Archives 2019-2020

Mount Itasca 100K Ski

March 27, 2020
Garrett Beckrich reports: With skiing conditions still perfect at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, around half a dozen skiers got together Thursday. Their goal was to attempt skiing 100 kilometers! The challenge started at 7am with fast icy snow that turned to warm, slow slush around noon. Assisted by Max Durtschi for the first 80k, Vasek Cervenka and Garrett Beckrich managed to ski 21 laps in just over 6 hours to complete the challenge. Vlad Cervenka, Matej Cervenka, Warren Rosholt, and Petra Cervenka skied around 75k. If you live near Coleraine don’t be afraid to still get out your skis and go!

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World Cup Celebration

March 15, 2020
An informal celebration of all the planning and organizing for the Minneapolis World Cup was held Sunday morning at Wirth. In attendance was Jessie Diggins, thanking all those involved, as well as Alayna Sonnesyn and many other local stars, past and present. Jessie and a group skied one "hot lap" of the World Cup sprint course, as several hundred skiers came out to enjoy the excellent course conditions and see the stadium set up in all it's World Cup dressing.

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Photoset: World Cup Celebration

Rice Creek Boat Club Registration Open

February 25, 2020
Rice Creek Boat Club has announced their summer training programs and a list of the top reasons you should consider joining up! Registration is now open.

Trail Kids Test Drive Sessions

December 20, 2019
TRAIL KIDS test drive sessions are being offered in January. The sessions feature classic technique drills, relays and games on skis with the main focus on developing skills, having fun and falling in love with a lifetime sport.

Optimize Winter Hydration

December 20, 2019
Dr. Marie-Christine Leisz explains how hydration is a very important part of Nordic skiing training and racing performance, and one that many athletes don't recognize as easily in the winter.

Annual Double Birkie is Set for Saturday, Dec 28th

December 20, 2019
The annual Double Birkie event, skiing the entire length AND back in a single day, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 28th. Skiers are free to join in anywhere along the way and ski their own distance.

Minnesota Nordic Opener this Saturday

December 5, 2019
Three Rivers Park District's huge Nordic Opener event this Saturday, Dec 7th, at Elm Creek. Come see vendors and reps from across the industry, try out new equipment and celebrate the start to ski season!

NNF: Drive for 25 Ends this Week

December 3, 2019
The National Nordic Foundations annual fundraiser drive is wrapping up this week and is trying to approach the fundraising goal. Please contribute this week! Funding supports junior development, especially the international competitions.

LNR Adult Winter Programs Startup

December 1, 2019
LNR's adult winter training programs start up this week! New offerings this season are three week technique sessions and a women's technique and fitness group.

NNF: Drive for 25 - Challenge Grant

November 26, 2019
The National Nordic Foundations annual fundraiser drive is in full swing and now has a $20K challenge grant available. Donate by next Tuesday to help collect the special grant! Funding supports junior development, especially the international competitions.

Torchia Fundraiser in Rochester Saturday

November 20, 2019
The Rochester community is putting on a big fundraising effort for Ian Torchia's 2019-2020 season, hosting a 5K fun run, chili dinner and silent auction, this Saturday, Nov 23rd at Quarry Hill nature center.

Gear West Hosting Alayna Sonnesyn Fundraiser on Thursday

November 16, 2019
Gear West is helping sending off local star Alayna Sonnesyn as she heads out for the 2019-20 racing season with a fundraiser and silent auction event on Thursday, Nov 21st. Come out and hear Sonnesyn's Birkie story along with an update on her training, enjoy some nice food and drink, and even score something from the raffle.

Kikkan in Duluth

November 16, 2019
A big turnout Saturday in Duluth as Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall came to town to help with the finishing stretch of the Grand Avenue fundraising campaign. Saturday afternoon started with a great celebration and mini ski clinic with Randall on the man-made snow at Grand Avenue, followed by a presentation in the chalet. Saturday evening was the big Snowball event, with Kikkan Randall as the headliner speaker. Photos from the afternoon by Cece Boyle.

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Grand Avenue Project

NNF: Drive for 25 - World Cup Impact

November 13, 2019
As part of the annual Drive for 25 fundraiser, National Nordic Foundation has gathered support videos from a number of elite athletes, sharing how NNF helped make their World Cup dreams possible.

DXC: Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall in Duluth Saturday

November 13, 2019
DXC and Spirit Mountain will be hosting Olympic Gold Medalist Kikkan Randall this upcoming Saturday afternoon, Nov 16th in Duluth for a free public event at the Grand Avenue Chalet, in support of the Grand Avenue Nordic Center. She will also be the guest of honor and speaker at a ticketed fundraiser event, the Snow Ball, that evening at the Malting Building. Get your tickets before they sellout!

CXC Bike Drawing Ends Tonight!

November 11, 2019
The annual CXC Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program ends tonight (Monday, Nov 11th). The winner will receive a custom-designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame built with wheelset and components. Get your tickets now!

Jessie Diggins Girls Workout at Lake Elmo

November 7, 2019
Stillwater coach Kris Hanson shares photos and summary from a fun girls workout with Jessie Diggins at Lake Elmo on Wednesday.

CXC Bike Drawing Final Days

November 6, 2019
The annual CXC Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program is coming up fast -- Tuesday, Nov 12th. The winner will receive a custom-designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame built with wheelset and components. Get your tickets now!

Endurance United Adult Winter Programs

November 5, 2019
Endurance United has their fall/winter and winter only adult training programs open for registration. The fall/winter program is underway now while the winter only program starts up in December. Both programs run through February.

DXC: Sprint to the Finish on Nov 16th

November 5, 2019
Duluth is hosting two huge events on one day, Kikkan at Grand Ave and their Annual Snow Ball, Saturday, Nov 16th. Come out in the afternoon and meet with Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall, and come back in the evening for fundraiser and raffle with Randall.

CXC Rollerski Cup Series Rolls On

November 3, 2019
The Rollerski Loppet last weekend was the first stop in the CXC Rollerski Cup series, the next events will be Grinding Up Granite, Nov 9th in Wausau and then the Up, Up and Away 10K at Brigham County Park on Nov 16th.

NNF: Drive for 25 Fundraising Underway

November 3, 2019
National Nordic Foundation's annual fundraiser effort, the Drive for 25, is now underway! Check out your favorite Midwest athletes as ambassadors and help support this major funding source for our junior development.

Three Rivers: Winter Training Programs

November 3, 2019
Three Rivers Park District has opened registration for its Citizen Racer Skate Ski Club and Intermediate-Advance training programs.

LNR: Adult Winter Training Groups Forming Now

October 20, 2019
LNR's Winter Adult training groups are open for registration. The groups focus on preparing for racing and target skiers ages 20 and on up.

CXC Bike Drawing Fast Approaching

October 16, 2019
The annual CXC Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program is at 28% of their goal with just a few weeks left. The winner will receive a custom-designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame built with wheelset and components! Drawing is scheduled is Oct 29th.

Torchia Fundraiser Event Nov 23 in Rochester

October 15, 2019
The Rochester community is putting on a big fundraising effort for Ian Torchia's 2019-2020 season, hosting a 5K fun run, chili dinner and silent auction, on Saturday, Nov 23rd at Quarry Hill nature center.

Out There: Meet Kevin Bolger Nov 1st

October 13, 2019
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is hosting a meet up with World Cup skier and Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger, Friday evening, Nov 1st. Come out for a short dryland session then back to the shop for snacks, beverages and chat with Bolger.

CXC: Chicagoland Rollerski Clinic

October 7, 2019
Birkie champion Matt Liebsch will join CXC's certified coaching staff for a two-hour dryland and rollerski technique clinic in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, on Saturday, Oct 26th. Afterwards, get caught up on all things Birkie with director Ben Popp at an evening get-together. Registration is now open.

Gear Western Coming Oct 12th

October 4, 2019
Gear West's half marathon running race, the Gear Western, is set for Saturday, Oct 12th. The western theme race features long-sleeve flannel shirts to all finishers and a special hobby horse division! There's also a 5K race.

DXC: Kikkan in Duluth, Nov 16th

October 1, 2019
Join DXC on Saturday, Nov 16th, at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center to see Kikkan in action and hear her talk about her amazing path to gold. And in the evening, help finish the Grand Avenue snowmaking campaign by attending the Snow Ball, with guest speaker Kikkan Randall.

Loppet: Trail Kids Sessions Kicking Off

September 30, 2019
Late fall Trail Kids sessions at the Loppet Foundation are starting up on October 1st, with the Loppet Games scheduled for Oct 26th. There is still time to jump in! And coming in early November, an informational meeting for the Trail Kids Nordic ski team.

Loppet Announces Loppet Run 365 Program

September 27, 2019
The Loppet Foundation has announced its new running program, Loppet Run 365, featuring Abdi Bile, as the Loppet Running Director. Bile is an two-time Olympian and 1500m World Champion and has very distinguished coaching career.

CXC: National Coaching Symposium in Twin CIties this Weekend

September 22, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Cross Country National Coaches Symposium will be held this weekend, Sep 27-29th in the Twin Cities. The event features a series of nationally-acclaimed presenters, as well as a chance to see the sprint course at nearby Theodore Wirth Park which will be used for the World Cup sprints next March. The event is open to all interested parties, register now.

Trail Kids Adventure Trail Running Race #1 Coverage

September 17, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: TRAIL KIDS had our first Adventure Trail Running Race Tuesday starting and finishing in the upper stadium at Theodore Wirth. We had two races with about 100 youth from Loppet Junior Anwatin, North East and Wirth Teams.

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Event Set for Sep 22nd

September 10, 2019
Endurance United's epic fall training rollerski event, 55K from Desnoyer Park to downtown Stillwater is scheduled for Sunday, Sept 22nd. The route connects some of the best trails in the metro, with a great gentle downhill grade to the finish. Reserve your spot now and help support EU's junior scholarship fund.

Cross Country National Coaches Symposium and Regional Clinics

September 9, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is hosting its biennial Cross Country National Coaches' Symposium in Minneapolis, Sep 27-29th. The focus this year is on Junior and Youth Development. Presenters of the highest caliber will be participating, including Brit Baldishol – Development Manager for the Norwegian Ski Federation. Note: it is not mandatory to be a Level 100 or Level 200 certified coach to attend.

LNR Fall Training Groups Kickoff Starting this Week

September 4, 2019
LNR has a variety of fall training groups kicking off the first week of September. Fall is the time to get the body in shape for winter with sport specific technique, strength and fitness. Find the right group for you from locations on West River Road, Hyland and the Trailhead with dryland, rollerskiing, and strength training programs.

Finn Sisu: CXC Coaches Clinic Sep 14th

September 4, 2019
Finn Sisu is hosting CXC Coaches clinics on Saturday, September 14th. Coaches can work toward their level 100 or 200 certification or complete their continuing education requirements.

Yellowstone Fall Training Camp

August 30, 2019
Registration is now open for the West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp, part of the huge Yellowstone Ski Festival, Nov 26-30th. Offerings including everything from 1-day classic touring to 5-day skate and classic technique for performance.

Three Rivers: Fall Dryland Training Programs

August 28, 2019
Three Rivers is holding adult dryland training groups at French and Hyland Parks this fall. The programs fire up by mid-September, so get signed up today!

CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference Set for mid-October

August 21, 2019
CXC has announced the Fall Coaches Certification and Conference for Oct 18-20, this year being held the UW campus in Rice Lake. The event will feature guest speakers and offer the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 and 200 Coaches Certification.

Loppet Fall Adult Training Programs

August 19, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a variety of fall training groups kicking off the first week of September. Training groups cover everything from dryland to rollerskiing to advanced workouts for top skiers.

CXC Master Camps

August 13, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is holding a series of weekend-long group sessions from August thru December. Attend full weekends or selected days. The next session is this weekend, August 16-18, in Cable.

Loppet Trail Kids Age Gap Relays

August 1, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around 160 youth and adults participated in the 2019 age gap mountain bike relay race at Wirth Trailhead on Tuesday evening. Following the event families enjoyed a grill out dinner, door prizes and awards ceremony on a perfect summer night at the Trailhead!

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Photoset: Age Gap Relays
Results: Age Gap Relays Results

Finn Sisu: Dietician Jared Sundstrom on Peak Skiing Performance

July 30, 2019
Finn Sisu will have dietitian Jared Sundstrom in the shop Monday evening, August 5th, for a discussion on what to eat for peak skiing performance.

Trail Kids Fall Program Registration Underway

July 30, 2019
The Loppet Foundation is already recruiting for the fall Trail Kids programs, with options for mountain biking, orienteering, rollerskiing, and adventure runs. Register before Aug 22nd to avoid the late summer price hike.

Endurance United Fall Programs

July 23, 2019
Fall training is just over a month away and Endurance United has a number of great options for juniors, as well as youth athletes. Checkout their full line up and register by July 31st to beat the next price hike.

Gear West: Taking Strides Rollerski Clinic

July 15, 2019
Gear West is presenting a special evening with Birkie champ Alayna Sonnesyn, Thursday, Aug 8th at the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Sonnesyn will talk about transitions in her skiing career spanning many years and then afterward will give a rollerski clinic.

Spotlight: LNR Juniors Classic Rollerski

July 2, 2019
Tuesday morning we dropped in on the LNR Juniors competition team in Afton, Minnesota. Enduring damp and humid conditions, the group hit the major climbs on the backroads for a number of sustained L3 intervals under the guidance of coaches Chris Harvey and Andrew Joda.

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Haig Glacier Camp Recap

June 24, 2019
Matt Liebsch reports: This year marked my 11th trip to the Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center aka the Haig Glacier. Our group included a mix of junior, college and master skiers. Due to the high snow pack, we had to take a helicopter ride into and out of camp. The camp included 6 mornings of skiing and the afternoons included hiking, snowshoeing, strength and new this year, snowman building and snowball fights. We received over 2 feet of snow midweek which is extremely rare for the end of June. The ski conditions varied all week but the group managed to ski and train many hours. Already looking forward to next year!

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Hoigaards: Rollerskiing 101 this Saturday

June 12, 2019
Come out this Saturday morning, Jun 15th, for Hoigaards original Rollerski 101 clinic. Learn the basics of rollerskiing in a small class setting. Registration is required. Note: Clinic time changed to 1 pm.

Endurance United: Summer Juniors Kick Off Jun 10th

May 29, 2019
Endurance United has junior (~ages 14-19), bridging (~ages 11-13), and trail kids (~ages 8-13) outdoor programming available starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. The junior and bridging programs are focused on summer Nordic ski training and will include rollerskiing, trail running/bounding, and strength workouts. The trail kids program will include mountain biking, trail running/orienteering, and/or rollerskiing. Athletes are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later so they can ensure they have the appropriate number of coaches at each session.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts This Thursday Evening

May 28, 2019
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is back for their 38th year of fun paddling competition on the Minneapolis Lakes! The Paddle Derby is a series of ten races on Thursday evenings, beginning this Thursday, May 30th through August 8th. They invite all levels -- from recreational paddlers to experienced racers -- to compete.

Finn Sisu: Vakava Juniors Starting Up June 10th

May 28, 2019
Register today for Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors Summer Training program and ski faster next season. They've designed the program to help middle school through college-aged skiers to improve technique and build strength and endurance. Coaches include Greg Weier, Chris Torvi, Richard Clark, Ahvo Taipale, Hanna Torvi, and Cece Boyle and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Battle Creek, starting June 10th!

LNR Summer Junior Programs

May 14, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full plate of summer programming for juniors this year, including a number of special camps and various teams to cover all levels of juniors. Plus, sign up before May 16th to avoid the next price hike.

LNR Adult Summer Programs

May 11, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a number of offering for adult training this summer including strength training, rollerskiing, and even pairing with Trail Kids. Sign up now, most programs fire up in June.