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U.S. Biathlon Adds Two New Suppliers
The United States Biathlon Association, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of biathlon, announced the addition of two new suppliers, Holmenkol Ski Waxes and Honey Stinger, to its supplier pool for the coming season.

These new products boost the USBA’s supplier pool to 10 companies that provide products for use by the U.S. Biathlon Team. Existing program sponsors incode Adidas, Federal Cartridge, National Shooting Sports Foundation and EXEL Ski Poles.

Holmenkol is the oldest company continuously producing ski waxes in the world. It was founded near Stuttgart, Germany in 1922. Holmenkol will provide the US Biathlon Team with ski wax products and accessories for use during the Biathlon World Cup season.

Honey Stinger is a new product on the market. Founded in 2002 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the product provides honey based natural energy in a single serving packet. Supplies of Honey Stinger will be provided to the U.S. Biathlon Team for use during training and the competitive season.

Further information on the USBA’s newest suppliers can be found on their web sites. The address for Holmenkol is, while Honey Stinger can be found at

Honey Stinger Gel and Bars to Help Athletes in 2003
EN-R-G Foods, Inc. announced the creation of a grassroots sponsorship program designed to help fuel athletes with its Honey Stinger line of honey-based energy gels and bars. The company is now accepting applications from individuals, teams, and event promoters seeking support in 2003.

Honey Stinger is now the official gel supplier to the U.S. Biathlon Team and the sponsorship program will be open to athletes ranging from runners, cyclists and cross country skiers.

Athletes may obtain an application packet by sending email to or by calling 866-GO-HONEY. The application deadline for individuals is February 14, 2003 while teams, clubs and event promoters are encouraged to apply any time. For more information or to purchase Honey Stinger online visit or call 866-GO-HONEY

Poster Highlights American Birkebeiner's 30th Anniversary
"Feel the Energy, Live the Dream" is exactly what Kelly Kimball Skillicorn of Winona, Minnesota, felt when she skated over the finish line to become the 1988 female champion of the American Birkebeiner ski marathon. It's also what she felt when she recently learned she was selected as the central image for the Birkie's 30th anniversary poster depicting that slogan.

Skillicorn was selected from thousands of photographs to be the image overlaying a collage of pictures capturing the faces of Birkie skiers young and old, male and female, elite and recreational. The 30th anniversary poster draws viewers into the history of North America's largest and most prestigious cross country ski marathon.

During this 30th anniversary year, numbers are expected to soar to 10,000 participants and 20,000 spectators for Birkebeiner festivities from Thursday, February 20 through Saturday, February 22. Kelly Skillicorn will be among the racers.

For more information or to register for the Johnson Bank American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Salomon Elite Sprints, Hayward Chamber of Commerce Citizen Sprints, Telemark Lodge Over the Hill race, Century Tel Junior Birkie, Chequamegon Communications Cooperative 10K, or the Sons of Norway/Swiss Miss Barnebirkie, call 715-634-5025, e-mail, or log on to

Birkie 2003 is sponsored by Johnson Bank, Subaru, Murphy McGinnis Media and other businesses throughout the region and country.

Support Nationwide Search and Rescue Efforts
Pyramid Ales & Lagers is celebrating the seasonal release of Pyramid Snow Cap Ale with an opportunity to raise funds for search and rescue organizations nationwide.

Visit the Snow Cap shop at where a portion of your purchase of Snow Cap merchandise will benefit the National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc. (NASAR). The National Association for Search and Rescue, Inc. is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to advancing professional, literary and scientific knowledge in fields related to search and rescue. Visit NASAR's website at Contributions to NASAR are tax-deductible. Items available on the Pyramid web site include Snow Cap knit hats, T-shirts, pint glasses and more. Also featured at the site are tips for enjoying winter responsibly and links to search and rescue organizations nationwide.

Snow Cap is one of Pyramid Ales & Lagers' four seasonal beers, and it is available now through January. For more information about Pyramid Snow Cap Ale's fund-raising efforts, visit

Winter Equipment Sales Improving
According to the Snowsports Industries America findings, cool weather is clearly more important to ski and snowboard sales than a weakened economy, a possible war or unemployment.

Sales at specialty ski and snowboard shops were up 1.4 percent in dollars for the first part of the season compared to the August-October period of 2001. In dollars, that translates to $240 million in sales so far this year compared to $237 million in 2001 and $227 million in 2000. Though sales were up for the beginning of the season, units tracked 0.4 percent below last year.

Sales of all winter ski equipment (alpine, snowboard and Nordic) in specialty stores were flat, tracking 1.4 percent below to $110.8 million from $112.4 in 2001. Alpine gear declined slightly by 4.0 percent or $75.9 million as compared to $79.1 last year.

Apparel and accessories both saw sales gains during the August to October period, 6.4 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. Sales for apparel tracked at $70.9 million while accessories were $58.2 million. Last season sales for apparel were $66.6 million while accessories were $57.5 million.

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is the national, not-for-profit, member-owned trade association that represents snow and winter sports outdoor companies. For more information, visit out

Stories from the Birkebeiner Trail
Skiers will have a chance to share their American Birkebeiner or Kortelopet experiences through a new book commemorating the Birkebeiner's 30th anniversary.

Tentatively titled "Stories from the Trail: Commemorating 30 years of the American Birkebeiner," the book will feature the history of the race, all past Birkebeiner and Kortelopet winners, interesting facts, and numerous photos. The majority of the book will be comprised of stories submitted by skiers themselves.

Skiers are encouraged to share their own Birkiebeiner experiences. Follow the submission guidelines when sending your story.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2003. Only one story will be selected from each person; no more than three submissions per person.

Submissions must be 750 words or less. The author has the right to edit submissions for content and length. Submissions can be e-mailed to or with submission pasted into body copy; attachments will not be accepted. Contributors will receive no monetary compensation for their stories but will receive a free copy of the book and experience the satisfaction of having their stories published in this commemorative publication. Submissions should include contributor's full name, address, phone number, number of Birkies/Kortes completed, and approximate year when experience occurred. All submissions become property of the author.

The best 50-75 stories will be selected based on creativity, writing, the experience, variety and reflections on the Birkebeiner event. The book will be produced in 2003 and available for sale in 2004. A portion of the proceeds from each book will benefit the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

Winter Trails 2003
Winter Trails™ 2003 is the seventh annual fun day of snowshoeing for the entire family as well as the largest snowshoe festival in the United States. It is presented by American Hiking Society (AHS) and, the official website for SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the clearinghouse for information about winter sports.

Winter Trails will be held nationwide on January 18, 2003 and in Colorado on February 15, 2003. Volunteer hiking clubs and event leaders from partnering community parks, nature centers, and public recreation land will team with snowshoe equipment and outdoor gear suppliers to introduce the sport of snowshoeing to the public. Attendees will be able to try a wide variety of snowshoes from leading manufacturers and gather information on topics such as snowshoe fit, cold weather dressing, orienteering, and winter safety. Educational seminars, guided walks, children’s obstacle courses, and fun races will take place. The one-day festival is geared towards families, hikers, fitness walkers, school groups, and youth organizations interested in learning about snowshoeing. All events are free; a parking or site maintenance fee may be charged. For more information and directions to the events, log on to

Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Introduces Silver Gliders Program
The staff at the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) located in Jackson Village, New Hampshire has introduced a cross country ski program for mature adults. The new Silver Gliders series has been created specifically for beginner and intermediate adult Nordic skiers. Developed for mature adults interested in improving their cross country skiing skills, the two-hour programs will meet every Friday through March 21, 2003.

The cost of the Senior Gliders series at JSTF will be $8 per person or $14 for two people, per session, and does not include your trail pass or equipment. Multi-day trail passes for the series are also available for the cost of $35 for five Friday tours.

For more information on how to get involved in the new weekly Silver Glider contact the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation at (800) X-C-SNOWS, (603) 383-9355 or by visiting

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