Hard Work and a “Just Go for It” Attitude Pay Off for Michael LeBlanc

Michael LeBlanc is a quintessential high school student. The 18-year-old senior at Groves Academy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is a member of student council, is taking accelerated college courses and is a student mentor. But as an athlete, he’s striving for something bigger. LeBlanc is a member of the […]

Jessie Diggins Wins Historic World Cup Title

Capping off a historic and unprecedented season of racing, Jessie Diggins wrapped up the World Cup calendar in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley on Sunday with a victory lap of sorts. The 29-year-old Olympic champion from Minnesota has become the first-ever female American cross country skier to win the overall World Cup […]

A Look Back At World Championships: Hot racing and near-podium finishes by U.S. skiers & relay teams

Wrapping up on Sunday, March 7, the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships showcased heated (and hot) racing, with several near-podium finishes by U.S. skiers and relay teams. The week and a half of racing in Oberstdorf, Germany, which welcomed 35 athletes from the U.S., saw the return of many […]

How Covid is Making Us a Bit More Norwegian

Late last April, a few weeks into our period of pandemic-induced self-isolation, I was struck hard by a moment of déjà vu. My wife, Rachel, and I were on a forested dirt road about a dozen miles from home, pulled over in the middle of a bike ride to snack […]

The Great Seattle Storm of 2021

In the pantheon of Seattle pow dumps, the Presidents’ Day weekend storm of 2021 was one for the record books, dropping more than a foot of snow over two days on a city acclimated to winter dankness but ill-equipped for crystalline precipitation. It blew into town Friday night laden with […]

Perspective: The Art of Cross Country

Bryan Schaeffer is an animator and illustrator who’s been involved with plenty of design projects for big tech companies. But artwork involving outdoor spaces tends to occupy most of the doodles done by this Bozeman, Montana-based skier. Since publishing a coloring book in March, Discover Montana Treasures, he’s been working on another side project that combines his interest in skiing and art. His new book, The Last Best Ski, which he plans to release in December, is part guidebook, part how-to and part history of Montana skiing, and is entirely illustrated.