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  • 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. 
  • Ski the Birkie more efficiently
    Igor Badamshin: Faster, faster. Everybody wants to get faster. But speed is dependent on more factors than I can deal with at once. So let’s concentrate on a few things to make you and others more efficient between now and the Birkebeiner. Increasing efficiency will mean you use less energy to get to the hills and up them. Let me know after the race if that makes you faster!  
  • Already popular among cross-country skiers and mountain bikers, the Nine Mile Recreation Area in Wausau, Wisconsin, has added trail and features. 
  • Fido digs snow, too
    Work had gotten the best of me, but with excellent snow conditions and a full moon, I wasn’t about to waste a perfectly good ski day. Woody, my 50-pound yellow lab mix, knew he was in for an evening adventure. 
  • CXC head coach Igor Badamshin dies on the Birkie Trail
    Charlie Dee called me with the tragic news as I pulled up to the Superior Dome in Marquette, Michigan, late Friday afternoon. "Igor died today on the Birkie Trail," he said, sounding shocked and heartbroken.
  • Acquired skills
    XC SKIING with Mitch Mode
     None of this is instinctive. We are not born accomplished skiers. It is an acquired skill. Technique is the driver. Without it we flail, energy wasted. Our enthusiasm may know no bounds, but bad technique is an open window as the furnace runs hot. Technique comes with time and with work. It is malleable, changing form as our experience grows. We may be born to ski but we are not born competent skiers. 
  • The Wisconsin Snow Report website is a new tool for tracking cross-country ski trail conditions throughout the state.  
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