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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,...

Madshus’ cross-country skiers sweep up the hardware at the third Winter Youth Olympic Games, which took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, from January 9-22. Among the women, Siri Wigger (SUI) first won the both the qualifier and the final in the cross-country cross competition on Saturday, January 18. The next day, the young Swiss skier then moved on to winning the skate sprint after posting the second fastest qualifier time. “I just felt like I had...

  To keep up with fast-paced growth, the team at BeFAST Sportgear has just launched a new website. This new website brings customer usability to the forefront. It features an easy to use format for product search, offers more in-depth product descriptions, and more importantly, provides easy and secure online ordering. Customers can now use Apple Pay to purchase from their mobile device. The custom order process has also been upgraded and streamlined, and you...

Marathon racer Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) demolished her competitors in the Ski Classics, Madshus cross-country skiers cleaned up the podiums in the U23 Norwegian Championships, while Madshus biathletes claimed victories and podium finishes both at the IBU Cup and the IBU World Cup. Starting with the Ski Classics, Øyre Slind literally crushed her competitors in the La Diagonela in Switzerland, winning the 65-kilometer classic race by three and a half minutes to the next racer. Øyre...

BeFAST Sportgear has made custom headwear for the hosts of the first World Cup Nordic Ski event hosted on American snow in 19 years. In cooperation with the Loppet Foundation, BeFAST has designed two headbands to be sold for the Minnesota World Cup events to be held at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Both products are already available for purchase at Boulder Nordic Sport’s newest location in The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park. The...

  From January 9-22, Tara Geraghty-Moats (USA) will be an ambassador for girls at the first IOC Youth Olympics with Nordic Combined competitions for girls. The 26-year-old US Nordic Combined racer is looking forward to the opportunity, and points out the significance of the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland. “I am so proud to be an athlete role model at the first Games that are gender-neutral. This is truly a historical moment,” Geraghty-Moats says....

Junior Helene Fossesholm (NOR) crushed the elite women at the FIS Scandinavian Cup; Madshus Team Beijing 2022 racers delivered on several arenas on the first race weekend of the new decade. Although this was Fossesholm’s first time racing a 20-kilometer, the 18-year-old won the women’s 20-kilometer skate event in Nes (NOR) on Saturday by more than a minute down to the next racer. “I have raced a few marathons before, but it’s not something I do...

Lucky you! Here is how to make sure you get the most out of your new equipment. The short version: Go ski on them! While new skis are ready to be enjoyed right out of the box, there are a few additional steps that will make them even better, prolong their life expectancy and increase the fun: Keep them clean, glide wax the glide zones (skate and classic) and sand the kick zone (traditional classic...

After successful alpine experiences with Andrew Weibrecht last season, Nordic skiers can also join Andrea Henkel Burke this winter on local cross-country trails Last winter, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid successfully debuted Ski With Andrew, an exclusive opportunity for hotel guests to cruise the trails of nearby Whiteface Mountain with Andrew Weibrecht, Olympic silver and bronze medalist in Super G, and son of resort owners Ed and Lisa Weibrecht. Andrew...

The custom headwear company, based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, signed a promotional deal with the host of this year’s Senior National host Michigan Technical University. As a sponsor of the event, BeFAST will be providing each athlete participant a headband from their ever-popular RaceSport Headband line. In addition, the company will be donating knit hats to the 50 volunteers of the event. Each hat and headband will be customized with the 2020 logo of...

Borah Teamwear, a leader in high-performance custom team apparel since 1997, is seeking energetic athletes to join its 2020 Borah ambassador team. The brand ambassador team will be comprised of 25 athletes from across the USA to promote Borah’s Wisconsin-made custom cycling apparel and the Borah advantage. Ambassadors will have a unique opportunity to share their cycling adventures and passion for Borah with the world. Team members will each receive free Borah apparel, special discounts...

Another amazing weekend for Madshus racers, netting 23 podiums and several top-10 finishes across two continents. Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) crushed her competitors in the Ski Classics event La Venosta in Italy on Saturday, winning the 40-kilometer classic race by more than three minutes on her new Madshus Redline Double-Pole skis. This was Slind’s first victory for the season, but second podium finish. Two weeks ago, the marathon specialist was second at the 15-kilometer Ski...