Rolling off a rock feature at the Englewood Open in Fall River, WI (Credit: Englewood Grass Farm)
Zak Ketterson heading to victory, Cable SuperTour/JNQ, December 11, 2021 (Credit: Jackie Schneider)

Midwest MTB Report

May 18, 2022
With conditions improving and trail systems opening back up, we return to Jay Richard's coverage of the happenings in and around the Midwest. This week's report dives into an assortment of national news and articles, in addition to local developments such as new trails coming to Minocqua Winter Park. The racing action continues as well, with the Big Mountain Enduro Series kicking off this past weekend, and Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and Wisconsin Off-Road Series on deck for this coming weekend.

Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships Set for June 12th

May 18, 2022
The Minnesota Canoe Association and TwoPaddles.org invites all high school students (grades 9-12) to participate in the Minnesota High School Canoe and Kayak Championships on Sunday June 12th in Coon Rapids. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided.

Training Presentation and Summer LNR and Loppet Run Programs

May 16, 2022
Loppet Sport Director Piotr Bednarski will give an endurance training presentation next Monday evening, May 23rd at the Trailhead. Joining Bednarski will be 1500m World Champion Abdi Bile. Presentation will cover differences between junior and adult training, with examples for xc skiing, running and cycling. Plus check out their wide array of summer training programs.

LNR Summer Training Info Meeting May12th

May 10, 2022
Loppet Nordic Racing will hold an information meeting this Thursday evening, May 12th at the Trailhead. Find out the latest on LNR summer programs and camps. There is also a Zoom meeting link.

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Nominated for the 2022-23 Season

May 10, 2022
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced 22 athletes nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2022-23 season. In addition to established veterans, including three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins and two-time Olympians Rosie Brennan and Scott Patterson, the team includes five new members. Moving up to the A Team for the coming season are 2022 Olympians JC Schoonmaker, Julia Kern, Novie McCabe, Ben Ogden and Patterson. Midwest athletes making the list include Zak Ketterson (B team) and Kevin Bolger (B team).

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 8, 2022
Beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River paddling races with over 125 entries competing. Pro Boat winners were Devin Arenz and Mike Vincent for the men, Jessica Kozarek and Patti Bohaty for the women, and Josie and Dave Nelson the top mixed pairing.

Haig Glacier On Snow Trip

May 6, 2022
Join coach and World Cup athlete Matt Liebsch for a week of summer skiing (and hiking) on Haig Glacier in the Canadian Rockies. This year's trip is scheduled for Aug 23-28. Save on fees by registering before June 15th.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Minutes

May 5, 2022
Minutes have been posted for the Spring Meeting of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association. Plus review amended bylaws, update your contact info, and reasons to join the association.

Midwest MTB Report

May 3, 2022
Rolling on despite a delayed start to the season in some places, Jay Richards in here to bring us up to speed on where the wheels are moving throughout the Midwest. Early season racing recaps, ongoing and upcoming skill clinics, an article of the week, and a look ahead to events on the horizon are all featured in this week's MTB report.

2022 Collegiate Tally Board

May 2, 2022
We've fired up the collegiate tally board, tracking high school Nordic skiing seniors and their future plans. Find out who's skiing in college, and contribute to the board.

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 2, 2022
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Open Track Birkie opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on early pricing by registering now!

Ariens Debuts New 20-Point Biathlon Range in Wisconsin

May 1, 2022
Groundbreaking has begun on a new 20-point biathlon range which will come online at the new Ariens Nordic Center this December, just south of Green Bay, WI. The facility will eventually include a year-round trail network for recreation, training and competition for cross-country skiing, biathlon, roller-skiing, running, hiking, and more, along with snowmaking and lighting.

Midwest MTB Report

April 27, 2022
As unlikely as it may seem in parts of the Midwest, spring is finally here, and with it, the mountain bike season. Delivering his first report of the year, Jay Richards takes an in depth look at two of the Midwest series soon to start up—the Wisconsin Off-Road Series and Minnesota Mountain Bike Series—and details some helpful communications tools for all things mountain biking, in addition to an article on sustainable tourism.

Regional Elite Group Teams Announced

April 26, 2022
The Regional Elite Group (REG) teams for both the Midwest and Great Lakes divisions have been posted. The Regional Elite Group brings together the top juniors to train and receive feedback, educational materials, and a glimpse at the bigger picture of Nordic ski racing. The main training camp is scheduled for early July in Marquette, MI.

Trail Reports Winding Down

April 24, 2022
With warm weather and rain, much of the skiing has wound down for the season. No recent reports.

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Spring Meeting Set for Saturday, April 30th

April 23, 2022
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Spring Meeting is this coming Saturday, April 30th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Topics on the agenda included proposed changes to the elections for offices, discussion on scoring for sprints and sprint layout, alternate State Meet schedules, possible changes to season dates, and more. Lunch will be provided.