Archive | December, 2009

Tour de Ski 2010 – Pre-Race Shuffles

Hoffman Suspended

December 31, 2009 (Oberhof, Germany) – The 4th edition of the Tour de Ski kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 1 amidst doping controversy and many last minute changes as countries shuffle the deck … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010 Contest – FINAL Skier Changes

Deadline Now 11pm

December 31, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – There have been numerous last minute team changes for the 2010 Tour de Ski as notable skiers such as Tobias Angerer (Ger) and Tord Asle Gjerdalen (Nor) are … READ MORE →

Countdown to 2010: Interview with Vincent Vittoz

December 31, 2009 – Vincent Vittoz, from La Clusaz in the Northern French Alps, has been racing since 1982 and is one of France’s most celebrated xc skiers, distinguishing himself by winning … READ MORE →

New SkiTrax Web Site Launching Soon

December 31, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to announce that our new interactive web site is almost ready and will be launching very soon. We’ve added many new sections and features including the 2010 … READ MORE →

Team Today Photos – Part One

December 31, 2009 – U.S. Ski Team coach and Team Today philosopher, Pete Vordenberg, is a talented photographer as well and has posted some great photos reminding us of where we’ve been and … READ MORE →

FIS Video Interview with US Ski Team Coach Chris Grover

US Debuts at TdS

December 31, 2009 (Oberhof, GER) – U.S. XC Ski Team coach, Chris Grover, and top US sprinter, Andy Newell, spent the holiday break in Europe. For Newell participating in the first part of the … READ MORE →

Western Canadian Masters Championships Revived – Mar. 12-14

December 31, 2009 (Golden, BC) – It’s a pleasure to announce the revival of the Western Canadian Masters Championships to be held in Golden BC on March 12-14, 2010. Please help me spread the word … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010 Contest – Register Until 10pm on Dec. 31

December 30, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The final chance to register or revise your team for the 2010 Tour de Ski is 10pm on Dec. 31. … READ MORE →

Inge Braten Recovered – Coaching at 2010 Tour de Ski

December 30, 2009 – Canada’s Senior Team coach has made a quick recovery from his hip replacement surgery and a month later is coaching the team at the Tour de Ski. Initially there were … READ MORE →

Vancouver 2010: Red Mittens Rock

December 30, 2009 – Who would have thought that one of the best selling items this Christmas would be a pair of red mittens? But the truth is, a pair of red mittens … READ MORE →

US XC National 2010 Champs Set to Go in Anchorage

Event Schedule

December 30, 2009 (Anchorage, AK) – One of cross-country skiing’s biggest and most well known playgrounds, Anchorage, is geared up for it’s second season of elite national racing as the ConocoPhillips U.S. Cross Country … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010 Contest – Skier Menu UPDATE

December 30, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – With only to two days to go we have updated the list of skiers competing at the fourth annual Tour de Ski and provided the lists of adjustments … READ MORE →

Multi-Stage Exotic XC Skiing in China

December 30, 2009 (Xiwuqi, China) – The first stage of the 3rd multi-stage cross-country event in China took place on December 28 in sunny weather and about 15 minus degrees at Xiwuqi, Inner Mongolia. … READ MORE →

Vegard Ulvang Blog: Different Opinions

December 30, 2009 – Vegard Ulvang is the Chairman of the FIS Cross-Country Committee and an Olympic and World Champion in cross-country skiing. Here are his latest comments on the state of the sport … READ MORE →

Pavel Sotskov Snow Report at US XC Nationals

December 29, 2009 (Anchorage, AK) – I’ve been in Anchorage, AK since Dec. 26 getting ready for the upcoming US National XC Ski Championships that begin on Jan. 2 after New Years. Following … READ MORE →

Countdown to 2010: Interview with Jack Sasseville

December 29, 2009 – Jack Sasseville has seen cross-country skiing from many angles. As an athlete, national team coach and television commentator. He is one of those self-reliant men, who does not flinch … READ MORE →

Women’s Winter Escape at Great Glen Trails

December 29, 2009 (Pinkham Notch, NH) — On Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17, 2010, Great Glen Trails will host Women’s Winter Escape, a weekend getaway for women designed to provide relaxation and fun … READ MORE →

Cross-Country is Cool Merchandising Debuts at Tour de Ski

December 29, 2009 – A limited edition of the Cross-Country is Cool merchandising collection produced by One Way will be available during the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear on-site at … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm Canada Cup – Gaiazova and Goldsack Lead Series

World Junior/U23 Trials Jan. 2

December 29, 2009 (Canmore, Alberta) – After five competitions, the women’s Haywood NorAm Series has been dominated by Dasha Gaiazova (Can) while Drew Goldsack (Can) has made considerable gains in the men’s standings … READ MORE →

Sprint Tactics and Strategies by Andy Newell

December 29, 2009 – With the Black Mountain TD Bank Eastern Cup approaching rapidly in Rumford, Maine, readers might find this article by Andy Newell helpful (excerpt from the NENSA Coaches Resource and Training … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010 Contest – Deadline Dec. 31

December 28, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – The fourth annual Tour de Ski is only days away and teams are registering daily for the second international SkiTrax … READ MORE →

Vasaloppet Video

December 28, 2009 – This summer Sweden’s Vasaloppet, the world’s largest loppet with more than 60,000 participants during Vasaloppet week, signed a 5-year agreement with One Way to be the official … READ MORE →

Kris Freeman – The Indomitable Snow Man

December 28, 2009 – The USA’s top male xc distance skier has been focused on winning since he first tried to beat his older brother, Justin. Nothing gets in Kris Freeman’s way. Not an … READ MORE →

Smigun-Vaehi to Skip Tour de Ski?

December 28, 2009 (Otepaa, Estonia) – Apparently the 2010 Tour de Ski has had another high-profile athlete drop out, preferring to train at home for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games reports Following Marit … READ MORE →

Live Streaming of FIS Tour de Ski presented by EuroSport

December 28, 2009 – XC ski fans will be able to follow the kick-off of the 2010 Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany, live on EuroSport, starting with the team presentation on December … READ MORE →

2010 U.S. XC Ski Nationals Jan. 2-8 – Warmer Temps in Forecast

Shoveling Party and Race Schedule

December 27, 2009 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Last season’s 2009 U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships in Anchorage, AK, almost became the no-race Championships, as frigid temperatures forced the cancellation and rescheduling of two of … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski and Bike has a New Webcam

December 27, 2009 (Barrie, ON) – Cross-country skiers in Southern Ontario can now see the snow conditions before they drive to Hardwood Ski and Bike located just north of Barrie, by checking out our … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2010 – Good Snow Conditions for Start in 5 Days

Web Cam Pics

December 27, 2009 (Oberhof, Germany) – Thanks to the cold period before Christmas, the snow situation in Oberhof is very promising for the start of the upcoming Tour de Ski 2010. The … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – World Cup Report Card and Photos

December 26, 2009 (Barrie, ON) – The early season Viessmann FIS XC World Cups are over and it’s time for a mid-term report card … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS World Cup 09.10 Contest Standings after Rogla

December 25, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Seasons greetings race fans. We have a new contest leader following the Rogla World Cup that debuted this past … READ MORE →

Countdown to 2010: Interview with Norway’s Marthe Kristoffersen

December 25, 2009 – Marthe Kristoffersen is a delightful young xc skier from Norway, who happens to ski very fast. Born August 11, 1989 she has competed at an international level since 2006 … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Everyone at SkiTrax Magazine would like to extend best wishes to all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, supporters, families and friends across North America, and around the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010 Contest – LIVE for Team Registration

December 24, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – We pleased to announce that the second international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2010 Contest is now live for … READ MORE →

Hafsaas Abandons Biathlon for XC Skiing

December 24, 2009 – Norway’s Ronny Andre Hafsaas won the World Cup Cross-Country kick off in Beitostoelen (NOR) where he dominated over 15km F individual start. The 24-year-old Hafsaas was trying to achieve similar … READ MORE →

2010 FIS Anti-Doping Rules Update

Testing Pool and TUEs

December 24, 2009 – The FIS Anti-Doping Rules 2010 will come into force on 1st January 2010, simultaneously with the 2010 WADA Prohibited List. The major changes in the 2010 WADA List relate to … READ MORE →

FIS Doping Panel Sanctions Tchepalova and Matveeva

December 24, 2009 – The FIS Doping Panel has recently rendered its decision on two cases. The panel found that Russian cross-country skiers Natalia Matveeva (RUS) and Julija Tchepalova (RUS) have committed an anti-doping rule … READ MORE →

Tim Burke Blog: Could Not Be Happier

In Germany For The Holidays

December 23, 2009 (Oberhof, GER) – The first period of World Cup racing has come to an end and I could not be happier with the result. Taking over the Yellow Bib in the … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – Rogla – Northug’s Unbeatable and Bjoergen’s Adavantage?

December 23, 2009 (Rogla, Switzerland) – If you are a male xc skier on the World Cup today you have got to be asking yourself “How can I beat Petter Northug (Nor) in a … READ MORE →

Spillane Wins Olympic Trials in Steamboat

December 23, 2009 (Steamboat Springs, CO) – He said it could have been anyone’s day. But Wednesday belonged to hometown hero Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO) who, in front of family, friends and fans, … READ MORE →

Rogla World Cup Scenes by Torin Koos

December 23, 2009 (Rogla, Slovenia) – The Viessmann FIS XC World Cup … READ MORE →

Volunteer Opportunity – Team NB Seeks Mission Staff for 2011 Canada Games

December 23, 2009 – Team New Brunswick is seeking experienced and enthusiastic volunteers to serve as Mission Staff members for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. As part of Team New Brunswick, you will play a … READ MORE →

US Biathlon 2010 Olympic Trials Day 5 – IBU Cup Team Named

Chamberlain and Roberts Win

December 23, 2009 (Mt Itasca, Coleraine, MN) – Perfect corduroy greeted athletes at Mt Itasca for Day 5 of competition of the World Team Trials. BethAnn Chamberlain (Grand Rapids, MN) came out swinging and posted … READ MORE →

Interview with Tim Burke – Biathlon World Cup Leader

December 22, 2009 – In the mid-1990s, recently graduated collegiate ski racers, Chris Seymour and Al Barrett, coached youth skiers for a pittance in Lake Placid. These two unassuming but well-intentioned practitioners of fun … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails: First time to Rogla

December 22, 2009 (Rogla, Slovenia) – The Viessmann World Cup entourage converged on Rogla, Slovenia, this past weekend as the venue welcomed the world for its WCup debut. Here’s a behind the … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm/Teck Olympic Trials 30/50km Classic Day 3 – Williams and McKeever Win

McKeever Bound for History Books

December 22, 2009 (Canmore, AB) – Canada’s Brian McKeever has done his part, and is ready for an opportunity to hit the start line at Whistler Olympic Park in February and ski into the … READ MORE →

Sean McCabe Memorial and Fundraiser

December 22, 2009 – As many readers know, Sean McCabe, a 46-year-old teacher, artist and passionate Nordic skier, passed away on Nov. 7, 2009 after suffering from undifferentiated anaplastic carcinoma of the thyroid. His … READ MORE →

Adele Espy Blog: Bumpy Start but Still Fun

December 22, 2009 (Canmore, AB) – The first month of racing concluded on Sunday after a weekend of sprint racing in Canmore, Alberta. So far my season has … READ MORE →

Supreme Court of Canada Refuses to Hear Women Ski Jumpers

December 22, 2009 (Ottawa, ON) – The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear arguments in the case of the women ski jumpers suing VANOC to participate in the 2010 Olympics, according to Ross Clark, … READ MORE →

2010 NCCSEF Calendar – Donate $20 and Get a Calendar!

December 22, 2009 – The new NCCSEF calendar is back after a one-year hiatus and it is available through some local clubs, or via Just donate $20 via the PayPal link at … READ MORE →

First Sun Valley Nordic Festival Launches Jan. 30-Feb. 7

December 21, 2009 – The First Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival will take place January 30-February 7, 2010. The festival features 9 days of activities, races, clinics and fun events along with a $49, … READ MORE →