Archive | December, 2008

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Standings After Stage 4

Lead Changes Again

December 31, 2008 (Nova Mesto, Cze) – The TdS Contest lead has changed yet again following Stage 4 as we pass the half way … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Nove Mesto Stage 4 – Teichmann and Kuitunen Win

Renner 11th, Kershaw 14th

December 31, 2008 (Nove Mesto, Czech) – After the Stage 2 sprint event days ago in Prague, Czech Republic the Tour de Ski moved on to Nove Mesto, where athletes competed in the 10km … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Standings After Stage 3

Rest Day Winner Announced

December 31, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – We have a new TdS Contest leader after Stage 3 as the racing at the Tour de … READ MORE →

CBC Coverage of Whistler XC World Cup

December 31, 2008 (Whistler, BC) – Catch the Whistler XC World Cup, Jan. 16-18, television broadcast on CBC. Through its multi-media properties of conventional and digital television and broadband internet CBC is planning the … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm #3 – Photo Recap

December 31, 2008 (Duntroon, ON) – Here’s a great collection of photos sent in by SkiTrax reader Tanya Green from the Highlands Trailblazers. The photos … READ MORE →

Snowshoe Thompson Classic Report

December 31, 2008 (Auburn Ski Center, California) – After over a week of blue hard wax skiing and lots of new snow, it was a … READ MORE →

Brian Mahon Killed Today at Eldora Mountain Resort

December 30, 2008 – The Boulder Nordic Club has lost a good friend, Brian Mahon, in the tragic shooting at Eldora this morning. Brian always was available to BNC to address our concerns about the … READ MORE →

Peter Graves Blog on the Tour de Ski

December 30, 2008 – Wow, I know how the athletes must be feeling….even I need a break after Stage 3 of the Tour de Ski. It’s not my body that needs to rest, it’s … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Prague Stage 3 Sprint – Hetland and Follis Win

Kershaw Wins Qualifier

December 29, 2008 (Prague, Cze) – Day 3 of the 2008/2009 Tour de Ski travelled to the beautiful Czech city of Prague. The relatively flat 1.2-kilometre course wound through the streets of one of … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Standings After Stage 2

December 29, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – The Tour de Ski is underway with more racing on Monday at the Stage 3 Sprints in … READ MORE →

Record Turnout for 5th Annual Ski Your Age in Kilometers

December 29, 2008 (Fairbanks, AK) – Two hundred nineteen skiers participated, 115 skied their age, more than 5400 kilometers were skied in the 5th annual Wells Fargo Ski Your Age in … READ MORE →

36th Edition of La Ciaspolada 2009: Snow-Shoe Competition

December 29, 2008 (Trento, Italy) – An alternative way to have fun, enjoy the snow and discover the beauty of Val di Non, the Trentino region, in the fascinating scenery of the Brenta Dolomites. That … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Oberhof Stage 2 – Kuitunen Wins 10km, Kershaw 3rd Overall Revised

Renner 13th Overall

December 28, 2008 (Oberholf, Ger) – Defending World Cup champ, Virpi Kuitunen (Fin), won the women’s 10km Pursuit /Handicap start race in 23:56.7 on Sunday, Stage 2 of the 3rd … READ MORE →

NC #5 Oberhoff World Cup Day 2 – Lodwick Second Again

Demong 8th, Spillane 10th

December 28, 2008 (Oberhoff, Germany) – The USA’s Todd Lodwick has backed up his return on Saturday to World Cup racing with another 2nd place finish in as many days at Day Two of the … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Oberhof – Prologue – Kershaw 5th, Grey 9th, Renner 14th

Nystad and Teichmann Win

December 27, 2008 (Oberholf, Ger) – Claudia Nystad (Ger) has won the opening round of the FIS Tour de Ski (TdS), the women’s freestyle 2.5km Prologue, in Oberholf, Germany … READ MORE →

USA’s Lodwick 2nd at NC World Cup #5

December 27, 2008 (Oberhof, Germany) – In an incredible return to the Nordic Combined World Cup, Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) took second place on Saturday at round #5 as he competed at his … READ MORE →

Telemark World Cup Season Launches in France and Switzerland

December 27, 2008 – The first two FIS Telemark World Cup events have taken place in the last ten days. The 2008/2009 Telemark season started in Les Houches (Fra) with a sprint and Classic … READ MORE →

Aroostook Cup 10th Mountain Ski Club Citizens’ Race and Tour Postponed!

December 27, 2008 – The Aroostook Cup kick-off event scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 28 has been postponed. A new date, most likely Jan 11 or Jan 18, will be announced shortly. Please forward this to … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Final Deadline Extended to 11pm

December 26, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – The excitement is building as the countdown begins for the start of the Tour de Ski tomorrow, and … READ MORE →

Koos Report – In Düsseldorf Christmas Comes Early

December 26, 2008 (Dusseldorf, Germany) – As I wrestle about in my coach cabin seat at hour seven of an eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to Seattle, the realization dawns on me – after six … READ MORE →

Universal Sport’s Dusseldorf XC Sprint Videos

Tour de Ski Coverage Tomorrow

December 26, 2008 – Universal Sports’ fabulous coverage of the 2008.09 Veissmann FIS XC World Cup series is available on their web site including videos of the XC Individual and Team Sprint races held in … READ MORE →

The Twelve Days of Training

December 26, 2008 – It is said that the Twelve Days of Christmas helps young Catholics to learn their faith. This is all good, but besides the good food, carols, singing around the Christmas … READ MORE →

Ski Jumping’s 57th Four-Hills-Tournament – Highlight of the Season

December 26, 2008 (Oberstdorf, Germany) – In just a few days it’s time for the traditional Ski Jumping season highlight: the 57th International Jack Wolfskin Four-Hills-Tournament will begin in Oberstdorf (Ger) on December 29, followed … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2008 – We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, families, friends and skiing communities across Canada, the USA, and around the globe the … READ MORE →

Biathlon NorAm Cup # 3 Mt. Itasca – Results

December 24, 2008 (Mt. Itasco, MN) – The Biathlon North American Cup #3 in Mt. Itasco, Minnesota has come to a close. From December 18-21 biathletes competed in three events, the Pursuit, Sprint and … READ MORE →

Recharging During the Holidays

December 24, 2008 – I arrived home at about 2:30am last night after a solid 24 hours of travel. Besides taking a long time, my trip home was actually pretty stress free and I managed … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Select Your Outlaw Skier Now

Finalize Your Team

December 24, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – Things are ready for contestants to finalize their teams for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest. … READ MORE →

Alberta Youth Championships – January 24-25

December 24, 2009 ( Calgary, AB) – On behalf of Foothills Nordic Ski Club (FNSC), I am pleased to extend our warmest invitation to attend the Alberta Youth Championships on January 24 and 25, 2009 … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski: A Recon

Interview with Atomic's Roman Toferer

December 23, 2008 – Lance Armstrong and his teammates taught the cycling world that good reconnaissance is key to winning the Tour de France. They also avoided the Giro and de-emphasized … READ MORE →

Canadian Race Scene During the Holidays

December 23, 2008 – As most of the world’s population takes time off to celebrate the holidays, Canadian cross-country ski athletes have one thing on their mind; training and racing. The Senior World Cup Team … READ MORE →

Wells Fargo “Ski Your Age in K’s”

December 23, 2008 – The fifth annual Wells Fargo “Ski Your Age in K’s”, presented by Banner Health, is scheduled for the day after Christmas, Friday, December 26. The purpose of the event is … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest Update

December 22, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – Sorry for the delay race fans and SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 contestants but the process whereby countries can make changes to their TdS entries on the FIS TdS … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails: Dusseldorf 800m Skate Sprint

December 22, 2008 (Dusseldorf, Germany) – Here’s an inside look of the 800m Skate Sprint competition at round #5 of the Veissmann XC World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany by top US skier Kikkan … READ MORE →

TD Banknorth Eastern Cup #1 – Day 2 – Chamberlain Again

Caldwell Wins Women Race

December 21, 2008 (Stowe, VT) – Maine Winter Sports Center’s David Chamberlain (Caribou, ME) skied through six inches of fresh snow and challenging visibility to win today’s 10 kilometer freestyle event at Trapp Family … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm #3 – Nishikawa and Williams Win

December 21, 2008 (Duntroon, ON) – With temps around -14 C another cold morning greeted racers on Sunday as they prepared for the final Haywood NorAm before the Christmas break. Overnight the second winter storm … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #5 Dusseldorf Team Sprint – USA’s Newell and Koos 4th

Russia, Norway Win

December 21, 2008 (Dusseldorf, Germany) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) and Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA) laid to rest a string of bad luck and sprinted to fourth place in the men’s freestyle team … READ MORE →

Demong 2nd in Ramsau – Report

December 21, 2008 (Ramsau am Dachstein, Aut) – The U.S. Ski Team’s Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) marked another day of success in Ramsau, finishing second in a World Cup Nordic combined event Sunday. Demong … READ MORE →

TD Banknorth Eastern Cup Opening Sprint – Chamberlain and Bender Win

December 20, 2008 (Stowe, VT) – University of Vermont skier Jennie Bender (Johnson, VT) opened a large gap on the final hill of Saturday’s one kilometer women’s sprint final at Trapp Family Lodge … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm #3 Sprint – Harvey and Gaiazova Win

December 20, 2008 (Duntroon, ON) – Alex Harvey (MSA) NTDC Quebec and Daria Gaiazova (Skiélite) were the top qualifiers and final winners as they topped the men’s and women’s 1.3km free Teck Cominco Sprints respectively on Saturday … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #5 Dusseldorf Sprint Finals – Newell 11th

Widmer 19th, Jones 28th

December 20, 2008 (Dusseldorf, Germany) – Andy Newell (USA) finished 11th in the freestyle Sprint finals on Saturday in pouring rain after qualifying first as the race was won by current sprint series … READ MORE →

USA’s Demong Grabs 4th Cuppie

December 20, 2008 (Ramsau am Dachstein, Aut) – American Nordic Combined ace, Billy Demong of Vermontville, NY (near Lake Placid) landed one of his best jumps ever to win his 4th World Cup on … READ MORE →

FIS XC World Cup #5 Dusseldorf Sprint Qualifications – Newell 1st

Jones In - Randall Out

December 20, 2008 (Dusseldorf, Germany) – The USA’s Andy Newell qualified first on Saturday in the men’s free Sprint at round #5 of the Veissmann FIS World Cup XC in Dusseldorf, Germany. Roddy Darragon (Fra) … READ MORE →

Peter Graves: On to Dusseldorf

December 19, 2008 – Noted cross country broadcaster and journalist Peter Graves will be calling the action for Universal and Universal Sports TV this weekend with FIS Cross Country World Cup action from … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2008.09 Contest – Finalize Your Team Soon

Select Your \"Outlaw Skier\"

December 19, 2008 (Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to report that the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2008.09 Contest, the first of … READ MORE →

US XC Ski Team Update – Looks For Stride in 2009

December 19, 2008 (Park City, Utah) – Following up one of its most successful seasons in 25 years isn’t the easiest of milestones to beat. But the 2009 U.S. Cross Country Ski team is … READ MORE →

Nordic Stars Featured on Silver Bean Coffee Blends

December 19, 2008 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Silver Bean Coffee Company has recently launched their variety of coffee blends featuring top US winter athletes. Notably a number of Nordic athletes have been profiled … READ MORE →

TD Banknorth Eastern Cup Series Kicks Off in Stowe, Vermont

December 19, 2008 (Stowe, VT) – Trapp Family Lodge will play host to this year’s TD Banknorth Eastern Cup opening weekend. The Eastern Cup begins its fourteenth year as NENSA’s signature race series and this … READ MORE →

Understand and Using Training Levels – Part 1

Levels One and Two

December 19, 2008 – Skiers talk a lot about training levels, usually numbering them one through five, but, if my experience over the past decade and a half is any indication, truly understanding when and … READ MORE →

Lodwick Three for Four at Conti Cup

December 19, 2008 (Whistler, BC) – Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) made it three for four in the win column as the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup wrapped up its North American swing. Lodwick, … READ MORE →

Biathlon World Cup #2 Austria Updated

Canada's Leguellec 40th

December 18, 2008 (Hochfilzen, Austria) – Today was a tough day for both Canadian and American Biathlon teams in the men’s 20km Individual race in Hochfilzen, Austria. Jean Phillipe Leguellec of Canada was the top … READ MORE →