Ski Tour Canada

It’s been a long season. I’ve begun the process of reviewing it and planning for the future, but it’s a bit overwhelming. I will do a separate post later this week to wrap up the Fantasy League.

I am currently in the Boston, Massachusetts area with the Mark Doughty family. Mark is the president of Thoughtforms Builders, my title sponsor. This week I will be joining the Boston area elite club, the Cambridge Sports Union, for training (on roller skis unfortunately), I will be visiting a couple local area schools with my teammate Jessie Diggins, I will be having dinners with different skiers and supporters and I will be hosting a big practice on Saturday morning with the local youth ski program, The Eastern Mass Bill Koch Ski Club. I’m excited to be back in the Boston area and to reconnect with this amazing ski community, one of the biggest and strongest in the country.

Next week are the final races of the season, the USSA SuperTour Finals and Distance National Championships in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. My energy is still very good, and I’m looking forward to more races, especially in a lower-key setting than the World Cup.

After the race season finishes I will have one short (as in a couple hour) opportunity to see my girlfriend Emilia. After making the decision to take the year off of competing in slopestyle skiing, Emilia is in the midst of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester. I’m planning to see her briefly in eastern Utah as she transitions from the canyon section to the river section. From Utah I will head to Vail, Colorado where I will have an operation to remove the hardware from my ankle. The recovery from the surgery should not be more than a couple of weeks. Lastly, on April 11th I will sit down with my two coaches, John Callahan from Aspen, Colorado and Zach Caldwell of Putney, Vermont and Caldwell Sport, to plan the next year.

In the planning process we will outline some big changes in the method I use to prepare for the season. I want to do things differently enough next year that I can expect different (hopefully better) results. We have been discussing ideas about what I can do to take more risks in my training with the hopes of bigger rewards. The method we have used for the last ten years has left me plateaued below the highest level.

Ski Tour Canada, which ended on Sunday, was a continuation of a season that was more consistent than I’ve ever had previously but which lacked any clear standout, confidence-inspiring performances. The schedule of the first five stages of the Tour was tough for me because it included three sprints and two distance races, one of which (stage 2) was seeded off the results from the first sprint and was not fair to the athletes that started in the back. (I was standing still in multiple places on the first lap of the narrow course, waiting for guys in front of me to move before I could start skiing.) My biggest disappointment of the Tour was stage 6, a 30 kilometer mass start skiathlon on hard trails in Canmore, Alberta. It was one of the races I’d been looking forward to all season, but I dropped off the large lead group on the third lap (of eight) and finished in a very disappointing 35th place. The final two races were better for me. I made it back into the World Cup points with a 23rd place finish in stage 7’s 15 kilometer skate race and skied to the 19th fastest time on the day in the final pursuit race.

Aside from my results, Ski Tour Canada was an amazing experience and incredible tour. Almost all of the top skiers in the world came to race and the organizers put together some really special venues in downtown Gatineau, overlooking the capital Ottawa, in downtown Montreal, winding through a hilly park, in downtown Quebec City, looping in front of the parliament building, and on the world class Olympic trails in Canmore. The atmosphere at the races was electric, and it felt to me and my teammates that at least half the crowds were American. Thank you to everyone who came to support us!

The highlight of Ski Tour Canada for Team USA was the continued consistency and truly world class skiing of Jessie Diggins. Jessie logged two podium results during the Tour (including her time on the final day, which counted for World Cup Points) and finished the Tour in 5th place. Jessie continues to prove that she belongs at the very top of the sport and will be a favorite to win more World Championship medals next year, Olympic medals the year after that, and crystal globes throughout her career. I’m excited for her and for what she is doing for U.S. skiing.

I want to thank so many people that came to Canada to support me. Mark, Pilar, Nathan and Anneka Doughty drove up to Montreal from Boston, Chris and Mary Osgood came to Quebec City from Putney, my parents came from their new home in Montrose, my sister came from Sun Valley, Greg, Toni and Lindsey Adams came from Park City and Luke Adams and his girlfriend Amanda Mercer made it from Walla Walla just in time for the last race, Hans Fischer hitched a ride up with the Adams from Jackson while Scott Lacy flew from Jackson with two of my best friends Laura Hatanaka and Barton Tofany, who both came from the front range of Colorado. I feel so incredibly lucky and honored that so many people made the trip. Thank you all!

I was sent a lot of pictures of me racing in Canada. Bernie Gardner, the head cross country skiing and running coach at the very successful Honeoye Falls-Lima High School outside of Rochester, New York drove all the way to Quebec to watch us and sent me these pictures:

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U.S. Ski Team Music Video 2016

Today we (the U.S. Nordic Ski Team) released our third music video. This one is focused on today’s start of Ski Tour Canada. I hope you enjoy it!

These videos are a LOT of work. This year, as in the past, the work was done by Jessie Diggins, who spearheaded the project, motivated all of us and choreographed the dance, and by Simi Hamilton, who collected all the footage and did the editing, a monumental task. We owe them both a huge thank you! The video has me fired up!

If you need more incentive to be a part of Team USA at Ski Tour Canada, read this piece I wrote for the National Nordic Foundation about the opportunity we have at these races.

More info about Ski Tour Canada is on the event website. Here’s the schedule:

  • Mar. 1st, 2016, 1:45 p.m. (EST), Gatineau, Quebec Freestyle Sprint
  • Mar. 2nd, 2016, 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m. (EST), Montreal, Quebec 13/20km Classic Mass Start
  • Mar. 4th, 2016, 3:30 p.m. (EST), Quebec City, Quebec Freestyle Sprint
  • Mar. 5th, 2016, 3:00 p.m./4:00 p.m. (EST), Quebec City, Quebec 10/15km Freestyle Pursuit
  • Mar. 8th, 2016, 3:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta Classic Sprint
  • Mar. 9th, 2016, 12:00 p.m./2:30 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 15/30km Skiathlon
  • Mar. 11th, 2016, 12:45 p.m./3:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 10/15km Freestyle Individual Start
  • Mar. 12th, 2016, 4:00 p.m./5:00 p.m. (EST), Canmore, Alberta 10/15km Classic Pursuit

And if you need a little more entertainment, here is the 2015 U.S. Ski Team Music Video:

And here’s the 2013 U.S. Ski Team Music Video:

Ski Tour Canada

The final World Cup event of the year, Ski Tour Canada, begins tomorrow! It is also the final fantasy event of the year. Don’t forget to select your Ski Tour Canada team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country before today’s team selection deadline! Team selection will close tonight (Monday) at 8 p.m. EST. Ski Tour Canada is a standalone competition so the overall standings have no bearing on the competition. The winner of the Ski Tour Canada fantasy competition will receive a Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor (pictured below) and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Ski Tour Canada team here.

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I wrote a piece for the National Nordic Foundation about the importance of the large size of Team USA at Ski Tour Canada. Check it out here. And come join our team by cheering us on at one of the races! I’ve copied the schedule at the end of this post and information about the tour is on the event website here.

I spent the last week in Putney, Vermont with my Ski and Snowboard Club Vail teammate Tad Elliott. There was not much snow to speak of.

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Lahti 2016

Congratulations to xc-racer2’s Team from Canada for winning the Lahti weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! xc-racer2’s Team scored 1,642 points over the weekend, just 8 points more than tapani55’s Team, from Finland, in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, xc-racer2’s Team will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

With only one event to go, Frans’s Team from Finland has a commanding lead in the overall standings. This week the lead grew from 176 points to 204 points. Even with quadruple points being awarded for the overall standings of Ski Tour Canada, plus half points for each of the eight stages, it is hard to envision anyone overtaking Frans’s Team. However, the competition for second place could not be tighter. Audub’s Æbbærskaller from Norway and IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs from Sweden are separated by only two points, 21,446 to 21,444 respectively! Only 79 points separate second place from fifth place. The overall podium spots (and prizes) are up for grabs in Ski Tour Canada. (Overall fantasy standings are here). Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is now open before Ski Tour Canada. Team selection will close for the final time on Monday, February 29th at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Ski Tour Canada here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season (or if you are way behind in the overall competition), you can still play for the Ski Tour Canada prize! The prize for Ski Tour Canada is a Suunto Ambit3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I made it back to the U.S.! It feels really good to be “home”. I’m at my coach Zach Caldwell’s house, aka Caldwell Sport, in Putney, Vermont. I’ll be here for the week before heading to Gatineau for the beginning of the Canadian Tour. I am joined here in Putney by my Ski and Snowboard Club Vail teammate Tad Elliott, who also qualified for the Ski Tour Canada team.

Our last weekend in Europe, in Lahti, Finland, was highlighted by another incredible performance by Jessie Diggins, this time in a skate sprint race. Jessie finished 2nd, her third individual podium result since the beginning of the calendar year and her sixth top-5 finish in that same period. Jessie is truly one of the best all-around skiers in the world right now, and she’s the first U.S. woman ever to be so competitive in distance skiing as well as sprinting. It is really fun to watch and to be a part of as a team. Here are some shots of the women coming down the finishing straight in the sprint final. (Jessie is in white.)

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Lahti/Vierumäki

Don’t forget to select your Lahti team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country before today’s team selection deadline! Team selection will close tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. EST. The start lists for tomorrow’s freestyle sprints are now posted. Make sure any sprint specialists that you have on your team are starting tomorrow! The men’s start list is here. The women’s start list is here. Each World Cup weekend is a standalone competition so the overall fantasy standings have no bearing on the Lahti competition. The winner of the Lahti weekend will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Lahti team here.


I’ve had a very chill week here in Finland. We are staying at the resort of Vierumäki, 20 kilometers from Lahti. The Lahti Ski Games, which consists of the Cross Country World Cup, the Nordic Combined World Cup and the Ski Jumping World Cup, is too big for the lodging infrastructure in Lahti, so some teams overflow to Vierumäki. We have stayed here once or twice in the past.

Next year Lahti is hosting the World Championships, so this year the Lahti Ski Games are the test event. During the World Championships, all teams will stay in the “athlete village” in Vierumäki, so almost all teams are staying here this year as well, testing it out.

Staying in Lahti has its perks, but being out in Vierumäki is really nice too. I’m not sure which I prefer. It can be troublesome to have to drive 30 minutes to the venue, especially for the coaches and techs, but Vierumäki is much quieter than Lahti and they just added new very nice apartment style lodging, which we are lucky enough to be staying in. Lastly, there are ski trails right out the door here in Vierumäki, which are flat and rolling and really nice for training. It is a wonderful break to stay away from the venue for several days at a time, just skiing out the front door. My only fear about staying here in Vierumäki next year is the possibility of there not being enough natural snow to ski here. It will be a challenging two and a half weeks if we have to drive thirty minutes every time we want to ski, even for a very short session.

My training plan for the last several days and up until Ski Tour Canada is essentially a carbon copy of my Olympic peaking plan in 2014. In other words, I’m hardly training at all.

Here are (from left to right) Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Bjornsen and Jessie Diggins during our travel from Falun to Lahti on Tuesday:

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Falun 2016

Congratulations to Polosatik’s Team from Norway for winning the Stockholm/Falun weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! Polosatik’s Team scored 1,873 points over the weekend, 22 points more than Pepperoni’s Team, also from Norway, in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, Polosatik’s Team will receive a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Frans’s Team’s lead in the overall standings continues to grow, in a big way this week. Aided by a strong 24th place finish on the weekend, the lead jumped from 23 points to 176 points. With one more World Cup weekend here in Europe followed by the potentially lucrative Ski Tour Canada, those points are a nice buffer. (Overall fantasy standings are here). Last week’s second and third place teams on the overall, IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs and Audub’s Æbbærskaller respectively, held their positions, though the gap between them shrunk to just eight points. Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is now open before the Lahti World Cup. Team selection will close on Friday, February 19th at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Lahti here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season (or if you are way behind in the overall competition), you can still create an account and play for individual weekend prizes! The prize for the Lahti weekend is a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I try to make these biweekly blogs about more than just Fantasy Results, but honestly the Fantasy Results are my motivation for posting anything. It’s late here in Europe and I’m ready for bed. This is going to be brief.

I hardly have any pictures from this weekend and it was a very disappointing weekend for me; I don’t really care to describe it in detail. Here’s the summary: on Saturday I struggled in conditions and on a course profile that have caused problems for me in the past. The gradual terrain and soft snow require an effective double pole and finesse, two things that I lack. I have tried, with very limited success, to improve my weaknesses. I will continue to work on them as I move forward, but I probably will never win races like Saturday’s. Yesterday, in a short chaotic skate mass start, I had a great start, moving from my 42nd starting position up into the top-20 in the first kilometer, without expending too much energy. The pace was hot, but I was on the right side of the coming break and I had a chance to hold onto the lead group all the way to the finish. At the end of the first of three laps, in a lapse of concentration, I slipped around a fast downhill corner on a patch of ice that I’d noted during my warm-up and course inspection. The crash was costly because I lost a lot of momentum across the flat of the stadium. I went from around top-20 to 52nd place. After that I was not strong enough to ski back into a competitive position.

I’m moving on to next week.

The setup here in Falun is sweet. We’re able to walk to the venue from our hotel. Here’s the view of the venue from our window:

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Training in Falun

The Stockholm/Falun World Cup “Weekend” begins tomorrow and Team Selection for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country closes at 8 p.m. EST tonight (Wednesday)! Don’t forget to finalize your team before Team Selection closes. The fantasy weekend includes tomorrow’s classic sprint in Stockholm, Saturday’s 5/10 kilometer individual start classic races and Sunday’s 10/15 kilometer mass start skate races, both here in Falun. Make sure you select all-around skiers, or a mix of sprint and distance athletes, for your weekend’s team. Each World Cup weekend is a standalone competition so the overall fantasy standings have no bearing on the Stockholm/Falun competition. The winner of the Stockholm/Falun weekend will receive a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses (pictured below) and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

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Select your Stockholm/Falun fantasy team here.


The sprinters and staff are all in Stockholm for tomorrow’s race, but I’m in Falun with Scott Patterson, Rosie Brennan and Liz Stephen. Before the staff left we went bowling in the basement of our hotel. The staff played on one lane and the athletes in the other. We took the average score of the whole lane for each game to compete staff-versus-athletes. The staff won both games. Here’s Caitlin Patterson:

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Oslo Wrap Up

Congratulations to Coolof’s Team for winning the Drammen/Oslo weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! Coolof’s Team scored 1,571 points over the weekend, just 2 points more than Gjella’s Team in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, Coolof’s Team will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

For the third week in a row, Frans’s Team leads the overall standings; the lead grew from 14 points to 23 points. (Overall fantasy standings are here). With a strong 13th place showing in Drammen/Oslo, IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs moved from 5th place up to 2nd. Audub’s Æbbærskaller followed The Quiet Legs, moving from 6th to 3rd in the overall. There are still two weekend competitions plus Ski Tour Canada to go and things will change before the end of the season. Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is now open briefly before the Stockholm/Falun World Cup. Like last week, this weekend’s competition includes a mid-week city sprint. Therefore, team selection will close on Wednesday, February 10th at 8 p.m. EST for the ENTIRE WEEKEND. Pick your team for Stockholm/Falun here. If you haven’t picked teams yet this season, you can still create an account and play for individual weekend prizes! The prize for the Stockholm/Falun weekend is a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I have not done a good job of posting updates on this site or of taking pictures of my life recently. My apologies. I have struggled with consistent updating during this time of year in the past, even when I was in the habit of updating daily. I think life on the road starts to get stale at this point. It’s been 88 days since I left the U.S., 110 days since I left the western U.S., which I consider home. All the venues and hotel rooms start blending together. I start to spend less time being social and more time holed up on my phone, reading New York Times articles or looking at Instagram. Luckily, the World Cup ends with Ski Tour Canada this year, which means my teammates and I get to go back to North America soon! This week we are in Falun, Sweden, next week we are in Lahti, Finland, and then two weeks from today I fly to Vermont to do a mini-training camp with my coach Zach Caldwell before the start of the Canadian tour. I’m looking forward to having access to a car, seeing all of my friends in Vermont and not having a structured three meals a day.

Last Wednesday I traveled from Davos, Switzerland to Oslo, Norway. I was treated to an amazing sunset the night I arrived.

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Davos Break

Don’t forget to select your Drammen/Oslo team for Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country before today’s team selection deadline! Team selection will close tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. EST. The classic sprint in Drammen tomorrow, the men’s 50 kilometer classic mass start race in Oslo on Saturday and the women’s 30 kilometer classic mass start race in Oslo on Sunday are all combined into one Fantasy Weekend. Team selection will not reopen between the races in Drammen and Oslo. Each World Cup weekend is a standalone competition so the overall fantasy standings have no bearing on the Drammen/Oslo competition. The winner of the Drammen/Oslo weekend will receive a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Drammen/Oslo team here.

Team selection will re-open for only a short time after the Drammen/Oslo Weekend so you can update your team or select a whole new team before the Stockholm/Falun World Cup. Team Selection will only be open next week from Monday, February 8th until Wednesday, February 10th at 8 pm EST.


I have had a great break from the World Cup in Davos, Switzerland with my girlfriend Emilia (left) and her teammate Jess Breda.

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