Tag: Features

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 […]

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 […]