American Birkebeiner, February 26, 2022

Birkie's Ben Popp Elected as Worldloppet President

June 16, 2024
At the recent General Meeting for the Worldloppet, held this year in Sapporo, Japan, the American Birkebeiner's Executive Director Ben Popp was elected as the new Worldloppet International Skifederation President. The Birkie was the place of birth of the Worldloppet concept back in 1978.

Ski Hut Opens New Adventure Center

June 16, 2024
Ski Hut in Duluth has opened a new shop, dubbed the Adventure Center, located across the street from Spirit Mountain Nordic Center on Grand Avenue.

Loppet: Executive Director Claire Wilson Stepping Down

June 7, 2024
After several years of bringing growth and evolution to the Loppet Foundation, Executive Director Claire Wilson has announced she will be stepping down in September to join her partner in Washington, DC. Under Wilson's direction, the Loppet has expanded its community role while weathering some difficult times, culminating last February with the World Cup races at Theodore Wirth. The Foundation board will begin a search for a new Executive Director.

Job Openings

June 4, 2024
Winter may be a ways out yet, but that's hasn't stopped several organizations from preparing for the upcoming ski season. Recent additions to the job notices include program director, head coach, and development coach opportunities.

NNF: New Summer Speaker Series Starts June 7th

June 2, 2024
The National Nordic Foundation is launching a new virtual summer speaker series featuring experts like elite runner Grant Fisher, US ski team's strength coach Tschana Schiller, Norwegian performance researcher Hans Kristian Stadheim and former US ski team member Andy Newell. The free talks support NNF's athlete development camps while providing sport education. Attendance is capped at 300 with recordings for registrants only.

Midwest MTB Report

May 31, 2024
May has come and gone, and despite a lot of rain throughout the Midwest the mountain bike scene has been going strong. June brings with it warmer temps and even longer days, so to give us some inspiration of what to do with those extra minutes Jay Richards has for us another installment of his Midwest MTB report.

NNF: Summer Pillar Projects Kick into Gear in June

May 30, 2024
The National Nordic Foundation partners with US Ski and Snowboard for Pillar Projects of summer development camps emphasizing national collaboration. This includes regional elite group (REG) camps for top U18/U20 skiers, a first-ever U16 National Camp, and an International Junior Camp in Europe.

Tribute to Mark Ernst Planned for June 1st

May 27, 2024
On Saturday, June 1st, there will be a celebration of Mark Ernst's life at De Pere Voyager Park, open house style, with some activities, food and beverage. "Coach Ernst" of Green Bay, founded local clubs like Hillcrest Running and Bay Nordic and inspired active lifestyles through supporting school/community sports like NDA cross-country and Door County events. Ernst passed away in January.

Team Birkie Regional Team Announced

May 26, 2024
Emma Stertz, Dolcie Tanguay, Connor Roberts, and David Ronnevik join Team Birkie's Regional Team for post-collegiate ski racing development. The experienced athletes, including former biathletes and a state high school standout, aim to benefit the Midwest ski community. Aidan Ripp joins the Continental Team after a stellar USCSA career.

Endurance United: Junior Nordic and Paddling Programs Starting Soon

May 26, 2024
Summer Junior Program - Join for a summer of Nordic training focused on technique, volume, strength, and intensity.
Summer Paddling Programs - SUP and sprint kayak programs for juniors, plus an advance canoe racing program for adults.
Programs start June 10th!

Midwest MTB Report

May 23, 2024
Bouncing back after a tough break with a wrist injury a month back, Jay Richards returns this week with a new Midwest MTB Report. Covering the start of the series season in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, this week's report includes highlights from race #1 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series and race #2 in the Wisconsin Off-Road Series, plus news and notes related to the trails at Telemark, racing at Split Rock, and World Cup at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.