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Sovereign Lake NorAm: Photo Gallery

Andrea Dupont (l) and Brittany Webster (second from l) trail two Canadian Senior Development Team skiers in their semifinal of the NorAm 1.2 k classic sprint at Sovereign Lake on Dec. 8. Dupont qualified in third as a lucky loser, and went on to win the final.

Photos from the season-opening NorAm at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, with 10/15 k freestyle and classic-sprint races in temperatures near -18 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Weekend Roundup: Live From Hochfilzen and U.S. Women Go Big in Lillehammer

The U.S. women after capturing third in the 4x5 k relay at the World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, (from left to right) Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins, and Liz Stephen. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

FasterSkier reported live at the IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen, Austria, and 2,000 kilometers north in Lillehammer, Norway, the U.S. cross-country and nordic-combined teams found success in Lillehammer. NorAm racing kicked off in British Columbia, and Bozeman SuperTour skiers braved the cold to get distance races in after Saturday’s sprints were canceled.

Bozeman SuperTour: Photo Gallery

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Photos from the second set of SuperTour races at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman, Mont., with 10/15 k classic mass starts taking place in temperatures just above the legal limit of -4 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.

Gregg, Widmer Ward Off Cold for Opening NorAm Wins at Sovereign Lake

Kevin Sandau (AWCA/NST) after finishing 15 k freestyle at the Sovereign Lake NorAm, which started in temperatures around 18 C on Saturday afternoon.

Another cold one at Sovereign Lake kept the organizers and athletes scrambling in temperatures around -20 degrees Celsius, but the end result was an exciting first NorAm of the season, with two Americans taking the top spots in the men’s 15 k and Heidi Widmer winning the 10 k skate.

Canadian NorAm Preview: Peaking for Pre-Olympic Trials

Graham Nishikawa, 29, leads some Alberta World Cup Academy teammates, including Jesse Cockney (207) and Kevin Sandau (202) in the skate leg of Thursday's NorAm 30 k skiathlon at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Nishikawa won the race to earn a trip to 2013 World Championships.

Because the Olympics only come around every four years, domestic races hold even more value in the months leading up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. In Canada, they’ll determine who will fill approximately four remaining spots on the Olympic nordic team. The fun starts this weekend at Sovereign Lake, British Columbia.

West Yellowstone SuperTour Women’s 10 k (Photo Gallery)

Sylvia Nordskar (University of Denver) leads University of Utah skier Anna-Lena Heynen (l) the second time up Tele Hill in the West Yellowstone SuperTour 10 k freestyle on Nov. 30.

Tele Hill is tough, especially in above-freezing temperatures when 130 men have skied it before you (three times apiece). Here’s a look at the women’s SuperTour top 10 in the 10-kilometer freestyle individual start on Nov. 30 — the final race of the West Yellowstone SuperTour.

Weekend Roundup: And So It Begins

Sadie Bjornsen (USA) on her way to seventh place.  Photo: Fischer / Nordic Focus.

The official beginning to the 2014 racing season didn’t disappoint with tons of exciting nordic action taking place across the globe. FasterSkier was on-site in West Yellowstone to cover the SuperTour opener, Kikkan Randall opened with her best classic-sprint finish of second in Kuusamo, Noah Hoffman notched the fastest men’s time in Sunday’s 15 k pursuit to end the Kuusamo Ruka Triple, and Tim Burke had his first podium of the biathlon season.

Strøm Overcomes Fatigue for West Yellowstone SuperTour Win; Gregg Second in 15 k Skate

Mads Strøm (University of Colorado) starting his first of three times up Tele Hill in the SuperTour 15 k freestyle individual start on Saturday in West Yellowstone, Mont. Strøm won the race by more than 14 seconds.

Mads Strøm of the University of Colorado and Norwegian club, Bærums Verk IF, put down a ferocious last lap to win Saturday’s 15 k freestyle, the last race of the West Yellowstone SuperTour weekend. Brian Gregg hung tough for second and Sylvan Ellefson edged Matt Liebsch for third.

West Yellowstone SuperTour Men’s 15 k (Photo Gallery)

Racers going down and up Tele Hill in Saturday's SuperTour 15 k freestyle race at the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Mont.

A look at the top 10 and some other men in Saturday’s 15-kilometer freestyle individual start — the second and last race of the West Yellowstone SuperTour.

Gregg Makes It a Double at West Yellowstone SuperTour, Wins 10 k Skate

Caitlin Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg) on her way to winning Saturday’s West Yellowstone SuperTour 10 k freestyle individual start by 1:21.4 minutes in 25:45.6.

Watching her husband in the West Yellowstone SuperTour 15 k skate on Saturday, Caitlin Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg) had a sense it was going to be another good day. Brian Gregg placed second and Caitlin went on to win the women’s 10 k individual race by more than a minute and 20 seconds. “It’s incredible,” she said. “It’s so fun when this stuff happens.”

A Crowd Favorite, Gregg Cruises to Women’s SuperTour Sprint Victory in West Yellowstone

Caitiln Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg) rounding the final corner into the stadium at the Rendezvous Ski Trails to win Friday's 1.3 k skate sprint, the first SuperTour race of the 2013/2014 season, in West Yellowstone, Mont.

The highlight of Caitlin Gregg’s day was seeing all her Midwest fans, her Loppet Nordic Racing buddies, at the finish of each heat on Friday during the first SuperTour sprint of the season. That gave her reason to celebrate and smile every time she won, which Gregg did all morning and early afternoon in the West Yellowstone 1.3 k skate sprint.

Johansson Surprises in Yellowstone SuperTour Sprint; Hanneman Outlunges Scott for Second

Emil Johansson of Sweden celebrates his decisive victory in the West Yellowstone SuperTour 1.3-kilometer skate sprint on Friday. The seventh-fastest qualifier, Johansson went on to beat qualifying winner Ryan Scott  of SSCV/TeamHomeGrown (in white) and Reese Hanneman of APU, second from r. Hanneman outlunged Scott for second.

A lot of people might not know who Emil Johansson is. To SuperTour spectators and most of the 200-plus racers in West Yellowstone on Friday, he was an unknown: a Swede racing in the green suit of his home club IK Jarl Rättvik. An exchange student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he’s not part of the team. It was hard to know what he was capable of.

Yellowstone SuperTour Distance Skate: Who Will Win?

Caitlin Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg) just before winning Friday’s 1.3 k freestyle sprint at the 2013 West Yellowstone SuperTour in West Yellowstone, Mont.

While Caitlin Gregg and Sweden’s Emil Johansson took the cake in Friday’s West Yellowstone SuperTour freestyle sprint, who you is up for a victory in the women’s and men’s 10- and 15-kilometer freestyle individual starts on Saturday? Vote now!

Pre-SuperTour, Thanksgiving Day Video

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Some of the most competitive skiers in the U.S. SuperTour circuit give thanks and express appreciation for friends and family before, during and after their Thanksgiving ski sessions in West Yellowstone, Mont., one day before the SuperTour opens there on Friday.

Yellowstone SuperTour Sprint Start Lists Posted: Who Will Win?

Hundreds of skiers took to the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Tuesday in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Now’s your chance to make predictions! Who do you think will win Friday’s SuperTour opener, a 1.3 k skate sprint on the Rendezvous Ski Trails? Last year, West Yellowstone held a point-to-point prologue; Friday’s race will be all-out rounds.

SuperTour Preview: Olympic Year Raises the Stakes

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The 2014 race season has arrived, and with it, the start of SuperTour racing. In an Olympic year, the elite domestic race series becomes even more important to aspiring skiers. Expect intense and highly competitive racing from the get-go!

West Yellowstone by the Numbers

Bison in winter (circa 2006) in West Yellowstone, Mont. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

You don’t have to be a ski nerd or history buff to think this stuff is interesting. A century ago, West Yellowstone was just getting its starts as a tourist town — one that had to deal with excessive cold and ever-piling snow. What to do? Ski!

Another Strange Year for West, in a Good Way (Photo Gallery)

Hundreds of skiers took to the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Tuesday in West Yellowstone, Mont.

Visitor numbers are up for the West Yellowstone Ski Festival and the Rendezvous Ski Trails are open in their entirety, but the snow is a little denser than usual. “It’s definitely a little odd for here,” groomer Doug Edgerton said of the manmade-like conditions that are 100-percent natural. “Historically, we’re cold and dry.”

The Four: Alberta World Cup Academy

Alberta World Cup Academy skier Patrick Stewart-Jones leads teammate Phil Widmer in some quick sprints during a dryland camp in Whitefish, Montana, this summer. (Photo: AWCA)

With almost the same number of athletes as last year, the AWCA in Canmore, Alberta, has fewer women this season, but coach Chris Jeffries is pleased with the team’s training quality despite some injuries. “The group is very focused this year and more mature,” he says.

The Four: NDC Thunder Bay

The 2013/2014 NDC Thunder Bay squad. Front Row (left to right): Andy Shields, Jack Carlyle, Jenn Jackson, Alannah MacLean, Erin Tribe, Nick Monette, Bob Thompson, Evan Palmer-Charrette. Back Row (l-r) executive director Eric Bailey, Scott Hill, head coac Timo Puiras, Ben Wilkinson-Zan, and assistant coach Victor Wiltmann. (Photo: NDC Thunder Bay)

With nearly 90 percent of its senior team still eligible for U23 World Championships, NDC Thunder Bay is hungry for some international starts, and new head coach Timo Puiras has a feeling it’s going to be a good season.