division went to the teams of Dana Henry/David Nelson (male), Patricia Bohaty/Jessica Kozarek (female), and Kira Stolen/Jeremiah Menk (mixed); while the fastest finishers in the Open Racing division were the teams of Blake Ferree/Jake Hway (male), Kari Henry/Krista Matison (female), and Chris Broderson/Emily Broderson (mixed). A full breakdown of the results, including additional division winners, is linked in below.


Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director Opening

May 2, 2024
The famed Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado is seeking candidates for Nordic Director position. The position involves year-round trail development and maintenance, coordinating year-round special events, and outdoor trail programming.

Pioneer Midwest: Flex Numbers Don't Matter (Much)

May 2, 2024
Pioneer Midwest has posted a feature on developing a good ski fit and the role that ski flex plays in the process. They are currently taking orders for hand-picked skis for the upcoming season.

Univ of Minnesota Nordic Ski Coach Study

May 1, 2024
U of M researcher Sarah Kaja is working to understand the challenges the weather of the 2023-2024 season posed to coaches, as well as strategies that helped coaches and teams succeed despite the challenges. They'd like to use their study results to help more coaches--especially newer coaches or coaches in smaller programs--get the resources they need. Nordic skiing coaches from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, who coach at least one skier age 18 years old or younger, are encouraged to participate.

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 1, 2024
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Open Track events opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on early pricing by registering now!

Minnesota Spring Coaches Meeting Recap

April 29, 2024
The spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association was held last weekend, Apr 20th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Read up on the meeting activity with the published minutes covering new officers, review of existing and new proposals, updates on a number of awards and venue discussions.

Gear West: Women's Growth and Gravel Clinic

April 28, 2024
Gear West is hosting a special women's weekend clinic in the Twin Cities featuring workouts (including some gravel biking), inspiration and motivation speakers, strength building, nutrition and more! Mark your calendar for June 21-23 and get registered today.

Endurance Adventure Clinics

April 28, 2024
Endurance Adventures is hosting two clinics this week: Tuesday, Apr 30th, Strength and Mobility and then Tuesday, May 2nd, Gear West MTB Fit and Maintenance. And note a price hike on May 1st for their upcoming adventure trips.

Team Birkie Announces New Coaching Staff, Structure

April 25, 2024
Former Team Birkie skier, Julie Ensrud, has been named Head Coach of Team Birkie. Ensrud will oversee all Team Birkie’s training, racing, service, and travel. Erin Moening named assistant Head coach, Chad Salema high-performance coach, with Jake Stiele as development coach.

Biathlon: National Team Nominations Announced

April 23, 2024
Nominations for the 2024-2025 Senior National Team and National Development Group were announced by the US Biathlon Association on Tuesday with a total of eight Midwest athletes making the cut. Of those eight, Deedra Irwin, Jake Brown, Margie Freed, and Vasek Cervenka were nominated to the Nation Team, while Cheresa Bouley, Luke Brown, Anna French, and Michaela Keller-Miller were named to the Development Group.