Archive | March, 2014

U10 GIRLS Kick off the USASJ Virtual National Championships – Watch Now!

– We are excited to present the first ever USASJ Virtual National Championships for U10/12/14 boys and girls; a project that we hope will further connect our community and serve to inform and inspire our young ski … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Bjornsen, Nikander and Hoffman Following the 30/50km CL Finale at the 2014 U.S. National Championships

(Anchorage, Alaska) – SkiTrax caught up with women’s 30km CL winner Sadie Bjornsen (APU) and both the men’s 50km CL winner Aku Nikander (UNM) from Finland, and title winner Noah Hoffman (USST/SSC Vail), at … READ MORE →

Charlotte Kalla and Daniel Richardsson Win 61km Årefjällsloppet – Boner & Kjølstad Claim Overall Titles

(Are, Sweden) – Swedish stars Charlotte Kalla and Daniel Richardsson won the 61km Årefjällsloppet from Edådalen to Are today, the final event of the Swix Ski Classics 6-race series.
The race was shortened from 75km … READ MORE →

Canadian Ski Patrol Hosts World FIPS Conference Mar. 29-April 4

(Kelowna, British Columbia) – The Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP), a leader in advanced first aid services, is proud to host the world‚s international ski patrol association, the Federation Internationale des Patrouilles de Ski (FIPS) … READ MORE →

Nikander Bests Hoffman in Men’s 50km CL as 2014 U.S. National Championships Wrap up in Alaska UPDATED

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Finland’s Aku Nikander, a sophomore at the University of New Mexico, came out of nowhere to challenge USST skier Noah Hoffman (SSC Vail) and capture the gold in the men’s grueling … READ MORE →

Sadie Bjornsen Takes a Huge Victory at Home in Women’s 30km CL at 2014 U.S. National Championships in Alaska UPDATED

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Sadie Bjornsen (APU) tapped into every ounce of energy she could muster to pull off a stunning victory in the women’s 30km classic race at the 2014 U.S. National Championships.

The 24-year-old … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest Final Standings and Winners Announced

– We are pleased to announce the final standings and winners of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after the conclusion of the 2013/14 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup series during which USA’s … READ MORE →

Chandra Crawford Retires – Olympic Gold Medalist Says the Time is Right for Me

(Canmore, AB) – Chandra Crawford, 30, of Canmore, AB, who is probably best known for her exuberant and heartfelt singing of the Canadian anthem from atop the podium after she won gold in the … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – WCup and Olympic Musings, Ladies to the North, Northug, Skiathlon, Cheating and Interference

– It’s fun to think back or have a few quiet moments to think about the what-ifs. What if Kikkan skied the whole TdS, which she missed, as did others, and we were … READ MORE →

Audi Extends Commitment to Nordic Skiing

– Audi emphasised its role as an important partner in international winter sports with new commitments. Starting in the 2014/2015 season, the company will also support the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, the men’s FIS … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Kikkan Randall and Reese Hanneman after the Mixed Relay at the 2014 U.S. National Championships

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Kikkan Randall and Reese Hanneman talk about Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center winning the mixed-gender, mixed-technique relay event at Tuesday’s U.S. National Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska.


Dream Like An Olympian – Chandra Crawford at TEDxCanmore

(Canmore, AB) – Olympic Sprint gold medalist, Chandra Crawford, spoke at the recent TEDx Talks in Canmore about learning to dream big. Crawford takes viewers to their deepest inner inspiration, teaching them how to … READ MORE →

David Carter of Carter’s Cross Country Ski Center Passes Away

(Bethel, Maine) – David Carter, 65, of Bethel, Maine passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 from cancer with his wife and family by his side.
David and his wife, Anne have owned and operated … READ MORE →

APU-1 Triumphs with Stellar Mixed Relay Victory at 2014 U.S. National Championships in Alaska – Report, Results, Photos UPDATED

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Alaska Pacific University (APU) dominated the inaugural 4 x 5km Mixed Relay on first day of racing at the 2014 U.S. National Championships establishing itself as the strongest Nordic club in … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Andy Newell and Kikkan Randall after CL Sprints at the USSA SuperTour Finals

(Anchorage, Alaska) – SkiTrax caught up with Vermont’s Andy Newell (Stratton) and Alaska’s Kikkan Randall (APU) after their SuperTour Finals 1.4km classic sprint races at Kincaid Park in Fairbanks, Alaska on Sunday. Newell crossed … READ MORE →

Nordic Diaries – Birkebeinerrennet Cancelled and Why Norwegians Love Nordic Skiing

(Lillehammer, Norway) – As previously reported, bad weather caused officials to cancel the 2014 Norwegian Birkenbeiner (Birkebeinerrennet), a 54km Worldloppet event scheduled for Saturday, March 15 from Rena to Lillehammer. Race officials made the … READ MORE →

Fast and Female Presents Olympic Celebration with Chandra Crawford – Mar. 27

(Canmore, AB) – Join us for an afternoon of athletic inspiration for girls 9-19 with a motivational talk and ski on the on the World Cup track with Chandra Crawford and other cross-country ski … READ MORE →

Randall Tops Star-Studded Field in Women’s Sprint CL at USSA SuperTour Finals

March 23, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska) – A star-studded final in the SuperTour Final women’s 1.4-kilometer Classic Sprint was made to order for Alaska fans, as their favourite queen, Kikkan Randall (APU), once again proved to … READ MORE →

Hanneman Takes Men’s Sprint CL Win at SuperTour Finals – Protest Sees Newell Relegated to 6th

March 23, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska) – APU’s Reese Hanneman took home the men’s 1.4km CL Sprint victory and series title at the SuperTour Finals as a protest saw the initial winner, veteran Andy Newell (Stratton), relegated … READ MORE →

USA’s Burke Strong 9th in IBU Mass Start in Oslo as Fourcade Wins Finale and Overall Title – Bailey Top North American

(Oslo, Norway) – The USA’s Tim Burke finished his season on a high note with a strong 9th place in the men’s 15km Mass Start with one penalty at 58.4s behind winner Martin Fourcade (FRA), … READ MORE →

Canada’s Rosanna Crawford Scores Career-best 8th as Kuzmina Wins IBU Mass Start Finale in Oslo – Makaraenen Wins Overall

(Oslo, Norway) – Canada’s Rosanna Crawford, 25, nailed the performance of her life with a career-best, first-ever top-10 in the IBU women’s 12.5km mass start race, the final World Cup of the season in Oslo, Norway. … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Randall, Hoffman and Race Director James Southam at the 2014 U.S. National Championships and SuperTour Finals

(Anchorage, Alaska) – SkiTrax caught up with yesterday’s SuperTour winners Kikkan Randall and Noah Hoffman at Kinkaid Park in Anchorage for their take on their respective victories and finally being back in the US … READ MORE →

Superstar Randall Tops Field in Women’s 10km FR USSA SuperTour Finals at Alaska Homecoming

March 22, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Skiing on home turf is always rewarding but when you’ve been on the road for five months like US star Kikkan Randall, there’s a special feeling of racing in … READ MORE →

Olympian Hoffman Takes Men’s 15km FR Victory at USSA SuperTour Finals in Alaska – Patterson 2nd, Bjornsen 3rd

March 22, 2014 (Anchorage, Alaska) — Skiing far from home on foreign snow is nothing new to Olympian Noah Hoffman who topped the men’s field today at the SuperTour Finals in Kincaid Park, in Anchorage, … READ MORE →

Ivan Babikov and Amanda Ammar Win 30/50km FR Titles on Final Day of 2014 Haywood Nationals

March 22, 2014 (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) – Saturday was the final day of racing at the 2014 Haywood Ski Nationals, the long distance, mass start classic races. The organization had been excellent, the weather a … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee 6th in Women’s 10km Pursuit at Oslo – Canada’s Kocher 16th, Crawford 17th

March 22, 2104 (Oslo, Norway) – American Susan Dunklee had a good day at the office as she placed 6th in the women’s 10km pursuit in Oslo with two penalties at 1:03.4 behind winner Anastasiya … READ MORE →

Austria’s Simon Elder Takes Surprise Victory in Men’s 12.5km Pursuit at Oslo – USA’s Bailey 14th

March 22, 2014 (Oslo, Norway) – Clean shooting delivered a long-awaited victory to Simon Elder (AUT) as he won the men’s 12.5km pursuit in Oslo with 12.7s margin over Alexander Loginov (RUS) in second with … READ MORE →

Twitter Round-up Pre-US Nationals & Supertour Finals – Welcome to Alaska

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Check out the latest tweets from Sophie Caldwell, Noah Hoffman, Sadie Bjornsen, Alex Harvey, Andy Newell, Holly Brooks, Dasha Gaiazova, Alaska Olympians, and Simi Hamilton just prior to the 2014 U.S. National … READ MORE →

VOTE NOW – US Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Ski Jumping + Hendrickson for Pro/Olympian Female Athlete of the Year

(Park City, Utah) – Women’s ski jumping will be highlighted in the third annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards on April 22, hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank.
The first-ever … READ MORE →

2014 U.S. National Championships and Supertour Finals Kick Off in Anchorage – March 22-28

(Anchorage, Alaska) – One of the nation’s largest cross-country ski racing events comes to Anchorage this weekend as the 2014 U.S. National Championships and Supertour Finals. Competition runs March 22-28, 2014.
More than 130 skiers, … READ MORE →

Haywood XC Nationals 2014 Days 4 and 5 – Gaiazova and Nishikawa Win Sprint National Titles

(Corner Brook, Newfoundland) – Race Day 5 at the Haywood Ski Nationals was overcast and just below zero, another great day for skiing. The weekend could be another story with +5 and rain scheduled … READ MORE →

Petter Northug is Now Racing on Fischer Skis and Boots

– A few observant people already noticed it during the current season and now it is official…Petter Northug (NOR) is racing not only with Fischer skis, he now uses boots from the Nordic number … READ MORE →

Craftsbury Celebrates Great Spring Skiing With Team Rates for Everyone

(Craftsbury Common, Vermont) – It’s been a great season so far at Craftsbury – but why let the fun stop now? March brings some of the best conditions of the year, and 2014 is … READ MORE →

USA’s Susan Dunklee Takes Brilliant Bronze in IBU Sprint at Oslo – Canada’s Rosanna Crawford 11th

(Oslo, Norway) – US Biathlon’s Susan Dunklee from Barton, VT, took home her career-first podium with a brilliant bronze medal performance in the women’s 7.5km sprint in Oslo today with clean shooting at 33 seconds … READ MORE →

APU Olympians Welcome Home Party THIS Thursday – March 20

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Please join us on Thursday, March 20th from 6-8:00p.m. at the APU Grant Hall ConocoPhillips Gallery to help give our four 2014 Olympians and Coach Erik Flora a very warm welcome back to Alaska!

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation – Position Opening for Race Operations Director

–  The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is now accepting applications for position of Race Operations Event Operations / Race Director – applications are due by May 1.
Our long-time Race Operations Director, Shellie Milford, has … READ MORE →

Haywood XC Nationals 2014 Day 3 – Ivan Babikov and Heidi Widmer Win Canadian Championships

(Corner Brook, Newfoundland) – Race Day 3 at the Haywood Ski Nationals had tamer weather than the previous day, with -7 deg. C temperatures and a wind that the race results said was howling, … READ MORE →

Holly Brooks Wins the 14th Annual Oosik 50km Classic Ski Race/Tour

(Alaska) – The Oosik Classic is an Alaskan favorite drawing nearly 750 people from all over the state. The race itself draws accomplished racers and recreationalists who ski the 25k in costume. It’s essentially … READ MORE →

Professional Skiers WANTED

– With every Olympic cycle that passes, a new generation of athletes step into the process of achieving their full potential. With one Olympic cycle ending and a new one beginning, now is the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest Winners and Final Standings

(Toronto, ON) – We apologize for the delay and are thrilled to announce the winners and final overall standings of the SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest after the final 50km FR race on Feb. 23 that … READ MORE →

Haywood XC Nationals 2014 Day 2 – Emily Nishikawa Leads Whitehorse to 4 Medals

(Corner Brook, Newfoundland) – Race Day 2 at the Haywood Ski Nationals included a wide and wild variety of weather, pretty much any type of winter weather you could imagine from rain to powder … READ MORE →

WinSport Launches Junior Ski Team Program in Canmore for 2014-15

(Canmore, AB) – We are very pleased to announce the details of the WinSport Junior Ski Team for 2014-15. We hope that it will help retain junior skiers after they graduate from high school … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Scores Mini Tour Silver in Falun and Career-best 3rd Overall in the World Cup as Sundby Wins Crystal Globe

(Falun, Sweden) – Canada’s Alex Harvey capped the best season of his career with two more podiums as he finished second in the Falun mini tour and third overall in the World Cup rankings. … READ MORE →

Johaug Unstoppable in Falun Pursuit Claims World Cup Title – USA’s Randall 6th Overall

March 16, 2014 (Falun, Sweden) – There was no stopping Norway’s Therese Johaug on her mission to win the Falun mini-tour and take home her first overall World Cup title. The dynamic skier put the … READ MORE →

Interview with USA’s Lowell Bailey on his Career-first IBU Podium in Kontiolahti

(Kontiolahti, Finland) – Following US Biathlon’s Lowell Bailey superb day in the men’s 10km sprint at Kontiolahti, Finland on Saturday, March 15 where he secured his career-first IBU World Cup podium, we caught up … READ MORE →

Canada’s Smith 10th in Men’s Pursuit as Norway’s Boe Wins IBU Hat-trick in Kontiolahti – USA’s Bailey 14th

 (Kontiolahti, Finland) – Despite windy conditions Canada’s Nathan Smith backed up his career-best 8th in yesterday’s sprint with a solid 10th place finish and five penalties in the men’s 12.5km World Cup pursuit in Kontiolahti, Finland on … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee 7th in IBU Pursuit as Makarainen Sweeps all Three Women’s Races in Kontiolahti

 (Kontiolahti, Finland) – The USA’s Susan Dunklee battled windy conditions on the range to finish 7th in today’s 10km pursuit with seven penalties at 3:01.4 behind winner Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) with a time of 30:52 … READ MORE →

Canada’s McKeever and Klebl Score Gold w/USA’s Oksana Winning Bronze on Final Day of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

(Sochi, Russia) – Canada’s Brian McKeever, with guide Erik Carleton, raced to his third Paralympic title at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday (16 March), winning the men’s 10km visually impaired cross-country … READ MORE →

Haywood XC Nationals 2014 Day 1 – Whitehorse and Foothills Grab Team Sprint Gold

(Corner Brook, Newfoundland) – Race Day 1 at the Haywood Ski Nationals got underway on Saturday (Mar. 15) with Team Sprints at the Blow Me Down ski trails in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The classic … READ MORE →

Like Father Like Son Canada’s Harvey Nails Men’s 30km Skiathlon and Vies for Overall WCup Podium + Interview w/Wadsworth & 1987 Video

(Falun, Sweden) – In a stunning display of skiing prowess Canada’s Alex Harvey demonstrated that he can ski with the best in the world and defeat them as well claiming the men’s 30km Skiathlon … READ MORE →