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A Tale of Two Birkies

Most Birkie skiers are familiar with the legendary story of the original Norwegian Birkebeiners and how that inspired the famous cross country ski race in Norway, from Rena to Lillehammer; which in turn inspired the American Birkebeiner from Cable to Hayward. But what is the Norwegian Birkebeiner like today? I skied my first American and Norwegian Birkies last year and took away many impressions. “Wait, what?!” you ask. “Garrott, you lived in Hayward for 5...

Rodeling and Yodeling through Winter Adventure

Story originally written by Karen Bossick of “Eye on Sun Valley” newspaper, abridged story below. Photos courtesy of Muffy Ritz and Lumi Experiences. Lumi Experiences guest Muffy Ritz from Sun Valley, Idaho traveled on the Marcialonga & König Ludwig Lauf Trip to Worldloppet events in Italy, Germany and Austria. Read on to learn about her adventures! By Karen Bossick: While others were trying to will the snow away this winter, Muffy Ritz was doing what...

What’s the Worldloppet? Why a Worldloppet?

Lumi Experiences guest Ron Sawdey from Salt Lake City, Utah took time to reflect on his 2023 trip to the Marcialonga & König Ludwig Lauf Worldloppet events in Italy, Germany and Austria. Ron’s reflections share some insider insights for both the uninitiated and Worldloppet Masters alike. Read on to learn more about the trip. – – – – – – – – – –  For the uninitiated, you may have heard the words, “World Loppet”,...

Packing Tips from Julia Kern: US Ski Team-er and World Champs Medalist

(Plus! Which 3 passports does Julia carry with her in the winter?!) Lumi Experiences is excited to support athletes on the US Ski Team like Julia Kern. Julia won a bronze medal in the Team Sprint at the World Championships last winter, and she is also a great representative off the race course. Like several of the top-US racers who hold dual-citizenship (Jessie Diggins: US/Canadian, Sophia Laukli: US/Norwegian), Julia Kern holds US/German citizenship and speaks...

Lumi’s Holiday Gift Guide

  Happy holidays! Lucky for us skiers that the start of ski season coincides with the start of the holiday season. Holiday markets around Europe are bustling, the Alps are covered with a blanket of snow and the mulled wine is flowing. With gift giving on the mind, here are some of Lumi Experiences’ favorite gift ideas from our favorite brands for your favorite skiers this winter: Hot Stuff US skier Julia Kern’s new Skida...

Lumi Trip Giveaway for Two to France

  A sponsor of FasterSkier, Lumi Experiences is the world’s premier cross-country ski travel company. As an official tour operator for the Worldloppet, a series of 20 international ski marathons, Lumi is celebrating their partnership by gifting a trip to two lucky skiers for the 2024 France-Transju trip, valued at over $10,000. We invite you to enter the trip raffle! Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 13. The winners will enjoy eight days of skiing through...

Reflections from 2023 Nordic World Championships in Planica, Slovenia

A lot has changed since the first time I skied in Planica at an OPA Cup event in 2007. For US skiing, it’s a special venue. Tazlina Mannix won that 2007 event: an indication for many US skiers that winning in Europe is possible. In 2019, Julia Kern scored her first World Cup podium in Planica. At World Championships this week, a bronze in the Team Sprint for Kern and Jessie Diggins, and a gold...

Lumi Trip Giveaway

LUMI TRIP GIVEAWAY! As the world’s premier cross country ski travel company, Lumi Experiences is excited to announce their continued partnership with the Worldloppet international ski marathon series as an official tour operator. You can travel to 8 different Worldloppet events on Lumi trips, including support from local trip leaders, race waxing, transportation, accommodation and meals that reflect the tastes of the region where you’re traveling.  To celebrate, Lumi is giving away a trip for...

The Evolution of a World Championship Venue

“Passport, prosim.” The dense fog on top of the pass hung over the border crossing as night settled. A bright spotlight illuminated passengers in the small van as the border control agent matched passport photos with faces. “Whitcomb, Matt. Casey, Pat. Stephen, Liz, …” Our passports disappeared with the agent into the small hut. A few minutes later, a stack of freshly stamped passports was returned. “Welcome to Slovenia.” After driving all day from Oberstdorf,...

Lumi Experiences & Pioneer Midwest Ski Picking Travel Opportunity

Ready to travel again? Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy are now open to vaccinated US & Canadian travelers! You can visit all four countries THIS SUMMER on the Lumi Experiences Ski Picking Trip, August 30 – September 5, 2021. This unique trip is a skier’s dream: behind-the-scenes tours of the Fischer, Salomon & Atomic ski factories in Austria with Birkie Champion Matt Liebsch, owner of Pioneer Midwest. Skiing on the Dachstein Glacier above Ramsau. Skiing in...

The Engadin – It’s a Small World

Sponsored Content Chances are, if you are reading articles on FasterSkier, you are part of the ​small world​ of Nordic skiing. We all enjoy the routine of putting on our boots, clicking into the bindings, and feeling the sensation of gliding on snow in the beautiful outdoors. The differences we experience while skiing are based on the locations, techniques, and intentions of the day. In March 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland...

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate, Lumi Experiences is announcing a special trip to the Minneapolis World Cup, the first World Cup in the United States in almost 20 years.   The events are being hosted at Wirth Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. The Loppet Foundation has grown cross country skiing in Minneapolis for close to 20 years, hosting events such as the City of Lakes Loppet, which brings in...

  The Lumi Experiences trip to the 2020 Dolomitenlauf & Marcialonga is filling fast. The deadline for guaranteed entry into the Marcialonga is March 31, 2019. Email info@lumiexperiences to receive a detailed itinerary or to put your name on the list. Later sign-ups are only possible if space is available and may not include a Marcialonga event entry. The Dolomitenlauf and Marcialonga are two of the original and most popular Worldloppet events in Tyrol, Austria...

Lumi Experiences is excited to announce the launch of its 2020 cross country ski vacations. First on the line-up Dresden to the Dolomites, an 11-day vacation in Germany, Italy and Austria. 2020 is an exciting winter on the World Cup. There are no World Championships or Olympics, so athlete focus is 100% on the overall World Cup title. 2020 is also the first World Cup in the US since Soldier Hollow in 2001. To celebrate...