Archives 2023

NewTeam 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.

NNF: Drive for 25 Challenge Grant Through Tuesday

November 27, 2023
National Nordic Foundation's annual fundraiser effort, the Drive for 25, has a $10K challenge grant that ends Tuesday night! Check out your favorite Midwest ambassadors and help support this major funding source for our junior development.
- Paul Choudoir
- Davis Isom
- Kristen Bourne
- Kevin Bolger
- Renae Anderson
- Miles Miner
- Greta Hansen
- Alayna Sonnesyn
- Zak Ketterson
- Chad Salmela
- Bryan Fish
- Yuriy Gusev

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 Wraps Up this Weekend

November 22, 2023
National Nordic Foundation's annual fundraiser effort, the Drive for 25, will wrap up this weekend! Check out your favorite Midwest ambassadors and help support this major funding source for our junior development.
- Paul Choudoir
- Davis Isom
- Kristen Bourne
- Kevin Bolger
- Renae Anderson
- Miles Miner
- Alayna Sonnesyn
- Zak Ketterson
- Chad Salmela
- Bryan Fish
- Yuriy Gusev

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.

NNF: Drive for 25 Starts Monday, Nov 20th

November 15, 2023
The National Nordic Foundation's major fundraising effort, Drive for 25, starts Monday. They are currently seeking more ambassadors to help build excitement and raise funds.

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!

Yellowstone Ski Festival Fast Approaching

October 22, 2023
Weather is cooling down and the Yellowstone Ski Festival is only about a month away! Clinics are filling up, make your plans today -- and note some changes in lodging options.

Moose Nordic Offering Scholarships for the Women Ski Coaching Summit

October 12, 2023
The Women in Ski Coaching Summit is taking place next week in Park City, Utah, but there are still openings to attend virtual. The conference is a combination of professional development and education in ski coaching specific skills. Moose Nordic is offering three scholarships covering the fees to attend virtually, apply online.

CXC Online Auction Opens Wednesday

October 10, 2023
CXC's 7th Annual Online Auction opens Wednesday at noon with dozens of unique items up for grabs from nearly 20 different vendors and outdoor enthusiasts. Proceeds from the auction go towards supporting CXC programs and events.

Yellowstone Ski Festival and Clinics

October 8, 2023
The huge Yellowstone Ski Festival is coming Nov 18-26th in West Yellowstone, MT. The annual event draws in skiers from across North America to get early access to snow and celebrate the upcoming season. Check out their line up of clinics and find something for everyone.

Loppet Community Celebration Oct 17th

October 6, 2023
The Loppet Foundation is celebration it's 20th anniversary on Tuesday evening, Oct 17th, at the Trailhead. Come learn about the past 20 years and what they have planned ahead. Wear some old Loppet gear, enjoy a free beverage, treats and kids activities too.

NNF: Athlete Support Grants to 16 Skiers Announced

September 10, 2023
The National Nordic Foundation has awarded Athlete Support Grants to 16 skiers who exhibit a propensity for international racing success as a Nordic athlete.

Minneapolis Ski Club: Clinic on Training Junior Athletes, Oct 15th

September 8, 2023
Mark your calendars for October 15th to learn more about training junior athletes from Team Birkie and Minneapolis Ski Club coach Erin Moening. Held at the Theodore Worth Trailhead, the clinic will walk through the steps of building out multi-sport high school athletes, the unique challenges Minnesota high school athletes face, and what it takes to become one of the top junior skiers in the country. Register in advance to reserve your spot!

Gear West: Train Like a Pro with Alayna Sonnesyn, Sept 7th

August 31, 2023
Join four-time Birkie champion Alayna Sonnesyn next Thursday at Theodore Wirth Park for a dryland workout and presentation in partnership with Gear West and the Loppet. Bring your dryland poles and explore the trails of the 2024 World Cup races, then cool down with a Q&A session and chat about learning to ski in Minnesota, racing the World Cup, winning the Birkie four times, and everything in-between.

Lumi Experiences: Sign Up Before Aug 31st to Save on 2024 Italy Ski Trips

August 22, 2023
Through the end of the month Lumi Experiences is running a promotion on their 2024 Italy trips where you can save up to $200. If you've ever wanted to ski the famous Marcialonga Ski Marathon or see the stunning Seiser Alm plateau, now is the perfect time to consider signing up for one or both of the trips.

CXC John Hugus Community Leadership Award: Siiri Morse

August 8, 2023
The 2023 John Hugus Leadership Award winner is Siiri Morse from the Duluth skiing community. Morse has served on the DXC board, led the fundraising, trail maintenance, and grooming for Spirit Mountain Nordic Center, run the North XC and Nordic North Stars programs and organize major events at Grand Avenue Nordic Center.

CXC Announces Coaching Excellent Award: Deno Johnson

July 30, 2023
Each year CXC recognizes one of its great coaches with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award. This year’s recipient of the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award goes to Deno Johnson, who has as the head coach of NordicWerks SkiKlubb and a long-time member of the Midwest Junior National coaching staff.

NNF: Central REG Camp Recap

July 20, 2023
Central Regional Elite Group camp wrapped up last week in Cable, taking in the trails and roads of the Northwoods. Check out the full recap, including photos and videos.

BSF x Nordic Team Solutions Summer Nordic Clinics, Aug 26th

July 19, 2023
Coming to the Twin Cities from Bozeman, MT, join Andy Newell and a group BSF Pro Team athletes for a day of clinics for Junior and Master skiers alike at Theodore Wirth Park. Starting in the morning, the first of the three clinics will focus on speed for junior skiers, while the later two clinics will focus on dryland and skate rollerski technique for master skiers. Space is limited, so beat the rush and sign up soon.

NNF Online Auction Underway

July 9, 2023
National Nordic Foundation's Online Auction kicks off Monday, July 10th, with dozens of great items! All proceeds from NNF's summer auction go directly towards supporting their pillar projects for next winter.

CXC: Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award Announced

July 6, 2023
Tom Ajax has been honored with the Wayne Fish Volunteer of the Year Award this year. Ajax has been serving as the volunteer Chief of Operations - Infrastructure for the Loppet Foundation race organizing committees for the past 10 years

CXC Drawing in Final Stretch

July 6, 2023
CXC Annual Fundraising drawing is in the final week with the drawing being held July 17th. This year features Trek bikes with the winner able to choose from high-end road, mountain, gravel or fat bike! Only 250 tickets will be available for the drawing and less than 51 are left, so act quickly! The fundraiser supports the CXC Adaptive Program, which aims to produce and distribute adaptive sit-ski equipment to assist people with disabilities in learning and experiencing cross-country skiing.

Finn Sisu: Free Rollerski Clinic and Demo Wednesday, July 5th

June 30, 2023
This coming Wednesday Craftsbury Green Racing Project athletes Michaela Keller-Miller and Margie Freed will be hosting a rollerski clinic and demo with Finn Sisu at Long Lake Regional Park. Ideal for intermediate to advanced high school or college skiers, the focus of the clinic will be on coordination and stability exercises, as well as refining technique, with a Q&A and raffle scheduled for afterward. If you're considering attending, don't forget to fill out a waiver and register in advance.

Endurance Adventures: Free Strength Clinic Monday, July 10th

June 28, 2023
Coming up on July 10th Endurance Adventures will be hosting a free strength and balance clinic for master skiers. Join owner Kim Rudd and Olympian Brian Gregg for an evening of strength, plyometric, and balance exercises, and stick around afterward for drinks, appetizers, and a presentation on some of the upcoming trips to SilverStar, the Methow Valley, and Anchorage.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Returns June 1st

May 30, 2023
Returning from a three-year hiatus, this summer's Hoigaard's Paddle Derby kicks off on Thursday at Thomas Beach on Bde Mak Ska. Running through August 3rd, the weekly race series will have plenty of options available for paddlers of all abilities to get out and enjoy the Chain of Lakes.

Gear West: Registration Open for Summer Rollerski Clinics

May 25, 2023
For those looking to learn the basics of rollerski maintenance, safety, and technique along with ski technique drills and discussion, Gear West is hosting a series of summer rollerski clinics bimonthly through the month of June. The clinics are free to attend and are run out of the Gear West parking lot, with demos available for reservation as well.

CXC Drawing Underway

May 13, 2023
CXC Annual Fundraising drawing is underway, this year featuring Trek bikes: the winner can choose from high-end road, mountain, gravel or fat bike! Only 250 tickets will be available for the drawing, so act quickly! The fundraiser supports the CXC Adaptive Program, which aims to produce and distribute adaptive sit-ski equipment to assist people with disabilities in learning and experiencing cross-country skiing.

Endurance United Summer Junior Training Starts June 12th

May 8, 2023
We're just a few short weeks out from the start of Endurance United's summer junior training which kicks off on June 12th. Running through early August, there are three different training options to choose from, ranging from 3 sessions a week to 5 sessions a week.

Registration Open for Rice Creek Boat Club Summer Programs

May 4, 2023
With the waters warming throughout the Twin Cities, registration is now open for Rice Creek Boat Club's summer training programs. An excellent cross-training option for nordic skiing, this year's programs include several new and returning options.