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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Nove Mesto to Davos

Congratulations to IdaAmin’s The Quiet Legs from Sweden for winning the Nove Mesto weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! The Quiet Legs scored 1,428 points over the weekend, just 2 points more than five other teams that all scored 1,426 points. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

For winning, The Quiet Legs will receive a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Beanie, SSCV Race Suit, SSCV Jacket, SSCV Hat, and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Finishing 98th in the Nove Mesto weekend competition was enough for Frans’s Team to hold onto the lead in the overall standings; the lead grew from 4 points to 14 points. (Overall fantasy standings are here). For the second week in a row, Burnt Norton’s Burnt Norton and DmitryBR’s Snow Killers remained on the overall podium but flipflopped positions. Snow Killers is now in second place and Burnt Norton is in third. There are still three 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 open. This weekend is a break from World Cup competition. However, next Wednesday, February 3rd, is the Drammen sprint race, which is part of the Drammen/Oslo weekend. Therefore, Team selection will close on TUESDAY, February 2nd at 8 p.m. EST for the ENTIRE WEEKEND. Pick your team for Drammen/Oslo 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 Drammen/Oslo weekend is a U.S. Ski Team Jacket and U.S. Ski Team Hat and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


The 15 kilometer individual start skate race in Nove Mesto on Saturday was wintery and snowy. It began snowing around 10 a.m. and by the time the first racer started at 2:15 p.m., several inches had accumulated. It was well below freezing and the conditions were slow. My plan for the race was to ski relaxed, clean and with high energy. I wanted to build through the race and use my full aerobic capacity. It was the same race strategy that I had used for consistent results throughout the Tour de Ski. However, it didn’t work out nearly as well as it had in the Tour. My “clean high energy skiing” on Saturday was not nearly fast enough to be competitive. After 5 kilometers of focusing on “clean”, I was in 53rd place. This highlights a problem that I’ve experienced in past seasons: the pace of my skiing at a given perceived exertion changes throughout the season, even from day to day. I need to be able to identify how fast I’m actually going, not just how fast I feel I’m going. That’s something I will work on with my coaches over the rest of the season and during the training year.

Luckily for me, Jonas Dobler from Germany, who started 30 seconds behind me, caught me after 5 kilometers. He showed me how fast I needed to be skiing to be competitive. Although I was at the very limit and it was the most painful race I’ve done this season, I was able to follow him all the way to the finish. He “dragged” me up into the World Cup points. I finished in 27th place.

During Sunday’s relay, Scott Patterson from Alaska skied the first leg for us. He tagged Erik Bjornsen in 12th place. Erik skied a great leg, taking us up to 6th place, only 15 seconds behind 3rd place. My plan for the race was to be aggressive, to make myself hurt and to ski more than just clean skiing. Getting tagged off 15 seconds behind a group was perfect for that strategy because I could go chase the group down. I did just that, catching them after just 2.5 of the 7.5 kilometers. I felt good doing it. Several teams that came in with Erik, and therefore started with me, followed me up to the group. Once we all came together, there were 7 teams, representing 3rd through 9th places.

I actually had more trouble skiing in the group than I did catching it, and I believe not just because I had put in a hard effort to catch the group. I was struggling to relax at the lower pace. When the pace of the group accelerated on the third lap, I struggled and fell off the back a little bit. I tagged Simi Hamilton in 8th place, 5 seconds behind 3rd place. I’m happy that I was able to catch the group and attack easily in the race, but I’m disappointed with my skiing once I got there.

The highlight of the weekend for our team was the women’s relay. They finished in 2nd place, a best ever result for the team.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

We were having our team meetings in the same room as the Swiss team, after they had theirs. Our coaches and their coaches were having fun drawing their nonsense “keys to success” for the other team’s viewing pleasure.

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Nove Mesto

Don’t forget to select your Nove Mesto 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 individual start freestyle 10 and 15 kilometer races are now posted. Make sure all the athletes on your team are starting tomorrow! Because Sunday’s race is also a “distance” event (a relay), it’s unlikely that any athletes that don’t race tomorrow will race on Sunday. 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 Nove Mesto competition. The winner of the Nove Mesto weekend will receive a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Beanie, SSCV Race Suit, SSCV Jacket, SSCV Hat, and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Select your fantasy Nove Mesto team here.


I love this venue here in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. The stadium is state of the art. The courses flow well and are fun to ski. The conditions are perfect, cold and wintery. We got a fresh layer of snow yesterday. Here’s the view of the stadium from my hotel room balcony:

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Seiser Alm to Nove Mesto

Congratulations to Nathaniel Knapp’s Team for winning the Planica weekend of Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country! Nathaniel Knapp’s Team scored 1,136 points over the weekend, just 12 points more than OdlerLindbaum’s Team in second place. Full fantasy results from the weekend are here.

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

Frans’s Team barely held onto the lead in the overall fantasy standings (here). The lead shrunk from 27 points to just 4 points. Burnt Norton’s Burnt Norton moved from third place up to second place, and last week’s second place team, DmitryBR’s Snow Killers, moved down to the third spot, now 61 points back. However, there is still a lot of racing to go and things will change before the end of the season. There are now 2,269 accounts on Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country. Here’s a reminder of the top-3 prizes that are on the line for the overall fantasy competition:

Team selection is open again before this weekend’s races here in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Team selection will close on Friday, January 22nd at 8 p.m. EST. Pick your team for Nove Mesto 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 Nove Mesto weekend is a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) Beanie, SSCV Race Suit, SSCV Jacket, SSCV Hat, and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.


I filmed with my Team Madshus teammates in Sun Valley last spring for a series of “Meet the Team” videos. My video was released yesterday and I’m super impressed with the final product. Here’s my video:

You can see my teammates’ videos here.

Here are some pictures from the last few days at our camp in Seiser Alm and the first few days here in Nove Mesto:

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Seiser Alm

Don’t forget to select your Planica 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 list for tomorrow’s freestyle sprint is now posted. Make sure all the athletes on your team are starting tomorrow! Because Sunday’s race is also a “sprint” event (a team sprint), it’s unlikely that any athletes that don’t race tomorrow will race on Sunday. 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 Planica competition. The winner of the Planica weekend will receive a pair of Julbo Aero Sunglasses (pictured below) and a National Nordic Foundation Buff.

Julbo Aero

Select your fantasy Tour de Ski team here.


I’m currently in Seiser Alm, Italy with my teammates who also finished the Tour de Ski. (The sprinters dropped out of the Tour after the second sprint and are in Planica to race this weekend.) Seiser Alm is an absolutely incredible place. The snow is thin, but unlike most of the places we’ve been this year, there is enough snow for natural skiing. Seiser Alm is also the only place where we go each season that we stay in a 4-star hotel (probably because there aren’t any 3-star hotels here). The food is incredible and the setup is very luxurious. The scenery around here is spectacular.

This was the sunset the first night from the balcony of my room.

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