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Wednesday Workout: Early Season Race Prep with MSU

MSU assistant coach Tim skis alongside his athletes during an interval as part of this week's Wednesday Workout.

This week’s Wednesday Workout comes from West Yellowstone, where skiers are adjusting to altitude in order to prepare for Friday and Saturday’s SuperTour races. FasterSkier caught up with the Montana State University Ski Team as they did their first Level 4 workout since arriving in West Yellowstone.

Østberg on Letting Up and Letting Go (Exclusive Interview)

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg in the mixed zone after the 10 k skate FIS race on Nov. 22 in Beitostølen, Norway.  FasterSkier got an exclusive interview. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

One of Norway’s rapidly rising stars, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, 24, took the time to chat with FasterSkier last weekend after her first FIS race of the season. Here she offers advice for anyone training full time: “You have to go for quality over quantity,” she says. “I used to just want to do more and more and more … but what you do really matters more.”

People of West Yellowstone: Tuesday 11/25

Steve German of Missoula, Mont. has been coming to West Yellowstone for 30 years.

While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.

NNF: Thank You from Executive Director Dave Knoop

Yellowstone Ski Festival First Tracks

A Thank You from NNF Executive Director, Dave Knoop This year the Drive for 25 raised over $215k for Cross Country and Nordic Combined development programs. Every year our Nordic community says YES WE CAN and collectively we come together for our […]

Shaw on Leaving Nordic Out of Fall Update: Dismayed That He is ‘Guilty on Omission’

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association CEO Tiger Shaw (left) and Executive Vice President for Athletics Luke Bodensteiner answer questions at the 2014 USSA Congress. Photo: USSA.

USSA CEO Tiger Shaw admits he blew a chance to connect with the nordic community when he unintentionally failed to mention cross country in his Fall Quarterly Update. He regrets it – but having already befriended the national team, he wants to reach out to the rest of the nordic world too.

An Open Letter to USSA CEO Tiger Shaw from Methow Valley’s Scott Johnston

The following is a letter that Scott Johnston, the coach of the Methow Olympic Development squad that at some points included Sadie and Erik Bjornsen and Torin Koos, and who also coached Team Gregg, shared with FasterSkier. He addressed it […]

Legkov on Top, Cologna Further Back: Best of the Rest Weekend Roundup

Russia's Alexander Legkov leading into the ski exchange during the 50 k freestyle mass start at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He went on to win gold.

You heard what happened in the opening FIS races this past weekend in a couple of hotspots in Scandinavia (namely Beitostølen, Bruksvallarna and Gällivare), but what about the rest of the skiing world?

Boulder Nordic Sport West Yellowstone Ski Festival Plans

Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) is at the West Yellowstone Ski Festival. Our staff will be on-site and focused on education and helping skiers with skis, wax and equipment. BNS will not have a stone grinder on-site this year, but the BNS Mobile trailer will be located at the trailhead and BNS staff will be at the Expo for wax and ski support. BNS staff will also be collecting skis in West Yellowstone to bring back to the Boulder and Minneapolis shops for service work. To arrange pickup or drop off, contact BNS at the in-town trailhead area.

People of West Yellowstone: Monday 11/24

Todd Schmidt, US Forest Service, "pass checker," first year at the Yellowstone Ski Festival

While the Yellowstone Ski Festival is a time for team bonding, catching up with old racing buddies, and improving fitness and technique, it’s also a celebration of the nordic community. People of West Yellowstone gives insight into the people who make this yearly event truly special, whether they are nationally acclaimed athletes or employees at our favorite local businesses.

Abundant Snow, Big Smiles at 2014 Yellowstone Ski Festival

2014 West Yellowstone Ski Festival  11/24

The trails were bustling in West Yellowstone, Mont., on Monday, as skiers from across the country gathered on the Rendezvous Ski Trails for the 2014 Yellowstone Ski Festival.

UAA Upsets Two-Time Champion Nanooks for Nordic Cup (with Videos)

Junior Mackenzie Kanady led the Seawolves in Day 1 with a individual win in the women's 5K race on Saturday. (Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics)

This past weekend’s Alaska Nordic Cup in Fairbanks was about more than early season races: it signified the essence of in-state rivalry between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, going for its third-straight title, and the University of Alaska Anchorage nordic teams.

Bethel Outing Club Seeks Part-Time Community Nordic Coach

Bethel Outing Club

The Bethel Outing Club in Maine is looking for a part-time community nordic coach. Responsibilities include leading Bill Koch youth programs, coordinating and supporting activities and events with nordic teams and programs at local schools, communicating with local community about youth & adult nordic & other athletic events and trainings, instructing technique and waxing clinics.

Russians Go 1-2 in 15 k Classic; Canadians All Land in Top 8 in Gällivare Distance Race

Russia went 1-2 in the men's 15 k classic FIS race in Gallivare on Sunday with Evgeniy Belov (pictured) taking the win by more than 20 seconds. (Photo: SportEventGallivare)|en&tbb=1&ie=UTF-8

Sunday was for the distance racers in Gällivare, Sweden, with five Canadians — four men and one woman — getting a chance to test their form in the 10/15 k classic races. Alex Harvey notched his second-podium performance in third, Emily Nishikawa was fourth, Devon Kershaw fifth, Ivan Babikov sixth, and Graeme Killick eighth.

Kalla Completes Bruks Sweep Despite ‘Early Midlife Crisis’; Halfvarsson Tops for Men

Charlotte Kalla didn't elaborate on what her midlife crisis might be, but if it includes being totally dominant at ski racing, sign us up.

Charlotte Kalla is heading home to Sundsvall to eat some smoked salmon and prep for Kuusamo; Calle Halfvarsson survived the prologue despite breaking a pole right out of the start gate, and bested the Poland’s Maciej Starega as well as his Swedish teammates for the win.

Northug Double Poles His Way to First Win of Season in Beito Classic Sprint

Petter Northug racing to 23rd in Saturday's 15 k freestyle FIS race in Beitostølen, Norway. He was more than a minute behind winner Martin Sundby, then came back to win Sunday's classic sprint by 0.4 seconds. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

Sondre Turvoll Fossli, the runner-up of Sunday’s 1.5 k classic sprint in Beitostølen, Norway, knew Petter Northug was coming for him sooner or later. Sure enough, Northug on skate skis passed him in the final stretch before the finish for a 0.4-second FIS victory.

Barbro Kvåle, 22, Breaks Through in Beitostølen Classic Sprint

A stunned Barbro Kvåle after winning Sunday's FIS classic sprint by 0.3 seconds in Beitostølen, Norway.  (Photo: Photo NTG Lillehammer)

Barbro Kvåle, a 22-year-old Norwegian junior world champion in ski orienteering, joined the ranks of Therese Johaug and Marit Bjørgen on Sunday, winning the women’s 1.2-kilometer classic sprint by three-tenths of a second in Beitostølen, Norway.

Jones Tops Gällivare Women’s Classic Sprint; Harvey Second and Three Canadian Men in Final

Canada's Perianne Jones en route to the 1.2 k classic sprint victory at an opening FIS race in Gallivare, Sweden. (Photo: SportEventGallivare)

Regulars for the last week in Gällivare, the Canadians put themselves in the mix in Saturday’s classic sprints with Perianne Jones winning the women’s final, Alex Harvey taking second to Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov in the men’s final, Lenny Valjas placing fourth and Jess Cockney bringing it home in sixth.

Sundby 2 for 2 in Beito, Takes 15 k Skate Despite Feeling in Slow Mo

Martin Johnsrud Sundby racing to his second-straight win in Beitostølen on Saturday in the 15 k skate FIS race. (All photos: Inge Scheve)

Martin Johnsrud Sundby apparently doesn’t need to be 100 percent on any given day to beat some of his most competitive teammates. The 30-year-old Norwegian national-team member won Saturday’s 15 k skate by nearly 17 seconds despite feeling drained after a long Friday.

Bjørgen Stakes Claim in Beitostølen, Wins 10 k Skate By Nearly 20 Seconds

Marit Bjørgen celebrates her first win of the season in a FIS 10 k freestyle race in Beitostølen, Norway. She beat Norwegian teammate Therese Johaug by 19.7 seconds. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

FasterSkier was on site for the second day of FIS races in Beitostølen, Norway, where Marit Bjørgen had her revenge for what she determined was not-so-hot classic form on Friday. Therese Johaug placed second and Heidi Weng was third for the second day in a row.

Biathlete Lindström Tops Swedish Ski Field in Bruks 15 k; Kalla Dominant in 52-Second Win

Frederik Lindström racing at a biathlon World Cup in 2012. Today, he raced without a rifle on his back for the first time in six years - and came out on top. Photo: Fischer/

Fredrik Lindström, a biathlon World Championships medalist, hadn’t done a ski race in six years. But he beat out the Swedish national ski team in the Bruksvallarna 15 k, and had them joking about adding him to a relay team. In the women’s 10 k, Charlotte Kalla skied to a 52-second win over Maria Rydqvist.