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

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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

An array of bright colors from the ladies of the Lake Placid camp. (Photo: USSA)

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.

Borah Teamwear Launches Individual-Custom Ski Suit Platform

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  August 28, 2014. Coon Valley, WI. It’s time to say goodbye to order minimums for custom ski racing suits. Borah Teamwear is now offering their newest design platform, Individual-Custom, in hopes to provide high-quality custom ski suits to everyone, […]

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

Callum Watson (left) racing in New Zealand in 2012. Photo: Ausxc.com.

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

A photo provided by Falun2015 pictures the jumps that will be used in the 2015 World Championships in February. Falun2015 recently gained ISO 20121 certification for sustainability. (Photo: Falun2015)

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

Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier during a  training ride on Mont-Ventoux in France. (Courtesy photo)

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

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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

Andy Newell leads Ben Saxton (second from front) and two others during a double-pole rollerski workout at Stratton earlier this summer. (Photo: SMST2)

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

The Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo: Noah Hoffman/Noahhoffman.com)

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

The 2014 Valdez Qanic Challenge will take place January 18 and 19 in Valdez, Alaska. (Photo: City of Valdez/Facebook)

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

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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.

Roger Chaney Named Manager of Far West Elite Team

Roger Chaney (Photo: Macbeth Graphics/Mark Nadell)

Far West Nordic Ski Education Association recently announced the hiring of Roger Chaney as the Team’s first official manager of its Elite Team. Roger is no stranger to Far West, having grown up in the North Tahoe area and skied for the program […]

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

Kristin Størmer Steira in 2012 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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

Oat Bran with Cherries and Almonds (Republished with permission of VeloPress from Racing Weight Cookbook. Try more recipes at www.racingweightcookbook.com)

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

Mountain goats are a common site during 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.

Ben Morley Joins Jackson Hole Nordic Team

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Morley as our Nordic Program Director and Head Coach.  Ben was born and raised in Jackson Hole and has spent his life Nordic racing and coaching. […]

Woodski Retailing at Boulder Nordic Stores

Woodski is delighted to announce that our rollerskis and New World foot clamp will soon be offered at all three Boulder Nordic Sport locations in Colorado, Minnesota and Maine. Demo skate and classic skis will be available at all three stores […]

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

U.S. Biathlon teammates Lowell Bailey (l) and Tim Burke after initially placing first and second, respectively, in the 10 k sprint at 2014 North American Rollerski Championships in Jericho, Vt. Burke was later disqualified for mistakenly skiing the loops out of order.

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

The RollerskiShop's T6004 Pursuit Skate Rollerski ($159.99)

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 explores shipwrecks in Big Tug Harbour. (Photo: Patricia MacDonell)

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