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Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Downhill Ski Areas Open for the Winter Season; Snowplay Open Daily for Holidays

All three of Tahoe Donner’s winter venues are now open for the 2014-2015 season.

Shipulin Finds His Mojo in Pokljuka Sprint; Bailey Cleans for 16th

Friday's sprint winner, Anton Shipulin of Russia (l) stands up after catching France's Martin Fourcade at the finish. Fourcade started 30 seconds ahead of him and ultimately placed fourth.

Not only was Russia’s Anton Shipulin 100-percent on-target in the men’s IBU World Cup sprint on Friday, he was also the fastest, leading him to a nearly 12 second win over Austria’s Dominik Landertinger. All but one man (Martin Fourcade) in the top nine cleaned, and Lowell Bailey shot flawlessly as well for 16th.

Scott Gow Lands on Podium in ‘Perfect Day’ in Obertilliach; Vaillancourt Cleans for 7th

Men's 10 k sprint at the North American Rollerski Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

Scott Gow found himself on the podium just 1.6 seconds behind the winner of Friday’s 10 k sprint on the third day of racing at the IBU Cup in Obertilliach, Austria. Audrey Vaillancourt also shot clean to lead the Canadian women in seventh in the 7.5 k sprint.

NorAm Preview: All About Racing the Best in Canada, and the U.S.

American Brian Gregg (l) and Canadian Andy Shields of the Thunder Bay National Development Centre ski alongside each other in the 11 k classic individual start last weekend at the NorAm opener in Rossland, B.C. Gregg went on to place fifth and Shields was 12th. (Photo: FRESH cafe & apres/Facebook)

With the second weekend of NorAm racing taking place Friday and Saturday at Sovereign Lake, here’s a look at who could be some of the top contenders on a regular basis throughout the season, and who could potentially earn race starts in Europe.

Crested Butte: The 29th Annual Alley Loop

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The 29th Annual Alley Loop presented by Western State Colorado University will take place on Saturday, February 7th. Part of the American Ski Marathon Series and an American Birkebeiner qualifying race, the event is also Crested Butte’s largest costume party.

Interview with CXC President Oyvind Solvang

CXC President Oyvind Solvang (Photo: CXC)

By Peter Graves (CXC press release) *** First a bit of background, tell me about your skiing background please. I started skiing as a child. By the time I was in first grade, my brother and I had a 5k […]

Soukalova Back on Top in Pokljuka; Crawford One-Ups Herself with Fourth Place

The podium and flower ceremony, with Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic standing on the top step after winning her first World Cup of the season, and Canada's Rosanna Crawford (3rd from right) in fourth place. Photo: Tom Zidek.

Confidence builds on itself. Despite having a cold earlier this week, Rosanna Crawford took Sunday’s fifth-place finish on the biathlon World Cup and turned it into a fourth-place follow up, finishing the 7.5 k sprint 36 seconds behind winner Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic.

Dreissigacker Career-Best 17th in Pokljuka World Cup, Dunklee Joins Her in Top 20

Hannah Dreissigacker en route to 17th place in the World Cup sprint in Pokljuka, Slovenia, today. Photo: USBA/NordicFocus.com.

Biathlon is a roller coaster, but the beauty is that lows can turn into highs: Hannah Dreissigacker wenf from placing 78th in her last World Cup competition to cleaning all ten targets and finishing 17th in today’s sprint, good for her first top-20. Susan Dunklee placed 19th with two penalties.

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a Swiss member of Colorado University's 2014 NCAA Championships squad, competing in the 15 k classic World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. Du Pasquier is using Switzerland's obligatory military service requirement to ski full-time this year.

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a member of Colorado University’s 2014 squad to NCAA Championships, will be a senior next year. For now, though, he’s taking a year to complete his mandatory military service in his native Switzerland – which he’s doing by skiing full-time, including in the Nations Group at the Davos World Cups.

Ransom Cleans IBU Cup Sprint to Crack Top 10 in 7th, Christian Gow 8th for Canada (Updated)

2014 IBU Junior World Championships pursuit (Photo: Katrina Howe)

Julia Ransom topped her previous IBU Cup career best of 11th, which she set on Tuesday, with clean shooting for seventh on Wednesday in the 7.5 k sprint in Obertilliach. Also for Canada, Christian Gow placed eighth, Scott Gow was 11th and Macx Davies 15th in the 10 k sprint.

Birkie Skiers in FIS Marathon Cup

2014 Birkie leaders (Photo: ABSF)

(Press release) This past weekend saw the start of the FIS Marathon Cup for the 2014-2015 season in Livingo, Italy. Birkie Ambassador Holly Brooks (USA) started the season off right with a podium finish. She finished 2nd to World Cup […]

NNF Announces First Funding Allocations for 2014/2015

NNF U.S. Nordic Funding Distribution

(Press release) SALT LAKE CITY- The NNF Announced today over $90K in funding for grassroots skiing support. “This is only possible through the support of our grassroots donors,” explained Dave Knoop, executive director for the NNF, “The NNF extends a […]

Despite Slow World Cup Start, Gregg Optimistic and Working Toward World Champs

Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg) skiing to 56th place in the Davos World Cup 10 k classic, Dec. 13. (Photo: Toko)

American Caitlin Gregg had big plans to before heading to the World Cup this winter as the SuperTour leader, with qualification for World Championships at the top of the list. Disappointed in her results the last two weekends, she’s got one more World Cup weekend then will try to make a statement at U.S. nationals.

Wednesday Workout: Race-Ready with Rosanna Crawford

Rosanna Crawford celebrates her IBU World Cup best: fifth place in the women's pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: Andrei Ivanov/Facebook)

After a career-best finish on Sunday, Canada’s Rosanna Crawford takes us through a typical week on the IBU World Cup and explains how and when she fits in intensity sessions, a.k.a. race prep.

Lake Placid Nordic Festival Feb. 27 – March 1

Lake Placid, N.Y. has a well-deserved reputation for world-class alpine skiing, but it also has some of the best Nordic skiing in the United States. The Lake Placid region has plenty to offer Nordic skiers and winter enthusiasts of all ages and abilities with its vast array of groomed and set to its backcountry trails. So whether you’re a beginner skier or an experienced racer, the place to be February 27-March 1, 2015 is in Lake Placid for its first-ever Nordic Festival.

Weekend Roundup: ‘Way More is Possible’

Tim Burke on his way to 25th in the IBU World Cup 12.5 k pursuit on Sunday in Hochfilzen, Austria. (Photo: USBA/NordicFocus)

Catch up on what you may have missed this weekend, as nordic competitions across the globe are begging to heat up. Here, we recap everything from biathlon in Austria to the cross country World Cup in Switzerland and everything in between.

FOLJMS Auction – skis, gear, and more

Show your support for cross-country skiing in Greater Boston, while getting your holiday shopping done! The FOLJMS Online Auction is open and running until Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Hanneman, Disappointed But Undeterred, Takes World Cup Experience into World Champs Quest

Reese Hanneman racing the World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland. Photo: Toko.

It’s tough to swallow getting destroyed by Norwegians week after week. Reese Hanneman is still absorbing a huge jump in training hours from the summer and fall, but also: “I think people really underestimate how hard it is to go from racing well in the U.S. to racing well here on the World Cup.”

Canada’s Lunder, Ransom Go 10-11 in IBU Cup Individual

Emma Lunder competing in the World Cup pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in March. Photo: NordicFocus.com

After the first race weekend of their European tour was canceled due to low snow, Canadian biathletes finally got started in Obertilliach, Austria, and started out hot: Emma Lunder and Julia Ransom placed 10th and 11th in the women’s 15 k individual, and Christian Gow 18th in the men’s race.

NoCo Continental Cup in Park City: Day 1 and 2 (Photo Gallery)

Day 1 of FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Park City: 10 k race at Gorgoza Park on the morning of Friday, Dec. 12.  (Photo: Rosalie Lipfert)

Park City hosted the first Nordic Combined Continental Cup of the season last week with jumping at Utah Olympic Park and the 10 k races at the Gorgoza tubing hill, moved there because of a lack of snow. Taylor Fletcher posted the two best U.S. performances in fifth and eighth place, followed by Billy Demong.