Here's an in-depth look at the upcoming U.S. SuperTour schedule, addressing why the season’s first races won't be in West Yellowstone, why some SuperTour races are in Canada, why U.S. nationals are returning to Soldier Hollow so soon, why there is a skiathlon at Spring Series, etc.
David Norris of APU is trying to keep the momentum up and continually build on his achievements from last season. One thing he's noticed, "In the last few summers my uphill running has improved tremendously." But what came first, the hill-climb success or leaps in ski training?
On Monday, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association published its 2016/2017 SuperTour calendar, which includes seven stops, not including West Yellowstone. “We’ve rotated a few sites this year and will continue to move around in the future to get the SuperTour to new places," USSA Nordic Domestic Program Director Robert Lazzaroni explains. "Moving the event around helps stimulate top-level racing in America.”
Amidst a health scare in Canmore and a job opening in Bend, former Bridger Ski Foundation coach Bernie Nelson takes over as head nordic coach at Bend Endurance Academy in Oregon.
Rebecca Watson, the board chair of the High Plains division, was surprised by an email saying that USSA was ending the affiliation agreement with the division - without warning or a probationary period to improve the weaknesses that USSA says it finds in Wyoming. Others on the Cross Country Committee, which is now set to discuss the topic at USSA Congress, said they were also surprised.
It was a tight race for Canada's Continental Skier of the Year, with Andy Shields edging out Kevin Sandau by a single point in the overall NorAm standings. Dahria Beatty took her second win of the 2016 FS awards after topping both the NorAm overall and sprint standings.
Looking back at the 2016 college season in review, we couldn't ignore two standouts and NCAA championships: Mads Strøm of the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Denver's Linn Eriksen, both originally from Oslo, Norway.
The men's final distance race of the season in Craftsbury, Vt., saw APU's Erik Bjornsen stride away to his second win of the week, taking the men's 50 k classic mass start title at U.S. Distance Nationals by more than 1 1/2 minutes.
Jessie Diggins maintained her streak through the final race of the season, winning the women's 30 k classic mass start -- what used to be her weakest race format -- on Saturday at U.S. Distance Nationals. She broke away on the first of nine laps, making it a race for second among Ida Sargent, Caitlin Patterson and Liz Stephen.
Alaska Pacific University led from start to finish, with Erik Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Scott Patterson, and Chelsea Holmes, to win its third-consecutive mixed relay title at SuperTour Finals on Thursday in Craftsbury, Vt. A hybrid team called Vailbury Green placed second, and Jessie Diggins brought SMST2 from sixth to third at the finish.
After nearly sweeping the podium at U.S. nationals earlier this year, the Alaska Pacific University men got the job done in Craftsbury on Tuesday, taking first, second and third with Erik Bjornsen and Reese and Logan Hanneman, respectively.
The last week of the SuperTour season is already halfway through in Craftsbury, Vt., with the men’s 1.5-kilometer classic sprint on Tuesday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Check out a few of our favorite photos from...
Jessie Diggins was once again unstoppable on the second day of the SuperTour Finals in Craftsbury, Vt., winning the classic sprint ahead of fellow U.S. Ski Team members Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan. Three SMST2 skiers reached the final, with Annie Hart placing fourth and Sophie Caldwell finishing fifth on her birthday.
The last week of SuperTour racing taking place this year in Craftsbury, Vt. has already hit the halfway mark, with the women's 1.5-kilometer classic sprint taking place on Tuesday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Check out some of the photos that capture the best moments of the event.
With the wrap-up of this year's World Cup season, many U.S. Ski team members made their way to Craftsbury, Vt., for the final races of the U.S. calendar. Noah Hoffman raced to his first win of the season in Monday's 15 k freestyle individual start. “Honestly, it’s nice to get to win a race every once in awhile,” he said.
Race highlights, interviews and aerial views from the first day of SuperTour Finals on Monday in Craftsbury, Vt.
At Western Canadian Championships last weekend in Prince George, B.C., Dahria Beatty and Kevin Sandau locked up the overall NorAm lead before the Ski Tour Canada while others duked it out during three days of races Feb. 19-21.
With World Cup starts ahead of him, U.S. classic sprint champion Eric Packer talks about his successes this season and how he overcame a scary setback last June. "Everyone has to deal with adversity, what matters is how you respond," he explained.