Archives 2020

CXC/Salomon Club Support Grant Announced

December 1, 2020
CXC Skiing has announced over $8K in grants as part of the CXC/Salomon Club Support Program which will go to member clubs that offer programming and race support for youth (U16) and adaptive youth.

NNF: Drive for 25 - $10K Challenge Grant

November 30, 2020
The National Nordic Foundation is highlighting a $10,000 matching grant challenge. Please step up to help fund our Nordic development in the US.   Some of the Midwest ambassadors include:
Ian Torchia
Alayna Sonnesyn
Rosie Frankowski
Mara McCollor
Ben Saxton
Bryan Fish
CXC Skiing

Nordic Opener Cancelled

November 23, 2020
Due to Minnesota Governor's latest executive order, the Nordic Opener Celebration scheduled for Dec 5th at Hyland Lake Park has been cancelled.

Minnesota Training and Events Impacted by Covid

November 19, 2020
The latest executive order by Governor Walz directly impacts many training activities, including group workouts.  Some of the ones that have posted updates:
- Loppet LNR Juniors Go Virtual
- Loppet Adult Programs Delayed
- Endurance United Juniors Go Virtual
- Loppet's Turkey Traverse Run Cancelled
The Minnesota State High School League is expected to issue policy changes on Friday for winter sports.

NNF: Drive for 25 - Challenge Grant

November 15, 2020
The National Nordic Foundations annual fundraiser drive is in full swing and now has a $10K challenge grant available. Donate before Saturday to help collect the special grant! Funding supports junior development, especially the international competitions.

Turkey Birkie Holiday Festival Announced

October 27, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is hosting a fun, on-snow festival Nov 27-29 at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable. Test drive some equipment from vendors like Salomon, Madshus and Rossignol on the man-made snow loops, maybe take a ski lesson from CXC, or just come out to ski. Register today!

Loppet: Trail Kids Winter Program Registration Opens Nov 1st

October 27, 2020
The popular Loppet Foundation Trail Kids Winter Programs registration will open Sunday morning, Nov 1st. The Winter Trail Kids programs are design for youth ages 7–13 years old and provides coaching instruction for both classic and skate ski technique.

NNF: Drive for 25 Fundraising Underway

October 22, 2020
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.

Loppet: Winter Programs

October 22, 2020
The Loppet Foundation has released their lineup of winter training programs and activities. Find details on new events like the Turkey Traverse 5K as well as a large set of clinics and training programs for all ages. And there will be a virtual presentation on youth and collegiate skiing on Wed evening, Nov 4th.

Three Rivers Clubs and Programs Registration

October 15, 2020
Three Rivers Cross-country ski clubs and programs will open for registration next week on Wed, Oct 21st. Find programs at Hyland and Elm Creek for beginners and immediate.

Finn Sisu: Vakava Masters Fall/Winter Program

October 1, 2020
Finn Sisu is offering Fall/Winter Masters Ski training again this season. Dryland sessions begin Oct 15th, classes are limited in size due to COVID so sign up soon!

Fall CXC Coaches Conference and Certification

September 22, 2020
The weekend of Oct 16-18 is set up for the CXC Wayne Fish Coaches Conference and Certification, this year going virtual (online). The full schedule is still under development, and US Ski and Snowboard Coaches Certification is undergoing changes to curriculum and platforms, so stay tuned for more details. CXC is also working to improve their field in-person one day clinics for L100 certification.

Endurance United Adult Fall/Winter Programs

September 21, 2020
Endurance United fall and winter Nordic training programs are open for registration. Endurance United is adaptable and flexible with their programming in an effort to keep all participants as safe and healthy as possible. Fall training starts the week of Sept 28th.

Web Roundup

September 20, 2020
Team Gregg - Brian and Caitlin Gregg are interviewed by Toko's Ian Harvey in a wide ranging video.
Inspiring Women - Norwiski features six women that provide inspiration in the Nordic skiing world.
Modified Season - Minnesota ski resorts prepare for a modified season due to the global pandemic.  And an announcement on some Colorado ski resorts plans.
Covid Impacts - Runners World shares the struggles with Covid recovery on some elite athletes.
Ironman Journey - NY Times highlights a number of the challenges the Ironman triathlon has dealt with in the pandemic.
Backwards - A new world record has been set for running the mile -- backwards!

CXC Online Auction Underway

September 16, 2020
The 5th Annual CXC Online Auction is officially open. Over 100 unique items and one of a kind gear. Bid early and check back often as the auction is only active until Thursday evening, Sept 24th. Funds raised support CXC programs and events.

CXC Rollerski Challenge Leg 5 Begins

September 1, 2020
The CXC Rollerski Challenge now enters the final leg of their summer long series, and it's not too late for you to join in! The final virtual leg covers the distance from Afton, MN to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, 53K -- and you've got eight days to complete the distance.

Moose Nordic Cable Clinic this Weekend

September 1, 2020
Midwest elite skiers Paul Schommer, Jake and Luke Brown, will be hosting a free dryland clinic this Saturday, Sept 5th in Cable. All three skiers are members of the US Biathlon team and will observe safe pandemic guidelines for the two hour event. Please RSVP.

Loppet Foundation Fall Program Registration Now Open

August 30, 2020
The Loppet Foundation has a large line up of fall training programs available. To determine which program is best for you or to learn how they plan to keep coaches and participants safe during COVID-19, take in their Virtual/In-Person Loppet Sport Fall Training Presentation on Wednesday, September 9th, at 7pm.

Three Rivers Dryland Training Programs

August 26, 2020
Three Rivers is offering dryland training programs at Hyland, French and Hyland Parks this fall. Registration will open on September 1.

Endurance United Fall Junior Training Registration Open

August 11, 2020
Endurance United has opened registration for their fall junior programs. The group will be practicing is smaller groups and following recommended guidelines for a safe training environment.

CXC Rollerski Challenge Leg 4 Begins

July 20, 2020
The CXC Rollerski Challenge now enters leg 4 with the emphasis on distance. Starting in Hayward, skiers have until August 30th to make their way to Afton (hometown of Jessie Diggins) by logging 196K virtual kilometers.

NNF Online Auction

July 19, 2020
The National Nordic Foundation is running their online auction now through July 29th. Check out the unique items and bid, proceeds benefit junior development and racing.

CXC Rollerski Challenge Enters Leg 3

July 13, 2020
CXC has entered leg 3 of their summer long rollerski challenge. The third leg is a short 55K segment, virtually running from Cable to Hayward. You've got until July 19th to log the distance. Plus check out their photo album from leg 2.

Vakava Juniors Free Virtual Summer Training Program Starts June 15th

June 11, 2020
Vakava Juniors Summer Training program is going virtual for 2020, and it will be free of charge. Get weekly training plans, video analysis, online meetings, and more. (Adults are welcome as well!)

LNR Summer Training Info Meeting this Wednesday

May 18, 2020
Join coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski for an online video conference this Wednesday at 7 pm where they will review Loppet Nordic Racing's 2020 summer training plans and how they will be adapting training groups to keep everyone safe in the COVID19 world. Summer training starts Monday June 8th.

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Video: Zoom Video Conference

Coronavirus Update: Junior Summer Training Plans

May 8, 2020
With this spring anything but normal, Luke Brown checks in with some of the Midwest junior programs to see how their coping with the pandemic and what their plans are for summer training.