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With only one week left until close of registration, the 2011 Sparking Hill Masters World Cup slated for Sovereign Lake/Silver Star, British Columbia (March 4-11) has already attracted a field of over 800 skiers from nearly 20 countries. The Masters World Cup serves as the age group World Championships for master skiers age 30 and older (age as of 12/31/2010). The only eligibility requirement for the MWC is current membership in your national masters association...

February 3, 2011- What town dumps 850 cubic meters of snow onto their Main Street in March, just so they can go cross country skiing? Canmore, Alberta does! Building on the overwhelming success of community activities surrounding the 2010 World Cup last February, the folks in Canmore are up to it again with the presentation of the Canmore Ski Nationals Community Celebration 2011, March 11 – 14, to welcome the 600 + athletes who will be...

February 02, 2011 – This week EISA racing returns to the UVM Carnival after a week off.  These races are a good opportunity for coaches and racers to compete on the same courses they will see at NCAA Championships in March. Alpine races are at Stowe Mountain on the Main Street Trail.  Friday’s races are men’s and women’s Giant Slalom.  Saturday’s races are men’s and women’s Slalom. The Nordic races at Trapp Family Lodge are...

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January 30, 2011- While the Marcialonga cannot claim the prestige and tradition as large as the Birkebeinerrennet in Norway, it does pretty well on its own. Originally founded in 1969 in honor of skier Franco Nones and his victory in the men’s 30k at the Grenoble Olympic Games the previous year, the “Long March” grown to be one of the largest Worldloppet races on the circuit. This year, over 5600 men and 1400 women toed...

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January 30, 2011- In a pair of firsts, the second weekend of Eastern Cup racing was held at Weston Ski Track. Never before in New England has racing had the high-level series come to Massachusetts nor have two races in one day, yet Weston Ski Track and hosting club Cambridge Sports Union (CSU) did an excellent job in setting the bar. Weston Ski Track- largely situated on a golf course-  used its snow-making facilities and...

Gatineau’s Club Skinouk will host the Haywood NorAm Multi-stage Eastern Canadian Championships on February 11-12-13, 2011. Races will be held on Nakkertok-South trails, in Cantley, Quebec.  Club Skinouk will be hosting its fourth Eastern Canadian Championships since 2005. The Championships take on a new format this year by spanning over three days in a mini tour de ski series. The Event winners will be crowned at the conclusion of the three races as they cross...

January 25, 2011 (Park City, Utah) – Olympic medalists and World Champions Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) will lead the decorated U.S. Nordic Combined World Championship Team to Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway for the Jan. 26 – Mar. 4 Championships. The Team, whose members have achieved four World Championship titles plus one team and three individual Olympic medals, was announced Monday after athletes qualified through...

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FasterSkier had the chance to catch up with Corey Schwartz, Head Ski Coach of University of New Hampshire (UNH) to get some of his thoughts on skiing. Schwartz has been the head director of the UNH ski program for 25 years, during which he has mentored 27 student-athletes to 37 All-American team selections. He himself skied as a Wildcat for three NCAA Championship teams, and as coach served for both the Eastern USSA Sr. Committee...

Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association racing continued last weekend with the Utah Invitational at Soldier Hollow. The UNiversity of Colorado narrowly edged host UNiversity of Utah in the team competition. Day one: 5/10k freestyle After the first batch of races, the hosting school University of Utah (UU) finished one point behind the University of Colorado Buffaloes (CU). The battle between the two schools continued as it has all season: On the ladies’ side, the Utes...

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While attention was on the SuperTour and Lake Placid this weekend, the Rock Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) and Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) had full race schedules underway at Bozeman, MT, and Duluth, MN. Here’s a summary of the weekend: CCSA- St. Scholastica Hilltop Invitational Day one: 5/10 k freestyle While this is the first official weekend of racing for CCSA, member schools Northern Michigan University (NMU) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) already...

BRAUNLAGE, Germany – Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team members head home after a challenging Continental Cup tour in Germany that ended in heavy rain, fierce wind and several delays. Jessica Jerome’s solid jumping led her to a third-place finish on the five-competition tour. Jerome entered this weekend’s two-event stop in Braunlage having notched three straight fourth-place finishes. “The weather this weekend wasn’t stellar. Our official training was pushed back a day due to rain and...

January 14, 2011 – Cross Country Canada is pleased to announce the World Senior Championship Team 2011 – selection synopsis to follow. The following athletes have been selected to the 2011 World Championships Team competing in Oslo, Norway from Feb.22-March 6. – Devon Kershaw  (Ona-Wa-Su/NST) – Alex Harvey (Club Nordique M.S.A/NST) – Dasha Gaiazova (Rocky Mountain Racers/NST) – Chandra Crawford (Canmore Nordic/NST) – Stefan Kuhn (Canmore Nordic/NST) – Perianne Jones (Nakkertok/NST) – Ivan Babikov (Foothills...

January 12, 2011 (Park City, UT) – World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) will lead a strong 2011 U.S. Cross Country World Championship Team to compete at Holmenkollen in Oslo beginning Feb. 24. Randall is one of 14 athletes named Wednesday to compete in the biennial Championships. The International Ski Federation’s 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships are especially important this year, taking place in the heart of nordic skiing and in its most prestigious...

January 10, 2011 – The following athletes are selected to Canada’s Junior and U23 Nordic World Championships Teams competing in Otepaa, Estonia from Jan.25-31, 2011 –  a selection synopsis will follow. Junior World Championships – Heidi Widmer (Foothills Nordic/AWCA) – Annika Hicks (Canmore Nordic/AWCA) – Janelle Greer (Whitehorse/AWCA) – Heather Mehain (Soveriegn Lake/BC Ski Team) – Andy Shields (Waterloo Region Nordic/ NDC Thunder Bay) – Patrick Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok/Équipe du Québec) – Jordan Cascagnette (Team Hardwood/AWCA)...

While snow is sparse throughout most of New England, the guns at Gunstock Nordic Association worked overtime to create a small loop for the NHNCA Coaches’ Series, one of two weekend races that every high school- private and public- compete in. Combined results from both races are used to determine the New Hampshire teams at the J2 National Invitational Championships at Gunstock and the Eastern High School Championship in Rumford, ME. Each weekend typically has...

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News and information from the northern hemisphere over the Australian summer. Bottomley on the Podium at Campra Swiss Cup For the second year in a row Esther Bottomley made the podium for the Swiss Cup Classic Sprint in Campra. Bottomley was third in the 1.2km Time Trial behind Swiss skiers Sereina Boner and Doris Trachsel, and that was how they finished in the final. Georgia Merritt and Belinda Phillips were knocked out in the quarter-finals,...

December 21, 2010 – Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) announced Monday the student-athletes and coaches who will represent Canada in cross country skiing and biathlon at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey. The 24th Winter World University Games will run from January 27 to February 6. The cross country skiing events get under way on Jan. 28, with the biathlon competitions kicking off a day later. Heading the Canadian cross country skiing delegation in Erzurum...

Dec. 17, 2010 — Light snowfall was the backdrop for competition at the K90 hill Friday in Notodden, Norway where Austria’s Daniela Iraschko won her fourth Continental Cup competition in a row this winter season. And Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team member Jessica Jerome reached the podium for a third time this winter by taking second place. Iraschko jumped 97.0 and 95.5 meters; Jerome 94.0 and 91.5 meters and Italy’s Elena Runggaldier leaped from 10th...

PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 16) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has announced changes in its organization to create a more consolidated management team and tighter focus on raising money to support its athletic programs. The changes, announced by USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt, are the outgrowth of a USSA Strategic Plan adopted by the Olympic sports organization in May. “Our USSA Strategic Plan has given us a clear vision of where we...

VIKERSUND, Norway (Dec. 12) – Defending World Champion, Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) continued to be the picture of consistency with her jumping, taking third in a Continental Cup ski jumping event in the second day of a two-day competition in Vikersund. Austrian jumper Daniela Iraschko kept her hot streak alive, winning the competition with jumps of 118.9 and huge leap of 122.0 on her second ride for her third straight victory. Coline Mattel of...