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Two Clubs to Superclub: Despite Wild Success, Loppet Nordic Racing at ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

Two Clubs to Superclub: Despite Wild Success, Loppet Nordic Racing at ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’

Almost three years ago now, Reid Lutter and Piotr Bednarski decided that rather than watching their two Twin Cities training programs compete for skiers and resources, they should join forces. The results are a lesson in what city-based ski clubs can accomplish: in 2014 Loppet Nordic Racing was the most successful junior team in the country.

Wednesday Workout: Bust Out of the Gate with the U.S. Ski Team

Wednesday Workout: Bust Out of the Gate with the U.S. Ski Team

Want to be faster off the starting line? So does the U.S. Ski Team. Here’s a workout they did last week — rolling speeds and sprint starts — on skate rollerskis, head coach Chris Grover explains.

After Retiring from Pro Cycling, Durtschi Turns to Biathlon

After Retiring from Pro Cycling, Durtschi Turns to Biathlon

Max Durtschi left cross-country ski racing in 2009 for a professional career in cycling. Now that he’s retired, Durtschi has his sights set on a new frontier: Biathlon.

USSA Shares $150,000 Piece of Fundraising Pie with U.S. Nordic Combined

USSA Shares $150,000 Piece of Fundraising Pie with U.S. Nordic Combined

Late last month, Billy Demong spoke on behalf of his sport at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation trustees’ annual meeting. What came out of it was 15 Gold Passes, valued at $10,000 apiece, which U.S. Nordic Combined is currently trying to sell to help pay for its 2014/2015 season.

Gallery: USST Training Camp Underway in Lake Placid

Gallery: USST Training Camp Underway in Lake Placid

The U.S. Ski Team’s fall training camp is underway at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Check out some photos of the initial days of the camp provided by USSA.

Australian Olympian Callum Watson Recovering after Ski Punctures Lung in Sprint Crash

Australian Olympian Callum Watson Recovering after Ski Punctures Lung in Sprint Crash

When Callum Watson crashed in the sprint at Australian National Championships, it seemed like any other crash. But the consequences were devastating: the other racer’s ski punctured and collapsed his lung. Watson is looking towards the future as he recovers, but is set back by the cost of the ambulance helicopter flight that saved him. This article includes a link to his fundraising page.

Falun World Championships Gain ISO Certification for Sustainability

Falun World Championships Gain ISO Certification for Sustainability

Organizers of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden announced August 27 that the culminating event of the 2014/2015 ski season has received the ISO 20121 certification of sustainability.

From The Pack: Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier

From The Pack: Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier

We caught up with Canadian Junior National Team member Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier, of Montreal and now Quebec City, who reached his goal last season of a top 20 at Junior World Championships in placing 14th in the 10-kilometre classic in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Swix Ski Classics Announce Changes: Longer Season, New Prologue Team Competition

Swix Ski Classics Announce Changes: Longer Season, New Prologue Team Competition

Exciting new developments have been announced for this winter’s Swix Ski Classics. The marathon series has expanded from six races to nine and includes a new race format called the ProTeam Tempo, which is modeled after team events in cycling.

Wednesday Workout: Level 3 Double-Pole Intervals with the SMST2 Team

Wednesday Workout: Level 3 Double-Pole Intervals with the SMST2 Team

SMST2 and U.S. Ski Team D-team member Ben Saxton describes a workout his Stratton team does almost every other week in the summer. “It is perfect for building a strong base as we move forward into higher intensity intervals later on in the training year,” he explains.

Hoffman Lone U.S. Ski Team Member to Train in New Zealand

Hoffman Lone U.S. Ski Team Member to Train in New Zealand

Noah Hoffman recently returned from his on-snow camp at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. While Hoffman was the only U.S. Ski Team member to make the trip, he told FS he logged valuable-and-productive ski training.

City of Valdez Aims to Showcase Local Trails with the Qaniq Challenge

City of Valdez Aims to Showcase Local Trails with the Qaniq Challenge

The Valdez Qaniq Challenge in Alaska may be in its inaugural year, but race organizers have big plans for its unveiling in January, including $10,000 in total prize money.

Put to Work in Nicaragua, Nine Canadians Got Dirty for Skiers 4 SchoolBOX

Put to Work in Nicaragua, Nine Canadians Got Dirty for Skiers 4 SchoolBOX

Nine Canadian skiers, headed by Olympian Perianne Jones, were involved in the fundraising and on-site construction work of a school in Nicaragua. Fasterskier talked earlier this month with Jones and a couple of her “Skiers 4 SchoolBOX” accomplices about their experience this spring.

Norway’s 10,000-Meter Champ, Steira Taking One Step at a Time

Norway’s 10,000-Meter Champ, Steira Taking One Step at a Time

Kristin Størmer Steira’s in the game for another season, but she’s not so sure what the next four years hold — definitely some school and not another Olympics. “I learned from my earlier mistakes saying this is my last year, but I don’t think longer than Falun … we’ll see,” she says in an exclusive interview.

The Hungry Skier: Oat Bran with Cherries & Almonds

The Hungry Skier: Oat Bran with Cherries & Almonds

Good Monday morning! Hungry? We’ve got you covered. How about a nice bowl of Oat Bran with Cherries & Almonds to get you started?

An Editor’s Report of the Bridger Ridge Run

An Editor’s Report of the Bridger Ridge Run

FasterSkier’s Associate Editor Lander Karath recently ran the Bridger Ridge Run in Bozeman, Mont. This is his account of the 20-mile running race.

Back from Blink, U.S. Biathletes Talk About Reentry (Video)

Back from Blink, U.S. Biathletes Talk About Reentry (Video)

JERICHO, Vt. – No matter how you slice it, last weekend’s race efforts at the North American Biathlon Rollerski Championships were hard. For Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Susan Dunklee — three U.S. Biathlon national-team members who competed for the first time […]

Review: Pursuit T6004 Rollerskis and Pursuit Skate Rollerski Brakes

Review: Pursuit T6004 Rollerskis and Pursuit Skate Rollerski Brakes

FasterSkier staff’s review of the RollerskiShop’s T6004 Pursuit skate rollerski and its accompanying brake.

Team Hardwood Seeks Beach Time, Beneficial Training in Tobermory

Team Hardwood Seeks Beach Time, Beneficial Training in Tobermory

Team Hardwood President Patricia MacDonell recaps her team’s annual junior camp on Bruce Peninsula in southern Ontario.

Wednesday Workout: APU’s Chelsea Holmes Breaks Down Strength Training

Wednesday Workout: APU’s Chelsea Holmes Breaks Down Strength Training

One of APU’s newest members, Chelsea Holmes explains what exactly she does for strength training and how she tackles her weaknesses. “My strength sessions often address numerous muscle groups and modes of training and development within a single session,” she says.