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

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

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

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

Jul 14 2016: Please Renew Your NENSA Memberships Today!

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

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

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

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

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

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Jun 27 2016: OLYMPIC DAY at NENSA Eastern REG Camp

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

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

Dear NENSA Member,

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

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Jun 24 2016: REG Camp ~ Day One Report!

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

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Jun 23 2016: Eastern REG Camp Starts Today at GMVS

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

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

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

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Jun 21 2016: Mansfield Nordic Club seeks Head Masters Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 26 2016: Agamenticus Ski Club - Seeks a Head High School Nordic Coach for 2016/2017 Season

Agamenticus Ski Club - A Regional Ski Club based in York, Maine is actively searching for a: Head High School Nordic Ski Coach.  Interested candidates should have enthusiasm & passion in the sport of Nordic Skiing.  Ideally  - a background in cross-country ski racing.  

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May 23 2016: 2017 New England Women's XC Ski Day

NENSA is pleased to annouce that the 2017 New England Women's XC Ski Day will be held at the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel Maine on January 22, 2017. Here for more info and for the lodging special at the Bethel Inn Resort.

May 20 2016: 2017 Bill Koch Festival in Bethel, Maine

We are very excited to announce that the 2017 Bill Koch League Festival will be hosted by the Bethel Outing Club in Bethel, Maine from March 4-5th. Click here for more details about the lodging special at the Bethel Inn. Stay close to the Gould Academy Campus so you can walk or ski to all the festivities during the entire weekend.

May 18 2016: Important NENSA membership information

Hello to our NENSA members!  Due to some upcoming transitions, we are currently not processing NENSA memberships in May, and we ask that you all hold off on renewing your NENSA memberships until sometime in early June, when we have our new system up and running (this includes club insurance policies too). We will keep you posted, and let you know as soon as the new membership information, and portal are ready! Thanks so much for your patience during this transitional time.

Yours in Nordic skiing – The NENSA staff, Peter, Amie, Amber & Laura

May 18 2016: 2017 NENSA Eastern High School & U16 Championships Set

We are pleased to announce that the NENSA U16 Championships will be held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington Maine from March 10-12, 2017 and the NENSA Eastern High School Championships will be held at the Mountain Top Inn & Resort in Chittenden, VT March 17-19, 2017.

May 17 2016: Ski And Coach In Paradise!


Crested Butte, the nordic ski capital of Colorado, is inviting applications for Head Coach/ Program Director for its junior competition team and youth ski programs. CB Nordic is looking for a self-starter, someone with a passion for skiing and the drive to build a solid program into a nationally prominent program. Our ideal candidate will be a highly energetic and charismatic team player who can inspire a great team of assistant coaches and volunteers. Important qualifications include high level racing experience, waxing expertise, leadership skills and confidence in athlete development. Previous successful coaching experience is required.

This is a 7 month position, mid- September 2016 - mid April 2017, with excellent opportunities for creating summer programming with additional compensation.

For a detailed job description and compensation information, contact Keith Bauer, 

May 16 2016: Three of New England’s finest among USSA Award winners!

USSA Congress was held out in Park City Utah this past week.  On Friday night, they held their annual USSA Chairman’s Award Dinner, honoring winners of their annual prestigious awards.  NENSA is extremely excited to have 3 recipients from our Nordic skiing community among those winners!   They included Judy Geer & Dick Dreissigacker and the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, winner of the All Merrill Nordic Award for Nordic leadership and commitment to excellence.  The 2016 Cross Country Club of the Year award to the Stratton T2 Team.  And, a Gold Award - the Beck International Award went to Jessie Diggins, (of the Stratton T2 Team, NENSA Elite team, and USST), only the second Nordic skier to ever win this prestigious award, last won by Bill Koch in 1982.  Congratulations to all our New England winners ~ we are very proud of you all!

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May 16 2016: Saint Michael's College seeks Assistant Coach for the 2016-17 Season ~

Saint Michael's College seeks Assistant Coach for 2016/17 season.
Please contact Molly Peters for more information.

May 13 2016: Kristina Sabasteanski Recognized with NENSA Adaptive Achievement Award

There is a strong adaptive skiing movement in the northeast. Kristina Sabasteanski's VAST program at Pineland Farms in Maine has been doing great things for several years. It is in recognition of her dedicaiton to increasing access and oportunities for Veterans to try, and to train for, cross country skiing, Kristina Sabasteanski is the 2016 recipient of NENSA's Adaptive Achievement award.

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

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

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

May 10 2016: Crested Butte Seeking Nordic Program Director / Head Coach

Crested Butte, The Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado, is INVITING applications for Head Coach/Program Director FOR ITS JUNIOR COMP TEAM AND YOUTH PROGRAMS.   CB Nordic is looking for a self-starter, SOMEONE WITH a passion for skiing and THE DRIVE TO BUILD A SOLID PROGRAM INTO A nationally prominent program.  OUR ideal candidate WILL be a highly ENERGETIC AND charismatic  team player WHO can inspire A GREAT TEAM OF ASSISTANT COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS.  IMPORTANT qualifications include HIGH LEVEL racing EXPERIENCE, waxing EXPERTISE, LEADERSHIP SKILLS and CONFIDENCE IN athlete development.  SUCCESSFUL coaching experience IS required.

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

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

May 8 2016: Scholarship Opportunity for Vermont Students

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

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

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

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

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May 5 2016: GMVS to Host NENSA/USSA Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp

The Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS) is excited to be hosting the Eastern REG NENSA/USSA Camp again this summer.  The camp will be held from June 23-June 29 and athletes have been invited based on invitations from NENSA based on results from the 2016 season.

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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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