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Visit Canmore: Some Off-the-Ski-Trail Suggestions

For those who have yet to experience the beauty of Canmore, Alberta, a Google search for photos of the town alone should provide sufficient motivation to put it on your travel bucket list. A dramatic skyline of rugged and imposing peaks provide a backdrop to main street, the Nordic Centre, and pretty much anywhere else you could visit in the Kananaskis Valley. Smaller than its perhaps better-known neighbor, Banff, the streets of Canmore are lined...

Masters World Cup Wraps up in Beitostølen

BEITOSTØLEN, Norway — Team USA led the participation numbers while Russia topped the medal table in the 2019 Masters World Cup, the annual competition for skiers aged 30 and over that wrapped up in this mountainside hamlet on Thursday. Roughly 1,000 skiers from 26 different nations, from the predictable (Norway, Finland) to the unexpected (Thailand!), made their way to the Oppland region for seven days of competition and up to four races per athlete, three...

Wednesday Workout: Russian Intervals with a Canmore Master

(Note: The following workout was submitted to FasterSkier by ELA climbing guide) or in the Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ v. 65 (1982), p. 24; 66 (1983), p. 98).) After a sabbatical year in 1979 in distant mountains (the Pyrenees, the Alps, Morocco, and Chile), the remainder of my Winnipeg years were focused on climbing trips: Mexico, Yosemite, the Red Rocks, the Dolomites, Ecuador, Nepal, and, most frequently, the Canadian Rockies. When I retired in 1997,...

Masters World Cup: Day 6 Balmy Finale

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Freestyle marathon skiers took to the hills of Theodore Wirth Park for the final day of the 2018 Masters World Cup, in a warm way to wind down the championship week. With sun and temperatures upwards of 40 degrees Fahrenheit by noon, skiers had quite the slog over the 10 k, mostly manmade loop. As Minneapolis native Kitty Earl-Torniainen, 50, described her experience in the 30-kilometer freestyle, “[The course] was nice and...

Masters World Cup: Day 5 Train Roadblock

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Masters World Cup organizers had to make a fast change on Thursday partway through its classic distance races when a train parked itself on the course. “We had a lot of plans going into this race,” 2018 Masters World Cup Chief of Competition Nels Dyste explained. “We had plans for road crossings, we had plans for snow, we had plans for low year snow, plans for high snow. Unfortunately, the railroad did not...

Masters World Cup: Day 2 Freestyle Distance Races

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — The weather for Day 2 of the Masters World Cup on Sunday was almost a carbon copy of back-to-back races held about five hours apart), before heading back East. When asked what her ambitions were for the weekend, she said “at this point, it’s hard to beat winning.” As for Monday, Jospe said, “Whatever happens … I’m pretty happy with it. … [I’m] starting to feel a little tired at this point,...

FasterSkier’s 12 Days of FBD Christmas: Day 12

DDay 2 | Day 4 | Day 6 | 7 | Day 9 | Day 11 *** Day 12: Masters World Cup Total World Domination Package Day Twelve. We made it. Wow. Sure, we lost a few along the way, good men (and women, though most women were likely smart enough to not set foot on this sinking ship in the first place) As a quick aside, I bartended at Smullin’s rehearsal dinner, so I naturally wore a name tag...

Masters World Cup: More Than Just The Races

You don't have to be a World Cup racer to ski similar distances on the world's best courses. While many masters focus on traditional ski marathons, the annual Masters World Cup presents an opportunity for skiers 30 and older to ski up to four races of regular World Cup distances in a week.

Oregon’s Downing Elected World Masters President

XC Oregon founder J.D. Downing was recently elected president of the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association. While he'll continue to hold his post as a U.S. national director, Downing has big goals for the international organization, including an increase in participation and keeping skiers under 55 "in the game."

1000 participants at the 30th Masters World Cup in Falun

It was the 30th edition of the Cross-Country Masters World Cup for ladies and men, age groups 1-12, this is age 30 and above, in Falun, Sweden last week. Again, the competition for senior Cross-Country skiers from around the globe, took place in a well known ski resort. Each participant was allowed to compete in three individual competitions depending on the age category over 5, 10, 15, 30 and 45 km in the classical and...

World Masters Update from Falun

Excellent conditions and exciting racing continue at the Masters World Cup in Falun, Sweden. Cold temperatures have persisted throughout the week, with morning lows near O F. Monday morning the stadium billboard displayed -24 C, resulting in a 1 hour delay. While the Italian and Russian contingents have taken the lion’s share of medals, U.S. skiers have captured a number of medals, including; M5 30km FS – Milan Baic – Bronze F7 10k CL –...

American XC Skiers (AXCS) — the U.S. nationwide masters XC ski association — is primed and ready for a gold medal 09/10 winter season with incredible offers and events from start to finish. Kicking things off is one of the best AXCS membership offers since the association was founded in 1998. Master skiers that join or renew before the end of November 2009 will be able to take advantage of the soon-to-be-expiring membership dues of...