Archive | November, 2008

FIS XC World Cup #2 Kuusamo 10km/15km – Kershaw 5th, Freeman 16th, Randall 23rd

November 30, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – Canada’s Devon Kershaw, 25, had an excellent race placing 5th in the men’s 15km individual start on Sunday won by Norway’s Martin Johnsrud. USA’s Kris Freeman was … READ MORE →

Tough Jumps Hamper U.S. at Kuusamo Nordic Combined Opener

November 30, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) led the way for the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team as they finished 27th and 28th in the first … READ MORE →

SuperTour 2009 – Arritola, Babikov Win 10km Skate

November 30, 2008 (West Yellowstone, MT) – The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s Morgan Arritola (Ketchum, ID) had another successful day of racing, winning the women’s 10km freestyle race … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #2 Kuusamo Sprints – Newell 11th, Kuhn 15th

November 29, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – USA’s Andy Newell finished 11th after qualifying 8th in the men’s 1.2km sprint at the FIS XC World Cup #2 in Kuusamo on Saturday won … READ MORE →

Great Glen Trails Open for the Winter Season

November 29, 2008 (Pinkham Notch, NH) – The Great Glen Trails will open for the 2008/2009 winter season today. Great Glen Trails will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for cross country … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Launches Fantasy Tour de Ski 2008.09 Contest

Up to $7,500 in Prizes

November 28, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – With the Nordic ski season unfolding race fans around the world can now test their knowledge and skills in the exciting SkiTrax Fantasy Tour de … READ MORE →

SuperTour Opener – Canadians Sweep as Babikov and Swanson Win

November 28, 2008 (West Yellowstone, MT) – The USSA Cross Country SuperTour opened Friday in West Yellowstone with Canadians Ivan Babikov and Shayla Swanson taking wins. … READ MORE →

SuperTour Races at Soldier Hollow Cancelled

Bozeman Sprints Unconfirmed

November 28, 2008 (West Yellowstone, MT) – The SuperTour races scheduled for Soldier Hollow on Dec. 6-7 have been cancelled. While no official announcement has been made there is not enough snow to hold the … READ MORE →

Banff Designs Factory Sale – Nov. 29

November 28, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – Banff Designs is pleased to announce our annual factory warehouse sale of Canada’s premiere outer wear featuring Gortex, Protex, Arctic and Polartec fleece, “as is” merchandise, seconds, factory samples, … READ MORE →

Roll With It!

November 27, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – As athletes we like things to be predictable and controlled because that is the easiest situation in which to perform. Yet, in a sport like cross-country skiing, things … READ MORE →

US Team – Nordic Ready for Kuusamo

November 27, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – One year after they each landed on the podium at Kuusamo, Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) have returned, along with the rest of the … READ MORE →

Luke Bodensteiner Named VP Athletics

November 27, 2008 (Park City, Utah) – Two-time Olympian Luke Bodensteiner has been named to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s (USSA) key athletics leadership role. USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt named Bodensteiner … READ MORE →

Kuusamo Awaits – No Quarter Given

November 26, 2008 (Kuusamo, Finland) – The instrumental to Hey Jude plays in the background. Lightly at first, barely audible, then crescendo’ing to an unmistakable, all-encompassing audio experience al la Royal Tenenbaums. Week out, … READ MORE →

World Class Testing – Best Numbers No Medals

November 26, 2008 (Ostersund, Sweden) – I left Idre last Thursday and made the three-hour drive to Ostersund, Sweden. Ostersund will host the first World Cup races this year, and our team will be … READ MORE →

Canada’s Crawford to Miss Kuusamo World Cup this Weekend?

November 26, 2008 – Our Euro contacts have informed us that Canada’s top skier, Chandra Crawford, did not arrive with Perianne Jones as expected for this weekend’s XC World Cup #2 in Kuusamo, Finland … READ MORE →

Anders Sodergren Diagnosed with Testicular Cancer

November 26, 2008 – We have learned from reliable sources that top Swedish skier, Anders Sodergren, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer when a lump was discovered on his right testicle which doctors … READ MORE →

Boulder Nordic Sport Sets Up Shop in West Yellowstone

November 26, 2008 – Boulder Nordic Sport has opened their full-service mobile ski shop in West Yellowstone for the Fall Ski Festival. BNS provides stone grinding, waxing and ski flex testing during … READ MORE →

Saab Salomon Factory Team Photo Shoot in West Yellowstone

November 26, 2008 (West Yellowstone, MT) – Here’s a selection of photos from the Yellowstone Ski Festival of the Saab Salomon Factory Team in action on the South Plateau in … READ MORE →

Eileen Carey Named VP at Maine Winter Sports

November 25, 2008 (Caribou, Maine) – The Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) announced today that Eileen Carey has been named Vice President. “Eileen was given a lot of responsibility when John Farra left to take … READ MORE →

Trapp Family Lodge Open for Skiing on Thanksgiving

November 25, 2008 – Trapp Family Lodge is taking advantage of the early cold temperatures and is ready to start the ski season off right thanks to its humble snowmaking technology, introduced … READ MORE →

Craftsbury Outdoor Center Reorganizes as Non-Profit

November 25, 2008 – The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to announce that we have recently been purchased by a local non-profit foundation and reorganized as a non-profit entity. This change is exciting for lots … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone Race, Demo, and Grooming Update

November 24, 2008 – Due to unusually, low snow levels on the Rendezvous Trail System we have been forced to limit our SuperTour Race schedule, and move our location to the South Plateau. Roughly five … READ MORE →

Grit – Equal Parts Passion + Perseverance

November 24, 2008 (Gallivare, Sweden) – Last three years I’ve traveled to Europe for the early World Cup season. Every year I pack up on Zicam, Cold-Eeze zinc lozenges and the like. A certain … READ MORE →

Canadian Biathlon Team Focused on Start of World Cup Season

November 24, 2008 (CANMORE, AB) – Fresh off one of the team’s most successful summer training sessions and a year of record results, Canada’s top biathletes will head to Europe on Sunday to hit the … READ MORE →

Great to be on Snow

November 23, 2008 (Ostersund, Sweden) – I’m now in Ostersund, Sweden, getting ready for the upcoming World Cup opener on Dec. 3rd. It’s great to finally be on snow. The Swedes have been busy, blowing … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #1 Gallivare Relays – Norwegian Sweep

November 23, 2008 (Gallivare, Sweden) – The Norwegian teams swept the men’s and women’s relays on Sunday as Norway I (Marit Bjoergen, Therese Johaug, Kristin Stoermer Steira, Marthe Kristoffersen) took … READ MORE →

Tim Burke Interview on Swedish TV

November 23, 2008 (Ostersund, Sweden) – US Biathlon team member and Rossi Team Diaries contributor Tim Burke drew a big audience when he got on the treadmill at a lab in Ostersund, Sweden earlier … READ MORE →

FIS World Cup Opener – Great Photos

November 23, 2008 – There is nothing like being there in person to feel the pulse of energy and excitement at a World Cup race. For most of us the closest we get is … READ MORE →

Pic of the Day!

November 23, 2008 (Duntroon, ON) – While winter is taking it’s time arriving in certain locations across North America, mother nature has blessed Highlands Nordic in the Great Lakes region of southern Ontario. This … READ MORE →

Life With Substance

November 3, 2008 (Lake Placid, NY) – It is Monday night and I am sitting down to check out the week ahead and having a bed time snack. It is the eve of my next … READ MORE →

I Love to Ski

November 16, 2008 (Anchorage, AK) – In one week I am going to get on a plane to start the race season and it makes me feel a bit like a kid before Christmas. I … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #1 Gallivare Report, Full Results, Photos – Kalla and Hellner Win

Freeman 20th, Kershaw 28th

November 22, 2008 (Gallivare, Sweden) – Sweden was on top today as local favourite and 2008 Tour de Ski Champ, Charlotte Kalla (Swe) took the win in the women’s 10km skate … READ MORE →

Yellowstone Ski Festival – We’ve Got Snow

November 22, 2008 (West Yellowston, MT) – We are excited to announce that we have close to a foot of snow on the South Plateau near West Yellowstone, MT. We … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm in Quebec Cancelled

November 22, 2008 (Quebec City, QC) – Due to an unusually dry November the opening races of the 2008-09 Haywood NorAm Series scheduled for Forêt Montmorency on Nov. 29-30 have been cancelled. Athletes who included … READ MORE →

TOP SKI – Norwegian XC Sprinters Web Site

November 22, 2008 – SkiTrax reader Mike Balduf sent us the following news about top Norwegian Nordic sprinters who have their own web site with a Top Gun-style theme called “Top Ski.” Last … READ MORE →

2010 Olympic Torch Relay Route Unveiled

November 21, 2008 (Vancouver, BC) – This morning marked the unveiling of the relay route for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, presented by Coca-Cola and RBC. More than 1,000 communities and close to 200 … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Welcomes Peter Graves

November 21, 2008 – We are pleased to announce that renowned sports announcer Peter Graves has joined the SkiTrax crew and will take over where Paul Robbins left off covering the US and International … READ MORE →

Job Opportunities – 2011 Canada Winter Games Host Society

November 21, 2008 – Nova Scotia is hosting the 2011 Canada Winter Games, the third time the province is playing host for these Games, and there are a variety of job opportunities available. “As each … READ MORE →

Fischer’s Carbonlite Package Revealed – Part 1

November 21, 2008 – Fischer’s Carbonlite Package includes their boot, ski and pole and is being presented in a three-part article designed to provide … READ MORE →

FIS XC Race Director Jürg Capol – Season Preview Interview

November 21, 2008 – With the start of the 2008/09 Viessmann FIS Cross-Country World Cup season this weekend in Gallivare, Sweden, it’s time for Jürg Capol, FIS Race Director Cross-Country to look comment on … READ MORE →

Universal Sports’ Peter Graves on XC World Cup

November 21, 2008 – Universal Sports will kick off a season of coverage of the FIS Cross Country World Cup this weekend, anchored by longtime sport commentator Peter Graves. A former U.S. Ski Team … READ MORE →

Setting Goals and Salomon Zero Classic Ski Prep

November 21, 2008 (Bend, Oregon) – Saab/Salomon Factory Team member Kristina Strandberg wrote the following report on the importance of setting goals. A few weeks ago while house sitting for a friend I … READ MORE →

Back to Snow

November 20, 2008 (Idre, Sweden) – After 2.5 days of travel and a lost rifle, I finally arrived to Idre, Sweden last Saturday afternoon. Idre is located in the West of Sweden and … READ MORE →

Universal Sports Gallivare Broadcast Bumped Ahead One Hour

November 20, 2008 – Since it was reported yesterday the coverage of this weekends opening FIS World Cup races in Gallivare, Sweden have been bumped ahead one hour. They will now begin a … READ MORE →

Rossi Team Diaries Launched

November 20, 2008 – SkiTrax has been a long time sponsor of Team Rossignol and we’re excited to announce that we are launching a Rossi Team Diaries feature in our … READ MORE →

APU Nordic to Begin Season in Fairbanks This Weekend

November 20, 2008 (Anchorage, AK) – As the excitement builds towards the kick off the FIS World Cup season in Gallivare, Sweden this coming weekend, it’s also building for many Alaskan skiers as … READ MORE →

North America’s Top Skiers Set for FIS XC World Cup Start

November 20, 2008 – The Viessmann FIS Cross-Country World Cup kicks off this weekend in Gällivare, in the north of Sweden. The town of 18,000 inhabitants is situated in the middle of Lapland … READ MORE →

Polar Partners with FIS for XC Skiing and Nordic Combined

November 20, 2008 – FIS and Polar Electro Oy, the pioneer and leader of heart rate training systems, have announced a new cooperation whereby Polar will become the “Official FIS Timing Partner for Cross-Country Skiing” … READ MORE →

CXC Partners with National “Friends of XC” Program

November 20, 2008 (Hayward, WI) – CXC in partnership with USSA and the U.S. Ski Team launches a FoXC program on a regional level. Now you can show your support for cross country ski … READ MORE →

Universal Sports to Broadcast FIS XC World Cups – Updated Nordic Schedule

Coverage Begins Nov. 22-23

November 19, 2008 (Gallivare, Sweden) – We were able to break the news yesterday regarding’s coverage of World Cup XC Skiiing courtesy of SkiTrax reader Mike Balduf and now it is official. Universal … READ MORE →