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Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Emily Attwood (l) and Heather Mooney lunge at the finish of their final hill climb sprint.

Unless you’re the audacious Liz Stephen or Overall World Cup Champion Therese Johaug, you’re probably not a huge fan of hill climbs. However, when the mid-April temps turn our favorite trails into puddles, nordic ski enthusiasts have to get creative to get their on-snow skiing fix before spring training begins.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

CXC Academy video library.

One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. “You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable,” founder Yuriy Gusev says.

Nick Mahood Named NENSA Coach of the Year

(NENSA press release) Nick Mahood, Woodstock Nordic – NENSA Coach of the Year  A quiet unassuming coach, Nick Mahood often flies under the radar as he coaches the Woodstock Nordic programs in Woodstock, VT.  Woodstock Nordic consists of two groups that [...]

NENSA Announces 2014 Eastern Cup Champions

(Press release) At the conclusion of each season NENSA is always excited to announce the overall male and female Eastern Cup Champions. Recipients will see a new title on their award this year as it has been renamed the Mike [...]

Thom Perkins Retires from Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

(Press release) Jackson, NH: After leading the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) for 38 years, Thom Perkins has announced his retirement from the organization. As its Executive Director since 1976, Perkins has been instrumental in transforming the small village of Jackson, [...]

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Coach Eric Denys and Sara Renner at SilverStar, spring '09

Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”

Job Posting: Biathlon Coach at Canmore Nordic Ski Club

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The Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) based in Canmore, Alberta, is seeking applications for a Part-Time Biathlon Coach with the club. This is a contract position at approximately ¾ time from May to March.

Alaskan Winter Ultras and a Wilderness Race

A racer in the AMWSC crosses the Nizina River on the first day. Photo: Seth Adams

In a departure from our usual race coverage, here we post another of our occasional first-person staff reports from races we’ve done. This article covers two of Alaska’s 100-mile races and a multi-day backcountry wilderness race.

Johaug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Johaug celebrates her second place finish in the 2013 Tour de Ski. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

Therese Johaug could be the Norwegian Ski Federation’s MVP. But can they keep her? “She’s going to make more money than both Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen,” one expert says. “The girl has everything, so the sponsors will be willing to pay very much.”

With World Cup Podiums from Three Different Athletes, U.S. Biathlon Gains Stature in 2014

U.S. Biathlon's Susan Dunklee (l), Lowell Bailey (c) and Tim Burke led the team once again this season. (FasterSkier image includes photos from USBA/NordicFocus)

The U.S. biathlon team says that they were far from surprised when Lowell Bailey and Susan Dunklee broke through and onto the podium at the end of this season. That gains the team some recognition: “It’s obvious that we have more athletes that are a threat for everybody now for the top results,” head coach Per Nilsson says.

Downing’s Side of the Story: What Happened to Team Dominica in Sochi

Team Dominica nordic skiers, the oldest Olympians at the 2014 Winter Games, Gary di Silvestri (with flag) and his wife Angelica Morrone (l) at the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia.

More than a month after the Olympics ended, we share a different perspective on Team Dominica’s legitimacy from their coach J.D. Downing. “[That their Olympic experience was an] un-mitigated disaster is completely true,” he says. “I take issue with how this Olympic experience was presented.”

Wednesday Workout: Old School Biathlon with Lex Treinen


What could be more fun than going for a trail run or backcountry ski with a primal purpose, like bringing home dinner? Lex Treinen shares his love of what he calls “old school biathlon,” a hunting-and-gathering workout off the beaten path.

Show Must Go On in Stratton: Head Coach Kaeding Leaving for Grad School

Stratton Mountain School T2 Team Head Coach Gus Kaeding testing skis at SuperTour Finals last month at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska.

SMST2 Head Coach Gus Kaeding, 29, came to the striking realization this winter that he couldn’t see himself coaching in 10 years. With that in mind, he decided to plot a new future, which could include a master’s in finance. His contract is up at the end of June, but Kaeding plans to help Stratton transition to a new elite-team coach.

This Winter in Journals, Part One: Climate Change Adaptation and the Ski Industry


This winter, three teams of researchers investigated attitudes towards climate change within the ski industry. They found huge cultural differences between how Austrians, Finns, and New Zealanders perceived the threat – with the Austrian industry having no adaptation strategy, while New Zealand is ramping up snowmaking – as well as between CEO’s and the skiers themselves.

Skimeisters Iverson, Randall Master Alaska Downhill-XC-Bike Race

Mark Iverson (Rossignol) leads Reese Hanneman (APU) in the AK Skimeister Challenge on April 5. A runner-up in the inaugural race last year, Iverson went on to win and the defending champ Hanneman took second. (Photo: Girdwood Nordic Ski Club/Facebook)

Mark Iverson and Kikkan Randall pulled away from their competition in the AK Skimeister Challenge last Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, proving they can run, alpine ski, nordic ski, and bike on snow better than anyone else in the second-annual race.

Northug and the Future of the Norwegian National Team

Petter Northug. Photo: Tor Atle Kleven

This FasterSkier series will examine the growing challenge to the national team model by privately funded ski teams and independent sponsorship agreements. Will national teams be able to support themselves in the future, or will corporate teams take over cross country skiing? This first article in the series will look at Petter Northug’s record deal with Coop and the implications it has for the Norwegian National Team and the sport as a whole.

Treinen Keeps Competition Season Rolling with Victory in Ski to Sea

Lex Treinen and his brother Nick after placing first and second, respectively, at the Ski to Sea on March 30 in Homer, Alaska. (Courtesy photo)

Unlike most of the SuperTour field that likely crashed and burned after the last day of the U.S. domestic season in Anchorage, APU’s Lex Treinen packed up the hot tub and headed to Homer for the three-part Ski to Sea race last Sunday. Treinen won it, and his brother placed second.

Stratton Mountain School T2 Seeking Coach

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The Stratton Mountain School is seeking to hire a full-time coach for their SMS T2 program.