Vol. 10, No. 9

                                  September, 2012 

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Cooler Weather - At Last! 
Days are shorter, temperatures are lower, autumn is in the air. It's a good time of the year, with the tail end of summer still hanging on but mixing with the fresh cool air of fall. It can be Minnesota at it's finest. Warm sun, brisk nights, perfect conditions for active outdoor people like us. 
So tell me, what's the first thing every local skier thinks of this time of year? Why, it's Hoigaard's Tent Sale, of course! With shorter days come early thoughts of skis, snowboards and comfy warm jackets, all available in abundance in the tent! This is by far our biggest, most popular event of the year. Shopping for bargains at the Tent Sale is a tradition in many skiing families, going back generations. 



Clinics & Special Events
Advanced Nordic Walking 
Sunday, September 9, 8am to10am
This clinic is for the experienced Nordic walker who wants to get more out of their walk with poles through efficient and effective technique, interval training and lots of personal feedback. Come walk with the Nordic Walking Queen and push those poles. We'll meet in front of Hoigaards and walk to Wolfe Park for the clinic. Bring your poles and dress for the weather. Registration fee $15 payable at class. RSVP to Linda Lemke at lindal@hoigaards.com 

Monday Night Rides 

Hoigaard Biker
September 10, 17, 24
Join us on our Monday Night Bike Rides - weekly through September. 

We'll meet at Hoigaard's and leave at 6:00 pm to hit the trails for a 1.5 to 2 hour ride. Helmets are required! It's that time of year where lights are also necessary, front and back. Worried that you aren't fast enough? Fear not - this isn't a race. We ride at a moderate pace for fun and fitness and we stick together - no one will be dropped. Any questions? Email bikeshop@hoigaards.com. Free parking is available. 

Nordic Walking Tuesdays in September
Tuesday, September 11, Hoigaard's/Wolfe Park

Tuesday, September 18, Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Tuesday, September 25, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Visitor Center
Tuesday, October 2, Thomas Beach, south end of Lake Calhoun

Join us for the invigorating sport of Nordic Walking! We meet at 6:00 pm each week.

Whether you are a new walker or been doing it forever, we'd love to have you join us. Reservations are not necessary, just show up with comfortable walking shoes. We will help you get started, we always have poles for you to borrow, and yes, you can bring the man in your life. In the case of questionable weather call 952.426.7031 after 4pm for an update. Questions? Email Linda Lemke at lindal@hoigaards.com.

Salomon Autumn Trail Running Series
September 5 and 19, October 3 and 17 at 6:30pm (6:00pm on Oct.17)
Hyland Park Reserve, Bloomington MN
Meet at Quality Bicycle Products, 6400 W 105th St, Bloomington (view map)
A trail running series that meets on Wednesday nights to run Hyland Park. The race course is a large clockwise loop through the park around the Hill, Lake, and Oak Knob Trails for a total of 5.7k. Snacks will be provided following each race and weekly prize drawings include swag and apparel from Salomon (shoes given away weekly!), Hoigaards and other sponsors. Information and Registration
Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's
Thursday, September 20  walks at 1pm and 6:00pm
Join us for a autumn walk at the beautiful MN Landscape Arboretum. The air is refreshing and the maple trees are a spectacular crimson red.

Free admission if you tell the gate keeper that you're coming to Nordic Walk with us. We have poles to use and will provide a quick introduction before each walk.

Surly Trail Loppet 
Saturday, September 22

The Urban Trail Run: Discover the secrets of Theodore Wirth Park.

Whether a serious racer, preparing for an upcoming marathon, running for fitness or just out to enjoy the day, the Trail Loppet will provide a fun and fulfilling experience. The Hoigaard's Challenge will be decided at the Surly Trail Loppet. Registration is full! Come out and cheer on the runners! 

10th Annual Birke Trail Run & Trek
Saturday, September 22 in Cable, Wisconsin 
Event Options: Individual Marathon, Marathon Relay, Individual Half Marathon, Hoigaard's sponsored Birkie Trek (Nordic Walk) and 5K Fun Run/Walk.  
Linda Lemke, Hoigaard's Queen of Nordic Walking, will be at the start of the Birke Trek to lead pre-Trek warm-up stretching. The 13.1 mile (21K) Birkie Trek is a non-competitive, untimed Nordic Walk with poles modeled after European Volksmarches. Participants, age 16 and over walk the trail over this half marathon distance. Use of poles is recommended, but not required. Loaner poles will be available at no cost. Click BirkeTrek for more information and registration. 
Pedal, Roll, and Stroll for Parkinson's

September 22, 10 am to 1 pm in Cleary Lake Park

The Pedal, Roll & Stroll for Parkinson's is a bike ride and walk for people with Parkinson's and their families and friends. The idea is to motivate people with Parkinson's to get together, enjoy the outdoors and experience the benefits of movement. It is on a 3.4 mile, flat paved bike path in Cleary Lake Park in Prior Lake , MN. Funds raised will benefit Struthers Parkinson's Center. Hoigaard's will be on hand to provide support. Complete information. 

Cross Country Ski Preview Party

Team in Training's Cross Country Ski Team / Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm, Hoigaard's

Come and learn more about Team in Training. They provide the coaches, support and dedicated staff to raise your level of performance in the sport you love. Intrigued? Join us our Preview Party to learn more. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) has trained over a half a million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and nordic skiers. They have raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving cancer research.

At the Preview Party we will have food, gear giveaways and door prizes. RSVP to Erin Dahl by 9/14.  

Flat Tire Clinics - By Appointment 
Be Prepared for Flats! 
Are you prepared if you're bicycling a long way from nowhere and your tire goes flat? By appointment our bike shop will teach the basic skills necessary to get your tire repaired and rolling again. For $15 you'll receive instruction on how to remove the wheel, patch the tube and re-attach the tire to the rim. The fee includes a tube for your bike and the tire irons to remove the tire. Bring your wheel (or bike), even if it doesn't have a flat. Interested? Contact Dan Juster at danj@hoigaards.com to schedule an appointment. 

Fall Paddle with HOW 
Friday October 5, 6-8pm
Join Hoigaard's Outdoor Women for an evening paddle of the Chain of Lakes.
We didn't get to do this paddle in the spring, let's try again for an evening on the lake. We'll meet on the north end of Lake Calhoun.  Boats available from Hoigaards.
RSVP to Linda Lemke at 


Hoigaard's Annual Pre-Season Ski Sale, known to everyone as The Tent Sale,  

is the oldest, biggest and best staffed Tent Sale in Twin Cities ski sale history!   


Tent Sale Events! 

  • Saturday, 2-4pm X Games Medalist Sammy Carlson and US Freeskiing Team member Willie Borm will be at the tent sale for a meet and greet.
  • Friday & Saturday: The Gibbon slackline team will be doing demos throughout the day!
  • Cooper/Armstrong High School Alpine Ski Team will be selling tasty hot dogs, chips and cold beverages to support the team. 
  • Local ski areas and clubs will have booths and representatives at the Tent! 
  • Prizes and Giveaways from ski areas and our neighboring Miracle Mile shops!

Vail Resort's Epic Passes are available at Hoigaard's again this year!
Ski at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Arapahoe Basin.
(The Local Pass and Summit Value Pass have some limitations.)
Stop at Hoigaard's Customer Service Desk to purchase the 2012 Epic Pass for you and your family! 
Additional Information & Pricing 

When you buy your Adult Epic Pass through Hoigaard's you receive the added value 
of a Bounce-Back Coupon worth $50 on your next $100 purchase at Hoigaard's 
(Or $25 on your next $100 purchase with a Child or Teen Pass)

An Introduction: 
Twin Cities Ski & Snowboard Schools for Kids 


Hoigaard's has long been affiliated with our best local ski and snowboard schools. There is nothing better than seeing young recruits to our favorite winter sports enjoying a day of sliding, falling, laughing and learning. What follows is an introduction to our favorite schools.

Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School 
Blizzard Logo NewExperience the ultimate in skiing, snowboarding, freestyle and racing instruction for kids in K-12th grades, from beginners to experts, at Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School!


Since 1958, Blizzard has provided snowsports instruction and family fun with extras you only get with Blizzard! Choose up to a 12 week season at eight local snowsports destinations! Saturday or Sunday trips! A wide array of age-appropriate programs for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade progressing at your ow pace with expert instruction from our adult staff! Nearly 20 convenient metro bus stop locations! Flexible payment! Plus, private lessons, teens-only trips, parent programs, out-west mountain trips and more! This winter get your kids off the couch and on the slopes with Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School!!  


Visit www.blizzardmn.com today for complete information and convenient online registration. See you on the slopes!

Skijammers. Since 1964, A Unique Alpine Experience. 
skijammers logo For over 40 years, Skijammers Ski and Snowboard School has provided a unique and one-of-a-kind alpine experience for children of all ages. Our structured, curriculum-based instruction programs deliver ski and snowboard instruction that is unmatched in the industry.

Skijammers programs are unique in the industry. Our curriculum is proprietary to Skijammers Ski and snowboard school, and our one-of-a-kind Skijammers Education Staff. Each week our students travel by bus to a different ski and snowboard area to explore the terrain and develop new skills with the same group of students and instructor

We look forward to working with your family this winter! For more information click on www.skijammers.com
Tonkawood Ski School. Instructing young skiers for over 40 years. 

TonkaW. Ski School Kids begin skiing at Tonkawood as early as 3 years of age. Small classes, lots of one on one instruction and just plain fun has made for many happy skiers. We encourage the entire family to join in - many parents teach or assist with classes. Since each student is given a full day ticket, many families ski together after classes.


Classes are held at Powder Ridge Ski Area in Kimball MN. Every year 6 sessions - some Saturday mornings and others Sunday afternoon - are held. Classes begin mid-December and continue through mid to late January. Each lesson is 2 � hours long and includes a cocoa break. When the extreme cold hits, classes are cancelled and rescheduled.


Many of our advanced, eager skiers join Team Tonkawood - our race team. Tonkawood is a member of the Minnesota Ski Development League - which holds 4 races per season at metro ski areas. Our team trains at Powder Ridge under top local race coaches for 8 sessions. A midweek training session is also available. The races begin mid-January and are held every other Saturday through mid-February. The program is designed to foster friendships, build a strong team spirit and develop a high level of skiing skills.


If interested email Nancy Bizzano ( nbizzano@gmail.com) or Ellie Crosby (elliercrosby@gmail.com).

Kids who enroll in any of the three schools receive discounts at Hoigaard's on new ski or snowboard equipment and clothing.

Hoigaard's also offers a youth ski & snowboard buy-back program as well as a season-long rental equipment at reasonable rates. Our staff can always provide you with sound advice on these schools and on all the options for your child's ski or snowboard equipment and apparel
Visit hoigaards.com for even more information.

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