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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.”

As USST Park City Camp Ends, Excitement for Racing Season Builds

Simi Hamilton of the USST and SMST2 (l) and Miles Havlick (SVSEF) maneuver a corner while rollerskiing at Soldier Hollow.  (Photo: USSA)

Approximately 40 athletes attended the USST Altitude Camp in Park City, Utah which concluded Oct. 19. The camp is a final opportunity of the best skiers in the country to fine tune their skiing before the winter season starts in November.

Only 100 Spots Left for 2015 Birkie

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(Birkie Alert) Only 100 Spots Left! We’re really excited about all the final registrations coming in from people all over the country, including plenty of first-time Birke skiers. We are in full Birkie “Go Mode” here, getting ready to see […]

Wednesday Workout: The Right Way to Recover with Jennie Bender

Jennie Bender during the month she spent hiking part of the Appalachian Trail with a friend. (Photo: Jennie Bender/

BSF skier Jennie Bender answers common questions about recovery: “How do you know when to listen to fatigue, and when to slap it in the face?” she writes. “If you take a rest week from training, how should you feel? What does a rest week mean?”

Gatineau Loppet Early Bird Registration Until Oct. 31

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 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS You have until this OCTOBER 31st, 2014 to save UP TO 40% on registration fees of the Gatineau Loppet (best price of the 2015 edition!) Make a group registration and get 10% off or also ski two races and receive a […]

Gear Up for the 2014/2015 Ski Season at Omni Mount Washington Resort

Gearing up for its 41st ski season, New Hampshire’s largest ski area, Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH is the premier destination for ski and snowboarders to enjoy tremendous snow conditions and grooming, magnificent scenery and a friendly staff providing excellent […]

NNF Drive for 25 Update

NNF's D25-donation tally by state, with director David Knoop emphasizing the importance of the number of donors over the fundraising amount. "There's a national appetite for this," he says.

#MapMonday Big Surges from Minnesota, Washington and Wisconsin: If you’re an NNF athlete and you’re looking for a place to reach out and ask 10 people to donate $25, here’s a map of where to begin. Help us reach our […]

Poltoranin Moves to Estonia, Extends Partnership with Veerpalu and Alaver

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Kazakh star Alexey Poltoranin already started working with Andrus Veerpalu last season. But he’s now going one step farther, distancing himself from the Kazakh federation by moving to Estonia and working with famed coach Mati Alavar and three Estonian training partners. After disappointment in Sochi, he’s eyeing the 2018 Games.

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin and Maple-Nut Oatmeal

"This fun twist on a familiar breakfast incorporates three energy-packed foods—nuts, vegetables, and whole grains—into a high-carb meal that's ideal for heavy training days," according to Outside Magazine. "Servings: 2, cooking time: 15 minutes"

It’s that time of year, and we’ve got a quick-and-easy recipe for the time-crunched athlete — a spiced-up alternative to traditional oatmeal for those autumn mornings.

New Birkie Ambassador, Brooks Going for FIS Marathon Cup Overall Podium (Updated)

Holly Brooks during the Kesugi Ridge Traverse Trail Run in Denali State Park on Sept. 6. She placed second in the 28-mile trail run. (Photo:

It’s final. Holly Brooks is tackling the FIS Marathon Cup/Worldloppet series this season, with seven of nine races on her schedule and a goal of an overall top three. “I’m ready for new challenges,” she says. “I’m a competitor and I want to be in races where I’m in contention for a podium.” As the Birkie’s first elite-athlete representative, she’s hoping that will simplify some of the international logistics.

GMVS Focuses on Retention to Build Program’s Future

GMVS elite and postgraduate athletes Nick Gardner, David Sinclair, GMVS head coach Justin Beckwith, and Ian Moore (l-r) during their September trip to Italy. (Photo: GMVS)

The Green Mountain Valley School is welcoming back former junior athlete David Sinclair to the team’s ranks for the 2014/2015 season as part of the team’s attempt at organic development. With several exciting developments for the rural Vermont academy including a new assistant coach, the future is looking bright for GMVS.

NYSSRA Nordic Seeks New Executive Director


The New York State Ski Racing Association – Nordic Division (NYSSRA-Nordic) is seeking a new Executive Director to head up administration and grant writing for the New York nordic-skiing community.

Fischer Fit Event on Sunday, Oct. 19


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This Month in Journals: With 2015 WADA Code on Horizon, Compliance with 2009 Code Remains Uneven


660 organizations, from governments to international sports federations, agreed to the 2009 World Anti-Doping Agency Code. But when it comes to enforcing its guidelines they don’t all take their commitment so seriously, writes Dr. Barrie Houlihan in a new investigation. We ask: can the new 2015 Code do better?