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May 4 2016: 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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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 2016: 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 2016: 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 26 2016: Annual NENSA Spring Board Meeting This Weekend

NENSA's volunteer Board of Directors meets with the full staff twice a year. The annual spring meeting will be held this weekend on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, NH. As a 501c3 non-profit, an affiiate of USSA, and per the NENSA bylaws, any NENSA member in good standing is invited to attend. Click "Read More" for the agenda and location information.   

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Apr 26 2016: Annual Fund Finishing Sprint
The finish line is within reach & we're asking everyone for one final kick to push us across the finish line. Now is the time for a sprint finish. Give today. Help us raise just a few more dollars to reach our goal for the year. Click Here to be part of a Winning Sprint!

Apr 25 2016: 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 24 2016: Annual Fund Rolls On

Thank you New England... We nailed our annual fund matchig challenge, raising $5,000 in two weeks to earn $10,000 in additional funds from generous supporters of NENSA. Thanks to those who rallied for the match and to everyone who donated early in the campaign to lay the foundation. We're still just a bit shy of our total goal, and have until April 30th get there, so please give what you can at

Apr 22 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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 2016: 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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Apr 12 2016: Why I Give

"I give to NENSA because... it is THE source for all things Nordic in New England: events, education, BKL... I love sharing ventures and missions with great and interesting people (of all ages) whom I respect and admire... I enjoy the fun events emanating good positive energy and resulting bonds of friendships... I appreciate and value everything NENSA has done, now does, and will do... because I want NENSA to always be strong."  - Carol Van Dyke, VT
Join NENSA Board Member, Carol Van Dyke in supporting NENSA with your contribution to the Annual Fund! Donate before April 24th and your gift could be matched, twice! 

Apr 11 2016: Annual Fund: THE MATCH IS ON!

Thanks to some very generous friends of NENSA, this year's matching challenge could see your donaiton matched twice! If we can raise $5,000 in 13 days (April 11 - April 24) that $5K will be matched TWICE! Click here to join the challenge! We've got 13 days to make your $1 into $3

Apr 9 2016: Storage Waxing with Toko
At the end of the season, skis need to be taken care of.  I am always grateful in the fall at first snow when I can take my skis out and see that I cleaned and storage waxed them and know that they will be fast and not require any extra work to maintain. Get the skinny on ski care and storage waxing via Toko, here.

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Jeffersonville, Vt. (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Height of Land Publications (HOL), publisher of Alpinist and Backcountry Magazine, is acquiring Cross Country Skier Magazine (XCS). Under the terms of the purchase, all operations of XCS will move from Cable, Wisconsin to Jeffersonville, Vermont. Current XCS Publisher and Editor Ron Bergin will stay on as an advertising sales representative and will continue to write for the magazine. “This is a logical extension of who we are culturally,” says HOL president and CEO Adam Howard. “Vermont is such a hotbed for cross country. This feels really natural to us. Kind of like wearing Spandex.”

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Apr 6 2016: A Dollar Per Kilometer

How many kilometers did you ski with NENSA this winter? Think you could throw $1 per K into the Annual Fund pot?This winter was all about chasing snow (or making it), but we still held a bunch of great events, made some memories, and still got out there to celebrate whatever winter we could find. Years like this make what we do a little bit harder, and a little more expensive, so we're asking you for a little more help. Please give what you can to NENSA and we'll bring it all back next winter! Click Here to Give.

Apr 5 2016: Durango Nordic Ski Club Seeking Nordic Program Director/Head Coach

Durango Nordic Ski Club (DNSC) in Durango, Colorado has an opening for a Nordic Program Director (NPD) / Head Coach (HC) for cross country skiing. The position is a year-round position with April and May off from training.

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Apr 4 2016: Why We Give

We received an astonishing response when I asked a number of NENSA members two years ago, “Why do you give?” Responses poured in from donors, from coaches, from volunteers, officials, members, venues, from parents, from Olympians, from kids. Each of those reasons ring true today. Beyond the singular theme of a passionate belief in the NENSA mission to sustain our Nordic skiing community, there were many common threads to the giving to which each response referred. One of the most telling themes was that every one of those responses came from someone who donates to NENSA both financially and of themselves. Read more for the full article from the New England Nordic News spring issue 2014. Click here to give.

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Apr 1 2016: From Downhill Racer to the Tour-de-Ski Hill Climb

"NENSA is the organization that put on all the races that I did from when I started skiing to when I made the U.S. Ski Team. Providing the races and providing the support and the camps... it is a crucial stepping stone."
- Liz Stephen on learning to ski uphill with NENSA

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Mar 31 2016: L.L.Bean TrailMix Blog Flashback

A look back at L.L.Bean's TrailMix blog featuring a Q&A with NENSA executive director, Zach Stegeman. Click here for the full interview.

Mar 30 2016: NENSA's 2016-17 Event Bid Sheets for Hosting EasternCup, EHS/U16, or Zak Cup & Marathons are now open!

April is just around the corner, but NENSA's 2016-17 Event Bid Sheets, for hosting EasternCup races, EHS/U16 Championships, or Zak Cup and Marathon Races next season are now open! See links below. If you are interested in hosting one of these events next year, please fill out the appropriate Bid Sheet, and submit it no later then April 27th.  The first link is for the actual Event Bid Information Packet. Please read through this thoroughly before filling out a Bid Sheet. The next three links are for Bid Sheets - the first one is for hosting EasternCup race weekend bids, the second is for hosting either EHS or the U16 Championships, and the third is for hosting Zak Cup Citizen races or any of the Marathon Race Series.


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Mar 30 2016: 2016 Zak Cup Series Champions

The NENSA Zak Cup Series brings together NENSA’s traditional Zak Cup age group series and the Club Cup Series into a single series of events featuring some of New England’s finest citizen races. All events that are part of this series are scored for Club points, with all participants earning at least one point for their club. Only one distance on each day is scored for the Zak Cup to ensure the best head-to-head competition within age groups.

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Mar 29 2016: Diggins Tops Again At SuperTour Finals

CRAFTSBURY, VT (March 26, 2016) – The 2016 USSA SuperTour Finals and L.L. Bean U.S. Long Distance National Championships concluded Saturday with a 50/30k classic race. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN, SMST2) claimed her third individual victory of the series, while Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA, APU Nordic Ski Center) claimed his second individual victory. 

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Mar 28 2016: NENSA's #1 Sponsor is also Forbes' #1 Mid-Size Company to Work For

Topping our list of America’s Best Midsize Employers is clothier L.L. Bean. The 104 year-old company drew high marks from its employees, receiving an overall score of 9.50 out of 10 in our survey—signifying that they would recommend L.L. Bean as an exceptionally good place to work. Last year the company came in in 5th place in our overall list, which combined both large and midsize companies. Read on via FORBES.

Mar 26 2016: SuperTour Shout Out - Ida Sargent

Today is L.L.Bean Distance Natinal Championshps and the last day of SuperTour Finals. Ida Sargent, a hometown favorite, took a moment earlier this week to give NENSA this super nice shout out from her home course...

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Mar 25 2016: Team APU 1 Dominates SuperTour Mixed Relay

CRAFTSBURY, VT (March 24, 2016) – The third day of racing at the 2016 USSA SuperTour Finals and L.L. Bean U.S. Long Distance National Championships was a fun and unique 4x5k mixed relay, with Team APU 1 taking the win. In the relay, each team had two women and two men representing their ski club. There were also other teams made up of athletes from multiple clubs, however teams with two or more different club affiliations were not eligible to win the overall Club Championships. The relay had two classic legs and two freestyle legs. Read on via

Mar 24 2016: Craftsbury Outdoor Center Seeking Assistant Junior Ski Coach

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is looking to hire an 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, offers year-round practices, and encompasses a wide range of abilities and goals. The assistant coach would work closely with head junior/BKL coach Anna Schulz, biathlon coach Sam Dougherty, and director of skiing Pepa Miloucheva. Click below for more details.

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Mar 23 2016: Why We Give | NENSA Annual Fund 2016

"To me, NENSA represents the best things in life, not just in skiing but in people. They are dedicated to a lifelong outdoor activity that promotes a healthy lifestyle for all ages. When I donate to NENSA I know my money will not only go to supporting the great programming, but have a further impact in local economies."
- John Weston | Fryeburg, ME

Join John in supporting NENSA with your contribution to the 2016 Annual Fund campaign at 

Mar 22 2016: 2016 Bill Koch Festival Video and Photos

Do you miss the 2016 Bill Koch League Festival already? You can relive it over again by watching this fantastic video that Meg Skidmore from Great Glen put together. Click here for the video on Also find photos from Dan Houde on Flickr here! Local reporter Marty Basch wrote a great article about the Festival in Concord Monitor, click here to read it.

Mar 21 2016: SuperTour Finals Underway at Craftsbury

CRAFTSBURY, VT (March 21, 2016) – The 2016 USSA SuperTour Finals and L.L. Bean U.S. Long Distance National Championships kicked off on Monday at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, with a 15/10k individual freestyle race. Coming off of strong World Cup seasons, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN, U.S. Ski Team/SMS T2) and Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO, U.S. Ski Team/Ski & Snowboard Club Vail) claimed the victories. Hoffman was just one of the athletes that praised the venue. “The organizers here in Craftsbury have done an outstanding job of putting together a world-class course without much help from Mother Nature,” he said. Read on via

Mar 20 2016: Last day at Eastern High School Championships~the Relay!

Conditions were great on the 2.5 km loop this morning for the 4x 2.5 km freestyle mixed gender relay at the last race of the 2016 Eastern High School Championships. It was a cold start, but the sun was shining and excitement was high. Rikert did an amazing job preparing for this event with enough snow, great organization and plenty of enthusiastic volunteers, all making sure the weekend went smoothly. Massachusetts started out strong with their first relay team in the lead, but Vermont ended up with the win today. New York's first relay team was very close to Massachusetts and took third place in the relay. For the Team scores, Vermont won overall with Maine in second and New Hampshire in third place. You can find results from the weekend here on Also find photos on NENSAs facebook page. THANK YOU TO: Rikert Nordic Center, Mike Hussey, Chris and Barney Hodges, Fred Griffin, Caroline Marston, Matt Trueheart, Eben Punderson, Keith Wilkerson, Tom Kendall and Bart timing, Team Leaders, Coaches and all the volunteers!

Mar 20 2016: Why We Give | NENSA Annual Fund 2016 | Sophie Caldwell

"I will always be greatful for the support NENSA has given me, and for their abiliy to keep so many kids involved in xc skiing by promoting a fun and healthy attitude."-Sophie Caldwell on why she believes in NENSA


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Mar 19 2016: Day 2 at Eastern High School Championships

It was a sunny but chilly day 2 at the Eastern High School Championships at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT. The snow froze overnight making fast granular conditions for the 7.5 km mass start classic races in the morning and the afternoon wave start 1.2 km classic sprints. Gabriel Vandendries from Massachusetts skied to third place today in the mass start, with Mackenzie Rizio from Vermont in second place and Massachusetts’s skier Leah Brams in first place. It was a tight finish for the men’s race with Vermonter Ben Ogden finishing in third, Lance McKenney from Maine in second and Forrest Hamilton from Vermont in first. For the afternoon sprint, Mary Kretchmer from New Hampshire came in third, Olivia Cuneo from Vermont was second and Leah Brams took first place. Walker Bean from Vermont was third today in the men’s sprint, Maine skier Lance McKenney took second place and Forrest Hamilton from Vermont won the sprint. Find results for today and the entire weekend on

Mar 19 2016: NENSA Awards Nominations Open

We want to hear from you about who you think should be NENSA's Coach of the Year and Club of the Year and who should be recognized with the Bill Koch League Leadership Award and who should be honored with the John Caldwell Award. Ours is a community built and driven by an enormous group of talented and deserving leaders, and this is just one small way in which we can begin to recognize them for all that they do. So please, give some thought to who is making an impact in your community, and share their story with us. You can submit nominations by completing the online nomination form here, at We'll accept nominations through April 1.  Learn more about NENSA's awards and past winners, here. As you consider the coaches, officials, clubs, leaders, and venues that make our New England ski community what it is, please also consider furthering their good work with a donation - in their name, or yours - to NENSA's Annual Fund campaign.

Mar 18 2016: Day 1 at Eastern High School Championships at Rikert

Rikert Nordic Center defied the odds and kept enough snow to push out last night on a 2.5 km loop for the first race of the 2016 Eastern High School Championships. Temperatures did not drop as expected last night so conditions were pretty soft. Today started sunny and warm but as the wind came up and clouds formed, temperatures dropped as the women started their 5km individual freestyle race at 3 p.m. For the women's race today, Leah Brams skiing for Massachusetts won with Vermont skier Kristin Miller taking second and her teammate Mackenzie Rizio in third. Vermont skier Ben Ogden won the mens race, Elliot Ketchel also from Vermont was in second place, and skiing for New York was Henry McGrew in third today. During the weekend you can find start lists, live timing and results here on Click here for some photos of the day on NENSA's Facebook page.

Mar 15 2016: Team New England Wins The Alaska Cup at the 2016 USSA Junior Nationals!

It was an exciting and well earned ending to the 2016 USSA Junior Nationals, held at the Telemark Trails in Cable Wisconsin this past week, for team New England who won the coveted Alaska Cup again!  Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and wax techs for an amazing week of racing!  
The Alaska Cup is awarded to the top regional team in the nation with the most points at the end of all the competitions. This is the third year in a row New England has taken home this honor, and the 12th time since the AK Cup inception in 1988. Congrats!!!

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Mar 15 2016: New U23 Summer Training Team for GRP Skiing

This year, the Craftsbury Green Racing Project is pleased to introduce a new program for Elite-Level College nordic skiers! The Craftsbury GRP Collegiate Summer Training Team is a summer program for U23 athletes currently pursuing a college degree while competing at a high level in Division 1 or 2 NCAA nordic skiing. The goal of the program is to provide an elite-level summer training experience in concert with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Click here for more!

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Mar 14 2016: Final Day of Junior Nationals Racing ~ The Team Hill Climb:

The USSA Junior Nationals ended the week in Wisconsin with a different kind of team event, a team hill climb, 1.7k straight up to the top of Mount Telemark! Due to the very warm temps, and fast melting snow, holding a traditional relay was not possible, so the organizers got creative, and the team hill climb was born! The athletes loved this event! They still got to use the three relay bibs, and the fastest team to the top, total combined time, won! The U20's started the morning, and by the time the U16's raced, the top of the hill was lined with screaming teammates, family, and coaches, all cheering the athletes up to the summit.

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Mar 14 2016: Eastern High School Championships at Rikert this Weekend!

Its been a tough winter, but the Rikert Nordic Center has made sure that skiing has happened all season long. Snow has been made ahead of time to ensure that the Eastern High School Championships this coming weekend will happen, and they have 2.5 km of snow and a backup pile to ensure there will be coverage. We are looking forward to a great weekend of racing at Rikert. If you have further questions about the upcoming weekend please email

Mar 14 2016: Fast and Female in Craftsbury, VT on March 19th

Don’t miss out on this fun event with all of your XC ski heroes! Join the superstar women of the US Ski Team, US Biathlon Team, the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, SMS T2, and many other local and professional athletes for an afternoon of ski games and inspiration. Parents and Coaches are invited too! Come and learn strategies for parenting and coaching girls in sports from some of New England’s most experienced leaders. Click here for full event information including a link to online registration. Hope to see you there!

Mar 13 2016: Last Race at U16 Championships~New Hampshire Wins Team Award!

The snow was melting fast today at the last races of the U16 Championships. The Chisholm Ski Club made and trucked snow in preparation for the event at Black Mountain, but the temps stayed too high the week beforehand, and the race was moved to the back up site at the Gould Academy Trails in Bethel Maine. Gould Academy, the Bethel Outing Club and Bancroft Contracting all pitched in to help the Chisholm Ski Club move sites in a few days notice. The weekend was warm and sunny, and teams were all adaptable to the changing snow conditions. Volunteers, coaches and parents shoveled the trails to keep the races going! Due to limited width on the trails, this morning was changed from the usual team relays to a freestyle sprint, with a 2 person start on a 1.5 km loop. Click below for a link to results and photos from the day.

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Mar 13 2016: Threepeat! New England Brings Back the Alaska Cup as Junior National Champions

After a climactic hill climb relay up Telemark Hill, the results are official: Team New England wins, again. More details coming soon. Go Team New England! Congratuate the team & post to NENSA's Facebook page, or support the team with a donation to the NENSA Annual Fund.

Mar 13 2016: NEMS Marathon Challenge Canceled for 2016

It’s official, the marathon ski season is over. Despite Trapp's heroic effort of snow making/stockpiling, it was no match for a 70’ temps and rain and unfortunately they had to cancel this weekend race. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center is now closed for business and the marathon for the 19th is cancelled as well. This means of the 8 original marathons slated in the series, only three went off  (only one was a full 50 k). The decision was made to cancel the Marathon challenger award for this year. We will hope for a better winter next year.

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