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CXC: Team Birkie Announces New Teams for 2024-25 Season

April 19, 2024
Team Birkie’s U.S. Ski Team athletes Kevin Bolger and Zak Ketterson, welcome six new members to their top-tier, re-branded teams for the 2024-2025. Four-time American Birkebeiner winner, Alayna Sonnesyn, returns home and headlines the newly rebranded World Team which also includes Mariel Pulles and Christopher Kalev. A new Continental Team includes Luci Anderson, Henry Snider and Gretta Scholtz.

Endurance Adventures Offering MTB Clinics

April 2, 2024
Desire to gain confidence on the single-track trails? Join coach Kim Rudd for a four-week mountain bike series learning the Fundamental skills to keep you safe on the trails. And check out the women's weekend on the Cuyuna trails.

MNSA Nordic Banquet Scheduled for April 7th

March 25, 2024
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) is honoring Nancy Bauer and Kris Hansen as the 2024 Minnesota Nordic Skiing Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at a banquet on Sunday afternoon, April 7th at Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Guest speaker will be Ryan Rogers presenting a history of Nordic skiing in Minnesota. The banquet will also recognize top biathlon and master skiers as well as the Northern Lights Ski Club.

Last Chance to Save on 2025 Lumi Experiences

March 23, 2024
From Italy to Iceland – Lumi Experiences offers boutique cross-country ski vacations that introduce travelers to winter cultures where nordic skiing is a part of everyday life. Where do you want to ski next winter? Lumi’s 2025 Worldloppet, World Cup and Sight Skiing trips are filling quickly. You'll need to act soon to take advantage of the $300 / person early booking discount, offer ends March 31st!

SMST2 Team Accepting Applications

March 17, 2024
The SMS T2 team is accepting applications for its 2024 Summer Program and 2024-2025 Elite Team. Applications are due April 14th with roster selections made by May 1st.

Lumi Experiences: 2025 Estonia, Finland Trips

March 6, 2024
Did you know that “Lumi” is the Estonian and Finnish word for snow? Lumi Experiences Cross Country Ski Vacations just launched a special namesake Tartu and Finlandia trip for February 2025. In the medieval city of Tartu, visit Estonia’s Olympic Museum and ski the Tartu Worldloppet before taking a scenic ferry to Finland, where 180+ km of skiing, Finnish saunas and the Finlandia ski marathon await in Lahti. Book by March 31st and save $300 on any 2025 Lumi trip!

NorthStar Paddle League

March 1, 2024
Starting this summer, the Loppet Foundation, Twin Cities Paddlesports and Endurance United are joining together to create the NorthStar Paddle League (NPL). The NPL seeks to promote competitive youth paddlesports and will host three events in the summer of 2024 to introduce racing, build community, and celebrate the skills learned in individual programs.

Spring/Summer Training Programs

March 1, 2024
It's already time to start thinking about your spring and summer training activities!   Sign ups for programs are open now and many are filling fast...
Loppet Spring/Summer Programming - Something for everyone, from kids mountain bike camps to adult strength sessions.
Endurance United Spring Juniors - Spring junior sessions start on April 16th and registration is open now.
Minneapolis Ski Club Spring Sessions - Registration is open now for junior spring training sessions.

Lumi Experiences: 2025 World Cup Trips

February 20, 2024
After an thrilling weekend of World Cup racing in Minneapolis, Lumi Experiences Cross Country Ski Vacations is excited to announce three opportunities to catch World Cup racing in Europe next winter: Tour de Ski in Italy, Holmenkollen in Norway and the 2025 Trondheim Nordic World Championships. Cheer on your favorite World Cup athletes and enjoy all the extras of a Lumi trip: grandstand tickets, local trip leaders, 4-star hotel accommodation, all ground transportation, plus behind-the-scenes access and insights.

Low-Snow Blues Nordic Limerick Contest Entries

February 12, 2024
The crew of David Moore, Michael Kuhne, and Gill Creel have compiled the top entries from the "Low-Snow Blues" limerick challenge. Enjoy the clever and humorous entries from the skiing community!

Lumi Experiences: 2025 Trip Launch

January 20, 2024
Lumi Experiences just announced their 2025 cross country ski vacations. From Italy to Iceland, Lumi’s boutique trips introduce travelers to winter cultures where Nordic skiing is a part of everyday life. All guided trips – whether you are skiing a Worldloppet, cheering at the World Cup or simply enjoying beautiful skiing, delicious cuisine and cultural experiences on Sight-Skiing trips – are all led by local, expert trip leaders who would love to share their home trails with you. Save $300 per person when you reserve your spot before March 31, 2024!

North Star Ski Tour Club: Water Legacy Presentation for Jan 9th Meeting

January 2, 2024
North Star Ski Touring Club's monthly meeting on Jan 9th will feature Paula Maccabee, Advocacy Director and Counsel for Water Legacy, giving a presentation the need for environmental protection of Minnesota's clean waters and the communities that rely on them. Attend in-person or virtual via Zoom call.

North Star Ski Tour Club: New Member Drive - World Cup Bonus

December 22, 2023
The North Star Ski Touring Club is growing their member base and as an added incentive they are raffling off ten tickets for the sold out Loppet World Cup amongst the new members signing up between Dec 9th and Jan 9th.

Moose Nordic Clinic Friday at Battle Creek

December 18, 2023
Luke and Jake Brown, back from the European biathlon circuit, are leading a free Nordic clinic designed for high school and middle school racers. The clinic will be Friday evening, Dec 22nd, at Battle Creek West. Coaches, parents, and families are welcome to join in.

Mt. Telemark Village Club Challenge

December 15, 2023
Gather your friends and fire up your club members and help the Birkie achieve their fundraising goal for Mt. Telemark Village. The team/club that generates the largest contribution total will receive a free table at this year’s Jessie-Diggins-hosted Birkie Bash – with a guarantee that Jessie will stop by the table for a photo.

Lumi Experiences: Free Trip Giveaway

December 4, 2023
Lumi Experiences cross country ski vacations is partnering with the Worldloppet and giving away a trip for two on the 2024 France Transju' trip (valued over $10,000!) to celebrate Lumi's continued partnership as official tour operator of the Worldloppet ski marathon series. Act soon, you need to sign up for their newsletter by Dec 13 to enter!

NNF: Thanks to the Ski Community for Reaching Campaign Goal

December 1, 2023
With the Midwest leading the way, the National Nordic Foundation reached their fundraising Drive for 25 goal -- over $125K was raised. Thanks to all who contributed to help fund the Pillar Projects and Trail to Gold coaching program.

Team Birkie Lessons this Weekend

November 28, 2023
Members of Team Birkie will be offering group technique lessons Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, Dec 1-3, on-snow at Theodore Wirth. Limited spots available, proceeds support Team Birkie athletes.

DXC Winter Warmup Thursday Evening

November 26, 2023
Come out Thursday evening with DXC and the Birkie Foundations at Earth Rider Brewery as they collaborate for an evening celebrating success in the Midwest ski scene. Learn more about their winter plans, and enjoy a beverage with proceeds going to DXC!

NNF: Drive for 25 Fundraising Week

November 19, 2023
National Nordic Foundation's annual fundraiser effort, the Drive for 25, is running this week! Check out your favorite Midwest athletes as ambassadors and help support this major funding source for our junior development.

Endurance Adventures November Newsletter

November 15, 2023
Endurance Adventures has published their November newsletter with links to videos on ski and wax prep, articles on technique, interview with Andy Newell, and a Black Friday coupon.

Gear West: We Rise Women's Day, Dec 15th

November 14, 2023
Mark your calendars for Dec 15th, We Rise Rossignol Women's Day. Hosted by Gear West at the Trailhead in Minneapolis, enjoy a fun educational morning on snow for women of all abilities and all ages! Open to all abilities: Looking to learn to cross-country ski, improve on what you already know, and meet other like-minded outdoor snow-loving women.

North Star Ski Touring Club Presentation: Deb Diggins

November 11, 2023
On Tuesday evening, Nov 14th, Deb Diggins will give a presentation during the North Star Ski Touring Club general meeting on the topic, A Minnesota Ski Family's Journey from Mini-loppet to World Cup. Come out to the Danish American Center on Tuesday evening, or catch it on Zoom meeting.

Lumi Experiences: New Trip Announcement - ICELAND

November 9, 2023
Extend your ski season into April on the new Lumi Experiences trip to Iceland for a week of "sight-skiing" and the Fossavatn Worldloppet ski marathon. Book by November 30th to save $300.

Team Birkie Auction Underway

November 8, 2023
Team Birkie is fundraising with an online auction, running for just a week -- ending on Nov 15th. Checkout great items from supporting organizers like American Birkiebeiner Foundation, Swix, Toko, Rudy Project, Pioneer Midwest and more.

Soldier Hollow Online Fundraiser Starts this Weekend

November 2, 2023
Soup & SoHo is an annual fundraiser to celebrate and support Team Soldier Hollow athletes. This year the event will have an online and in-person component on November 4th featuring a broad selection of fantastic auction items that our athlete families and coaches procure from local businesses (and can be shipped across the lower 48). The funds raised from the auction directly support Team Soldier Hollow and help offset the 70% of program costs that aren’t covered by athlete tuition.

NNF: Trails to Gold Recipients Announced

October 27, 2023
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF), in conjunction with the Women Ski Coaches Association (WSCA), and Olympic Women’s Cross-Country Book Project haved announced the selection of eight women coaches to receive this year’s Trail to Gold Coaching Grant. From the Midwest, Erin Moening, Mpls Ski Club, Ruth Oppliger, NMU, and Annika Martell, Williams College, were grant recipients and will be working with the US Ski Team athletes this winter!