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Whistler 2023: Norwegians Dominate, North Americans Surge in U23 20km Classic

Day four of the Junior Worlds at Whistler Olympic Park brought new weather and more excitement in mass start racing. The day dawned with a light snowfall at -8C. The wax techs were as secretive as ever, but it was clear at the finish that most athletes were on hard wax. While Norway, Germany, and France owned the podiums, it was also a good day for North American skiers. Women’s 20 k Classic The women’s...

Whistler 2023: U20 Mass Start 20km Classic

The World Juniors rolled on in Whistler with sunshine, easy classic waxing, and a new distance. Most skiers had done a 20km event before today, some had done two, but it was a new pacing experience for many. Add in a 5km loop that an athlete from Holmenkollen described as ‘hilly’ and you have a recipe for good racing and a pretty good day for North American skiers. Team USA’s Samantha Smith led the way...

World University Games: Young Americans Shine as Lake Placid Returns to International Stage

Do you believe in miracles? Lake Placid is where they’ve happened before: speedskater Eric Heiden’s single-winter games medal record, Wassberg’s Olympic Gold by one hundredth over Mieto, and no less than the “Miracle on Ice.” If miracles were going to happen again, this was likely to be the place.  With the State of New York having spent $500 million (through the Olympic Regional Development Authority) to dramatically overhaul facilities originally constructed for the Olympic Winter...

Whistler 2023: High Speeds and Technical Challenges in U23 Classic Sprint

Day two at Whistler Olympic Park was similar to the first: sunny, fast, and exciting. The excitement started early, with pre-race favourite JC Schoonmaker crashing spectacularly on the sweeping right-hand drop into the stadium during the qualifier. Seeded second, he was quick to be back up and skiing, but 150m of double poling with one pole cost him more time on top of the loss of time and speed from the fall. Schoonmaker would fail...

Action in Les Rousses:  Klaebo Back on Top, Cyr Again Top Ten, Patterson Powers to 12th

This World Cup coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award. To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. Ski racers know steep hills: the stomp up the first climb in the Swedish Vasaloppet, Wave 8 of the American Birkebeiner on “B**** Hill,” the race-changing “Russian Hill” on Lake...

Diggins Ninth in Les Rousses 20 k Classic, Brennan and Swirbul Top 20

Today, the women competed in the final day of World Cup racing in Les Rousses, France with the 20 kilometer mass start. The course consisted of six laps on a 3.3-kilometer loop. The course featured an extremely difficult early climb up the side of the venue’s ski jump which Jessie Diggins (USA) had said was about as steep as Alpe di Cermis in the Tour de Ski. The repeated ascents would test skiers’ ability both...

World Junior Championships Begin in Whistler: U20 Classic Sprint

The U20/U23 World Championships kicked off in Whistler Olympic Park with classic sprints on a bluebird day. While the finals were filled with athletes from Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Italy, it was a good day for many more nations. Coaches from Canada, the US, Andorra, and Taiwan were agreed on one thing: U20 results won’t make or break your skiing career, but what you learn here can change your life. That said, results are what...

Emil Persson and Magni Smedås At Marcialonga

Press Release Marcialonga, the seventh Ski Classics stage and first Grand Classics event Season XIV took place today in Italy. Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, and Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, won the 70-kilometer-long race in grand style. The race that started in Moena and finished in Cavalese saw Emil Persson, Lager 157 Ski Team, and Magni Smedås, Team Eksjöhus, mastering their respective races and winning the 50th edition of Marcialonga, the seventh event of...

A Quest Toward Greatness:  The 2023 Tour de Meissner

By: Cynthia Engel   The 2023 Tour de Meissner offered up an exceptional ski day for all skier ambitions.  A classic-only ski tour that took place January 22, 2023 at Meissner Nordic Community Ski Area outside of Bend, Oregon, the Tour de Meissner delivered on everything that distinguishes an event from being good to being the one you mark on your calendar to make happen every year.  Yes.  A classic tour.   The Tour de...

Kern Reaches Finals in Les Roussses Classic Sprint.  Diggins Veers off Course.

This World Cup coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award.  To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. The women’s classic sprint was contested today in Les Rousses, France. It was an anniversary of sorts as it marked the 100th time a sprint classic race has been held on the...

Incroyable! Richard Jouve Wins for France!

This World Cup coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award. To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. “Incroyable!” . . . Most Americans know, understand, or recognize at least a little bit of French. All those partly-understood French phrases and terms were on display today on the...

Jessie Diggins Returns to World Cup Podium, Rosie Brennan 5th in Les Rousses

This World Cup coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award.  To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. If there is a common theme to the cross country skiing World Cup, it is change. Tweaks, adjustments, selections, illness, and injury all factor into who even makes it to...

Another Norwegian Heard From: Amundsen Earns First World Cup Victory in Les Rousses

This World Cup coverage is made possible through the generous support of Marty and Kathy Hall and A Hall Mark of Excellence Award. To learn more about A Hall Mark of Excellence Award, or to learn how you can support FasterSkier’s coverage, please contact info@fasterskier.com. Fans have become accustomed to Norwegian men occupying the World Cup podium, but it’s getting pretty crowded there on the top step. Team Norway has delivered World Cup wins this...

Explore XC in Whistler: Stay & Play Nordic Skiing Packages

Blaze Whistler trails and ski through west coast wilderness this winter. Whistler attracts adventurous travelers from around the world with its unparalleled access to world-class recreation and outdoor experiences. From thrilling winter activities to indulgent award-winning dining and captivating art exhibitions and cultural experiences, Whistler makes it easy to plan a multi-day Nordic escape. Not sure where to start in planning your getaway? Here’s how to make the most of your time while in Whistler....

We’re All Vikings . . . Adaptations and Impacts of Virtual Racing: Part I

The message from the event organizer was devastating . . . we’d been waiting years to cheer on World Cup skiers in person. Jessie Diggins had worked her magic to get the Sprint Finals onto American soil—and here in Minneapolis no less! But COVID was spreading misery across the globe and our race was cancelled: the Sprint World Cup Finals would not occur. $300 in tickets gone in an email. No swag or alternative compensation...

Family-Run Ski Wax Companies:  A Smaller Approach

All in the family People often lament the demise of small artisanal crafted goods. The dominance of huge retailers and manufacturers is often viewed as something between a sign of the approaching apocalypse, and proof of various conspiracy theories. In many industries, when you think of the absolute pinnacle of quality and performance, smaller companies often come to mind: Ferrari for cars, Shinola for personal goods, and, (showing my personal bias) Jenny’s for ice cream....

Canadian Trials at Caledonia Nordic

The pressure was on at Caledonia Nordic in Prince George, BC, for the trials that would be used to select athletes for World Championships in Planica, Slovenia, and U20/U23 World Championships in Whistler. The three days of racing is also a Nordiq Cup, which is a FIS tier 1 event equivalent to a US SuperTour or Scando Cup, but the focus was on earning a spot on one or more of the teams. The snow...

A Multi-Day Nordic Wonderland: How to Make the Most of Your Time in Whistler

Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver along the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Highway and immersed in the depths of the west coast temperate rainforests, you’ll find a Nordic mecca. Offering an extensive network of over 160km of Nordic cross-country ski trails, there’s no shortage of pristine mountain wilderness in Whistler. But that’s not all you’ll find. Whistler attracts adventurous travellers from around the world with its unparalleled access to world-class recreation and outdoor experiences. From...

What happens when you bring World Cup technology to everyday racing?

Editor’s note: FasterSkier is fortunate to have the partnership support of Madshus. The answer: the lightest, most advanced performance equipment to fuel your ambitions. At Madshus, we firmly believe in trickle-down technology, because everyone should be able to enjoy the pinnacle of engineering, material science, research and development regardless of what their dreams are. Madshus engineers are constantly working on innovative solutions and experimenting with new constructions, materials and methods to build the lightest, fastest...

Pacific Northwest Loppet Series

Editor’s note: FasterSkier is fortunate to have the partnership support of The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon. The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon is proud to announce the forming of the Pacific Northwest Loppet Series combining 4 events into one amazing event series. The events are located in Washington State and British Columbia and are structured in a manner that any age can win the series.  The various event organizers are intending to join forces to...