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Swix Ski Classics Announce Changes: Longer Season and New Prologue Team Competition

FIS Marathon Cup Vasaloppet, Mora (SWE)

Exciting new developments have been announced for this winter’s Swix Ski Classics. The marathon series has expanded from six races to nine and includes a new race format called the ProTeam Tempo which is modeled after team events in cycling.

Wednesday Workout: Level 3 Double-Pole Intervals with the SMST2 Team

Andy Newell leads Ben Saxton (second from front) and two others during a double-pole rollerski workout at Stratton earlier this summer. (Photo: SMST2)

SMST2 and U.S. Ski Team D-team member Ben Saxton describes a workout his Stratton team does almost every other week in the summer. “It is perfect for building a strong base as we move forward into higher intensity intervals later on in the training year,” he explains.

Hoffman Lone U.S. Ski Team Member to Train in New Zealand

The Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Photo: Noah Hoffman/Noahhoffman.com)

Noah Hoffman recently returned from his on-snow camp at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. While Hoffman was the only U.S. Ski Team member to make the trip, he told FS he logged valuable-and-productive ski training.

City of Valdez Aims to Showcase Local Trails with the Qaniq Challenge

The 2014 Valdez Qanic Challenge will take place January 18 and 19 in Valdez, Alaska. (Photo: City of Valdez/Facebook)

The Valdez Qaniq Challenge in Alaska may be in its inaugural year, but race organizers have big plans for its unveiling in January, including $10,000 in total prize money.

Put to Work in Nicaragua, Nine Canadians Got Dirty for Skiers 4 SchoolBOX

Jones hard at work

Nine Canadian skiers, headed by Olympian Perianne Jones, were involved in the fundraising and on-site construction work of a school in Nicaragua. Fasterskier talked earlier this month with Jones and a couple of her “Skiers 4 SchoolBOX” accomplices about their experience this spring.

Roger Chaney Named Manager of Far West Elite Team

Roger Chaney (Photo: Macbeth Graphics/Mark Nadell)

Far West Nordic Ski Education Association recently announced the hiring of Roger Chaney as the Team’s first official manager of its Elite Team. Roger is no stranger to Far West, having grown up in the North Tahoe area and skied for the program […]

Norway’s 10,000-Meter Champ, Steira Taking One Step at a Time

Kristin Størmer Steira in 2012 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Kristin Størmer Steira’s in the game for another season, but she’s not so sure what the next four years hold — definitely some school and not another Olympics. “I learned from my earlier mistakes saying this is my last year, but I don’t think longer than Falun … we’ll see,” she says in an exclusive interview.

The Hungry Skier: Oat Bran with Cherries & Almonds

Oat Bran with Cherries and Almonds (Republished with permission of VeloPress from Racing Weight Cookbook. Try more recipes at www.racingweightcookbook.com)

Good Monday morning! Hungry? We’ve got you covered. How about a nice bowl of Oat Bran with Cherries & Almonds to get you started?

An Editor’s Report of the Bridger Ridge Run

Mountain goats are a common site during the Bridger Ridge Run.

FasterSkier’s Associate Editor Lander Karath recently ran the Bridger Ridge Run in Bozeman, Mont. This is his account of the 20-mile running race.

Ben Morley Joins Jackson Hole Nordic Team

The Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Morley as our Nordic Program Director and Head Coach.  Ben was born and raised in Jackson Hole and has spent his life Nordic racing and coaching. […]

Woodski Retailing at Boulder Nordic Stores

Woodski is delighted to announce that our rollerskis and New World foot clamp will soon be offered at all three Boulder Nordic Sport locations in Colorado, Minnesota and Maine. Demo skate and classic skis will be available at all three stores […]

Back from Blink, U.S. Biathletes Talk About Reentry (Video)

U.S. Biathlon teammates Lowell Bailey (l) and Tim Burke after initially placing first and second, respectively, in the 10 k sprint at 2014 North American Rollerski Championships in Jericho, Vt. Burke was later disqualified for mistakenly skiing the loops out of order.

JERICHO, Vt. – No matter how you slice it, last weekend’s race efforts at the North American Biathlon Rollerski Championships were hard. For Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Susan Dunklee — three U.S. Biathlon national-team members who competed for the first time […]

Review: Pursuit T6004 Rollerskis and Pursuit Skate Rollerski Brakes

The RollerskiShop's T6004 Pursuit Skate Rollerski ($159.99)

FasterSkier staff’s review of the RollerskiShop’s T6004 Pursuit skate rollerski and its accompanying brake.

Team Hardwood Seeks Beach Time, Beneficial Training in Tobermory

Team Hardwood explores shipwrecks in Big Tug Harbour. (Photo: Patricia MacDonell)

Team Hardwood President Patricia MacDonell recaps her team’s annual junior camp on Bruce Peninsula in southern Ontario.

Wednesday Workout: APU’s Chelsea Holmes Breaks Down Strength Training

Chelsea Holmes performs a single-leg squat with her back foot on a plyo box. (All photos courtesy of Chelsea Holmes)

One of APU’s newest members, Chelsea Holmes explains what exactly she does for strength training and how she tackles her weaknesses. “My strength sessions often address numerous muscle groups and modes of training and development within a single session,” she says.

Pettersen, Alsgaard Amongst Those in Serious Rollerski Crash

Ooh la la. Near the top of the new rollerski loop at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A group of 10 to 12 rollerskiers including acclaimed Norwegian skiers Øystein Pettersen and Thomas Alsgaard are OK after a group-rollerski crash Tuesday in Akershus, Norway. Three skiers from the group were sent to the hospital, and two required stays in the ER.

Pros of Tomorrow: Two-Time NCAA Champion Gruber Aims to ‘Blow Them Away’

Anja Gruber (University of Vermont) racing to fourth in Saturday's 10 k classic mass start at Soldier Hollow for her best U.S. nationals result by more than 20 places. (Photo: Bert Boyer/http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com/) All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

Anja Gruber thought she was done with skiing after finishing high school in her native Germany. However, she received a call from Partrick Weaver of UVM that changed everything. Now, Gruber is a two-time NCAA Champion with eyes on the World Cup.

Ultimate Refueling Contest Winners and Other Entries

FIRST PLACE: Katrina Howe - Energy Bombs

The results are in for the Ultimate Refueling Contest! We had some pretty amazing submissions which made the task of choosing three winners incredibly tough. However, after much deliberation we have chosen the Katrina Howe and her “Energy Bombs” as our grand prize winner!

North American Biathlon Rollerski Championships in Photos

2014 North American Rollerski Championships 7.5 k sprint at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vt.

Lowell Bailey went 2 for 2 on the weekend in Jericho, and two different U.S. women edged Canada’s Rosanna Crawford for victories at the North American Rollerski Championships at the Ethan Allen Firing Range.

U20 National Training Group Camp Underway in Park City

Athletes at the U20 NTG Camp in Park City, Utah rollerski during a recent training session. (Photo: Bryan Fish)

The U20 National Training Group Camp began in Park City August 13 and serves as a strengthening and team building experience for the country’s best U20 athletes.