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Agamenticus Ski Club - Seeks a Head High School Nordic Coach for 2016/2017 Season

Agamenticus Ski Club - A Regional Ski Club based in York, Maine is actively searching for a: Head High School Nordic Ski Coach.  Interested candidates should have enthusiasm & passion in the sport of Nordic Skiing.  Ideally  - a background in cross-country ski racing.  

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Important NENSA membership information

Hello to our NENSA members!  Due to some upcoming transitions, we are currently not processing NENSA memberships in May, and we ask that you all hold off on renewing your NENSA memberships until sometime in early June, when we have our new system up and running (this includes club insurance policies too). We will keep you posted, and let you know as soon as the new membership information, and portal are ready! Thanks so much for your patience during this transitional time.

Yours in Nordic skiing – The NENSA staff, Peter, Amie, Amber & Laura

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May 23: 2017 New England Women's XC Ski Day

NENSA is pleased to annouce that the 2017 New England Women's XC Ski Day will be held at the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel Maine on January 22, 2017. Here for more info and for the lodging special at the Bethel Inn Resort.

May 20: 2017 Bill Koch Festival in Bethel, Maine

We are very excited to announce that the 2017 Bill Koch League Festival will be hosted by the Bethel Outing Club in Bethel, Maine from March 4-5th. Click here for more details about the lodging special at the Bethel Inn. Stay close to the Gould Academy Campus so you can walk or ski to all the festivities during the entire weekend.

May 18: Important NENSA membership information

Hello to our NENSA members!  Due to some upcoming transitions, we are currently not processing NENSA memberships in May, and we ask that you all hold off on renewing your NENSA memberships until sometime in early June, when we have our new system up and running (this includes club insurance policies too). We will keep you posted, and let you know as soon as the new membership information, and portal are ready! Thanks so much for your patience during this transitional time.

Yours in Nordic skiing – The NENSA staff, Peter, Amie, Amber & Laura

May 18: 2017 NENSA Eastern High School & U16 Championships Set

We are pleased to announce that the NENSA U16 Championships will be held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington Maine from March 10-12, 2017 and the NENSA Eastern High School Championships will be held at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, VT March 17-19, 2017.

May 17: Ski And Coach In Paradise!

 

Crested Butte, the nordic ski capital of Colorado, is inviting applications for Head Coach/ Program Director for its junior competition team and youth ski programs. CB Nordic is looking for a self-starter, someone with a passion for skiing and the drive to build a solid program into a nationally prominent program. Our ideal candidate will be a highly energetic and charismatic team player who can inspire a great team of assistant coaches and volunteers. Important qualifications include high level racing experience, waxing expertise, leadership skills and confidence in athlete development. Previous successful coaching experience is required.

This is a 7 month position, mid- September 2016 - mid April 2017, with excellent opportunities for creating summer programming with additional compensation.

For a detailed job description and compensation information, contact Keith Bauer, director@cbnordic.org.. 

May 16: Three of New England’s finest among USSA Award winners!

USSA Congress was held out in Park City Utah this past week.  On Friday night, they held their annual USSA Chairman’s Award Dinner, honoring winners of their annual prestigious awards.  NENSA is extremely excited to have 3 recipients from our Nordic skiing community among those winners!   They included Judy Geer & Dick Dreissigacker and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, winner of the All Merrill Nordic Award for Nordic leadership and commitment to excellence.  The 2016 Cross Country Club of the Year award to the Stratton T2 Team.  And, a Gold Award - the Beck International Award went to Jessie Diggins, (of the Stratton T2 Team, NENSA Elite team, and USST), only the second Nordic skier to ever win this prestigious award, last won by Bill Koch in 1982.  Congratulations to all our New England winners ~ we are very proud of you all!


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May 16: Saint Michael's College seeks Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 Season ~

Saint Michael's College seeks Assistant Coach for 2016/17 season.
Please contact Molly Peters for more information.  Mpeters2@smcvt.edu.

May 13: Kristina Sabasteanski Recognized with NENSA Adaptive Achievement Award

There is a strong adaptive skiing movement in the northeast. Kristina Sabasteanski's VAST program at Pineland Farms in Maine has been doing great things for several years. It is in recognition of her dedicaiton to increasing access and oportunities for Veterans to try, and to train for, cross country skiing, Kristina Sabasteanski is the 2016 recipient of NENSA's Adaptive Achievement award.


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May 10: Crested Butte Seeking Nordic Program Director / Head Coach

Crested Butte, The Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado, is INVITING applications for Head Coach/Program Director FOR ITS JUNIOR COMP TEAM AND YOUTH PROGRAMS.   CB Nordic is looking for a self-starter, SOMEONE WITH a passion for skiing and THE DRIVE TO BUILD A SOLID PROGRAM INTO A nationally prominent program.  OUR ideal candidate WILL be a highly ENERGETIC AND charismatic  team player WHO can inspire A GREAT TEAM OF ASSISTANT COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS.  IMPORTANT qualifications include HIGH LEVEL racing EXPERIENCE, waxing EXPERTISE, LEADERSHIP SKILLS and CONFIDENCE IN athlete development.  SUCCESSFUL coaching experience IS required.


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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 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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