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Aug 29 2015: FasterSkier Looks at the 2015-16 USSA SuperTour Schedule

From FasterSkier: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) released the final version of its SuperTour (ST) calendar for the upcoming winter of 2015/2016, with a new stop in Sun Valley, Idaho, in early December as well as a mid-season East Coast visit to Lake Placid, N.Y., and Stowe, VT. Read on via FasterSkier.com.

Aug 28 2015: The PainCave for Gear

Long time NENSA sponsor, L.L.Bean puts their products through one tough circuit of tests to make sure it stands up to the L.L.Bean name, and to your expectations. Read on via BangorDailyNews here.

Aug 26 2015: Last few days to sign up for the USSA National Coaches Symposium in Lake Placid 9/11-9/13

Attention New Engand Coaches - there is still time to sign up for the 2015 USSA National Cross Country Coaches Symposium,  which will be held in Lake Placid at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) from Friday 9/11 at 1pm through Sunday 9/13 at noon, and is open to all Nordic ski coaches. This is a biennial coaches education event featuring a national and international slate of presenters and experts in nordic skiing, coaching and sport science.  It is a great way to hone new and existing coaches skills, and network with a great bunch of New England and National coaches!  And, Lake Placid is in our New England backyard! 

The symposium is $300 - registration is online through USSA.org at: http://educationshop.ussa.org/2015-USSA-Cross-Country-Coaches-Symposium_p_693.html Registation is currently open for the symposium until 9/10, or when it is filled.

Aug 25 2015: USSA Announces Key Presenter Line Up for the 2015 National Coaches Education Symposium at the Lake Placid OTC

USSA sets an impressive slate of key presenters for this year's National Cross Country Coaches Sympoisium. Get more from USSA.org here, or click "read more" below for preenter bios, event info, and to register. 


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Aug 24 2015: NYSEF WHITEFACE CLIMB TO THE CASTLE ROLLERSKI RACE

WILMINGTON, NY -- The New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority invite athletes to the 9th annual NYSEF Whiteface Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race on Sunday, September 20 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. Athletes will have excellent road conditions with all new pavement to the summit.


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Aug 18 2015: "We're All Geared Up!" - L.L.Bean as Official Supplier to the U.S. Ski Team

From L.L.Bean: "We're so proud to be an Official Supplier to the U.S. Ski Team. These athletes are dedicated to their sport, and passionate about the outdoors – training over all kinds of terrain, in all kinds of weather. L.L.Bean provides insulated outerwear and rainwear, as well as competitive and casual headwear, to the U.S. Cross-Country and Nordic Combined teams. These are the same pieces that you can find in our stores, with state-of-the-art technology and durable construction for intense performance, and style and comfort for daily life." Read on via L.L.Bean.com.

Aug 17 2015: Devil's Thumb Ranch Seeks Nordic Ski Instuctors

Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado is seeking Nordic Ski Instructors for the 2014/2015 ski season. This is a full-time seasonal position teaching skate and classic ski lessons to patrons of varying ability levels.


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Aug 16 2015: Madshus Presents 2nd Annual Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship Program

Peter Hale committed his life to the Nordic skiing community through his many years as the Race Director for Madshus. After a long battle with cancer, Peter Evarts Hale (66) passed away on November 17, 2013 in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. The Nordic community lost a great influencer, but through his scholarship program, Peter’s legacy will leave a great mark on the racing community and Nordic industry at large for many years to come. Learn about the scolarship at Matshus.com.

Aug 12 2015: USSA National Coaches Symposium, September 11-13th, in Lake Placid

The 2015 USSA Cross Country Coaches Symposium will be held in Lake Placid at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) from Friday 9/11 at 1pm through Sunday 9/13 at noon, and is open to all coaches. This is a biennial coaches education event featuring a national and international slate of presenters and experts in nordic skiing, coaching and sport science.


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Aug 10 2015: Cycling to Extremes: Are endurance athletes hurting their hearts by repeatedly pushing beyond what is normal?

Our friends at VeloNews offer an indepth and sobering look at cardic events among masters competitors. Read the full article at VeloNews.com.

Aug 7 2015: USSA Names New Nordic Director

From USSA.org: As a club leader, master skier and parent of a junior skier, Lazzaroni has interacted with a variety of the USSA’s programs in different capacities. He actively engaged in the USSA’s Club Development process this past season, earning the Park City Nordic Ski Club a gold certification as well as USSA’s Club of the Year award. His experience as a club leader, and one that has been through the USSA Club Certification process, will serve him, nordic clubs and the USSA well in continuing to expand this program in the nordic sports. Click here to read on via USSA.org.


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Aug 6 2015: NENSA REGIONAL COACH CERTIFICATION OFFERED THIS FALL, which includes the USSA L100 technique clinic requirement:


NENSA is offering three different one day Regional Coach Certification clinics this fall - September 19th in Brunswick ME, October 18th in Dublin NH, and November 7th in Sudbury MA.  Attendees to these clinics will be certified for three years as a NENSA regional coach.

Please note: For any New England coaches who want to obtain their USSA L100 certification, these three clinics will also serve as the USSA L100 technique clinic requirement.

Information about USSA L100 and L200 coach certificiaton is also included below.


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Jul 31 2015: EasternCup race formats and distances announced for 2015-16 race season ~

The EasternCup race formats and distances have been finalized for the upcoming 2015-16 season of EasternCup, JNQ and Supertour racing here in New England!  


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Jul 31 2015: Exceptional Week at U16 National Camp Wraps Up at UVM

A sign of a great camp is when roomates are saying goodbye in the parking lot, friends are taking pictures with each other and athletes are thanking and hugging coaches after a challenging and fun week. The NNF supported U16 National Camp held this past week at UVM was one of those exceptional camps. Click below for details.


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Jul 31 2015: Beijing Selected To Host 2022 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games

From TeamUSA.org: Beijing will be the first city to stage both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games after being chosen on Friday as the host of the 2022 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC voted 44-40 to choose Beijing, site of the 2008 Games, over Almaty, the largest city of the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan in Central Asia, at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The vote culminated a nearly three-year process that initially included bids from four northern European countries better known as winter sports venues, including a former Winter Games host. However, after submitting formal applications by the Nov. 14, 2013, deadline, Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; 1952 Olympic Winter Games host Oslo; and Stockholm all withdrew for political or economic reasons, leaving the two Asian hopefuls. Read on at TeamUSA.org.

Jul 31 2015: Ben True Leads Group of Top Americans with New England Ties Set to Challenge Stellar World-Class Field at 2015 TD Beach to Beacon 10k

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 21, 2015) – Rising international track star Ben True will lead a talented group of young American distance runners, many with ties to New England, set to challenge a strong contingent of top international athletes at the TD Beach to Beach 10K Road Race on Aug. 1 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit Beach2Beacon.org for the full article, pics of the New England notables, & the elite start list.

Jul 31 2015: USSA Names New High Performance Director

From USSA: PARK CITY, UT (July 29, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) this week named noted sport scientist Troy Taylor to its team as high performance director. Taylor, who previously worked with the USSA leading up to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, will lead the world-class sport science team which supports the athletes of the U.S Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing as they train to become Best in the World.


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Jul 28 2015: U16 National Camp Heats Up The UVM Campus This Summer

It is going down in Burlington, VT this week as the nation's best U16 cross country athletes storm the University of Vermont campus for the NNF-funded National U16 Camp. Check NENSA's Facebook page for update, photos, & videos.

Jul 26 2015: Caterinichio Reflects on Her USSA Nordic Director Position as She Moves On

From SkiTrax.com: July 23, 2015 – We caught up with Joey Caterinichio, who recently resigned from her Nordic Director position with the USSA, after taking over from her predecessor John Farra over three years ago. Caterinichio shares her beginnings in the sport and how she became involved with the USSA. She also reflects on her accomplishments as Nordic Director and the special moments she experienced while on the job. The USSA is now seeking a suitable candidate to fill the position. To view the job notice click here. SkiTrax wishes Caterinichio all the best as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. Read on via SkiTrax.com.

Jul 25 2015: U16 National Camp Starts Today at UVM

Today was the first day of training at the NNF supported U16 National Camp. During this week long camp 55 athletes and 11 coaches from all over the U.S. stay and eat at the University of Vermont in Burlington, and train in the Northern Vermont area. Click below for more details.


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Jul 23 2015: 2015-2016 Eastern Cup race schedule announced -

NENSA has an exciting season of racing planned for our Eastern Cup and JN qualifier race series, including having our EC/JNQ races combined with two back to back Supertour weekends in the East next winter!


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Jul 20 2015: Putney School Seeking Head Coach

The Putney School in Putney Vermont is seeking a head coach with previous experience to run their competitive program. Click below for more details.


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Jul 20 2015: Caterinichio to Leave Post as USSA Nordic Manager

From FasterSkier: Joey Caterinichio, a longtime figure in the cross-country skiing community, announced last month that she plans to step down as nordic manager at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Beginning the position in 2012 after John Farra left to join the U.S. Olympic Committee as high-performance director of the Paralympic Nordic Program, Caterinichio has served as the manager of one of the largest branches of the organization for roughly three years. Read on via FasterSkier.com.

Jul 17 2015: SnowSports Industries America Announces Nick Sargent as Incoming President

Washington, DC (July 15, 2015) – The SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Nick Sargent as SIA’s incoming President. Sargent, who most recently held the position of vice president of global business alliance at Burton Snowboards, will begin in a transitional role before succeeding David Ingemie as president following the 2016 SIA Snow Show in Denver and On-Snow Demo at Copper Mountain. Read on via SIA at SnowSports.org.

Jul 15 2015: Stowe Nordic Seeking Program Director

Stowe Nordic (Stowe, Vermont) is seeking to hire a Program Director/Head Coach to develop and run its youth cross-country skiing program. In this role the Head Coach will work across the BKL age spectrum (5-14), to develop young cross-country skiers’ skill and passion for the sport from their first time on skis through competing as a cohesive team at local and regional competitions. The Head Coach must be a passionate ski professional that brings enthusiasm and structure to the role, creating a rewarding environment of personal growth, fun and achievement for all participants. Click here for more.

Jul 14 2015: NENSA Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors

The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Board of Directors are pleased to welcome three new members to the NENSA Board, and bids a fond farewell to retiring members, John Attwood of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Greg Elder of Yarmouth, ME. In their stead, Ellen Chandler of NH, Kate McNay Koch of VT, and Walt Shepard of ME have signed on, each to a three year term.

 

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Jul 11 2015: All About Emotional Intelligence and How It Boosts Sports Performance

A great piece from Chelsea Little of FasterSkier.com: "Emotional intelligence (EI) is associated with both increased performance in athletes and with healthy engagement with exercise in the general population. So what is it, and can you train it?" Read on via FasterSkier.com.

Jul 10 2015: Agamenticus Ski Club is Seeking 2 Assistant Coaches in southern Maine.

Agamenticus Ski Club of York, Maine is now accepting applications for two part-time positions: Assistant High School XC Ski Coach & Assistant Middle School XC Ski Coach. Interested candidates should have a background in cross-country ski racing and coaching, along with enthusiasm for working with local & regional Jr. xc skiers and introducing new racers to the sport.


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Jul 3 2015: 2016 NENSA Eastern High School & U16 Championships Set

We are pleased to announce the NENSA Eastern High School Championship will be held at Rikert Nordic Center near Middlebury, VT and the NENSA U16 Championship will be at historic Black Mountain of Maine in March 2016.

Jul 1 2015: REG Camp at GMVS a Great Success!

Great coaching, sunny days and fun trails highlighted this year's Eastern REG Camp hosted by GMVS in Waitsfield, VT. Camp was a great success due to logistics management by GMVS coach Justin Beckwith, motivational talks with US Ski Team Coach Matt Whitcomb and coaching by Rob Bradlee from CSU, Nathan Alsobrook from Bowdin College, Jason Hettenbaug from RNR and Margaret Maher from NYSEF. Click below for updates on the last few days of camp!


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Jul 1 2015: Catamount Trail Association Youth Program and Outreach Coordinator Position Announcement

The Catamount Trail Association (CTA) is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a one-year full-time AmeriCorps position as Youth Program and Outreach Coordinator.


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Jun 30 2015: Amie Smith to Lead NENSA Competitive Programs as High Performance Director

New Gloucester, ME - The New England Nordic Ski Association Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to welcome Amie Smith of Wellesley, MA to the team as the new High Performance Director.


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Jun 30 2015: STRATTON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL GRADUATES 28

STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT – Stratton Mountain School (SMS), a ski and snowboard academy based in the heart of southern Vermont’s Green Mountains, today announced 28 students graduated at a ceremony on Saturday, June 13. Former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and current sportscaster, Jim Kaat, addressed the SMS class of 2015 as the keynote speaker.


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Jun 29 2015: Colby College Seeks Assistant Nordic Coach

The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a part-time assistant men’s and women’s Nordic ski coach, beginning October 1, 2015 and ending March 20, 2016. Colby is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III institution and is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The Assistant Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing Coach responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all duties involved in running a competitive Nordic ski program. Click here for more.

Jun 28 2015: "Fred."

This film from Stella Holt is a great and joyful profile of a pillar of our New England cross country skiing cmmunity. 


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Jun 27 2015: Third and Fourth Day at REG Camp

Yesterday, the third day of the Eastern REG Camp, Simi Hamilton and Sophie Caldwell skied up Brandon Gap with the U20 and U18 skiers in the morning. Simi and Sophie stayed all day at camp and greeted the U16 athletes who arrived in the afternoon. Click below for more updates on camp and some write ups from skiers.


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Jun 27 2015: Kids Adventure Games Returns to Trapp Family Lodge

Registration is under way for the 2015 Kids Adventure Games™ (Kids A.G.) at Trapp Family Lodge, the country’s premier adventure race for children ages 6 -14. The race is part of the newly expanded eight-race series at ski resorts across the country, which originated in Vail five years ago. The race features teams of two navigating a mountain obstacle course. Modes of transport include mountain biking, hiking and running while maneuvering through zip lines, rope swings, cargo nets, climbing walls, mud pits, a giant slip-n-slide and more. Register Here!


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Jun 26 2015: CSU Named 2015 NENSA Club of the Year

NEW GLOUCSTER, ME: New England Nordic Ski Association is proud to recognize Cambridge Sports Union with the 2015 NENSA Club of the Year Award. This award is given annually to honor a New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) club tht is making great strides in supporting the NENSA mission to sustain a vital and active nordic skiing community in New England.


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Jun 25 2015: First and Second Day at Eastern REG Camp

The 2015 Eastern REG Camp kicked off yesterday at Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. This weeklong camp brings together some of the fastest U20, U18 and U16 skiers from the East Coast. This 7 day camp includes running adventures, a uphill running and uphill double pole test as well as a rollerskiing agility test. These tests can qualify skiers to attend the National Elite Training Group camp (NEG) in the fall at Lake Placid. Here are a few updates written by skiers about the camp so far.


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Jun 25 2015: StoweToday Catches Up with Drew Gelinas of Trapp Family Lodge

Drew Gelinas, 45, has been appointed director of sports at Trapp Family Lodge, and so plays a key role in the local mountain biking trail network. Gelinas, 45, grew up in East Longmeadow, Mass., and has lived in Stowe for the past five years. He majored in business at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, was operations manager for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has been a U.S. Ski Team technician, ski coach, and a ski rep for Atomic, Swix and Uvex. He spent seven years in the Army National Guard and just been named an Instructor at the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho. Read the interview at StoweToday.com.

Jun 23 2015: 2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah

PARK CITY, UT (June 22, 2015) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah’s Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships. From USSA.org.


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Jun 21 2015: Spice Up Your Summer Training with SkiErg Competition

Do you have a competitive streak? Or do you just want to make your workouts more interesting? We invite you to try the following challenges—some are geared for individuals and some for teams. 


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Jun 20 2015: Swix Seeking Softgoods Merchandize Assistant

Swix Sport USA, one most recognizable names in the ski industry, is seeking a motivated, energetic and creative individual with a passion for skiing and fashion to add to our Softgoods Sales Team.  The SG Merchandize Assistant will be working closely with the Swix Softgoods Sales Manager, and the Swix marketing and purchasing operations on projects relating to innovative sales programs, custom orders, catalog development and special events.  The Assistant will also provide admin and organizational responsibilities to the SG Sales Manager.


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Jun 20 2015: 2016 New England Women's XC Ski Day to be Held in Jackson NH

NENSA is pleased to announce that the 15th Annual New England Women’s XC Ski Day will be held at the Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson, NH! This event will happen on Sunday, January 24th, 2016. Come spend the weekend in the White Mountains in a picturesque New England village with plenty of beginner terrain and 154+km of trails! Click here for more details.

Jun 16 2015: USSA Expands Membership Options

PARK CITY, UT (June 15, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. With over 30,000 members nationwide, the USSA represents a wide range of followers passionate about skiing and snowboarding. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. Click "Read More" or here to view via USSA.org.


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Jun 13 2015: "24 Hours of Great Glen" Mtn Bike Race to Ride Off Into the Sunset with 20th Edition

Pinkham Notch, NH - Event finale marks the end of an era while providing a look to the future. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center has announced that the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen, which will be held on August 7th, 8th and 9th, will be their final 24-Hour race. The weekend-long race, which began as one of the many off-the-wall events at Great Glen Trails, has matured over the years into a world-class cycling event which draws riders from all over the United States and Canada.


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Jun 11 2015: Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Seeks Marketing, Sales & Events Coordinator

As a passionate non-profit, we are looking for someone to join our team who will plan, organize and implement the organization’s marketing and promotion strategy, organize and execute events and manage our group and off-site sales program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Marketing, Sales and Events Coordinator will be an integral part of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.


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Jun 10 2015: FIS CROSS-COUNTRY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE 2015/2016

FIS Cross Country World Cup schedule is posted here


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