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Sep 28 2016: "EasternCup Primer" for the Upcoming Season ~ A Must Read for all Racers, Parents & Coaches!

In May, the NENSA Board voted to move from using the NENSA points system, to using USSA points only, for scoring all EasternCup (EC) races, and for Junior National qualifying (JNQ) ranking list.  The NENSA staff had been working hard all summer to update, improve and streamline the EC registration and scoring process.  Here is what YOU need to know to be ready to race in the first EasternCup in December:

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Sep 20 2016: NENSA is proud to announce our Elite Team for the upcoming 2016-17 season ~

The NENSA Elite Team exists as a program to support and facilitate the appropriate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence.  As you can see by the names on this roster – many have already achieved that, and others are well on their way!  This is an exciting time for Nordic skiing in the United States, and NENSA is proud to be associated with the (ongoing) skiing history of many of our nations’ top cross country skiers.

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Sep 20 2016: Stratton Mountain School Elite Team Clinic Sept 25th in Hanover, NH

The Stratton Mountain School Elite Team is offering a clinic on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at the Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH. The clinic will start with instruction and training so come prepared to be active outdoors. Bring bounding poles (or last year’s classic poles). Clinic will end with a video presentation and a Question & Answer period with the team. Click here for more info!

Sep 16 2016: NENSA & NNF joint Winter Kickoff Party on Thursday October 6th

Tickets on sale now ~ ~ we hope you can join us for this fun party supporting two great Nordic skiing organizations!

Sep 11 2016: Sunday September 18th: NENSA Regional Coaching Clinic in Brunswick Maine

One more day to sign up for the NENSA Regional Coaching Clinic on Sunday September 18th at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine This year a BKL specific portion of the afternoon has been added to the NENSA Regional Coaching Clinics. The clinic is co-taught by Nathan Alsobrook, head coach of the Bowdoin College Nordic Ski Team and Amber Freeman, NENSA Community Program Manager. NENSA Regional Coaching Clinics are open to anyone looking to improve their ski technique, and learn ways to teach others effectively with a focus on the fundamental components of coaching Nordic skiers. Sign up now!


WILMINGTON, NY – The New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority invite athletes to the NYSEF Whiteface Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race on Sunday, September 18 at 8 AM. The course starts at the Whiteface Toll Booth, climbing for 5 miles with an average 8% grade up the Whiteface Memorial Highway to the castle on the summit of Whiteface Mountain, New York's 5th highest peak with an elevation of 4,867 ft. The race is freestyle technique and athletes will be greeted at the finish with a 360-degree panoramic view of the Adirondacks, New England and Canada.

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Sep 7 2016: Please Renew Your NENSA Memberships Today!

Greetings NENSA Community -  NENSA counts on you, our individual members, the cross country enthusiasts of New England, to support us through your annual NENSA memberships, so we can then support all of you, and the programs you love.  Be it the Bill Koch League and Festival, EasternCup races, U16 & EHS Championships, Zak Cup races, Club championship races, or our Marathon series, to our NE Junior National team, Women’s Day, Coaches education, Nordic Rocks and so much more – we have something for everyone.  But putting on and running these great programs takes money, and NENSA needs your annual support, through your NENSA memberships.  Please take a moment and renew your NENSA membership today.  It’s easy to do:  Just click on the “JOIN NENSA” button at the top right of this home page.  Thank you!

Sep 1 2016: NENSA & NNF joint Winter Kickoff Party on Thursday October 6th

Greetings NENSA and NNF fans ~ 
Join the New England Nordic Ski Association and the National Nordic Foundation for our first annual Winter Kickoff party! A good time for a great cause—bringing the cross country skiing community together to celebrate the coming season! Free food and drinks, good people and many great prizes are to be had. This is an opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones and support two great causes. This event will be on Thursday evening October 6th (in the Boston area) at the Wellesley Community Center, in Wellesley MA. We hope to see you there!!  Tickets are available here:

Aug 29 2016: Burlington High School seeks Head Nordic Ski Coach

Burlington High School in Vermont seeks a Head Nordic Ski Coach upcoming 2016-17 ski season. The school is looking for a positive, knowledgeable coach to lead this talented and enthusiastic group of 50 skiers. Please contact Jeanne Hulsen,, if you are interested. 


Our friends at Ski Quebec are offering an exciting opportunity just across the border on the weekend of September 17-18. The towns of Orford and Ste Catherine de Hatley, QUE will be hosting a roller ski race and a trail run/circut training. This is a licensed CCC event and US skiers will need a current USSA license. Registration is $10.00. We like to encourage nordic skiers to take part.

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Aug 25 2016: University of Vermont Seeks Assistant Nordic Ski Coach

University of Vermont Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

 For job details and to apply go to the following link: University of Vermont Nordic Assistant Coach Position

 Contact Patrick Weaver for any additional questions and information:

Aug 23 2016: SAVE THE DATE ~ Thursday Evening October 6th

Thursday evening October 6th ~ NENSA & NNF are having a joint fundraising gathering in the Boston area.
6-8:30pm at the Wellesley Community Center. Come join your skiing friends for a fun and very casual evening, and help both NENSA & NNF. Awesome Raffle Prizes (you pick!) 
Tickets and more info coming soon!

Aug 7 2016: Upcoming NENSA Coaching Clinics

Are you a Club, Bill Koch League, High School Coach or Parent interested in learning more about technique and training?  Take a look at the upcoming NENSA Coaching Clinics this fall and sign up for a weekend or just a day of fun and learning! Click below for details

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Aug 3 2016: "Iconic Bobcat Zen" Coach Bob Flynn, Dies at Age 83, Leaving a Legacy of Skiers Who Knew and Loved Him ~

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Aug 3 2016: "Iconic Bobcat Zen" Coach Bob Flynn, Dies at Age 83, Leaving a Legacy of Skiers Who Knew and Loved Him ~

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Aug 3 2016: Colby Ski Team Hosting the Colby Triathlon on September 24th ~
The Colby Triathlon will be held on September 24, 2016 at 9AM.  This is a fundraiser for the Colby Nordic Ski Team, hosted at the Hume Center located on Messalonskee Lake in Sidney, ME. The funds raised help support special training camps in the fall and winter for the entire team, which are key to developing our skiers. 
- 400m swim
- 14.3 mile bike
- 5k run
Please join us for this fun, community event and invite your friends!!
For more information and to register:

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Aug 1 2016: NENSA Coaches Symposium with USSA Level 100 or 200 Cross Country Coaching Certifications

Join NENSA Coaches and Bryan Fish, USST Development Coach, for the weekend of September 9-11th at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center for the NENSA Fall Coaches Symposium. It will be a full weekend of technique clinics, classroom sessions, hands-on learning and more! Join us and get certified as a USSA Level 100 or 200 Coach! Click here for more info and to sign up for either course as well as limited housing options at Craftsbury. For questions or roommate requests email

Jul 28 2016: Bowdoin College Seeking Assistant Nordic Coach

Bowdoin College is seeking an assistant nordic ski coach.  This is a salaried, benefits-eligible position – schedule is full-time in fall and winter and part-time/flexible in spring and summer.  For more information, go to or contact Nathan Alsobrook at 207 725-3830 or

Jul 25 2016: SHORT Survey on Ethical Sport ~ Looking for Athletes and Coaches to Participate

Hello NENSA members ~ this very brief survery was sent to us by Marty Hall, who along with Dave Wood (Canada) created this survey in response to the IOC's ruling today.  They are looking for athletes and coaches (from any sport) to please take just a minute to complete this survey.  On behalf of Marty and Dave, they THANK YOU!  

Jul 20 2016: West Irondequoit High School Seeks Nordic Skiing Varsity Coach

West Irondequoit High School (Rochester, NY) on the snowy southern shore of Lake Ontario is seeking applicants for the position of Varsity Nordic Coach beginning the 2016-2017 season. Well developed program supported by a highly organized Assistant Coach, parent volunteers and feeder junior high program. Strong support of Athletic Director, his office, and IHS Nordic alumni network. Groomed trails at nearby county park provide an excellent training venue. Interested applicants should contact Assistant Coach Ann Burns at:

Jul 14 2016: Please Renew Your NENSA Memberships Today!

Your annual NENSA membership is vital to us as an organization. Without it, we can not do all the great programing we do year round, or the racing you count on each winter. Please RENEW your NENSA membership today!  Individuals, just click on the "JOIN NENSA" logo at the top right of our homepage, and clubs/teams click on the "Community" tab, then click on "Clubs" and fill out the on-line form. THANK YOU!!

Jun 30 2016: EasternCup Race Schedule Announced for 2016-17 Season

Announcing the 2016-17 EasternCup Race series schedule ~ time to mark your calendars, and make some room reservations!  We had a record 13 venues that bid for the 8 races, over 4 EasternCup weekends.  Thank you to ALL the venues who bid for EasternCup races this coming season!  This year’s races will be held at.... 

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Jun 28 2016: BKL Biathlon Camp July 9-10th

United States Biathlon is excited to offer a two day camp for BKL skiers 11 to 14 years old. The camp will be held July 9 &10 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Led by Olympic Gold Medalist and long time US Biathlon coach Algis Shalna, the camp will offer an introduction to biathlon including marksmanship using biathlon rifles. The two day camp will also include, hiking, running, and swimming. No prior biathlon or shooting experience needed. Click below for details!

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Jun 27 2016: OLYMPIC DAY at NENSA Eastern REG Camp

We celebrated OLYMPIC DAY 2016 at NENSA's Eastern REG Camp on Sunday! We kicked off the celebration with NENSA's Interim Director, Peter Graves, giving us all a great slide show, spanning 8 Olympic games, on Saturday night.  On Sunday, Olympian Andy Newell came to camp for training and fun on the Agility Test course with our REG Camp athletes.  Click here for a great video of the Agility Course. (Thank you to GVMS student/athlete Tanner Ketchel for making that video for us!).  Olympian Ida Sargent joined us Monday up in Jericho, for some more great training on the Biathlon roller ski course.  We are also so lucky to have USST Develpment Coach, Bryan Fish, here with us this week  imparting is great, vast, and current knowlege of trainng practices to our athletes and coaches here at REG Camp.

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Jun 27 2016: NENSA Member Letter from Peter Graves, Interim Executive Director

Dear NENSA Member,

Welcome to Summer dear ski friends.  As you know, this has been a spring and summer filled with both change and challenges, but also great growth and new potential.

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Jun 24 2016: REG Camp ~ Day One Report!

Eighteen U18 athletes arrived Thursday afternoon for the opening of NENSA’s 2016 Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp, being held at GMVS in Waitsfield Vermont.  After check in, and a group photo wearing the snazzy new SWIX NENSA REG Camp shirts, the athletes and coaches went out for a nice trail run late Thursday afternoon.  After dinner, Bryan Fish, USST Development Coach, gave a great talk to the athletes about making goals, and making a plan to obtain those training goals. 

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Jun 23 2016: Eastern REG Camp Starts Today at GMVS

Today begins the USSA Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp hosted by NENSA and the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. The camp is led by regional coaches and U.S. Ski Team staff. This year Bryan Fish the USST Development Coach will be the head coach. REG Camp includes general and ski-specific assessments, ski technique, and education opportunities. The camp is invite only and is designed to bring our top juniors together for training, making this an important part of the New England Athlete Development Pathway. The Eastern annual REG camp is also one of four in the country that is used as a selection camp for other USSA development camps. Click below for details about the week.

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Jun 21 2016: 2016-17 NENSA Club Renewal Online! Simple and Easy

If there was ever a time to become a NENSA Club, it's now! Rejoin the New England organization that hosts events, clinics and sustains the foundation of success for nordic skiing in your region. Be a part of our vital and active skiing community, whether your club lives for the Bill Koch Festival, Zak Cup series or Eastern Cups, renew your membership today. NENSA Club's must register before December 1st, 2016 and membership will expire on June 1st, 2017. Click below for the link to register and more details.

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Jun 21 2016: Mansfield Nordic Club seeks Head Masters Coach

As our club continues to grow and expand, MNC is seeking a dynamic and creative Head Masters Coach to work alongside our BKL and Junior coaches. This leader will be responsible for planning and directing our Fall and Winter training and racing programs.  MNC fall Masters training involves dryland sessions, weekend roller skis, as well as time spent in the gym completing balance and core exercises. Winter training involves both classic and skate skiing with technique work and drills, race preparation, and skills development. Skiers in the MNC Masters program represent varying experience and ability levels from beginner and novice to experienced racers.

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Jun 15 2016: Time To Renew Your NENSA Memberships ~ Do It Today!

Greetings NENSA members!  June is the start of our new fiscal calendar year at NENSA, and the time we start processing membership renewals, and new members as well.  Renewing your membership is quick and easy - just click on the "join NENSA" button on the top right hand side of this NENSA homepage.  Be sure to look at and update all of your information - contact info, USSA #, emails etc., as needed.  It is super important that we have all your correct information at the start of the season.  Why join NENSA??  And, especially now, in June?? I am happy to tell you why....

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Jun 9 2016: Metro Boston’s Cross Country Ski Area seeks a Director of Ski Operations

Metro Boston’s Leo J Martin Ski Track (LJM), managed by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), seeks a Director of Ski Operations.  The position is a 6-month seasonal position, with potential future opportunities for year-round employment.  

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Jun 7 2016: NENSA Coaching Day and USSA L100 Technique Clinic

NENSA and USSA will be hosting a day long coaches clinic and participation on Sunday June 26th during the annual Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp being held June 23-29th, at the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. ANY coach from New England can come and shadow our REG camp coaches and athletes for the day and take the USSA L100 Technique Clinic. Click below for more details.

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May 30 2016: MWSC Summer Nordic Camp #1 at Colby College 7/6-10

With summer just around the corner remember to check out, and register for summer camps! Maine Winter Sports Center's first Nordic camp of the summer is July 6-10th in Waterville at Colby College. It will be a great time and the perfect way to begin your summer training! Check out details at

May 26 2016: 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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May 23 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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, 

May 16 2016: 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 2016: 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.

May 13 2016: 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 13 2016: Maine Bill Koch Youth Ski League Open Meeting, May 25
The Maine Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a Maine non-profit corporation, will hold its annual meeting by telephone on May 25 at 5PM.  Any adult wishing to participate may do so by calling the number below.  The purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers and directors, coordinate transition issues with retiring board members, consider replacing member voting with Board of Director voting on most issues, plan next season’s events and consider any other matters properly to come before the meeting. Click Read More for dial in info.

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May 11 2016: NENSA at USSA Congress, Park City Utah

NENSA staff members Amie Smith, High Performance Director, and Peter Graves, Interium Director, along with NENSA Board members Judy Geer, John Ogden and Cami Thompson-Graves, meet with USSA CEO Tiger Shaw at the Center for Excellence today in Park City to discuss Eastern cross country initiatives.  The annual USSA Congress convenes tomorrow.  Photo on our NENSA fb page:

May 10 2016: 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 9 2016: SMS Seeking Assistant Coach for 2016-17 Season

Stratton Mountain School is looking to hire an assistant coach for the 2016-2017 season. Depending on the candidate, the position will be for 4-5 months, or the duration of the school year (Sept-June).  If you are interested please contact Sverre Caldwell at:

May 8 2016: Scholarship Opportunity for Vermont Students

Northwest Vermont Endurance (NWVE) is offering a $500.00 Scholarship for a student graduating from a Vermont high school. Applications are being accepted until May 26, 2016.  See below for details.

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May 6 2016: Harvard Seeking Nordic Coaching Assistant (NCAA Div. I)
Seeking assistant nordic coach starting fall 2016.  Six month position (approx Sept. 15March 15).  Please contact head coach Chris City

May 6 2016: Central Maine Ski Club Seeks Youth Program Director

CMSC has begun a search for a Youth Program Director for the 2016-17 season. This will be a paid position for a motivated Nordic ski coach interested in working with our after school and Bill Koch programs. Applicants should have a background in coaching youth sports, a knowledge and passion for Nordic skiing, and an interest in helping us develop our ski community. Most coaching will take place at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville, Maine, although there will be some travel for Bill Koch League races. Click below for more details and job responsibilities.

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May 5 2016: 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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