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Webster Excells in First XTerra World Champs


When Brittany Webster’s name appeared atop a list of results this past weekend, it wasn’t for Canmore’s Frozen Thunder. Instead, Webster replaced snow with sand and finished as the first amateur female in the 2014 XTerra Off-Road World Championships on the north shores of Maui, Hawaii Oct. 26.

More Than Just Sports Fans, It’s Muscle Cells Who Remember Past Doping

Testosterone can have long-lasting effects on muscle cells. Photo: wikimedia commons.

Research published last fall found that using testosterone, even briefly, had long-lasting effects on muscle in mice – and extrapolated that in humans, these effects could last decades. The mechanism for this cell memory opens the door to similarly long-lasting effects of HGH or other performance-enhancing drugs.

Jackson Ski Touring Announces New Leadership

Breanne Torrey (Photo: Jackson Ski Touring)

JACKSON, NH – For the first time in nearly four decades, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation has a new leader. Breanne Torrey, who has been with the organization for six years and has held the positions of Head of Ski Patrol […]

Wednesday Workout: Over & Under Marathon Prep with Holly Brooks

Holly Brooks skiing up "Wall Street" near the top of Spencer Loop-Hillside trails, which some racers may remember from the 30/50 k at SuperTour Spring Series last March. (Courtesy photo)

Wonder how the pros train for marathons? Holly Brooks, who’s gearing up for a full season of marathons on the international circuit, has some tips and a workout to raise aerobic threshold and build speed bursts. “One of my go-to workouts is quick and simple: Over & Under, L3 pace workout with surges,” she explains.

Gibbs Hosting Heavy Medal Technique Camp at West Yellowstone Nov. 24-26

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Heavy Medal Technique Camp Nov. 24-26 at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival A portion of profits will be donated to the National Nordic Foundation, Fast & Female, and Jenny’s Light. According to organizer Randy Gibbs, former chief of glide for the U.S. […]

U.S. Biathlon Selects World Cup Team (with Sunday’s Sprint Videos)

Annelies Cook during the 7.5 k sprint at the 2014 North American Rollerski Championships, also the first set of USBA World Cup trials, on Aug. 16 at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

U.S. Biathlon, unlike some national teams, doesn’t select its World Cup team each spring. Certain team members prequalify, but there were at least two spots up for grabs at the four-race rollerski trials held in August and October in Jericho, Vt. The final team was announced Tuesday, one month before the season starts in Sweden. (Updated)

NNF: Map Monday, Matt Whitcomb, and Kate Barton

Supporting Tomorrow’s Nordic Stars Today #MapMonday California & Utah Com Up Big Keep the drive happening. Ask ten people to donate $25 today: Drive for 25: Cross Country Drive for 25: Nordic Combined     The Big Dog Hunts Matt Whitcomb Weighs […]

West Yellowstone Ski Swap Nov. 15

  WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI SWAP November 15, 2014 The West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation will hold their annual ski swap on November 15.  Used non-motorized gear and winter clothing are available at great prices.  Anyone can drop off items on […]

Kershaw, Crawford Earn Victories in Frozen Thunder Distance Races

Scott Perras (l) with Devon Kershaw on his heels in Monday's Frozen Thunder distance race at the Canmore Nordic Centre. (Photo: Noel Rogers/Bow Valley Photography)

While two Americans won Friday’s Frozen Thunder sprints, Canada had its revenge on Monday, taking four of six podium spots. In the men’s 10.8 k skate race, Devon Kershaw bested Kris Freeman by five seconds to take the win. In the Women’s 7.2 k race, biathlete Rosanna Crawford edged Liz Stephen for the win.

Ski For Light Seeking XC Guides to Help Blind and Disabled Skiers

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GRANBY, Colo. — Ski for Light, Inc. (SFL) is an all-volunteer organization that enables blind, visually- and mobility-impaired adults to cross-country ski.  Founded in 1975, it seeks to enhance the quality of life and independence of those adults and encourages […]

Craftsbury Demo Days


Join us at Craftsbury for our annual Demo Days event Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, from 9am to 3pm both days. If you want to try out this year’s brand new skis, poles, wax, clothing and all the […]

Canadians Visit PyeongChang 2018, Scope Out Next Olympic Venues

The biathlon and cross country venues at the Alpensia Nordic center for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang. The photo is taken from the top of the ski jumps. Photo: Tom Holland (CCC).

Cross Country Canada High Performance Director Tom Holland reports back on a trip to South Korea, where he scoped out the site of the 2018 Olympics. “It’s a more simple Games,” he said. The biathlon stadium is in good shape, but some of the cross country ski trails aren’t built yet.

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Sargent, Newell Climb to Top in Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint (with Photo Gallery)

Ida Sargent (U.S. Ski Team/CGRP) leads Perianne Jones (Canadian NST) in round 2. The two went on to place first and second among women in the Frozen Thunder classic sprint on Friday. (Photo: Angus Cockney)

There are a couple things one can count on in Canmore, including solid tracks and quality snow, even in October. At the first unofficial sprint of the North American season on Friday, more than 120 racers found both for the Frozen Thunder classic sprint, and organizers added what could be a new tradition to the mix: a zero-elimination format.

An In-Depth Look at the NNF and D25: What You Might Not Know and Didn’t Think to Ask

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Gold Team with coach Colin Rodgers in Europe last season. "As the premier trip for skiing development, the World Junior Championships and U23 World Championships are crucial events to push skiing forward," NNF stated in a recent press release. (Photo: NNF)

David Knoop, director of the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) in Utah, explains the foundation’s beginnings, how he got involved, how it’s evolved over the years, and how its current fundraiser, the Drive for 25, actually works.

After Turbulent Summer, BSF Rebounds with New Focus

Members of the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgraduate perform trail maintenance at Bozeman's Lindley Park in September. (Photo: Bridger Ski Foundation)

Just a few months ago, the Bridger Ski Foundation elite and postgrad team was without a coach and down to two athletes. Today, the team boasts 14 high-level athletes led by 2014 U.S. sprint champion Jennie Bender.

Biathlon Alberta Seeks Canmore-Based Events Coordinator

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Biathlon Alberta, the provincial governing body for the sport of biathlon, is hiring a Canmore‐based Events Coordinator for the 2014‐15 season. This contract position will involve working approximately 40 days between November 24th and March 24th, assisting with the production of Biathlon Alberta events around Alberta.

Gear West BrewSki Weekend Oct. 24-26

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Enjoy good brews, better company, and the best training with Matt Liebsch and Fischer. Birkie Trail, Seeley WI Join Matt Liebsch from October 24-26 for a weekend of relaxation and ski specific training in Seeley, WI, brought to you by […]

Birkie/Korte Registration Closes Thursday Night

CLOSING TODAY at MIDNIGHT We have reached our participant cap for the 2015 Swix American Birkebeiner. Registration for both the Birkie and Korte events will close tonight  (Thursday 10/23/14) at 11:59 pm CDT. The Prince Hakkon 13K will remain open. Take Advantage […]

After Long Offseason Prep, Frozen Thunder Means the Season’s Here

Frozen Thunder before opening day on Oct. 18. (Photo: CCC/Facebook)

Newly-minted Biathlon Canada national team member Macx Davies talks season prep and Frozen Thunder: “When you have a long ski, catching up with friends is one of the few things that can shorten the long hours on the track,” he writes. “Finally I am skiing. Finally the season is here. Finally it is winter.”