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Nov 30 2015: Make sure you have a valid USSA membership before registering for EasternCup races!

Greetings EasternCup racers!  We want to remind everyone that a USSA membership is required for all EC races this season.  Before you registrer for the races, be sure you have a valid USSA membership # - you will need that to register.  Registration for the EasternCup Opener at Craftsbury is now open and registration for the rest of the EasternCup Series is coming soon at You will need a USSA member number to register (international athletes can use their FIS number).

Click here for more information on the EasternCup membership requirements.
Click here to get or renew your USSA Membership at any of the new Cross-Country-specific levels.
Click here to renew your NENSA Membership.
Click here to sign up for the EasternCup Opener at Craftsbury.

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Nov 29 2015: Crazy Fun at the Craftsbury Thanksgiving weekend opener races ~

There was no registration, no bibs, no timers, no prizes……but lots of fun, fast and exciting racing went down at the COC Sunday morning.  It was just each age group lining up at the start line, and someone saying “go”.  It started with U14’s doing 2 laps, U16’s doing 3 laps, and U18’s doing 4 laps - for bragging rights of being the first to cross the finish line.  Lots of juniors enjoyed the great conditions and sunshine on the ½k loop.  These junior races were then followed by a men’s and then a women’s open collegiate crit format race – mass start – approximately 15 minutes of racing – with any racers who were lapped being taken out of the race - and a bell was rung to signal the last two final laps.

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Nov 29 2015: U.S. Nordic Teams Fueled by Vermont Talent

“We have a rich history and culture of skiing in our tiny state, and I think it’s really impressive that half of our A team is from Vermont,” Caldwell told FRESHIES. Read on via!

Nov 28 2015: NENSA Annual Fall Auction Fundraiser - Bidding Opens Sunday

Bidding opens at high noon Sunday, November 29 and concludes at 8pm Sunday, December 6. We've got some great gifts and gear up for bid. Check it out at:

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Nov 28 2015: Jackson XC Preps for 2015-16 Season with New Website, Trail Access Point

JACKSON, NH – The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) is preparing for the upcoming season with an updated website, new trail access point and their annual season pass promotion, which runs through November 30.

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Nov 27 2015: Newell Takes Fourth at Ruka Sprint

From RUKA, Finland (Nov. 27, 2015) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) skied his best World Cup since 2013, finishing fourth in a classic sprint in tough conditions on Friday. “It’s going to be fun to watch Newell this year,” said coach Matt Whitcomb after the race. “He’s in form in a way I don’t think we’ve seen before. He demonstrated his savvy today advancing from one heat to the next when he got boxed on the inside track. Instead of merging left into good tracks and more traffic, he snuck right and skied out of the tracks and directly at the coaches that were crowding the trail…Today Newell’s quick thinking and ability to adapt on the fly made a difference.”

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Nov 27 2015: 2016 U.S. Cross Country Team Named

PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 24, 2015) – The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

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Nov 25 2015: Registration Open for EasternCup Opener at Craftsbury

This season we're kicking off the NENSA EasternCup Series with a barnburner of an opening weekend Dec. 19-20 with a Sprint and a 5K at Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Our good friends in the Northeast Kingdom are already making snow for us - literally rolling out the white carpet. Click here to register for the EasternCup Opener at Craftbury & "Read More" for more info on USSA & NENSA Membership Requirements for EasternCup participation.

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Nov 24 2015: Craftsbury Outdoor Center Extends Team Lodging Rates to Current NENSA Members

To celebrate winter’s imminent arrival, we’re offering our team lodging rates to all current (Winter ‘15-16) NENSA members – the entire NENSA team! From Sunday, November 29, until December 17, you’re invited to come enjoy early-season snow and training opportunities at Craftsbury starting at $75/person/nt double occupancy, $81/person/nt single occupancy.

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Nov 23 2015: NENSA Event Organizer & Technical Delegate Seminar Coming to Craftsbury Outdoor Center

NENSA's annual Race Organizer Seminar is right around the corner - December 4-6 at Cratsbury Outdoor Center. This Seminar is split into two parts with Days 1 & 2 focused on TD-driven conversations around race rules and best practices, relevant for officials and race directors alike. Day 3 is relevant for anyone looking to host or to be a part of a large ski event in the near future.

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Nov 22 2015: Have You Seen the New USST Kit from L.L.Bean?

Over two dozen USST athletes and coaches gathered at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence training facility in Park City last month as leaders from L.L.Bean and CRAFT unveiled the 2015-16 uniform kits for the athletes, handing out full sets of winter training wear, warmup clothing, outerwear and competition suits. The team is also featured in a national commerical spot that we will be seeing on TV throughout the season. Want to wear the same gear as the athletes? Shop

Nov 21 2015: The New North Shore Nordic Association Gets Going in Massachusetts

The North Shore Nordic Association’s mission was born from the idea that winter play is importat to our health as a New England community. The NSNA is a new non-profit formed by local residents, and we need your help to create more opportunities for winter recreation and exercise within the natural spaces of our community.

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Nov 19 2015: Craftsbury Outdoor Center seeks a part-time assistant coach for their junior/BLK Nordic ski program

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is looking to hire a part-time assistant coach to work with its Junior and Bill Koch League Nordic Skiing programs. The Center’s youth programming serves skiers ages 6 to 18 and encompasses a wide range of abilities and goals. The assistant coach would work closely with head Junior/BKL coach Anna Schulz and director of skiing Pepa Miloucheva.

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Nov 19 2015: L.L.Bean Nordic Night - November 19

L.L.Bean is hosting nordic night at their flagship store in Freeport, Maine November 19. This fun and informative evening includes wax demos from Swix, beginner information, advanced technique dscussion, and strength training.

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Nov 18 2015: Final fall NENSA Regional Coaches Clinic in Sudbury MA a huge success!

On a lovely fall day 32 coaches from all over New England gathered to learn how to teach ski technique and confer on communicating with athletes, setting goals, and building training plans. Eastern Mass BKL head coach Jim Stock and CSU coach Gunther Kern led the technique session for BKL coaches. Rob Bradlee, head CSU coach, and Kathy Maddock, head Dublin XC coach, led the session for the other half of the coaches. The rollerskiers worked in the parking lot of the Lincoln-Sudbury high school appropriately covered by elevated solar panels generating power and income for the school. Coach Bradlee noted "these panels will provide excellent cover in the event that it rains at one of our future clinics. I believe it may be the only sheltered rollerski facility in the area."


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Nov 17 2015: Skiers from Frost Mountain Nordic, Ford Sayre, CSU, Dublin, and more and turn out for annual roller ski race up Mt. Kearsarge

Skiers from NH, VT, Maine, and MA mixed it up this past Sunday November 15th on roller skis. Participating were skiers of all ages--BKL, Junior, and Master, and they got the opportunity to race over the scenic 3.5 mile course to the top of Mount Kearsarge in NH on a beautiful fall morning. At stake were excellent pies, but everyone who participated could enjoy the short hike after the race to the very top of Mt. Kearsarge, where all were treated to spectacular 360 degree views. Special thanks to John LaChance for organizing and CSU for its sponsorship and to NH Department of Parks and Recreation for providing the permit and facilitating the event (a big shout out to Mike Rutter of NH Parks and Rec.!). Hope to see everybody and more back next year: tentative dates for 2016 are Oct. 30th -Skate and Nov. 13th Classic.

Nov 17 2015: NBC Sports Boosts World Cup Coverage

PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 16, 2015) – Ski and snowboarding fans will have their greatest opportunity in history to watch competitive skiing and snowboarding this winter. NBCUniversal announced Monday that it has formally acquired Universal Sports Network assets from World Championship Sports Network, including the rights to nearly all International Ski Federation World Cup events. It is expected that NBC Sports will air the complete global schedule of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine ski racing tour this winter, along with a significant calendar of World Cup cross country, ski jumping, nordic combined, freestyle and snowboarding. Read on via

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Nov 16 2015: PeakWeekend Award Winners Announced

We had fun with our first PeakWeekend photo contest over the Halloween weekend. Hopefully this turns into an annual tradition for you and your ski club. Thanks to longtime NENSA sponsors and fellow outdoor enthusiasts, L.L.Bean and Swix, we had some cool prizes up for grabs. Here’s the rundown of our big winners from NENSA’s PeakWeekend 2015.

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Nov 15 2015: NE Bill Koch Coaching Clinic Draws over 30 Leaders

Over 30 Bill Koch leaders attended the NENSA Bill Koch Coaching Clinic today at Holderness. There were great presentations and demonstrations that sparked many discussions about youth development and coaching. Click below for details from the day.

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Nov 12 2015: BEND Film Premier in Woodstock

Premiering this Friday, Nov. 13 in Woodstock, VT! See. You. There.

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Nov 12 2015: Josiah Bartlett Elementary School Seeks Middle School Nordic Coach

Josiah Bartlett Elementary School in Bartlett, NH is looking for a Middle School Nordic Ski Coach for the 2015/16 winter season. The season runs from late November through February. Expectations are to meet with the team at least three times a week for practice and meets.

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Nov 8 2015: L.L.Bean Outfits the U.S. Ski Team

L.L.Bean, NENSA's longest-standing sponsor, met up with the U.S. Ski Team Team in Utah to present them with a kit full of high-performing outerwear, and wish them luck in the upcoming racing season. We're proud to be the official supplier to the U.S. Ski Team. Catch the video here.

Nov 6 2015: Rossignol Team Night in Burlington This Weekend

As the days get shorter and your training more specific, it’s time to start thinking about your Nordic Race equipment needs for the 2015-16 season. With involvement in product development from conception all the way to the finished product, the Rossignol Nordic Race staff knows every product detail and can help guide you to the equipment that will give you a competitive edge.

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Nov 5 2015: New Ski Club in New Hampshire ~ Dublin XC ~ for BKL, juniors and masters skiers!

A number of skiing enthusiasts in the Monadnock Region have created a new independent cross-country ski club called Dublin XC. While Dublin School has supported regional cross country skiing efforts over the last eight years, Dublin Head of School Brad Bates and other local skiers thought it was important to create a more independent club that would be a benefit to the region. Dublin XC will have a youth club associated with the New England Bill Koch Ski League which will be run by Holly Macy, a year round junior development and racing team led by Kathy Maddock, and a masters team for athletes beyond their high school years led by Michael Ames.

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Nov 5 2015: TOKO Opens Race Service Ordering for 2015-2016 Season

Click 'read more' for info on Toko's outstanding Race Service Team ordering opportunities.

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Nov 4 2015: L.L.Bean Names New President and CEO

Freeport, Maine, November 3, 2015 – Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean announced today they have named Stephen Smith as President and CEO. Read More below, or via

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Nov 3 2015: Two more opportunities for NENSA fall coaching clinics over the next two weekends ~ sign up now!

Greetings New England coaches! There are two more great opportunities for NENSA Coaching Clinics in the next two weeks:
• The first is this Saturday November 7th ~ a NENSA Regional Coaches clinic ~ this Regional clinic is perfect for any youth, junior or high school coaches wanting certification or re-certification.
• The second is Sunday November 15th ~ a special Bill Koch Coaches clinic for Bill Koch coaches ~ with a great line-up of awesome presenters especially for youth coaches.
To sign up now, just click on the calendar listing - then click on the date of the clinic you want to attend, for more info about each of these great clinics, and to register.

Nov 3 2015: NENSA Fall Board of Directors Meeting this Sunday

The NENSA Board of Directors and staff hold a full meeting twice a year - each spring and fall season. The 2015 fall meeting is Sunday, November 8th. 

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Nov 2 2015: Registration Now Open for NE Women's XC Ski Day

Sign up now for the 15th Annual New England Women's XC Ski Day, taking place on Sunday January 24th, 2016 at the Jackson XC Ski Touring Center. The Wentworth Inn is the host hotel this year and will hold the Saturday night social, as well as yoga and lunch on Sunday. Come spend the weekend in the White Mountains and enjoy amazing skiing, food and friendships. Don't miss out, space is limited! Click here for more info and the link to registration.

Nov 2 2015: Ski Lease Program Open for the Season

The Skis for Kids Ski Lease Program is now open for the season. Funded by generous individual donors, NENSA members, and a special gift from TD Bank, this program is for any NENSA member in a Bill Koch League from New Hampshire, Vermont or Massachusetts. This Program offers introductory gear for skiers through 8th grade and costs $60 per set plus shipping which is $15 through UPS. Keep your gear until March and ship it back to us through UPS. Click here to order your gear!

Nov 2 2015: 2016 New England Junior National team Coaching staff announced!

Greetings New England! We are thrilled to announce the 13 staff members for the 2016 Junior Nationals, which includes the Trip Leader, Head Coach, six age group Coaches, and five wax techs. We had an amazing number of extremely qualified coaches apply for these 13 positions, and we had to turn away some great people. But the good news is, Team New England only benefits from this high quality pool of applicants we get each year, so we are also very grateful to all who did apply. This year’s staff, who will be joining our New England Junior National athletes at the Telemark Trails, in Cable Wisconsin March 4th - 13th 2016, are:

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Oct 27 2015: MWSC Athlete Lance McKenney Honored with Madshus Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship

Seattle, WA (October 27, 2015)—Madshus, the world’s leading performance Nordic ski company, is thrilled to announce Margie Freed and Lance McKenney as the winners of the second annual Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship.  To aid in both recipients’ continued ski development, Madshus will donate a full set up of skis, bindings, boots and poles to their ski programs. “I am so thankful for this scholarship,” stated McKenney. “My goals for this season include placing top 30 at the World Junior Championships and receiving an American title at the Junior Nationals. With Madshus’ help, I’m more prepared to reach my goals.” Read on via

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Oct 26 2015: 3rd Annual NWVE 1 Mile Uphill Roller Ski Time Trial Results and Photos

25 extra hearty skiers were pleasantly surprised at the 3rd Annual NWVE 1 Mile Uphill Roller Ski Time Trial. After a night of howling winds and rain, favorable conditions prevailed for the race. The popularity of this event continues to grow with many new faces joining the regulars and trying the race for the first time. Click below for more.

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Oct 25 2015: 2016 Bill Koch Festival Planning in Full Swing

Great Glen BKL Club is deep in the planning of the 2016 BKL Festival. District Chairs from all over New England convened at The Great Glen Outdoor Center in Gorham, NH today to visit the site of the 2016 BKL Festival. Things are shaping up really well, Great Glen is planning another great event for us!



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Oct 25 2015: USSA Comp Guide Now Available

The 2015-16 USSA competition guides for cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined are now available online.

Oct 24 2015: U.S. Ski Team Launches Mobile App

When the Audi FIS Ski World Cup opens this weekend in Soelden, Austria, fans will have the most up-to-date news and information on the U.S. Ski Team in the palm of their hands with a new mobile iOS app from the U.S. Ski Team and Ski Racing International, LLC. The new app has a host of features from news to live timing to athlete profiles and action video.

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Oct 22 2015: U.S. Ski Team Unveils New L.L.Bean and CRAFT Uniforms

Over the past decade the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team have taken pride in their dramatic growth to become highly competitive teams in the sport. Monday, that pride was evident as athletes donned brand new uniforms in anticipation of the upcoming World Cup season from first-year partners L.L.Bean and CRAFT Sportswear. Read on via

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Oct 21 2015: Coach and Service Positions Open for 2016 Junior World/U23 Championships & U18 Scando Trips

USST Developement Coach Bryan Fish has posted the coaching and support staff postings for this years Junior Worlds /U23 Championships in Rasnov, Romania February 18-29, 2016, and for the U18 Scando Trip in Otepää, Estonia February 22-29, 2016.

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Oct 21 2015: NWVE 1 Mile Uphill Rollerski TT – Clock Starts at 9am Oct 25

NWVE will be hosting a 1 Mile Uphill Roller Ski Time Trial Sunday October 25, 2015 on the UVM Bike Path in Burlington, VT.  The course is a gentle incline ideal for checking your fitness. Participants may compete in any combination of three races including a Double Pole Time Trial, No Pole Time Trial as well as a Freestyle Time Trial. Do one or all for the same great price! $10 entry, $25 for families. Online pre-registration is encouraged and open on SkiReg.  DOR registration opens at 8:00 AM.  Read details

Oct 19 2015: Great Turn Out at NENSA Regional Clinic in Dublin NH

It was a beautiful morning yesterday in Dublin, NH for the NENSA Regional Coaches Technique Clinic. Over 40 coaches showed up for skate and classic technique sessions, as well as presentations on communication, physiology and training. This clinic was co-taught by by Kathy Maddock, Dublin Ski Club & CSU juniors Nordic coach, and Rob Bradlee, head coach CSU juniors Nordic ski team.

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Oct 19 2015: Randall Adding Talent to USST Family

From U.S. Ski Team - Sarah Brunson: World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back strong for the World Championship year in 2016-17 and keep her eyes focused on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.

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Oct 18 2015: Green Mountain Valley School Reshapes Program

Green Mountain Valley School announces that Garrott Kuzzy has officially joined the ski academy as the new Nordic Director, joining Coach Katrina Howe. Click here for more details.

Oct 17 2015: NENSA PeakWeekend Coming Halloween Weekend

We’re bringing back the tradition of the autumn NENSA hike, but with a twist… Let’s see how many of us we can get to the top of mountains across the northeast in one weekend! This is a FUNdraiser for NENSA's Skis for Kids program. A $5 donation gets you registered and into the running for some fun prizes. All you need to do is get out, go up, & post your summit photo to our Facebook page.





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Oct 16 2015: NENSA Community Survey

Every once in a while we'll ask you for some basic demographic as well as some more pointed consumer information. These surveys are completely anonymous and entirely optional. They are also immensely helpful as your responses provide information that we can leverage in our ongoing quest for funding from corporate sponsorships and grants. This survey should take only about 5 minutes of your time. Thank you for participating and for being a part of our NENSA community! Link to the survey, here.

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Oct 16 2015: Skirack and Mansfield Nordic Club host Annual Fischer Nordic Fit Event

Skirack, Vermont's only Fischer Nordic Race Center, and Mansfield Nordic Club are proud to host an afternoon of Fischer products, prize drawings and pro race fitting. Meet Chris Hall, Fischer Nordic Racing Director and Rick Halling, Fischer Nordic Promotions Specialist

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