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Salomon Trail Athlete Sophia Laukli Joins Salomon Nordic Ski Team

  This weekend, Laukli toes the starting line at the Marathon du Mont Blanc in Chamonix, stop No. 2 on the Golden Trail World Series Salomon is proud to announce that professional trail runner, US Nordic Ski Team athlete and 2022 Olympian Sophia Laukli is now an “all-season” Salomon athlete. Already a rising star for Salomon’s global trail running team, the 23-year-old from Yarmouth, Maine, has decided to use Salomon ski equipment when she puts...

Madshus USA Hires New Sales Manager

Madshus USA is excited to announce the hiring of Jason Hettenbaugh as the new US Sales Manager. Jason will work towards aligning sales strategies and initiatives within the overarching brand goals and product focus. He will work closely with the rest of the Madshus team to support the brand and its dealers throughout the country. Jason has accumulated an immense amount of knowledge and experience at the highest level of the sport through his racing,...

Second Annual Sovereign to SilverStar Ski Marathon: Success

The second annual Sovereign to SilverStar Ski Marathon has successfully completed with 70% more registrations than in its inaugural year.  With over 600 participants, and 800 entries over the two days of event the S2S has already grown into Canada’s 3rd largest loppet and the biggest in BC.  This partnership event between Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and SilverStar Mountain Resort managed to raise $11,500 for Kidsport Vernon this year. Kidsport is a local charity that...

GRPSki, Biathlon and U23 Training programs all accepting applications for the ’23-24 training year

  The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (GRP) Ski & Biathlon teams are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 training year as well as for their summer U23 training programs. Applications will be due by end of day March 31 and decisions will be made by April 15. GRP is looking for skiers and biathletes who have shown good ski speed over the past couple years. Skiers who have not yet tried biathlon will be given...

Sovereign 2 Silver Star Ski Marathon – Club and Loppet Series Standings Update

  Club Championships – Finishing is Winning! It’s getting really exciting at the front of the pack. The top 4 clubs are separated by only one or two finishers. We have some new clubs to the top 10 and definitely some movement, so still lots of chance to win! Who shows up and finishes during the S2S will determine which club takes home the fantastic trophy and the $2000 cash! Get your clubmates to come...

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...

Oak Hill Outdoor Center Seeks General Manager

General Manager, Oak Hill Outdoor Center Description The Oak Hill Outdoor Center is a community recreation center managed by the Friends of Oak Hill, a non-profit organization that supports year-round recreation in the Upper Valley.  The Center is supported by donations from community members and friends of the Center, Dartmouth College, and revenue from the sale of trail passes and memberships.  In winter, the Center grooms over 25 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, rents equipment,...

Fast Wax Creates American-Made Fluoro-Free Future

Editor’s note: FasterSkier is fortunate to have the sponsorship support of Fast Wax; therefore, we are proud to highlight the innovative spirit that Fast Wax brings to the cross-country skiing marketplace. This article is less an endorsement of one company’s products than it is a recognition of the hard work undertaken by so many companies in the the ski industry. Dan Meyer likes to innovate. So naturally, as he became more interested in Nordic skiing,...

Watch Out for Ben Ogden

Only in his third season at the senior World Cup level, Ben Ogden (USA) recently posted one of the best results for an American male in a distance race. At the 2023 Tour de Ski stage race, the 22-year-old from Vermont was sixth in the 10-kilometer classic event in Oberstdorf (GER) and the top U23-skier. Additionally, Ogden has also been in the semifinal at the World Cup four times so far this season. Madshus caught up with...

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...

Cross-Country Skiing in Whistler: Everything You Need to Know

Uncover a Nordic mecca in Whistler, British Columbia. Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver along the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Highway. Featuring over 160km of trails sweeping across pristine mountain wilderness, Whistler’s extensive cross-country ski trail network means plenty of variety for all ability levels. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in and explore Whistler’s three world-class Nordic locations all easily accessible from the vibrant Whistler Village. Lost Lake – Winter Wonderland in...

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...

NNF Invites Ski Community to new Speaker Series, First Virtual Lecture November 11th

The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) today is announcing a new virtual speaker series, and invites skiers, coaches, and supporters from across the country to attend its first offering with renowned American physiologist Dr. Stephen Seiler on Friday, November 11th at 1:00pm EST. This inaugural lecture will be free to attend, with a recommended $25 donation going directly to NNF to support our Pillar Projects this winter, and beyond. Donation and registration for Dr. Seiler’s talk...

“Coming Together Gives Us All A Lift.” The Power And Purpose Of Bob Rosso

TR factor. It’s facing all of us. It is just that not all of us factor in time remaining in our day-to-day lives. For Bob Rosso, the TR factor has been a constant and longtime motivator in how he lives his life. And since receiving a diagnosis of dementia three years ago, Rosso leans hard into this formula, endeavoring to live, love, and enjoy life. We could say even more than he did before, but...

Learn about Cross-Country Ski Structure, the Why and How

SRB World Cup Hand Structures – When only the best is good enough. Learn about the future of ski preparation from the minds behind the leading World Cup hand structures. Webinar presenters: Toni Escher & Frank Schmidt From SRB Germany Click here to browse SRB Hand structure manual and products. Mark your calendars: October 27th, 12pm CST Link to sign up for Webinar: http://www.formpl.us/form/6474118864175104

(NNF) A Special Invitation with Lumi Experiences to Experience the 2023 World Championships

  The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) and with Lumi Experiences are excited to extend a special invitation to support US skiing at the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Planica, Slovenia. This unique, 7-day trip features grandstand seating for the first week of World Championships, including the classic sprints, skiathlon and skate team sprints – some of the best medal events for the US (the full schedule can be found here). When you’re not trailside...

The women Ski Coaches Association is excited to announce our new GearUP program. This program is designed to help reduce barriers for women ski coaches by partnering women coaches with an equipment brand rep to outfit them with gear, provide brand specific knowledge, and create industry connections. Madshus, Fischer, Rossignol and Salomon will each work directly with two women coaches for the duration of the 2022-23racing season.* The eight coaches selected for this program will...

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,...