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GMVS to Host NENSA/USSA Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp

The Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) is excited to be hosting the Eastern REG NENSA/USSA Camp again this summer.  The camp will be held from June 23-June 29 and athletes have been invited based on invitations from NENSA based on results from the 2016 season.

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GRAVES SELECTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND NORDIC SKI ASSOCIATION

Long time Nordic figure Peter Graves has been named Interim Director of NENSA following this past weekend’s Board of Director’s meeting in Hanover, NH.  A native of Bennington, VT, Graves, 63, has spent a lifetime in the sport first as an athlete out of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, later racing for Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he was a member of legendary former U.S. Olympic ski team coach Dolph Kuss’ squad at Fort Lewis College. “One of the reasons I am so passionate about the sport, was that cross-country skiing changed my life in many ways, and I believe in that great transformative power, and its ability to give so many skiers opportunities they never dreamed were possible,” Graves noted.

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May 4: U.S. Cross Country Ski Team 2016-17 Team Nominations Made ~

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season.  Each athlete accepting the nomination to U.S. Cross Country Ski Team receives world class program support, along with access to the USSA Center of Excellence, as well as athletic benefits including an elite coaching, sport science, sports medicine and high performance staff, and education opportunities.  


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May 3: GRAVES SELECTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND NORDIC SKI ASSOCIATION

Long time Nordic figure Peter Graves has been named Interim Director of NENSA following this past weekend’s Board of Director’s meeting in Hanover, NH.  A native of Bennington, VT, Graves, 63, has spent a lifetime in the sport first as an athlete out of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, later racing for Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he was a member of legendary former U.S. Olympic ski team coach Dolph Kuss’ squad at Fort Lewis College. “One of the reasons I am so passionate about the sport, was that cross-country skiing changed my life in many ways, and I believe in that great transformative power, and its ability to give so many skiers opportunities they never dreamed were possible,” Graves noted.


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Apr 29: Steve Olafsen of Interlakes High School Receives Inaugural New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award

NHNCA Coach of the Year Award is presented to a coach who participates in the NH Coaches Series and receives the most votes from all other participating coaches, based on the criteria of contributing to the long-term development of skiers in New Hampshire. The 2016 NHNCA Coach of the Year Award is presented to Steve Olafsen. Long-time coach of the U16 NH Team, who this year won the NENSA U16 Championships, Steve has worked consistently in all facets of development to the benefit of skiers from middle school through high school. He works tirelessly to promote nordic skiing, from helping mentor new coaches to helping elevate the professionalism of the NHNCA races. Through his easy-going demeanor he coaches skiers across the age and ability spectrum, has an infectious enthusiasm and is always working to provide opportunities to ski and compete around the state. Congratulations Steve!

Apr 28: NENSA Awards: The John Caldwell Award

One of NENSA's finest traditions is the awarding of the John Caldwell Award. The award annually recognizes a single individual, or entity, which embodies the spirit, dedication, innovation, and pride in our Nordic community of the award's famous namesake. This year, it is with great pride that we add Dan Warner’s name to the Caldwell Award.


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Apr 25: Utah Governor’s State of Sport Awards Honors USSA Athletes

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (March 28, 2018) – The Governor’s State of Sport Awards committee has selected three U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) athletes to be honored at the 2016 Governor’s State of Sport Awards. U.S. Ski Team athletes Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Kiley McKinnon (Madison, CT) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) will all be recognized for their athletic achievements during the 2015 calendar year.


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Apr 22: Kate Barton named NENSA Coach of the Year 2016!

NENSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Coach of the Year Award is (drum roll please!) ……Kate Barton!  Anyone who has seen Kate coaching juniors, or just kicking back and enjoying some time skiing with them, has seen her love and commitment to this sport.  Kate has been the head coach at Burke Academy for the past 6 years, but she is so much more!  She is a Maine native, and Middlebury College grad, where she was a four-year member of their Nordic Ski and Lacrosse Teams.  Kate has also coached in in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. She is a three-time coach for the U.S. U18 National Team, and last year she traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan to coach the U.S. U23 National Team.   Kate has been an incredibly valuable member of our New England Coaching and Wax Tech staff at Junior Nationals for years, and has coached two years at the U.S. National U16 Summer Camp.   Kate leads great summer training camps to Sweden and Norway, and, is also one of our newest members to the NENSA Coach Committee, helping shape the future of coach education in New England. 


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Apr 21: FasterSkier’s Coaches of 2016: Cami Thompson-Graves and Ruff Patterson

A well-earned honor for both coaches. Cami Thompson Graves is also Vice President of the NENSA Board of Directors, sits on the USSA Board of Directors and USSA Cross Country Sort Committee, and the FIS LAdies Cross Country Committee. Read on via FasterSkier.


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Apr 19: USSA Congress Set for May 11-15 in Park City

PARK CITY, UT (April 18, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will conduct educational workshops, host sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization’s top coaches, volunteers and athletes at the 2016 USSA Congress. Stakeholders from around the country will attend the week-long annual meeting alongside USSA executives and staff. Club leaders will also participate in the USSA’s Club Excellence Conference two days prior.


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Apr 18: NENSA Awards: The Bill Koch League Youth Leadership Award

NENSA is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Bill Koch League Youth Leadership Award is Jay Davis of Ford Sayre. Jay Davis has been involved as a Coach at Ford Sayre for 18 years! Jay is a natural at coaching, and he coaches youth sports during every season. He is a role model as a skier and all around athlete, running, hiking, biking and getting skis in before work even on the coldest days of the year. He keeps things fun and adventurous and is someone who truly embodies the spirit of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League. Click below for more.


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Apr 13: Bill Koch Youth Ski League Festival Bid for Maine in 2017 Now Open!

The Bill Koch Festival rotation was supposed to head to Massachusetts in 2017, however Eastern and Western Mass want to forgo their bids this year, hoping they will be ready in 2018. We would like to open the bids up to having the 2017 Festival in Maine on March 4-5th, 2017. Venues interested in hosting NENSA's 2017 Bill Koch Youth Ski League Festival must complete this form by May 6th, 2016: 2017 NENSA Bill Koch Festival Bid Sheet. 

Apr 13: NENSA Awards: Club of the Year

On the strength of this year’s snowmaking efforts and invitation to host events all year long, as well as their sustainable club model, growth, and investment in bringing skiing back to a community with a rich tradition, the Central Maine Ski Club in Waterville, Maine is NENSA’s 2016 Club of the Year.


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Nordic Rocks! (Ski for Ks)

Attention BKL Families! Join in on this collaborative project with Central XC. Create a profile and start logging your Ks today; Get a special patch at the end of the season!

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