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Blue Mound State Park, February 18, 2020 (Credit: Anna Meyer)
Irondale Trails, February 18, 2020 (Credit: Gary Medin)
French Regional Park, February 17, 2020 (Credit: Zak Kujala)

NewPrice Hike: Pepsi Challenge

February 18, 2020
The Pepsi Challenge, Feb 29th at Giants Ridge, is having their final price hike on Friday, Feb 21st. Register by Thursday night to avoid the price increase.

NewTrail Report Updates

February 18, 2020
Fresh snow for much of the region on Monday has made the skiing even better! New reports from Lakewood XC, Cascade River SP, Spirit Mtn, Lapham Peak2, Timberland Hills, Afterglow Lake, Nose Lake, Flathorn-Gegoka3, Whitefish Dunes SP, Kinnickinnic SP, Legion, Univ of Minnesota GC, Sugarbush, Theodore Wirth North2, CLCF2, Blue Mound SP, Coulee Experimental SF, Springvale, Gov Thompson SP, Lake Wissota SP, Elver, Tilson Creek, Battle Creek West2, Sister's Farm, Razorback Ridges, Phalen GC2, After Hours, Hiram, High Cliff SP, Lake Elmo3, Rock Lake, Zillmer2, Mukwonago, Wintergreen, Brunet Island SP, Lebanon Hills4, Milaca, Lester2, Anvil National, St. Croix Bluffs, Como GC, Escanaba, Mississippi National2, WinMan, Graystone, Forest Springs Camp, McNaughton Lake, Washburn Lake, North End, Baker, Chester Woods, Sugar Hills, Sheboygan Jaycee, Balsam Branch, Boulder Lake, Jack Lake, Cleary Lake2, Moccasin, Mother Bear, Tower Ridge, Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, Woodland, Madeline Lake, Raven, Lindenwood, Pike Lake Unit, Hayward Hospital, Cottage Grove Ravine, Green Haven GC, Anoka, Irondale, Greenbush, Grand Avenue, Columbia GC, Magney-Snively, Bridgewood, Hormel Nature, Superior MF, Minocqua Winter, Soaring Eagle, Birkie and recent reports from Blueberry Hills2, Columbia GC3, Hiawatha GC3, Mount Itasca, Sturgeon River, Madeline Lake, French2, Bagley Nature, Elm Creek, Penokee Mtn, Maplelag, Spirit Mtn2, Cut Lake, Afterglow Lake2, Washburn Lake Solitude, Bird Lake, Howard Wagoner, Lake Elmo, Phalen GC2, Chomonix GC2, Hiram, Black's Grove2, Superior MF, Big Aspen, Graystone, Suomi Hills, Amen Lake, Sugarbush2, Hickory Ridge, Goose Lake, Bridgewood, Cleary Lake, Escanaba, Chain of Lakes, Lake Maria SP, Reforestation Camp, Trout Lake, Sheboygan Jaycee, Hayward Forest, Mt. Ashwabay, Zillmer, Flathorn-Gegoka, Wolf Lake, Teacup, Hyland Lake3, Birkie, Theodore Wirth North2, Highland 9-hole GC, Timberland Hills, McMiller, Glen Lake GC, Balsam Branch, Brown Deer, Grand Avenue, Pincushion Mtn, Washburn Lake, Ashawa, Lapham Peak, Snow Mtn Ranch, Machickanee, WinMan, North End, Norpine (Deeryard/Lutsen).

NewFast Wax: Fluorocarbon Ban

February 18, 2020
Fast Wax dives into the fluorocarbon controversy, explaining the issues involved and how it related to their products now, as well as the future.

NewFischer Expanded Birkie Week Line-up

February 18, 2020
Fischer will have an active presence at the 2020 American Birkebeiner, including at the Birkie Expo with Kikkan Randall with autographs and neck tube sales, and handing out replacement poles on the powerline section on race day.

NewSwix Birkie Wax Tips

February 18, 2020
Swix Nordic Racing Service Director Evan Pengelly shares his recommendation for what waxes and tools to bring for your trip from Cable to Hayward.

NewFrankowski: Minnesota World Cup (aka FIS Sprint Tour) Qualification

February 17, 2020
Rosie Frankowski follows up her World Cup article with details on what it takes to qualify for the Minnesota World Cup in March. Read all the details, and discover the different pathways athletes might be taking.

NewFast Wax: Ski Waxing Tips

February 17, 2020
Fast Wax has cranked out a number of posts to help get your skis in the best shape for the Birkie. Find notes on preparation, brushes, wax irons, and money-saving tips.

NewMayor's Challenge Classic Coverage

February 17, 2020
Racing Monday at Wirth, the Mayor's Challenge wrapped up the JNQ season with classic technique events. Adam Martin posted a scorching fast 10K time of just over 22 minutes to take the men's victory. Kaitlynn Miller collected the victory in the women's 5K. Top U20 skiers were Gus Schumacher and Canadian Anne-Marie Petitclerc. U18 titles went to Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle, and fastest U16 times on the day belonged to Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

New Moon: Steve Morales Video Profile

February 16, 2020
Stoke your Birkie Fever! Enjoy this interview with New Moon founder, Steve Morales, and his thoughts on the past and a bright future.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Sprints Coverage

February 16, 2020
The Loppet Foundation began their final push to the World Cup with the Mayor's Challenge freestyle sprints Sunday at Theodore Wirth. The course setup provided the organization another chance to dry-run their World Cup layout. In the senior heats, mens U20 sensation Gus Schumacher posted the top qualifying time and took each heat in route to winning the title. On the women's side, Becca Rorabaugh bested Erika Flowers in the finals. Many juniors raced in the senior heats, thus providing some opportunity for others in the junior heats. Junior titles were earned by Charlie Grabow and Lauren Loppnow, U16 titles for Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos by Jackie Schneider posted.

Birkie Waxing Service

February 15, 2020
A lot of options out there for getting your race skis ready for the big Birkie and Korte events...
- Ski Hut
- New Moon
- Gear West
- Hoigaards
- Pioneer Midwest
- Boulder Nordic
- Finn Sisu
Note:  Many of these stores have a cut-off for dropping off your skis early this week, so don't delay!


Waxing Recommendations

Minnesota State Meet Recap and Stats

February 15, 2020
With the State Meet in the books and a day to catch our breath and look over the numbers, we present our meet recap and expanded stats breakdown. Read up on the big movers and interesting team stats, plus see how our predictions panned out.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage

February 15, 2020
Beautiful weather Saturday for the annual Minnesota Finlandia events in Bemidji. Craig Cardinal collected another rose-mailed axe in taking the premiere 50K title with Jenna Ruzich the women's champion. Soren Dybing pulled ahead for the 25K freestyle victory with Susanne Hill the top female. Classic 25K titles went to Kerrie Berg and Nicholas Youso. And the skiathlon winners were Logan Jenson and Anna Dehler. Results posted, plus some photos from Monte Draper.

Minnesota State Meet Coverage

February 14, 2020
Quite a long day at Giants Ridge Friday for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championships. Cold weather delayed and compressed the morning races and some issues with results delayed the afternoon pursuit races even further. Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, grabbed the early lead by posting the top skate time in the morning freestyle race. But it was St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening putting on a stunning classic pursuit to overtake Tuttle and win the overall title! Tuttle finished second with Forest Lake's Jordan Parent third. On the boys side, Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, got the pursuit head start after taking the freestyle race. Starting fourth, Henry Snider of MPA, strided his way up to Anderson, and the two came into the finish together, Snider just edging ahead for the pursuit victory. CJ Young, Maple Grove, rounded out the podium in third. St. Paul Highland Park girls beat out Forest Lake by 12 points for the team title, Stillwater taking third. Forest Lake and Minneapolis Southwest tied on points with Forest Lake winning the tie-breaker based on time (8 seconds difference!), St. Paul Highland Park was third. Results are up along with big photosets and even video highlights!

Biathlon: Susan Dunklee Takes Silver at World Championships

February 14, 2020
American Susan Dunklee earned a surprising silver medal Friday at the World Biathlon Championships in the 7.5K sprint event. Dunklee pulled off a very similar peak with a second place in the 2017 Worlds.

Finn Sisu: Wax Service, Race Gear, World Cup Tickets

February 13, 2020
Finn Sisu's latest newsletter covers their race wax service deadlines, race essentials, and a race ski offer: free Fastenal Parallel 45 World Cup general admission ticket with purchase of any 2019-20 race ski.

Minnesota State Meet Champions: Where Are They Now?

February 12, 2020
With the 2020 Minnesota State Meet on Friday, we had Luke Brown take a roll call of the last 20 years of State Meet champions, checking in to see where they are now, the memories they have from that big day, and more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Birkie Reveals Handcrafted Champion Awards

February 12, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has revealed the 2020 overall champion awards which will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in the Slumberland American Birkebeiner (male/female, skate/classic), the Kortelopet (male/female, skate/classic) and Prince Haakon (top three overall winners) during podium ceremonies next week.