This year, as last, we compared the four big ski cities: Duluth, Madison, Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Not adjusting for population—in which Duluth would win the number of skiers per resident going away—Duluth generally wins by time, Minneapolis leads in the total number of skate skiers, and Madison leads in classic skiers. Does MadNorSki push striding?
In Saint Paul, one in 1102 skiers skis the Birkie. 1:702 in Minneapolis, and 1:472 in Madison. Duluth beats out Madison, but just barely, at 1:402. I didn’t run the numbers for Cable, but I’m pretty sure everyone is either skiing the race or cheering it on.
Last year, we had competitions, by state, for states with more than 10 skiers in the freestyle Birkie and five in the classic race. Basically, we sorted the top ten or five skiers from each state with a “full team” and assigned them points in descending order. Here’s the results:
714 New York
205 New York
142 T Illinois
142 T Iowa
Migrating very complex tables in to WordPress is proving difficult. So we’ve put our statistics for every state (number of finishers, average finish time) on a separate page (it should open in a new tab/window). If anyone knows a lot about WordPress and has ideas, shoot me an email.