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Indy XC Pass Debuts for 2022–23

Since its debut in 2019, the Indy Pass has provided alpine skiers with affordable access to numerous independently owned ski areas across the U.S. and Canada, and even Japan. This past winter, Sovereign Lake Nordic Center in Vernon, British Columbia, became the first cross country ski area to join the […]

Skinny Skis … Big Air?

It’s not quite the X Games of Nordic skiing, but a new type of upcoming race promises plenty of airborne thrills.  Inspired by a similar Red Bull event that he did in 2016, Olympian and former World Cup cross country ski racer Reese Hanneman, who now runs a marketing company, […]

A Team of Retired Olympians and World Cup Skiers Take on the Birkie for Fun

For all of the years that Simi Hamilton and Sophie Caldwell (now Hamilton) were on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, there was one iconic race they never got to do: the American Birkebeiner. That’s because they were always over in Europe competing in World Cup races at the end […]

Sun Valley: Nordic Town, USA

An airy snow falls as we glide past babbling creeks and through wintry meadows on the Galena Trails north of Ketchum, Idaho. All is quiet but for the huffing of our breaths and the occasional flicker of a bird darting between trees. It’s hard to imagine that just a short […]

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 […]

Three Ways to Enhance Balance and Stability for Cross Country Skiing

A sharp, twisting downhill; the wind watering your eyes; icy patches on the trail; rocket ships on your feet; flat light; and snow falling furiously—how do you keep your balance in such a tough situation? Nordic skiing is full of tricky tasks as it is—moving over a slippery surface with constant […]