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  • Short film about the Arrowhead 135 Ultra to be released online April 1
    A short documentary film about the Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern Minnesota each winter will be available to view online starting April 1. The 30-minute movie by Adventure Minnesota Films is the first of four in a series which will also cover whitewater kayakers, rock climbers and adventure racers in Minnesota. 
  • How was the coldest day of the year for you?
    Last year we were left stumbling by the unceasing cold that settled like a 60-day cloud of depression. This year we got gut punched by the Packers, an ache that will linger long after the cold fades.  
  • Double your poling pleasure
    "It’s simple,"CXC's Andy Keller said. "Both classic and skate skiing require double poling, and most people have easy-to-correct flaws. Addressing those will help everyone have more fun on skis, from the three-times-a-season skiers to every weekend racers. 
  • The Outfitter Loppet is groomed as it’s skied
    The snowmobile-riding groomers of the Loppet Trail in northern lower Michigan bogged down in the thigh-deep powder. With 120 skiers expected Sunday for the 31st annual Outfitter Loppet, race director Josh Baker had 25K of powdery snow trail that needed packing. 
  • Birkie officials come south seeking donors

    For decades, skiers from southern Wisconsin have traveled north to the American Birkebeiner. On Thursday, January 8, the Birkie will come south, looking to lure donations for a capital campaign to secure and build a permanent start area near the Telemark Resort.

     
  • How to get kids hooked on cross-country skiing
    Let’s face it, our sport requires more physical exertion than it gives gravity thrills. It takes patience and practice to develop good technique. The venue is outside, in the dead of winter, without ski lifts. All this means that children can quickly lose interest and get frustrated. However, for families who manage to get their children hooked, cross-country skiing can become an important and positive part of their lives. 
  • Paralympic Nordic Skiing World Championships heading to Telemark
    Next month, Telemark Resort will host the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships, bringing hundreds of elite athletes and spectators back to Cable, Wisconsin. 
  • Blizzard of donations sought for Lapham Peak snowmaking efforts
    The Lapham Peak Friends are working to raise at least $30,000 by the end of the year to improve the system that has produced snow for eight years. 
  • Skijoring 101
    Looking for a good way to exercise with your pooch this winter? Skijoring, or Nordic skiing with a leashed dog, is an outstanding way to exhaust the most energetic canines if not yourself. 
  • So many U.P. trails, so little time

    Michele Andrews loves to ski. After returning from a trip over Mackinac Bridge last winter, she couldn’t say enough good things about the cross-country skiing she found near Munising and Marquette. “You have to ski there!” she insisted. I knew right then that I was  going to be making a trip to the U.P.

     
  • Skiing in the lab
    Central Cross Country Skiing has a tool that will not only bring Nordic skiers down to earth but also show them ways to ski more efficiently on it: a rollerski treadmill. 
  • The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has hired Allan Serrano, a Minnesota native and former collegiate coach, as director of North America’s largest cross-country ski race. 
  • A legacy of activity
    Since R.T. Rybak was first electected mayor of Minneapolis in 2002, snowmaking efforts started at various city parks to cover Nordic ski trails, the very successful City of Lakes Loppet was created, new mountain bike trails appeared, a bikeshare program commenced and, not surprisingly, Minneapolis-St.Paul has ranked among the healthiest metro areas in America. 
  • Storage wax redux
    Snow is still falling in significant amounts in the northern tier of our region. Nevertheless, I'll assume that most of us are more than ready to put our skis away for the season. 
  • Classic ski better
    Some skiers hang up their skis after the Birkie. But March in the upper Midwest can provide the best skiing of the season. Igor Badamshin and Charlie Dee discuss how to make the best of late season season, especially to lock in good classic ski technique. 
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