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Wolverine Ski Trail, January 20, 2022 (Credit: Deborah Leonard)
Washburn Lake Ski Trails, January 20, 2022 (Credit: Levi Smith)
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NewWeekend Skiing and Trail Reports

January 20, 2022
Another weekend of good skiing is on tap! New reports from Superior MF, Theodore Wirth North, Lake Superior View Golf, Green Haven GC, Anoka, Sauk Public School, Cleary Lake, Copper Falls SP, Hixon Forest, Mecca, ABR, Gartzke Flowage, Univ of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course, Andes Tower Hill, Wolverine, Mt. Ashwabay, Flathorn-Gegoka, Minocqua Winter, Battle Creek West, Schlecht Lake, Sugarbush, Coloma, Three Island, Nordmarka, Afterglow Lake, Magney-Snively, Spirit Mtn, Penokee Mtn, Peninsula SP, Reforestation Camp, Hyland Lake, McKeever Hills, Nine Mile Forest, Dorothy Carnes, Forest Springs Camp, Ellis GC, Lakewood XC2, Washburn Lake, McCarthy Beach SP, Land O' Lakes, Stoney Ridge, French, Carver, Big Aspen, Como GC, Terrace Oaks, Hartley, Blackwater Environmental, Highland 9-hole GC, Columbia GC, Valley Spur and recent reports from McComb, Ed's Lake National, Columbia GC2, Como GC, Hilly Haven GC, Phalen GC, Ge-Che, Andes Tower Hill, Theodore Wirth North2, Three Island, Hiawatha GC, Banadad, Tower Ridge2, Pine Point2, William O'Brien SP, Bagley Nature, Neshota, Lake Elmo2, Scenic SP, French, Chomonix GC, Whitefish Dunes SP, McMiller, Flathorn-Gegoka, Highland 9-hole GC2, Greenbush2, Hoffman Hills, Nicolet North, Anvil National, Lakewood XC, Mother Bear, Carey Lake, Copper Falls SP, Madeline Lake, Gov Thompson SP, McNaughton Lake, Piedmont2, Lindenwood, Hartley, Spring Rapids, Rock Lake, Pioneer Creek, Legion, Lapham Peak2, Manka, Tilson Creek, Sugarbush, Mt. Ashwabay2, Moccasin, Timberland Hills, Forest History, Baker, Woodland2, Zillmer, Elm Creek, Timberland Hills West, Escanaba, Reforestation Camp2, Saint Mary's Univ, Lebanon Hills, Lake Superior View Golf, Superior MF, After Hours, Erkki Harju, Three Eagle, Swedetown, Battle Creek West.

NewBiathlon: Schommer Scores Top Ten in Antholz

January 20, 2022
U.S. Biathlon Team and Team Crosscut athlete Paul Schommer (Appleton, WI) on Thursday added to his already stellar season with the first top-10 performance of his career. Schommer, who earlier this season qualified for his first Olympic Winter Games, placed ninth in the 20km Men’s Individual race in Antholz, Italy under gusting conditions and on one of the more challenging 20km courses on the IBU World Cup.

NewUS Ski Team: Nominations Announced for Olympic Cross-Country Team

January 20, 2022
The nominations for the U.S. Olympic Cross-Country Ski Team were announced on Thursday by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with 8 women and 6 men making the team. An athlete each from the men's and women's teams, Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger, will represent the Midwest at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China, which begin on February 4.

NewGear West: Basic Kick Wax Clinic

January 20, 2022
Gear West is hosting a kick waxing clinic next Tuesday, Jan 25th, to help get dialed in for the big Seeley Hills Classic races. Led by David Chamberlain, learn about the necessary tools and equipment, plus application and removal of kick wax.

NewWeekend Racing

January 19, 2022
Jan 22 Noquemanon - The big race for the UP, point to point, finishing at the Superior Dome in Marquette.
Jan 22-23 Coleraine JNQ/CCSA - Two days of junior and collegiate racing on the trails at Mt Itasca.
Updates are posting in our Racing Outlook.

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NewNordic Combined: Team Roster Nominated For Winter Olympics

January 19, 2022
USA Nordic Sport announced its nominations for the U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team that will represent Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Included in the squad is Ben Loomis, of Eau Claire, WI.

NewFarmstead Bike Shop Welcomes Phil Bowen

January 19, 2022
Native Minnesotan Phil Bowen returns to the retail scene, joining the Farmstead Bike Shop in Northfield. The shop is featuring glide and kick waxes and invites you to stop in this winter and learn about the latest lineup!

NewMarine O'Brien Races Ready for 50th Year

January 19, 2022
The Marine O'Brien races at William O'Brien State Park are set for Sunday, Jan 30th. Organizers are reporting good trail conditions and encourage skiers to get registered by Friday night, Jan 28th, as there is no day of race registration!

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

January 18, 2022
Getting back into the swing of things following the 2022 US Cross-Country Ski Championships, two of the three major collegiate divisions returned to racing action with the Colby Carnival (EISA) and the Sun Valley SuperTour (RMISA). Catch up with recaps and results from both events, courtesy of Luke Brown. Bonus: EISA photos from Linda Kerker.

Paralympics World Championships: Peterson Takes Silver and Bronze

January 18, 2022
Nineteen year old Sydney Peterson from Lake Elmo, MN took silver in the 10K classic and bronze in the 15K skate race at the Para Snow Sports World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway this week.

Ramsey County Learn-to-Ski Program Partner

January 18, 2022
Ramsey County is seeking programming partners to develop and implement a learn-to-ski program for Ramsey County residents. While open and welcoming to all, the program will focus on those residents with access barriers to winter recreation. Review their RFQ and join an informational online meeting, Monday, Jan 24th.

Team Birkie On Snow Clinic Saturday

January 18, 2022
Team Birkie will host a free clinic this Saturday, Jan 22nd, at Elm Creek. Sharpen your ski skills and learn new ones with skate and classic instruction available, for beginners to advanced levels of ability.

Racing Outlook

January 18, 2022
Elm Creek racing and MYSL Team sprints are off this week, due to cold windchills.

Weekend Trail Reports

January 17, 2022
The holiday weekend provided some extending skiing hours, with many positive reports flowing in. New reports from Superior MF, Theodore Wirth North, Lake Superior View Golf, Green Haven GC, Anoka, Sauk Public School, Cleary Lake, Copper Falls SP, Hixon Forest, Mecca, ABR, Gartzke Flowage, Univ of Iowa Ashton Cross-Country Course, Andes Tower Hill, Wolverine, Mt. Ashwabay, Flathorn-Gegoka, Minocqua Winter, Battle Creek West, Schlecht Lake, Sugarbush, Coloma, Three Island, Nordmarka, Afterglow Lake, Magney-Snively, Spirit Mtn, Penokee Mtn, Peninsula SP, Reforestation Camp, Hyland Lake, McKeever Hills, Nine Mile Forest, Dorothy Carnes, Forest Springs Camp, Ellis GC, Lakewood XC2, Washburn Lake, McCarthy Beach SP, Land O' Lakes, Stoney Ridge, French, Carver, Big Aspen, Como GC, Terrace Oaks, Hartley, Blackwater Environmental, Highland 9-hole GC, Columbia GC, Valley Spur and recent reports from McComb, Ed's Lake National, Columbia GC2, Como GC, Hilly Haven GC, Phalen GC, Ge-Che, Andes Tower Hill, Theodore Wirth North2, Three Island, Hiawatha GC, Banadad, Tower Ridge2, Pine Point2, William O'Brien SP, Bagley Nature, Neshota, Lake Elmo2, Scenic SP, French, Chomonix GC, Whitefish Dunes SP, McMiller, Flathorn-Gegoka, Highland 9-hole GC2, Greenbush2, Hoffman Hills, Nicolet North, Anvil National, Lakewood XC, Mother Bear, Carey Lake, Copper Falls SP, Madeline Lake, Gov Thompson SP, McNaughton Lake, Piedmont2, Lindenwood, Hartley, Spring Rapids, Rock Lake, Pioneer Creek, Legion, Lapham Peak2, Manka, Tilson Creek, Sugarbush, Mt. Ashwabay2, Moccasin, Timberland Hills, Forest History, Baker, Woodland2, Zillmer, Elm Creek, Timberland Hills West, Escanaba, Reforestation Camp2, Saint Mary's Univ, Lebanon Hills, Lake Superior View Golf, Superior MF, After Hours, Erkki Harju, Three Eagle, Swedetown, Battle Creek West.

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Pioneer Midwest: Marathon Season Wax Clinic

January 17, 2022
Pioneed Midwest will be hosting a wax clinic focused on the marathon race season. Service manager Jeremy Hecker will be going over how to get skis prepped for long distance races and what waxes to look towards for your big races this season.

US Elite Racing: Sun Valley SuperTour Recap

January 17, 2022
Sun Valley, Idaho played host this past weekend to the final races of Period II of the SuperTour, and was the final opportunity for athletes to potentially make their case for competing in the Olympics. Here to recap what went down is Michaela Keller-Miller, who also offers a brief preview of what's to come in Period III.

Out There: Birkie Week Race Service Filling Fast

January 17, 2022
Out There ski shop is reporting their openings for Birkie/Korte race wax service are already over 50% full. They offer two packages, a FULL service (similar to old fluros) and an RS service (similar to old LF wax).

Pioneer Midwest: Adventures from the Tour de Ski

January 17, 2022
Team Birkie coach Jeremy Hecker reports on travels with the Tour de Ski as he helped support the US Ski Team and Team Birkie athlete Zak Ketterson.

Pre-Loppet Coverage

January 16, 2022
Solid conditions and a great turnout Saturday morning for the Pre-Loppet races at Theodore Wirth. After leading group of eight off from the main field, Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch broke away in the final kilometer to finish first and second in the 18K freestyle race, with Andrew Brown third. Erica Meyers topped the women's field with Mary Beth Tuttle and Kim Rudd rounding out the podium. Jonathan Williams and Abigail Drach won the 5K distance races. Collecting 18K fat bike titles were Steve Marshall and Kate Coward. Results linked in, along with photo sets from the 18K freestyle and fat bike races.

River View Loppet Results

January 15, 2022
A beautiful day on the trails at After Hours Saturday for the River View Loppet races. In the opening 18K classic races, Eric Patternson and Bonnie Weiskopf strided to the wins. Freestyle 18K victories went to Peter Coenen and Lori Seele.

U18 Nations Trip Cancelled

January 15, 2022
In an email to the coaches and parents, the US announced it was cancelling the U18 Nations trip to Norway at the end of January due to covid concerns.

ABC Relays Results

January 15, 2022
A big turnout Saturday morning in Mora for the ABC Relays, racing on the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. The event came down to a battle between hometown Mora and Minneapolis Washburn. Washburn took the boys title by just three seconds over Mora, with Washburn's Derek Waddick and Nico Alexander posting the top classic and freestyle times respectively. Mora won the girls title in front of Washburn by 10 seconds, as Coon Rapids Lilah Gilyard had the best classic time while Johanna Perry, Washburn, had the fastest skate time.

Lapham Loppet Results

January 15, 2022
Nearly 150 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the annual Lapham Loppet, held this year on the snowmaking trails at Lapham Peak. Danny Sonnentag took the victory, edging out Thomas Stuber by just three seconds. The women's race was equally close with Lindsey Kriete besting Kim Hughes by just 10 seconds for the top time.

New Moon: Changing Up Your Glide Waxing Routine

January 14, 2022
New Moon provides some new perspectives on the glide waxing. Whether you are a newbie or a dyed-in-the-wool racer, changing up your wax routine can offer multiple benefits.