The Inside Edge

n World Cup update Mikaela Shiffrin skied out of the course in the Slalom at Zagreb, Croatia, falling one win short of tying the record for consecutive slalom wins. Resi Steigler led all US finishers in 7th place, followed by Megan McJames in 20th.

n Winter Trails Day Schweitzer Mountain Resort and the Sandpoint Nordic Club will team up for a Learn to XC Ski Free Day at the Roundabout Trail on the road to Schweitzer Saturday, Jan. 7. Sessions are held on a groomed beginners trail, plus take advantage of free rentals and beginner ski lessons. In addition, you will receive a coupon for a $35 lesson package (rental, lesson, trail fee) valid on Jan. 16, 22 and Feb. 18.

Reminder, the Schweitzer bus service does not stop at the roundabout. Contact the Schweitzer Activity Center for details.

n Junior Race Series Kick-off Registration is closed and the races begin Friday evening. Remember, the first session begins at 5 p.m., so come a little early to link with your team in the Lakeside Lodge.

n Northwest Cup Races Mount Spokane will host one Giant Slalom and two Slalom races for U16 and above athletes this weekend. Both SARS and Independence Racing will be sending athletes for the event that doubles as a U16 Qualifier. Full report next week.

n Potpourri The temperatures will moderate this weekend, and another snowfall cycle begins Sunday afternoon. Come on out. Any comments, recommendations or contributions to this column may be sent to Shep Snow by email at Negative feedback should be sent to someone else.

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