Archive | December, 2010

Norwegian Icebreaker Heads up the Mississippi River

(Minnesota) – As you may have seen on the news it’s been very cold in Minnesota – so cold, in fact, that the US Corp of Engineers has borrowed a Norwegian Icebreaker to clear … READ MORE →

Hellner Wins Men’s TdS Prologue – Newell 14th, Harvey 18th UPDATED

(Oberhof, Germany) – Marcus Hellner (SWE) grabbed the victory in the men’s Prologue at the 2010/11 FIS Tour de Ski, coming from behind in the 3.75km freestyle race to overtake second place finisher Alexei … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Takes Women’s Prologue at Tour de Ski – USA’s Randall 16th UPDATED

(Oberhof, Germany) – In a dramatic finish Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) took the first win of the 2010/11 FIS Tour de Ski at today’s 2.8km freestyle Prologue in Oberhof in -3 C temps, as the … READ MORE →

Aussie XC Ski Team – Bottomley Podiums at Campra Swiss Cup

– For the second year in a row, Esther Bottomley made the podium for the Swiss Cup Classic Sprint in Campra. Bottomley was third in the 1.2km Time Trial behind Swiss skiers Sereina Boner … READ MORE →

Team US at the Tour de Ski – Kikkan Randall Debuts

(Oberhof, Germany) – A trio of U.S. Ski Team athletes are set to start Friday in the famed Tour de Ski cross-country stage race. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) and Andy Newell … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2010/11 Report from Oberhof – Prologue Start Lists

(Oberhof, Germany) – Sunshine, hard working waxing teams, athletes training, press conferences, team captains meeting and team presentation are some of the keywords from today. People are starting to run as time is flying … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Names Youth and Junior World Championship Team

(Jericho, VT)  – Following the successful conclusion of the trials events today, the US Biathlon Association International Competition Committee named the following athletes to the 2011 Youth and Junior World Championship Team.  The Team … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010/11 – Final Chance EXTENDED

(Toronto, ON) – Today is the final chance to register or update your team for the international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2010/11 Contest – now extended until 12 midnight EST on … READ MORE →

U.S. XC Ski Champs – T-Minus 3 Days

(Rumford, ME) – Amidst the Nor’easter that has pummeled the East Coast, 2011 is approaching fast with the U.S. Cross Country Championships opening the new year in Rumford, Jan. 2-8. Headlining the event are … READ MORE →

Toko Race Wax Tips for This Weekend

– The Toko Race Wax Tips have been posted for this weekend’s events.  Our goal is to have the tips posted 48 hours or more before each event.  There are some events (that are on … READ MORE →

China Tour de Ski 2010/11 Stage 3 – Xu, Eide Win

(Beijing, China) – Wenlong Xu (Chn) and Mari Eide (Nor) won the men’s and women’s Stage 3 races at the China Tour de Ski’s 1.2km freestyle sprints respectively under clear skies in Beijing’s fabled … READ MORE →

Nordic Meisters Begins Sixteenth Season at Great Glen Trails

(Pinkham Notch, NH) – Nordic Meisters, the largest weekly cross country ski race series in the country, will begin its sixteenth season on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Great Glen Trails. Nordic Meisters is … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010/11 – Deadline is Dec. 30

(Toronto, ON) – The final deadline to register your team for the international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2010 Contest is Thursday, Dec. 30 at 10pm EST. Don’t miss this opportunity to … READ MORE →

Tour De Ski China 2010/11 Stage 2 – Swedes Dominate

(Inner Mongolia, China) – Swedish skiers stole the show at Stage 2 on a cold (-17 C) sunny day in China’s Inner Mongolia in the men’s 1.3km free style sprint, with Johan Edin, the … READ MORE →

New Funding for NENSA Athletes Reaching International Competition

– NENSA’s newly implemented program will provide $7,000 for use in helping New England athletes offset expenses for the J1 Scando trip, U23 / Junior World Championships and the USST OPA cup trip in … READ MORE →

NCCSEF Podium Challenge Rewards Athletes who Podium at Junior/U23 Nordic Worlds

– In its ongoing effort to help Team Tomorrow become Team Today, the National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation challenges every U.S. athlete competing at the 2011 U23/Jr. World Nordic Championship to achieve an … READ MORE →

Tour De Ski China 2010/11 Stage 1 – Jonhansson Wins

(Inner Mongolia, China) – The 4th annual Tour De Ski China with around 80 professional skiers from over 10 countries got underway today with brisk temperatures of -19.3 degrees in Xiwuqi in Inner Mongolia.  … READ MORE →

Vittoz Returns to Start Tour de Ski

– Vincent Vittoz, French World Champion in the 30km Pursuit back in 2005 in Oberstdorf, Germany, is soon returning to World Cup action following an injury in Gällivare, Sweden in November and will race … READ MORE →

16th Annual Winter Trails Day – January 8, 2011

– Winter Trails Day offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for free, and to discover the great fitness and social benefits with these easy-to-learn … READ MORE →

Celebrate the New Year with a Family Snow Day at Great Glen Trails

(Pinkham Notch, NH) – On Saturday, January 1, Great Glen Trails will host the first of three Family Snow Days in 2011. Family Snow Days are low-key, fun-filled days full of on snow activities … READ MORE →

Todd Lodwick to Host Nordic Ski Camp at The Home Ranch – Feb. 8-12

(Clark, CO) – Ever wondered what it would be like to ski and train with an Olympian considered one of the finest Nordic skiers in the world? This spring, from February 8th -12th, … READ MORE →

How-to Improve Your Snowplow Turns – Video

– Check out this great instructional video on how to improve your snowplow turns on XC skis, demonstrated by SkiTrax Technique columnist, Keith Nicol. This skill will improve your ability to descend by helping … READ MORE →

Happy Hoho Holidays from Heidi

(Banff, AB) – How I love the holidays. This year, the Christmas festivities started December 7th, the night before leaving for Rossland. Good friends and fellow racers, Michaela and Graeme, joined Joey and I … READ MORE →

Test Report 10/11 – Poles

October 12, 2010 – Here’s a look at some of the new hot ski poles available this season that we were able to test. We looked at the Swix Triac, Fischer’s RCS Carbonlite and Yoko’s … READ MORE →

Where They are Now: Bjorger Pettersen – A Pioneer of the Modern Era of XC Skiing

(Okotoks, AB) – Pioneer, dreamer, entrepreneur Bjorger Pettersen had it all. And throughout his extraordinary career, he helped Canada realize and embrace all the possibilities that cross-country skiing could offer. Recently, SkiTrax had the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010/11 Contest – Register Today!!

(Toronto, ON) – With over $4,000 in prizes up for grabs team registration is well underway for the third annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2010 Contest for contestants around the world. … READ MORE →

Eurosport Teams up with FIS Tour de Ski 2010/11 – Reaches 240 Million Viewers

– Eurosport and the International Ski Federation (FIS) have reached an agreement for the upcoming FIS Tour de Ski. Eurosport will be an official partner of the FIS Tour de Ski, and will host … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2010/11 Launching Soon – Dec. 31-Jan. 9

– The fifth edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will kick off soon beginning on New Year’s eve day, December 31st – 10 days, 8 races, 4 venues … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2010 (Toronto, ON) – We would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, supporters, families and friends across the continent, and around … READ MORE →

Calling on the CDN Government to Increase Budget of Athlete Assistance Program

– The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), or carding, is currently being reviewed by Sport Canada. While there has been a considerable increase in funding commitments for sport by the federal government leading up to … READ MORE →

Fast and Female Regional XC Ski Fest in Alaska with Kikkan Randall – Jan. 29

(Canmore, AB) – Fresh off two World Cup sprint medals so far this season, Alaska-born Cross-Country skier and Fast and Female Ambassador Kikkan Randall now has her sights on spreading the love – the … READ MORE →

NCCSEF to Support all “Unfunded” Athletes to 2011 World Nordic Championships

– The National Cross-Country Ski Education Foundation has pledged to fund all U. S. athletes  who represent the U.S. at the 2011 World Nordic Ski Championships and whose expenses are not funded by the … READ MORE →

Toko Race Wax Tips for This Weekend’s Events

– The Toko Race Wax Tips have been posted for this weekend’s events. Our goal is to have the tips posted 48 hours or more before each event. There are some events … READ MORE →

2011 U.S. Ski Championships Set for Rumford – Registration Closes Dec. 29 UPDATED

(Rumford, ME) – Although Mother Nature has been stingy with natural snow, the Chisholm Ski Club is still set to hold the 2011 U.S. Ski Championships in Rumford, Maine, Jan. 2-8. Organizers report that … READ MORE →

Quebec: Merci!

December 1, 2009 (Quebec) – I’ve talked with many skiers who’re intrigued at the thought of visiting the French-Canadian province of Quebec. Mostly Americans ask questions such as “Do they have mountains?”, “They have snow?”, … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2010/11 Contest – LIVE for Team Registration

(Toronto, ON) – We pleased to announce that the third annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2010 Contest is now live for team registration for contestants around the world with over $4,000 … READ MORE →

Swix Structure Selection Made Easy

– Check out the latest from Swix on structure selection for your skis with four different grades of stone grinding. The Norwegian XC team has introduced a color coding system t- select corresponding skis … READ MORE →

Duntroon O-Cup Video of Junior and Midget Racing

(Duntroon, ON) – Check out some midget and junior racing with video clips from last weekend’s Ontario Cup sprint races including qualification rounds and midget heats. Scenes like this are taking place across North … READ MORE →

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

– Still stumped on what to get your favourite skier this holiday season? Whether it’s a racer, recreational skier, or young gun that you’re buying for, these gift ideas will help keep the skier … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2010/11 Contest Standings after La Clusaz

(Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to announce the leaders of the international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2010/11 Contest after round #5 of the Viessmann XC FIS 2010/11 World Cup this … READ MORE →

Rossland NorAm Mini Tour Stages 1, 3 – More Photos

(Rossland, BC) – Here are some more great photos from Stages 1 and 3 of the Rossland NorAm Mini Tour taken by Julien Locke. Stefan Kuhn (CAN) took top honours in the men’s tour, … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – PacificSport Fraser Valley

(Abbotsford, BC) – PacificSport Fraser Valley are currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to join our expanding PacificSport Fraser Valley team in the capacity summarized below. The Sport Development Coordinator provides the Fraser … READ MORE →

Vancouver 2010 Games Break Even

– Hours after the BC government announced that the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games generated $2.5 billion in revenue for the province, VANOC released its own financial report, showing that the total cost of the … READ MORE →

2011 Winter Universiade – Canadian XC Skiing and Biathlon Teams Announced

– Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced Monday the student-athletes and coaches who will represent Canada in cross country skiing and biathlon at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey. The 24th Winter World University … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Happy Holidays

– To all of you cross-country skiers, where ever you may be celebrating it – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! You may want to go easy on the New Year’s celebrations as … READ MORE →

Silver Star Loppet – Jan. 23

(Silver Star, BC) – The Silver Star Loppet is set for Jan. 23, 2011. This mass start event starts at 11:00 am and is skier’s choice of skate or classic technique in a 7.5 … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – Xmas Mid-Term Report Card

(Barrie, ON) – I don’t know about you, but I like dynasties in sport. I like it when teams and individuals dominate a sport for a number of seasons. I was a big fan … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS TdS 2011 Contest – Over $4,000 in Prizes – Team Registration Opens Soon

– The third international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011 Contest is launching this  week as FIS will soon release the initial list of registered skiers for this year’s TdS being held from … READ MORE →

TD Bank Eastern Cup Day 2 – Reynolds and Caldwell Repeat

(Jericho, VT) – The Ethan Allen Firing Range hosted today’s TD Bank Eastern Cup.  The original host, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, had enough snow to pull of yesterday’s freestyle sprint on their own trails, but … READ MORE →

Rossland NorAm 10/15km CL – Canada Sweeps Men’s Podium and US Women go 1-2-3

(Sovereign Lake, BC) – It was a day of podium sweeps at the final stage of the Rossland Haywood NorAm mini-tour. The Americans owned the women’s tour podium but the Canadian men responded by … READ MORE →