Archive | October, 2014

Talking With the Gravy Train – Interview with Kikkan Randall

– In this week’s edition of Talkin’ with the Gravy Train, host Peter Graves talks with American cross-country star Kikkan Randall. Over her career, Randall has amassed 17 US Championships, 26 World Cup podiums, … READ MORE →

US XC Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover on NNF D25 and Making a Difference

– In 2013 would anyone have guessed that Sophie Caldwell would finish in 6th place at the Sochi Olympics, securing the best U.S. women’s Olympic finish in history? Would we have guessed at that … READ MORE →

Concept2 Announces Newly Redesigned SkiErg – More Workout Options

(Morrisville, VT ) – As skiers working to engineer the best product possible, we’re always looking to incorporate improvements into our equipment. Based on our own experiences and feedback from athletes, we’re proud to … READ MORE →

Young Skiers Win Inaugural Madshus Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship

(Seattle, WA) – Madshus, one of the world’s leading performance Nordic ski companies, is thrilled to announce Erin Moening and Conner Truskowski as the winners of the inaugural Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship. With nominations … READ MORE →

PRINOTH to Support USSA as Official Snowgroomer Through 2018

(Park City, UT) – Athletes will have world class snow conditions during upcoming training camps thanks to PRINOTH snow groomers, who has signed on as the official snow grooming machine for the U.S. Ski … READ MORE →

USA Ski Jumping Names 2014-15 National Teams

(Park City, UT) – USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) has named the athletes that will comprise the 2014-15 US National Ski Jumping Teams. In making the announcement today USASJ Athletic Director Alan Johnson called the … READ MORE →

Sadie Bjornsen’s Q&A – Training Hours

– Sadie Bjornsen just finished her most exciting and successful year to date and after scoring her first World Cup medal and competing for Team USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, she is definitely … READ MORE →

Matt Whitcomb and Sverre Caldwell to Headline NENSA Coaching Symposium Nov 15-16

(Stratton, Vermont) – What do Matt Whitcomb (USST), Chris Hall (Swix), Sverre Caldwell (SMS), Patrick O’Brien (SMS T2), and the Stratton T2 Team all have in common? Other than being huge contributors to our … READ MORE →

WinSport Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint – More Photos

(Canmore, AB) – Check out this great selection of photos from the recent season kick-off competitions at the WinSport Frozen Thunder held at the Canmore Nordic Centre this past weekend where Canadian and US skiers, … READ MORE →

NNF Drive For 25 Cross Country and Nordic Combined Update, U23’s and Development

– Over halfway to the end of the Drive for 25 and the numbers are piling up. Here are some important statistics on the largest grassroots sport fundraising effort in the country so far:

$120,000 … READ MORE →

IPC Nordic Skiing Sport Technical Committee – Walsh, Farra, Wirz, Apedaile, Bourgonje On Board

– IPC Nordic Skiing confirmed on Thursday the new membership of its Sport Technical Committee (STC), the group responsible for ensuring the continued growth and progress of the sport in the four years ahead … READ MORE →

MVSTA Has a New Name – Methow Trails

(Winthrop, WA) – The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) would like to share some big news. MVSTA has a new name: Methow Trails!  We are excited to share our new name, new logo, … READ MORE →

Saarinen Back Training after Injury

– In September, Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen fell during the training camp in Ramsau and broke a bone in her foot. Now, a few weeks later, Saarinen got good news from doctors today.
“The fractured bone … READ MORE →

Interview with Canada’s Heidi Widmer at WinSport Frozen Thunder

(Canmore, AB) – Following the 10/15km FR races on day 2 of the WinSport Frozen Thunder competitions in Canmore, SkiTrax caught up with rising Canadian star, Heidi Widmer, who made the top 1o in … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – General Manager, Biathlon Canada

(Canmore, AB/Ottawa, ON) – Biathlon Canada, the National Sport Organization for biathlon in Canada, is seeking an energetic and motivated individual to fill the position of General Manager for its office in Canmore, Alberta … READ MORE →

Masters Camps at Craftsbury Outdoor Center – Dec. 4-7 and Dec. 11-14

– (Craftsbury Common, Vermont) – Masters skiers: are you looking for a tune-up this season before the snow really flies? Is there something about your technique or training that you think may be holding … READ MORE →

Devon Kershaw and Rosanna Crawford Win 10/15km FR WinSport Frozen Thunder Races

(Canmore, AB) – Devon Kershaw (Can) NST-Onaping Falls claimed the top spot on the podium for a great start to his season winning the men’s 15km FR Frozen Thunder race at the Canmore Nordic … READ MORE →

ONE WAY Becomes Exclusive Textile Partner and Sponsor of the KATUSHA World Tour Cycling Team

– Russian WorldTour Team Katusha is proud to announce its partnership with the Finnish Nordic sports brand ONE WAY. Katusha’s clothing partner for 2015 and 2016 has a distribution in 28 countries Worldwide. ONE … READ MORE →

5th Annual Rampa con i Campioni at Tour de Ski 2015

– Already for the fifth time amateur cross-country skiers will have a unique chance to live the emotional Final Climb of Tour de Ski in front of more than 20.000 spectators, a few minutes … READ MORE →

Gatineau Loppet 2015 – Early Bird Registration until Oct. 31

(Gatineau, QC) – You have until October 31to save up to 40% on registration fees for the Gatineau Loppet (best price of the 2015 edition!). Make a group registration and get 10% off or … READ MORE →

Interviews with Devon Kershaw and Liz Stephen at Frozen Thunder

(Canmore, AB) – SkiTrax caught up with Canada’s Devon Kershaw (NST/Onaping Falls) who won the B-Final at Frozen Thunder, and the USA’s Liz Stephen (U.S. Ski Team – Burke Mt Academy) who finished 4th in … READ MORE →

WinSport Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint Final Results, Qualifications, Photos UPDATED

(Canmore, AB) – Ida Sargent (USA) U.S. Ski Team – CGRP and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (USA) Bend Endurance Academy topped the qualifications at the 1.6km WinSport Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint qualifications today at the Canmore … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Youth Program Manager, NENSA

(New Gloucester, ME) – NENSA is seeking a youth program manager to galvanize the youth cross-country skiing community in New England. This position will directly manage NENSA’s Bill Koch League programs and position NENSA as … READ MORE →

New Sodie Training Rap Kicks off with Sadie Bjornsen

– Our exclusive new “Sodie Training Rap” has now launched at This regular feature stars two of the sport’s top competitive female XC skiers, Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen. The duo were branded Sodie … READ MORE →

CCES First Quarter Report – Canadian Anti-Doping Program, Expanding International Relationships

(Ottawa, ON) – In its first quarter, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) focused on enhancing its international relationships to help increase the fight against doping in sport in Canada and … READ MORE →

SIA Announces Inaugural INDUSTRY + INTELLIGENCE Daylong Event

(Washington, DC) – SnowSports Industries America (SIA), the snow sports industry’s member-owned trade association, recently announced plans to host its first-ever INDUSTRY + INTELLIGENCE gathering. The daylong industry-only event, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28th, … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Notice to Cross Country Canada Race Licence Holders

– SkiTrax continues as the Official Magazine of Cross Country Canada (CCC) but a complimentary subscription to SkiTrax is no longer included with Race Licence Holder memberships.
Race Licence Holders can still subscribe to SkiTrax … READ MORE →

Executive Director Position – Cross Country Ski New Brunswick

– CCNB is the provincial sport organization that oversees the sport of cross country skiing and are currently seeking a full-time Executive Director. This position is financially supported by the New Brunswick Department of … READ MORE →

Liz Stephen’s Park City Training Camp Report

– I am currently on a plane to San Francisco for a night with my good friend and teammate Jessie Diggins to attend the annual Snow Ball that is held there every year as … READ MORE →

Preseason Discount Trail Passes Available for Yellowstone Ski Festival, SuperTour Info

(West Yellowstone, MT) – The weather is turning and the mountains already have a couple inches of snow! Now is the time to get your Yellowstone Ski Festival November passes at the discounted rate … READ MORE →

Canadian GG Proclaims 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada

(Ottawa, ON) – His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, today proclaimed 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada in a ceremony on Parliament Hill. The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister … READ MORE →

Borah Teamwear Offers Exclusive Birchleggings Club Nordic Apparel

(Coon Valley, WI) – Borah Teamwear, a long-time supporter and recent sponsor of the American Birkebeiner, has collaborated with the renowned Birchleggings Club, providing an exclusive custom Nordic apparel collection available to the 1,300 … READ MORE →

Tim Hug Takes Swiss National Summer Nordic Combined Title over USA’s Byan Fletcher – Demong 3rd

(Einsiedeln, Switzerland) – Tim Hug has claimed the Swiss National Summer Nordic Combined title once more, this time also beating out top U.S. team members who were on the start line as part of … READ MORE →

Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships Officially Ready to Go

(Falun, Sweden) – Nearly 100 participants were in attendance for the Final Inspection including representatives from the 2015 Local Organizing Committee, Swedish Ski Association, City of Falun, Region of Dalarna, FIS, the European Broadcasting … READ MORE →

Talkin’ With the Gravy Train – Interview with Paddy Caldwell

– Having grown up in one of America’s most well-known Nordic skiing families, Paddy Caldwell, has been on skis from about the same time that he learned to walk. At the 2014 FIS Nordic … READ MORE →

NNF Supporting Tomorrow’s Nordic Stars Today – Why You Matter

– The wave has started. US Skiing is on the rise and the NNF is a part of it. Now. Right now, the small bits of participation from the skiing community can make a … READ MORE →

USST 10km Skate Individual Start – Randall and Havlick Top Fields

(Park City, UT) – Kikkan Randall (USST/APU) and Miles Havlick (SVSEF Gold) topped the women’s and men’s field’s respectively at USST’s 10km Skate Individual Start as part of the team’s high-altitude training camp in Park City. Liz … READ MORE →

CXC Super Fit Weekends Announced

– Bring your old skis to test if they have a good fit for you, learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.

Each CXC Super … READ MORE →

Ivan Babikov Report – Last Dryland Training Camp of the Year at High Altitude in Park City

(Park City, Utah) – For the last dryland training camp of this summer our team went to Park City. We were joined by some American skiers and Alberta World Cup Academy guys. We have … READ MORE →

Frozen Thunder Update – Canmore Nordic Centre to Open Oct. 17-18

(Canmore, AB) – Snow is in the air and Alberta is ready to kick things off soon as the Canmore Nordic Centre began the annual ritual of breaking out the snow they’ve been storing … READ MORE →

Brooks Blog – A Story Worth Telling… 3022: A Mt. Marathon Story

(Alaska) – You know how they say that a picture is worth a thousand words? What does that make a documentary worth? Let’s just say, a lot. Especially if you’re as talented and dedicated … READ MORE →

USSA Partners with RallyMe to Help Athletes

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, in partnership with RallyMe, announced today the launch of “USSA Crowdfunding”, a groundbreaking funding platform exclusively for its member athletes.
The website,, is the next step in the … READ MORE →

World Champion Kikkan Randall Partners with Finnish Ski Brand YOKO

(Finland0 – From the 2014/2015 season onwards, Randall will be going for gold with YOKO ski gloves and poles. Finnish sporting goods and textiles company YOKO has entered into a significant partnership with US … READ MORE →

Fischer University Kicks Off Two Days of Racing Dealer Outreach

(Minneapolis, MN) – Thirty-five nordic racing dealers arrived in downtown Minneapolis to connect, share and learn from Fischer Sports and friends of the nordic industry. “This has never been done before and it’s a … READ MORE →

APU Partners with Craft Sportswear

(Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center will take on a new look this
season. APU is partnering with Craft Sportswear, a global outdoor wear company that also outfits
the Swedish National Nordic … READ MORE →

First U.S. Title for Bryan Fletcher at U.S. Nordic Combined Championships

(Lake Placid, New York) – Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) added another jewel to an already star-studded Nordic Combined career, winning his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. … READ MORE →

Nick Fairall Claims U.S. Ski Jumping Championship Men’s Title at Flaming Leaves Festival

(Lake Placid, NY) – Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) defended his title at the Flaming Leaves Festival on the Lake Placid Olympic jump at the K95 meter U.S. Ski Jumping Championship, breaking a first round … READ MORE →

US Ski Jumping Championships Women – Hendrickson Wins, Larson Top Junior

(Lake Placid, New York) – Sarah Hendrickson showed why she is the world champion in women’s ski jumping by soaring to a first place finish in the US Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, October … READ MORE →

National Teams in Final Prep for FIS XC World Cup Season – 50 Days to Go

– With around 50 days until the start of the 2014/15 FIS Cross-Country World Cup season, national teams around the world are working full speed on preparing for the upcoming season. The month of … READ MORE →

Jim Galanes to be Inducted into Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame – Oct. 19

(Stowe, VT) – Join us for the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 19th at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center! We’re very excited to induct five Vermonters: Jim Galanes, Mike Holland, Anabel & … READ MORE →