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NANANordic on Film: Four Videos from 2013 & 2014

A student of the NANANordic program, which visited Kobuk, Alaska, in April 2013. (Photo: NANANordic video/Charlie Renfro)

Wishing you were with NANANordic teaching skiing in Northwest Alaska right now — or wonder what the program’s like? Check out these videos.

Human Powered Trail Grooming Announces 2015 Product Line

Human Powered Trail Grooming (HPTG), maker of low-cost Nordic trail groomers for the skier who wants to have a private trail unveiled it’s 2015 product lineup. “We sold more groomers than ever this past winter, our 5th, but I want to keep making the groomers better. I want to keep making it easier to groom your own ski trail”, says owner Peter Foley.

Paquet: Deprioritizing Québec and the East May ‘Lose a Lot of Athletes Along the Way’

Jean Philippe Le Guellec waves to the fans as he finishes 11th in the Olympic mass start in Vancouver in 2010. In 2014, he broke his own record finish for a Canadian man, finishing 5th in the Olympic sprint. His longtime coach Jean Paquet has been let go by Biathlon Canada.

Due to some communication miscues, we were initially unable to get in touch with Jean Paquet regarding the elimination of his coaching position with Biathlon Canada. Now we have: here’s his side of the story about how the Valcartier National Team Center is being shut down, and what the centralization push may mean for the future of Canadian biathlon.

Wednesday Workout: Sore-Legs Central (How to Get the Lactate Out) with the Caldwell Sisters

Isabel Caldwell nears the finish of the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday while Sophie Caldwell (r) cheers her on. (Photo: Sophie Caldwell/Twitter)

Two days after nearly 36,000 people ran that Boston Marathon on Monday, we’re willing to bet there are more than a couple still feeling the pain of the 26.2-mile run from Hopkinton, Mass., to Boston. Here are some tips for minimizing post-race stiffness and soreness.

After Funding Loss, the Maine Winter Sports Center Looks to the Community for Help

The second men's semifinal gets out on the course.  Photo: James Doucett.

It was quite the shock when the Maine Winter Sport Center lost its biggest sponsor, the Libra Foundation, this past February. Now the MWSC is racing to secure funding that they hope will keep the Center alive for years to come.

USSA National U16 Camp Announces Selections and Program for 2014

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The fifth edition of the USSA National U16 Camp will be held Sunday July 27 to Sunday August 3, 2014 Jackson Hole, WY. The National U16 Camp brings together the top U16 Boys and Girls from across the Country for [...]

Québec Biathlon National Team Center to Close, Paquet’s Position Eliminated

Canada’s Jean-Philippe Le Guellec (56) leads Norway's Tarjei Bø in the men's Olympic biathlon 20 k individual on Thursday in Sochi, Russia. Le Guellec went on to place 35th and Bø was 26th.

Chris Lindsay and Matthias Ahrens of Biathlon Canada have both confirmed that the national team’s Valcartier training center will be closed down later this spring, and with it coach Jean Paquet’s contract has not been renewed. Ahrens hoped that Paquet would still provide staffing on race tours; Paquet’s athlete Jean Philippe Le Guellec lamented the centralization push that was a major part of the decision.

This Winter in Journals, Part Two: Skis and Boots, Injuries and Eating

This winter, researchers built a rollerski with strain gauges to measure force application and work on technique; studied the microclimate inside your ski boots; put out a consensus statement about overuse injuries in young athletes; and studied the female athlete triad, an energy deficiency syndrome which can lead to bone loss.

Now Hiring: Momentum Northwest

Newly formed Momentum Northwest is seeking a full time Head Nordic Coach/Director to help develop and build a top tier junior racing program for the greater Seattle area.

Now Hiring: Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage

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The Nordic Skiing Association of Alaska is hiring an Executive Director.

Now Hiring: Craftsbury seeks Biathlon Coach for Green Racing Project & Craftsbury Nordic

Craftsbury seeks to hire a Biathlon Coach to start in the late Spring/early Summer of 2014. This would be a full-time position; the coach will also be expected to participate in other projects and activities at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as time permits. Compensation could include most meals, and a place to live.

U.S. Nordic Combined Keeps on Plugging; USSA’s Bodensteiner Explains Decision

Gold and silver: the U.S. earned two medals in the Large Hill competition in Vancouver, from Johnny Spillane and Billy Demong.

More on U.S. Nordic Combined’s predicament after its program lost direct USSA funding earlier this week. We caught up with both Fletcher brothers as well as USSA Vice President Luke Bodensteiner to hear more about the decision and what it means for the sport in the U.S.

Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation Seeks Executive Director

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The Soldier Hollow Legacy Foundation (SHLF) Board of Directors is seeking decisive, focused, and visionary leaders to apply for the position of Executive Director.

Wednesday Workout: Hill Climbing and Norpining with the Middlebury Ski Team

Emily Attwood (l) and Heather Mooney lunge at the finish of their final hill climb sprint.

Unless you’re the audacious Liz Stephen or Overall World Cup Champion Therese Johaug, you’re probably not a huge fan of hill climbs. However, when the mid-April temps turn our favorite trails into puddles, nordic ski enthusiasts have to get creative to get their on-snow skiing fix before spring training begins.

USSA to Drop Funding for Nordic Combined, Jarrett Accepts Challenge

From left to right: Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong, Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher with their bronze medals from Sunday's team event at the 2013 Nordic Combined World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. (Photo: Fiemme2013)

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association dealt U.S. Nordic Combined tough news on Monday when it informed them funding would cease after July 31, 2014, according to head coach Dave Jarrett, who’s now searching for alternative financial solutions.

Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Fear Not the Training Plan: CXC Academy Explained

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One author shares his uneasiness with training plans and investigates CXC Academy, an online subscription service that provides nordic tips and regimens for skiers of all ages. “You will go faster when you want to go faster and it will be a lot more enjoyable,” founder Yuriy Gusev says.

Nick Mahood Named NENSA Coach of the Year

(NENSA press release) Nick Mahood, Woodstock Nordic – NENSA Coach of the Year  A quiet unassuming coach, Nick Mahood often flies under the radar as he coaches the Woodstock Nordic programs in Woodstock, VT.  Woodstock Nordic consists of two groups that [...]

NENSA Announces 2014 Eastern Cup Champions

(Press release) At the conclusion of each season NENSA is always excited to announce the overall male and female Eastern Cup Champions. Recipients will see a new title on their award this year as it has been renamed the Mike [...]

Thom Perkins Retires from Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

(Press release) Jackson, NH: After leading the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) for 38 years, Thom Perkins has announced his retirement from the organization. As its Executive Director since 1976, Perkins has been instrumental in transforming the small village of Jackson, [...]