Qaniq Challenge 2017 by the numbers: Two days, 35 kilometers, three feet of fresh snow. 33 racers. $10,000 purse. Why the country's second-richest cross-country ski race is in Valdez, Alaska, in mid-January.
Jack Novak has never been to Asia before. Lauren Fritz has skied on five continents. Both Alaska Pacific University skiers are crossing the Pacific Ocean this week to race in the tenth annual China Tour de Ski, which begins in Changbaishan on January 1. Expect camels, long bus rides, communal poop shacks – oh, and a $36,000 purse.
Note: In addition to the Dublin School, at least one other private school in New Hampshire has FIS-homologated trails. Proctor Academy, with 360...
Note: Photos from this story are courtesy of John Lazenby. Many more photos from the Eastern Cup weekend are available at his website. The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) tried out an old format for the...
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The first official cross-country ski races of the season in the Lower 48 were held Friday in West Yellowstone, Mont., and for the first time in a long time, they weren’t U.S. SuperTour races. But they were...
APU’s Scott Patterson and Jessica Yeaton, UAA’s Hailey Swirbul, and the UAF team all skied well in Fairbanks over the weekend in the continent’s first FIS races. Patterson jokes that he plans to purchase a time turner, so that he can “continue to win every single race in the U.S.”
With the IBU season opening this weekend with preseason races in Sjusjøen, Norway, FasterSkier contributor Aleks Tangen checked out the venue and spoke with some of the movers and shakers at the venue.
Ski racing on natural snow has returned to North America. APU skier Scott Patterson used Saturday morning's Race to the Outhouse #1 to "lay down the law on some juniors and masters" en route to an easy victory.
The earliest FIS race ever held on natural snow in the Northern Hemisphere occurred in Fairbanks on this date in 1996. It was also one of the best races that two-time Olympian Ben Husaby ever had.
Canada's famous Frozen Thunder officially opened Saturday after the Canmore Nordic Centre dumped an estimated 400 truckloads of snow onto its 1.3-kilometer loop in Canmore, Alberta. By Sunday's end, the loop should be roughly 2 k.
Nordic has upstaged tubing in North Creek, N.Y., where a state-operated alpine area has made FIS-homologated, cross-country ski trails a priority. Along with 2.5 k and 3.3 k race loops, the Ski Bowl also has snowmaking, lights, and coming soon, Wi-Fi.
Often associated with Scandinavian culture, the concept of friluftsliv has helped shaped the nordic ski communities we all know. In Bend, Ore., a museum exhibit called "Winter Comes" celebrates the legacy of friluftsliv.
For many years the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) was a staple of cultivating domestic biathlon and cross-country talent at the elite level. There's been a name change; MWSC is now OSI, Outdoor Sport Institute, and its focus is on fostering long-term healthy living across the state.
After spending this past winter as a wax technician for Caldwell Sport and previous years coaching juniors, Austin Caldwell is following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by becoming a full-time coach with the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Mont.
Leading up to the prestigious Mt. Marathon footrace in Seward, Alaska, APU teammates David Norris and Scott Patterson, both race rookies, were marked as strong climbers but unproven downhill runners. Would they hold back to avoid injury? They went on to place first and fourth overall on Monday in the 89th edition of the race.
The Race to the Outhouse #2 is a funny name for an excuse to ski up a big hill, according to author and racer Jeff Kase. This year's overall runner-up describes his experience on April 2 (and in the months leading up to it) and why it's much more than an late-season 7.5 k race.
The Arrowhead 135 is a 135-mile, human-powered event in northern Minnesota. This year, Mike Brumbaugh broke the course record by 5 minutes despite skiing with a busted pole for 115 miles of it. “When I broke it at twenty miles, I stopped and stuck a stick in each end ... It just snapped again. Then I just carried it for sixteen miles." He had to get resourceful at a general store stop along the way.
The story of why one citizens skier trekked six hours (each way) for a race in a southern port city of Alaska. "Sometimes it’s important to travel for five days so that you can spend less than two hours racing, but do so on a course that goes from a mountain overlook to the shores of the Pacific Ocean," the author explains.
USSA released the final version of its SuperTour calendar for the upcoming winter of 2015/2016, with a December stop in Sun Valley, Idaho, as well as a mid-season East Coast visit to Lake Placid, N.Y., and Stowe, Vt.