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Telemark Resort Sold to Colorado Company, Future Unclear

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The historic Telemark Resort (ABSF photo)

Facing foreclosure since April 2013, Telemark Resort in Cable, Wis., the iconic start of the  American Birkebeiner, went to auction on Tuesday and sold to a Colorado-based private company, Newco, LLC.

Newco purchased the property at sheriff’s sale in Bayfield County Courthouse for $926,000 dollars. The only other bidder was the lien holder, Great Southern Bank in Missouri, according to a Birkie press release. The auction came after a Bayfield County judge ruled in favor or Great Southern Bank’s desire to pursue foreclosure of the historic lodge in August.

For fans of the American Birkebeiner, North America’s largest ski marathon entering its 41st year, the hope was that Great Southern Bank would purchase it and resell it to a group with plans of reopening the resort with ties to the U.S. Olympic Committee, WDIO reported.

Executive director of the Cable Chamber of Commerce James Bolen told WDIO Newco’s bid came as a surprise.

“The question is what they intend to do with it, they may not reopen the facility,” he said.

Newco hasn’t announced its intentions for the resort, but Bolen said they’d be meeting this week to discuss possible plans. The decision could be a huge blow or relief to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, which recently hired a new executive director in Ben Popp.

“We have a 40 year history with Telemark … and for the past couple years we’ve been trying to secure a permanent start area at Telemark,” ABSF board member John Garrett told WDIO.

“Telemark has been an integral component of the history and legacy of the American Birkebeiner,”  Popp said in a press release. “We look forward to working with the new owners in creating great events for years to come!”

Under the former owners, Ric Ahern and Steve Kaufman with Telemark Properties, Telemark closed for what it called “spring cleaning,” and did not reopen. Court documents showed that the electricity was turned off in late March, and WDIO reported that a sign saying the resort would open in mid-May was still on the door.

Goepferts Win Argentina’s Ushuaia Loppet

(Press release) Coldest day of the Fueguino winter for ski marathon’s third edition  German skiers Caroline and Falk Goepfert stood on top of the Ushuaia Loppet’s podium a week after doing the same on the Marchablanca’s podium.  The third edition of the annual two-lap 42 kilometer ski marathon took place on Saturday August 24th.  The start/finish was at Centro Invernal Tierra Mayor, about a half hour outside of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. On the men’s side, Argentina’s Federico Cichero placed second about three minutes behind Goepfert’s winning time of 2:05:43.  Local skier Walter Acuña placed third.  Caroline Goepfert won the women’s category in 2:54:05.  María Giro and María Viaña, both of Tierra del Fuego, took second and third respectively. Conditions were a departure from typical Fueguino conditions which usually hover around 0 Centigrade.  At race start, the temperature in the Valley of Tierra Mayor was -17 C.  It never…

Russians Top Kangaroo Hoppet Podium at Falls Creek

FALLS CREEK, Australia — Australia’s international ski marathon the Kangaroo Hoppet was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. In the 42km main event it was a Russian double, 2012 Hoppet winner and World Cup distance champion Alexander Legkov winning the men’s race and 2012 runner-up Marina Chernousova winning the women’s race. After snow, rain and wind in the week leading into the event the skies cleared up for a perfect race day. The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 16 races in 16 countries and has annual participation of 135,000 skiers. Around 1000 competitors from 23 nations entered in the three Kangaroo Hoppet race distances of 42km, 21km, and 7km. Russians brothers Ilya Chernousov and Alexey Chernousov rounded out the men’s podium, while Lauren Fritz from the USA and Chisa Obayashi from Japan were second and third women. The first Australians were Callum Watson…

Auklands Tie for Årefjällsloppet Win, Boner Paces Women

Årefjällsloppet is an entirely new race and the first edition was successful with great weather conditions and perfect tracks. The peloton was gathered until the biggest uphill after 20 km. At that point the group got smaller, not surprisingly since the climb is over 250 vertical meters. Halfway into the race there were 17 skiers in the group, but then five broke away: Anders and Jørgen Aukland, Jens Eriksson (3rd place), Stanislav Rezac (4th place) and Daniel Tynell (5th). With a few kilometers to go the Aukland brothers surged away and took the first tied victory in the history of Swix Ski Classics. The Norwegians also finished first and second overall in Swix Ski Classics. Simen Östensen won both the first and the second sprint and took a landslide victory in the sprint competition. Boner’s fourth victory In the women’s category, the pace was low and the group was together…

Patterson, Anderson Win Sugarloaf Marathon

On a cold, sunny day, Scott Patterson (UVM) and Robyn Anderson (VTXC) won the Sugarloaf Marathon in Sugarloaf, Maine.  Patterson’s winning time was 1:44:53. Craftsbury’s Patrick O’Brien followed him in second at 1:46:36, with David Sinclair of Dartmouth in third place, two minutes back.  Anderson finished in 2:01:12. Anya Caldwell Bean (UNH) placed second in 2:06:26. Hallie Grossman (Bates) was the third female. Contrasting with last year’s slushfest, conditions were cold and fast. Around 15F at the start, the temperature warmed into the low 20s by afternoon. A dusting of new snow freshened the loop without slowing it down.  A couple of the downhills had sugary, mushy spots right in the line, keeping racers on their toes. Finishing in 59:31, Linda Danvind-Malm (UVM) was the female and overall winner of the 25 k race, followed by Jane McClelland (UVM) in 1:00:36 and Liz Hollenback (NWVE) in 1:06:58. Logan Greenblatt (Bates)…

Aukland Edges Roenning For Birkebeiner Title; Boner Dominates Women’s Race

After 54 kilometers traversing the mountains of Norway’s Oppland region, Norwegians swept the podium and placed 12 in the top 13 of the Birkebeiner marathon. Anders Aukland of Team Xtra Personell took the title with a time of 2:42:38, edging out Norwegian World Cup skier Eldar Roenning, who was competing under the colors of Team United Bakeries and finished 13 seconds behind. Team COOP’s Espen Harald Bjerke finished third and Jorgen Aukland fourth, before Jorgen Brink of Sweden crossed the line as the only non-Norwegian in the top ten. It has been a successful late season for the Aukland brothers, as Jorgen won Sweden’s Vasaloppet marathon, where Anders placed third. Czech World Cup veteran Lukas Bauer clocked in at 14th. Peter Kling of APU finished 95th in the elite men’s division with a time of 3:03:35. Canada’s Zoe Roy placed 39th in the women’s race with a time of 3:44:34….

Dewahl, Hugus, Ziegler and Cogger Win Great Bear Chase Marathon

It was a near-record year for the Portage Health Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon in Calumet, Michigan, with 493 skiers participating in Saturday’s ski race. There were also 30 people participating in the second annual snow bike race, and dozens of kids in Friday night’s Junior Bear Chase. Overall winners included Kathleen Dewahl of Minneapolis and Ben Hugus of Marquette, Michigan in the 50k freestyle, Chandra Ziegler of Crystal Falls, Michigan and Ben Cogger of Duluth, Minnesota in the 50k classic. In the 25k races Ellen Wiitala of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Dan Wood of Houghton, Michigan won the 25k freestyle, while Nancy Uschold of Marquette and Scott Pederson of Spooner, Wis. Won the 25k classic. Hancock, Michigan natives won the 14k freestyle races with David Jaszczzk winning the men’s and Katie Holway winning the female race. Abby Scheller of Champlin, Minnesota and Daniel Pederson of Spooner, Wisconsin won the…

France’s Guedon Wins Engadin; Roponen Top Female in 42 k

Frenchman Pierre Guedon won a sprint finish on Sunday at the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland, completing the 42 k freestyle race in 1:28.19.6. Italian runner-up Christian Zorzi was half a second behind and Christophe Perrillat-Collomb of France placed third, one second after Guedon. Swiss World Cup skier Remo Fischer was fourth (+1.4) and Martin Hammer of Norway took fifth (+2.0). Finnish national-team member Riita-Liisa Roponen won the women’s race in 1:29.52.3, beating Swiss runner-up Seraina Boner by 2 minutes and 12 seconds. U.S. biathlete Hannah Dreissigacker (Craftsbury Green Racing Project/USBA) placed 25th, and American Matt Liebsch (XC United) took 26th, 15.7 seconds behind the winner. XC Oregon’s Oliver Burruss finished 48th, and Craftsbury’s Nils Koons placed 54th and Peter Kling of APU was 56th. Men’s results Women’s results

McKeever Wins Canadian Birkebeiner; Karen Messenger Fastest ‘With Pack’

The leading member of Canada’s Para-Nordic Ski Team, Brian McKeever won the 25th annual Canadian Birkebeiner 55-kilometer classic mass start on Saturday. Double poling most of the moderately hilly course as training, McKeever managed to beat his teammate and guide Erik Carleton by nearly three minutes in the “lite” division at the Blackfoot Provincial Recreation in Edmonton, Alberta. Without a 5.5-kilogram (12-pound) pack to slow him down, McKeever finished in 3:19:37.7, and Carleton followed 2:59.5 minutes later. Jon Arne Enevoldsen of Oslo, Norway, was third in the “lite” race, 11:06.7 behind McKeever. “Tough conditions for Birkie today,” McKeever tweeted. “… blowing, fresh & SLOW snow. Double poled & got the W, but We’ll see If the bod is janked tomorrow!” Heidi Widmer of the Alberta World Cup Academy was the fastest female in 3:50:14.2. She was fifth overall and beat teammate Annika Hicks, the second woman, by 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Another…

Freeman Continues New England Marathon Romp with Craftsbury Win, Curran Takes Women’s Title

US Ski Team veteran Kris Freeman (Maine Winter Sports Center), training in New Hampshire since the Tour de Ski, made his second appearance on the New England marathon circuit this weekend, easily skiing to a dominating win in the 50k classic Craftsbury Marathon in Craftsbury, Vermont. Freeman skied a six-and-a-half minute win over Nils Koons (CGRP). The race for second featured somewhat more drama with Koons besting teammate Bryan Cook by just a tenth of a second. The home team Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) finished second thorugh sixth in the men’s event. A brutal January that, featuring temperatures in the 40’s and heavy rains earlier in the week ruined any chance of the scenic point-to-point course that often highlights the event. But the core trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center withstood the weather onslaught, and organizers were able to assemble a challenging 12.5k loop for the race. In the…