Upcoming Local Events

Matt Liebsch training hard for the VasaloppetGet ready for the Mora Vasaloppet with five time winner Matt Liebsch!

Free and open to the public, this clinic at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN will cover effective nordic-specific dryland drills and strength training before we hop on roller skis to work on skiing technique. A limited selection of roller skis will be available at the clinic to borrow; bring your own poles, boots, and bike helmet.

Sunday, October 5th
3:30 pm

Vasaloppet Nordic Center
400 9th St.
Mora, MN 55051

No cost or pre registration; just show up!

Sponsored by Gear West, Borton Volvo, and the Mora Vasaloppet


BrewSki Weekend

Enjoy good brews, better company, and the best training with Matt Liebsch and Fischer.

Birkie Trail, Seeley WI

Join Matt Liebsch from October 24-26 for a weekend of relaxation and ski specific training in Seeley, WI, brought to you by Fischer and Gear West. Workouts will include individualized coaching and technique analysis, while beverages will be provided for "recovery" between sessions. It's the perfect way to get fired up for the coming season!

Register for the BrewSki weekend here


Friday 10/24
5:00 - 6:00 pm: Optional Pole Hike/Trail Run - Mosquito Brook trail crossing. We will run north if you wish to arrive later and meet up on the trail
7:30 pm: Dinner at Coop's Pizza - included with registration

Saturday 12/13
9:00 - 11:30 am: Dryland workout and Skate/Classic video technique - Seeley Trailhead(?)
12:00 pm: Lunch at Sawmill Saloon - included with registration
2:00 - 4:00 pm: Easy roller ski, additional technique work
6:00 pm: Optional dinner at Rivers Eatery - cost NOT included with registration
8:00 pm: Bonfire at host cabin - beer, snacks, and good times provided

Sunday 12/14
9:00 am - 12:00pm: Over distance roller ski - Seeley Trailhead(?)
12:15 pm: Optional Lunch/coffee at Sawmill before leaving - cost NOT included

Bring ski equipment (some demo rollerskis may be available) and come prepared to learn, train, and have fun!

Cost: $100.00 per person
Includes coaching, two meals, and beers.

Lodging is not included. For lodging options, visit:
Seeley Lodging & Info
Hayward Area Lodging
Cable Area Lodging

Register for the BrewSki weekend here

Women's WeekendDecember 13th & 14th, 2014

Saturday and Sunday
Birkie Trail, Seeley WI

High quality instruction - Improve technique & efficiency - Learn time managed training.

We will pamper you with positive attitudes, chocolate, coffee & wine.

Program Info
Saturday 12/13: Meet for intro at 8:30 am
The program begins at Mooselips before we go out to the snow.  Full program including lunch. We provide wine, chocolate and free raffle prizes

Sunday 12/14: 9:00 am start and until noon with lunch.

Bring ski equipment, a good attitude, and an open mind and a sense of humor.

Cost: $150.00 per person
Includes coaching, lunches, treats, coffee, wine, raffle prizes & hat.

Partner: Riverbrook Bike & Ski

More about the Women's XC Clinic on the Riverbrook website

Lodging not included. For lodging options, visit:
Seeley Lodging & Info
Hayward Area Lodging
Cable Area Lodging

Register for the Clinic Here

Fall/Winter Ski Technique + Training Program

We welcome ALL skiing abilities...from beginner to advanced.  Learn to ski or learn to ski faster and more efficiently–for the Birke or just to enjoy Minnesota parks

All classes meet at French Park

Fall/Winter Program ($230)
September 3 – February 4 (23 sessions!)

Fall dryland program ($110)
September 3 – November 19 (12 sessions)

Winter On-Snow program ($140)
December 3 – February 11 (11 sessions)




Fall Program

An “Improve Your XC Skiing” or “get Fit for the Birke” technique and training group for men and women of ALL fitness and skiing abilities. This course is for busy people with busy lives who do not know how to XC ski and want to learn, or busy people who are fit and want to ski faster and need technique improvement!

Fall training involves a fitness assessment (an easy baseline test of current fitness which will be used to measure performance gains!) Roller skis are encouraged but not mandatory. Roller skiers will receive specific ski technique instruction during daylight hours. Non roller ski participants will Nordic pole hike and strength train. After the time change, all groups will focus on specific ski workouts to improve core body strength and coordination. Groups will be divided according to ability.

Social gatherings like our annual October potluck dinner will encourage all participants to gather together, have some fun and break up the training routine.

Winter Program

On-Snow sessions will be based out of French Park unless lack of snow dictates Elm Creek. Sessions will focus on relaxed and effective ski technique for skate skiing. Drills will aim to improve skiers double poling, legs only push, V1, Open Field and V2. Discussions on waxing, training and race strategies will be held prior to each workout and at special Gear West clinics. Also, the annual dessert potluck party is integral to the happiness of the winter training program.

Gear West Wednesday winter training will focus on skate skiing but will offer classic classes with a minimum of five interested skiers. Choose your interest on the registration form and Gear West will get back to you on the classic interest.

Both fall and winter programs will offer an additional clinic (to be scheduled) on discussing fitness training for busy people. We will key in on the most effective workouts for those with limited free time and highlight how differing workouts accomplish various types of fitness.

If you have any questions - call Gear West at 952-473-0377