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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 10 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/nordicfocus.com.

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.

Drama in Bruksvallarna: Olsson Capitalizes on Announcer Error; Jönsson and Haag Swap Chips

Sweden's Johan Olsson three years ago at the 2011 World Cup opener in Sjusjøen, Norway. (Photo: Inge Scheve)

Johan Olsson reigned supreme in the first FIS race of the season in Bruksvallarna on Friday, edging fellow Swedish national-team member Calle Halfvarsson by 0.4 seconds because of an announcer flub (and a self-described cocky move) at the finish. Charlotte Kalla topped the women’s field by 13.4 seconds with a surprise first-year senior, Sophia Henriksson, in second.

Johaug Bests Bjørgen in Beito FIS Opener

Norway's Therese Johaug pushes for bronze in the women's 10 k classic individual start on Thursday at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When it comes to opening distance races, Therese Johaug is a gamer. On Friday, she won the first 10 k classic of the season for the fourth year in a row and third-straight Beitostølen distance opener — once again ahead of Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen.

Déjà Vu: Sundby Picks Up Where He Left Off, Wins Beitostølen 15 k

Martin Johnsrud Sundby during an interview with NRK after Friday's 15 k classic FIS race in Beitostølen, Norway.

Defending overall World Cup champ Martin Johnsrud Sundby took it to his Norwegian teammates on Friday, winning the 15-kilometer classic FIS race in Beitostølen, Norway, by nearly 23 seconds.

Win Free Prizes from TokoUS on Instagram

Toko will send a pair of ski ties and a 3mm plexiscraper to anyone who gives @TokoUS a shout out on Instagram. You have to tag @TokoUS in order to qualify. After the shout out has been completed, dm @TokoUS with your mailing address.

MWSC On-line Auction Ends on November 28th

Our on-line auction ends on November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone will get a chance to check it out. We have some once-in-a-lifetime items like the night with NHL Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque. It starts with dinner at his restaurant in the North End of Boston and finishes with a Bruins game at his luxury suite at the TD Garden.

Far West Elite Team: Four Years in the Making

The 2014/2015 Far West Elite Team (Photo: Auburn Ski Club/Facebook)

As the Far West Elite Team heads into the 2014/2015 season, self-described program “recruiter” Martin Benes and team manager Roger Chaney reflect on the development of the team over the past four years.

10 Questions with Men’s SuperTour Leader Reese Hanneman

Reese Hanneman in Muonio. (Photo: Erik Bjornsen)

Reese Hanneman spent most of last March on the World Cup circuit in Europe, so being in Finland is a little like coming home for the 24-year-old SuperTour leader — except that he’s 11 time zones away from home in Alaska.

The 37th Edition of the Gatineau Loppet

Winter’s knocking at the door! Local skiers are thrilled at the sight of the first snowfall of the last few days and the prospect of the upcoming cross-country season in Gatineau Park. The Gatineau Loppet organizing committee is all ready to tackle the 37th edition of the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada, which will be taking place on February 13, 14 and 15, 2015.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

Wednesday Workout: Throwback ‘Freaking Hard’ Rollerski Intervals with Kershaw

Devon Kershaw going "freaking hard" at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

Good workouts never get old. This week, we bring back a Pro Workout of the past, which Devon Kershaw wrote almost exactly four years ago, just before leaving for Europe in early November. “A great workout this time of year – especially if you are coming off some volume (at altitude or not) and feel your body needs that lactate tolerance work to ‘shock’ the system,” Kershaw writes.

Craftsbury to Host USSA SuperTour Festival in January and February

Craftsbury Outdoor Center presents the USSA SuperTour Festival; coming to Vermont this January and February, 2015! 11 days. 7 races. Eastern Cups, SuperTours, Carnival Races, Masters Races, and the always timeless Craftsbury Marathon. Hundreds of racers from all over the […]

Fellow Skiers: We’ve Updated the SkiErg

Introducing the second generation SkiErg.

As skiers working to engineer the best product possible, we’re always looking to incorporate improvements into our equipment. Based on our own experiences and feedback from athletes, we’re proud to introduce a second generation SkiErg. Both the original and new SkiErg provide you with a great workout; our new SkiErg is easier to maintain and provides more workout options.

Better Late Than Never: Cold Temps and Snow in Southwest Montana

West Yellowstone's PistenBully goes out for its maiden voyage of the 2014/2015 winter season on the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Friday, Nov. 14, in West Yellowstone, Mont. "8+ [inches] and still falling,” Yellowstone Ski Festival Program Director Moira Dow wrote in an email. (Photo: Moira Dow)

It has been an unseasonably warm and dry fall in Southwest Montana, with highs well above freezing and no snow events, but race directors are feeling better after the arrival of the first winter weather of the season shortly before the opening SuperTour races in West Yellowstone and Bozeman, Mont.

Introducing Toko JetStream 2.0 and HelX 2.0

Introducing Toko JetStream 2.0 and HelX 2.0    Facts and stories from our WC Race Service team about sales and usage of the new 2.0 products: TOKO Alpine WC Race Service – Augusto Gillio “At the time in which I […]

The Hungry Skier: Pumpkin Pie Alternatives

Lightened-Up Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse (Photo: POPSUGAR)

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, we take some of the research out of making dessert by offering some not-so-mainstream pumpkin recipes (some of which are vegan and grain-free) from POPSUGAR.com.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch Seeks Instructors

Devil's Thumb Ranch - logo

Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado is seeking Nordic Ski Instructors for the 2014/2015 ski season.