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As a part of her “Project Beijing,” Krista Pärmäkoski has signed a new two-year contract with her long-term partner Madshus. The 29-year-old Finnish skier is aiming for the podium both at the 2021 FIS World Championships in Obersdorf (GER) and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (China). While months in the works, the contract was an easy decision for both sides, and Pärmäkoski will be racing on Madshus skis and ski boots through the 2022...

The 18-year-old junior racer will be the youngest member of the elite squad of the 2020/21 Norwegian national cross-country ski team. “I’m super excited to be a part of a team with so many incredibly experienced skiers. I know I have a lot to learn, and I feel very privileged. At the same time, I hope I can contribute to the team, even though I am the youngest,” Helene Marie Fossesholm says. Helene Marie Fossesholm...

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We want to extend a big thank you to everyone that has continued to support our small business during this time, the Minnesota Stay at Home Order has now been now extended until May 4th in order to slow the spread. This means that our physical location will remain closed until May 4th in order to keep our customers, employees, and our community safe. We have received a ton of community support through our recent gift card...

Thea Krokan Murud (NOR) skied 347 kilometers in 24 hours. The former World Cup skier, who switched to marathons prior to the 2019-20 season, admits it was a challenging project. “347 kilometers is far, and 24 hours is a long time to be out skiing. I’m glad I did it, but it was harder than I had expected. I’ve skied a number of marathons this winter, but this 24-hour ski wasn’t really anything I had...

As reliable as a Swiss watch and as versatile as a Swiss army knife: From sprints to distance races and relays, the talented Swiss junior has dominated the podiums since the first race of the season. She won three medals at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne (SUI) in January. Six weeks later, she followed suit and took home three medals from the 2020 FIS Junior Nordic World Championships in Oberwiesenthal (GER). Did we mention...

The Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy (AIAWCA) and the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre (BATC) are excited to announce a new partnership for the 2020-21 season as they work together to launch a new biathlon program designed for athletes pursuing post-secondary studies in Calgary. This new program will see the BATC deliver biathlon specific training in Canmore, while the AIAWCA will deliver cross-country skiing training in Calgary. Programs will be designed on an individual basis...

It’s March, it’s spring, and skiing is not at all over! While the corona virus pandemic cut the race season short this year, and group events are discouraged in order to prevent spreading the virus, this is perfect time for skiing and exploring with your closest family. Spring offers some of the best skiing of the season. The days are longer and the snow has been piling up through the whole winter and the snow...

  Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy (SBSTA) is excited to announce that Brian Krill will be joining SBSTA as its Executive Director, effective July 1, 2020. As SBSTA’s Executive Director, Krill will lead the athletic and academic staff to further strengthen SBSTA’s vision to be the recognized gold standard for ski teams and ski academies. Krill has an extensive background in both skiing and education – having worked for several organizations around the country,...

Madshus juniors and U23 racers bagged no less than a dozen medals at the 2020 U23 and Junior World Championships in Oberwiesenthal (GER), dominating the tracks in both the individual and team competitions. Starting out, the young Madshus talents earned three medals and several top-10 finishes just in the opening weekend. In the junior girls’ sprint final on Saturday, three of the six racers were on Madshus skis and equipment. Helene Marie Fossesholm (NOR), who...

A record 866 skiers enjoyed a perfect day for cross country skiing Saturday for the 40th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon at the Swedetown Trails in Calumet.   Two former Olympians, Brian and Caitlin Gregg, took the men’s and women’s titles in the 50km skiathlon. Brian is also a six-time national champion, while Caitlin is a former All-American at Northern Michigan University and the only five-time winner in the history of the...

The rising Madshus stars racers are posting impressive championships results, while veteran World Cup athletes deliver in Lahti. Starting off, Siri Wigger (SUI) bagged the bronze in the Junior World Championships sprint in Oberwiesenthal (GER) on Saturday, while Matvey Eliseev (RUS) went straight for the gold in the men’s 10km sprint at the biathlon European Championships. Related coverage: Medals galore at the 2020 IOC Youth Olympics  On Sunday, the young Madshus athletes earn three championship medals...

Madshus biathletes took home a handsome handful of medals from the IBU biathlon championships in Anterselva (ITA) last week. Let us fill you in: Vanessa Hinz (above) first earned the silver medal after shooting clean at the range and delivering strong on the trails in the 15-kilometer competition on February 18. Then she helped Germany to silver in the women’s relay on February 22, likewise nailing every target and making speed on the track. Also...

The 40th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase is almost here! Conditions are looking great, with the Calumet area having over 250 inches of snow this season, awesome trails and great temperatures leading up to Saturday, March 7th. Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. Last-minute registration will also be available at the Calumet High School from 4-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Registration will not be accepted on...

Fischer has the fix for your Birkie Fever with their line-up of Birkie Week events running from Thursday through Saturday. Events will take place at the expo and on the race course, culminating at the main event’s finish line for the debut of the Fischer Finish Line Fanatics gathering—a group of race fans cheering with a limited edition Fischer cowbell. “The Birkie is America’s most iconic ski race,” says Fischer’s Nordic Sales Director, Steve Reeder....

Ski Selection, Grinds, & Structure i. While the temperatures will climb throughout the day, the tracks and skate deck will be firmer after this week’s colder temperatures. With this in mind a medium flex ski will perform well, giving you adequate stability for the predicted track conditions. ii. Medium-fine base structures will likely work in these conditions. Following our grinding menu, for skaters the SC1 or SC2 grinds are the most likely to have success....

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Pioneer Midwest will be offering Birkie Race waxing service again for 2020. Leave your waxing kit at home and forget about the nervous worrying over snow conditions. We will spend hours and hows on snow and carefully selecting each layer of wax so you can have the fastest skis on course. Last season we had more skiers move up to the elite wave than ever before. This year the dropoff deadline is by 8pm on Tuesday,...

The fastest cross-country skiers on the planet are back in the Canadian Rockies, as the COOP FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup returns to the Canmore Nordic Centre on March 19 to 22nd, hosted by the Alberta World Cup Society. Building off the success of the 2016 Ski Tour Canada, the 2020 event promises three days of racing and winter celebration, including the first-ever FIS World Cup mixed relay. In a first for FIS cross-country...

Helene Marie Fossesholm (NOR) is six seconds from the podium in her second-ever World Cup race, while Vilde Nilsen (NOR) wins the overall FIS Para World Cup. Coming off a three-day winning streak in Germany and her ninth consecutive World Cup victory this weekend, Nilsen has already bagged the overall Para World Cup victory, although only half of the scheduled World Cup events this season are completed. Despite missing more than a 100 of her...

See how the next generation shines! Madshus racers clean up the podiums across the board, first at the FIS Nordic Junior Competition in Falun (SWE) and then at the 2020 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide (SUI) and at the Norwegian National Championships. Starting with the IBU biathlon Junior World Championships, Madshus racer Vebjørn Sørum (NOR) went straight for the podium. First, he took home the silver medal in the junior men’s 15km...

The UP Health System Portage Great Bear Chase will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, March 7th. Last year the event had record participation, with over 800 racers. The Great Bear Chase committee has been working hard over the past few years to really make this a high quality event, listening to racer and volunteer feedback and making improvements each year. In recent years we’ve added a 50km skiathlon, found a new stadium location,...