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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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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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